“Autonomy, Access, and Accountability” Sparks Debate at Kentucky Court Crisis Symposium (Part 1)
Constitutional scholars and state supreme court justices discuss the role state constitutions play in the court funding debate. Arguing that the legislature cannot deny court funding to perform essential functions without violating the separation of powers, panelists are not optimistic the recession will bring an end to the crisis in state courts.
Panelists say that judges may have to take their funding cases to the courts to guarantee the separation of powers, right to remedy and open courts clauses in the state constitutions.
The 90-minute session, “Court Funding: Autonomy, Access, and Accountability,” is part of a Sept. 23-24 symposium on state court underfunding, sponsored by the Kentucky Law Journal, the American Bar Association and the National Center for State Courts.
Speakers in order of appearance:
Kate Anderson, Kentucky Law Journal Features Editor
Moderator: Jean Toal, Chief Justice, South Carolina Supreme Court
Christine Durham, Chief Justice, Utah Supreme Court
G. Alan Tarr, Center for Constitutional Studies, Rutgers University
Bob Peck, Center for Constitutional Litigation
David Barron, Harvard Law School
Peggy Quince, former Chief Justice, Florida Supreme Court