October 17, 2014


Related Resources

The ABA Fund for Justice and Education is 501(c)(3) charitable fund that support the public service and educational programs of the American Bar Association.

The following materials have been provided to the Task Force to help examine the underfunding of the justice system:

COSCA State Court Budget Survey

Chief Judge Lippman's State of the Judiciary Report, Feb. 2011

Adequate, Stable, Equitable, and Responsible Trial Court Funding: Reframing the State vs. Local Debate

Economic Impact on the County of Los Angeles and the State of California of Funding Cutbacks Affecting the Los Angeles Superior Court

Financing the Third Branch in Lean Times: Placing the Present Fiscal Crisis in Perspective

Funding Crisis Impact on the Nation’s Trial Courts – Redefining the New Normal

Gideon’s Ghost: Providing the Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel in Times of Budgetary Crisis

Is the ‘Missouri Plan’ Good for Missouri? The Economics of judicial selection

Judicial Crossroads Task Force Report and Recommendations

Justice in Jeopardy: The Impact of Budget Cuts and Furloughs on the Judiciary, State of Hawaii

Letter from the U.S. Conference of Mayors

NCSC State Budget Survey

NCSC State Courts: Budget Reductions and Technology

Report of the Boston Bar Association Task Force on the FY 2011 Judiciary Budget

Report of the ABA Justice is the Business of Government Task Force

Sacramento County Under Duress: Problems and Opportunities

The Economic Impacts on the Georgia Economy of Delay’s in Georgia’s State Courts Due to Recent Reductions in Funding for the Judicial System

The Economic Impacts of Delays in Civil Trials in Florida’s State Courts Due to Under-Funding

Please also visit the National Center for State Courts Budget Resource Center for additional information on the state court budget crisis.


Listen NPR interview with NCSC President Mary McQueen on budget crisis facing state courts. Speaking to House Delegates at the ABA Midyear Meeting in New Orleans, Eric T. Washington, chief justice of the 

View ABA President Robinson Describes Court Funding Crisis at Kentucky Symposium and Unveils Video 

View Part 1
View Part 2
Panel discussion on Justice Underfunding features: Justice O’Connor, Theodore B. Olson, and David Boies

View San Francisco’s court system is warning of long delays for everything from divorce cases to paying fines and getting records because of huge budget cuts. NBC's Miguel Almaguer reports.

View “President Zack Discusses Judicial Funding in SF,” KGO (ABC – San Francisco), American Bar Association President Stephen Zack appeared on the news program ‘7 Live’ in San Francisco to discuss prominent cases in the news as well as funding for legal services and local courts.

View David Boies and Ted Olson join Outlook host Richard Ager, on New Hampshire Public Television, to talk about their nationwide effort to preserve justice for all.

Listen Carol Wise discusses on Sirius/XM news program 'Bloomberg on the Ball,' ABA President, Steve Zack's background as it relates to the efforts on state court funding.

View Theodore B. Olson discussing the work of the Task Force at the 2011 ABA Midyear Meeting Atlanta hearing.

View David Boies addressing the 2010 ABA Annual Meeting Opening Assembly and proposing reform to improve the justice system.


June 19, 2011 - AL.com
April 13, 2011 – Law.com
April 12, 2011 – Al.com
March 29, 2011 – Al.com
March 8, 2011 – Al.com


August 24, 2011 - GavelGrab
August 16, 2011 - Mercury News
July 22, 2011 - San Francisco Daily Journal
July 20, 2011 - LA Times
July 19, 2011 - Courthouse News Service
July 19, 2011 - SF Gate
July 18, 2011 - ABA 7 San Francisco News
July 13, 2011 - San Francisco Daily Journal
July 7, 2011 - San Francisco Daily Journal
June 15, 2011 - Law360.com

District of Columbia (DC)

April 12, 2011 – The BLT: Blog of the Legal Times


August 6, 2011 - Miami Herald
April 5, 2011 – NPR


July 22, 2011 - Chicago Daily Law Bulletin


June 20, 2011 - GavelGrab


June 8, 2011 - Bangor Daily News


July 14, 2011 - Boston.com

New Hamshire

June 5, 2011 - Concord Monitor

New York

July 29, 2011 - New York Times
July 11, 2011 - GavelGrab
July 4, 2011 - New York Times
May 16, 2011 - New York Times
April 21, 2011 – New York Law Journal
April 1, 2011 – The New York Times
March 28, 2011 – CNBC
March 3, 2011 – New York Law Journal


December, 24 2011 - The Seattle Times


March 7, 2011 – Wisconsin Law Journal