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State of the Judiciary AddressJanuary 13, 2005
Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerry Alexander will unveil the first phase of a plan to reform funding of
The address will begin at before a joint session of the Washington State Legislature.
The funding reform plan is a result of extensive research and collaboration by the Board for Judicial Administration’s Court Funding Task Force, which included more than 100 members statewide. The Task Force released its final report in late December detailing significant and increasing problems in the state justice system caused by an inadequate and lopsided funding system. Washington’s current system has counties and cities paying for nearly 90 percent of trial court costs, prosecution and public defense, ranking 50th in the nation for state government participation in such funding, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Alexander will discuss the findings of the Task Force and the first phase of a long-range plan for stabilizing court funding in
Alexander is the Supreme Court’s 52nd chief justice, and was recently elected to a second four-year term as chief by his fellow justices. It will make him the longest-serving chief justice in state history. He was elected to the Court in 1994 after serving for more than two decades as a superior court judge in Thurston and
Alexander’s address will be carried live via TVW,
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