PPH reports “Court system cash strapped, says chief justice.” Maine Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Leigh Saufley’s Tuesday (1-19-11) meeting with members of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee provided an overview of Maine’s court system. “We are doing very well given the limited budget that we have at this point,” Saufley said. “But we are struggling, there’s no question about that.” “Forty-one clerks’ offices have been reduced to 26, two courthouses have recently been closed, four more have been consolidated into two, with more consolidations scheduled in the next three years, Saufley said.”
The NH Concord Monitor reports ”NH chief justice proposes new mega-court.” “New Hampshire court officials said Wednesday that combining three courts into one will better serve the public while saving $37 million over 10 years.”
“The plan to combine the state’s probate, family and district courts into a new Circuit Court was the centerpiece of a report submitted to the state Supreme Court by the Judicial Innovation Commission. The group, which included judicial branch workers, lawmakers and businesspeople, was appointed in March to analyze how to cut costs and streamline court operations at time when courts face both growing demand for services and shrinking funding. Under the plan, the state’s 78 courts in 40 locations would remain open, but management and staff would be shared. In 2009, Gov. John Lynch proposed closing some courts and consolidating others to save money but the Legislature rejected the idea.”
Are the courts really “cash strapped?” The months of research on the evidence below are serious points to ponder:
Court docket numbers are assigned a CUSIP number, securitized and traded for profit. “Each case has its own account! And the clerk is the “custodian of the account!” Gives new meaning to the phrase “the business of the court!”
The Court Registry Investment System (CRIS) is a cash management system used by the Judiciary. (see p. 41) The CRIS report shows how the courts invest and financially benefit from court cases. (This is a large file. It may take up to 5 minutes to download but it is totally worth the wait.)
The number consists of nine characters (including letters and numbers) that uniquely identify a company or issuer and the type of security. A similar system is used to identify foreign securities (CUSIP International Numbering System).
Court cases are issued a CUSIP number. To find the CUSIP No. and Bonds by the CUSIP No. Click here.
US District Court Local Rules
67.2 Deposit of Registry Funds Into Interest-Bearing Account
Connect the dots.
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Do we have more than just a conflict of interest here? Are the courts “crying wolf?”
I attended a hearing in Bath, Maine awhile back. Most cases involved traffic violations. The accused were hurdled in like cattle. From 9:00 a.m. to noontime, approximately $30,000 in fines were agreed upon by the victims. The same line was spoken by the judge “how much can you pay today?” This is only ONE court in Maine. Where does this money go? Is it not time for an audit of the Maine courts?