CHIEF JUSTICE STEELE IDENTIFIES TOP BUDGET PRIORITIES FOR FY 2009
The top operating and capital budget priorities for the Judicial Branch for FY 2009 identified by Chief Justice Myron T. Steele are:
Operating Budget. Additional judges and related court staff for the Superior Court are the top new priority of the Judiciary’s operating budget. The Superior Court last added new judges in New Castle County in 1994. Since that time, caseloads in that county have increased by 54%.
Capital Budget. Top among the list of capital budget requests is funding for the continued expansion and renovation of the Kent County Courthouse, which is the final phase of the State’s program to acquire and modernize court facilities in each county. The project will provide for the construction of a new courthouse on the site of the O’Brien Building, the construction of a connecting structure between the new and the historic courthouses, and renovations to the historic courthouse.