Four new circuit court branches would be opened by August, costing the state $1.1 million in fiscal 2024 and $1.2 million the following year, under Gov. Evers' proposed 2023-25 state budget.
Establishing the branches would comply with 2019 Act 184, which allows the director of state courts to select the counties that will get the new branches.
Evers also included $840,800 over the two years to fund additional, undefined costs associated with the new courts.
Eight new state employees would staff the branches. Other employees, such as deputy court clerks, are hired at county expense.
Other items included in Evers' proposed courts budget include:
Overall, the circuit court budget, under the proposal, would increase from $116 million this fiscal year, to $118.1 million in fiscal 2024, an increase of $2.1 million, or 1.8%. It would drop to $117.2 million in 2025, a decline of 0.7% from the 2024 amount and a 1% increase from this year's budget.
Evers' court proposal includes policy items proposed in other agency budgets. WJI will include them in the discussion of those budgets.
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