Chief Justice Roberts Decries Sequestration Cuts to Courts: ‘Undermines Public’s Confidence’

Chief Justice John Roberts has a New Year’s resolution: get his court system’s funding restored.

“The impact of the sequester was more significant on the courts than elsewhere in the government, because virtually all of their core functions are constitutionally and statutorily required,” Roberts wrote in his Year-End Report on the State of the Federal Judiciary. “Unlike most Executive Branch agencies, the courts do not have discretionary programs they can eliminate or postpone in response to budget cuts.”

Roberts warned that inadequate staffing could lead to costly trial delays, inefficient civil cases, less protection in courtrooms, and fewer services for defendants.

“It takes no imagination to see that failing to meet the judiciary’s essential requirements undermines the public’s confidence in all three branches of government,” he added.

This is not the first time Roberts has criticized sequestration cuts; he excoriated the across-the-board funding reductions in a speech last June.


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