The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court is calling for another $17 million in funding for the state court system.
The Tuscaloosa News reports that Chuck Malone told members of the Alabama Press Association on Saturday the funding was needed to keep up with growing caseload.The court system received $152 million in fiscal year 2011 but the funding has dropped to $139 million this year. Malone said it's inadequate funding "when you're equipped with five-year-old equipment and computers and 50 percent manpower."
He said he's made personal decisions designed to save money, including driving his car rather than a state vehicle and choosing not to have a state-funded security guard.
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