Chief Justice says budget cuts harm court system

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote in his annual report on the state of the federal judiciary that the budget cuts imposed by Congress “pose a genuine threat to public safety,” according to a Dec. 31 New York Times article. The current report continues a similar theme from previous years.

Roberts noted that reductions have created delays in civil and bankruptcy cases, as well as decreasing funding for probation and pretrial services in addition to security needs at individual courthouses, putting both the public and court officers at greater risk.

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