N E W S
New York State Communications Director
Unified Court System Mai Yee, Communication Officer
Chief Administrative Judge
Release: Immediate, April 1, 1998
Study Demonstrates Over $92 Million in
from Court Restructuring
NEW YORK--Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and Chief
Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman today issued a study setting
out in detail the fiscal implications of the court system's proposal
for restructuring of the trial courts. The study demonstrates
that over the first five years, adoption of a simplified court
structure will produce net savings to the State of over $92 million.
The study is the result of a detailed
analysis of both the costs and savings of the proposal, which
would reconfigure the nine State-funded trial courts into a two-tiered
structure. The five- year analysis reveals that:
- nearly $75 million will be
saved from increases in productivity and cost/workload efficiency.
- Restructuring will significantly
reduce the costs to the Judiciary of processing its growing caseload,
by eliminating case processing redundancies caused by the present
system of multiple courts with overlapping jurisdiction.
- more than $30 million in
savings will result from the coordinated delivery of services.
- A simplified court structure
will permit increased efficiency of court operations through
coordinated delivery of administrative services, unified court
management and standardization of the Judiciary's information
- The combined savings to the
State of over $105 million is offset by modest initial costs--$2.3
to $2.9 million per year-- primarily for adjustments of some
judicial salaries to eliminate salary disparities that would
exist within each of the two reconfigured courts. The result
is a net savings to the State of over $92 million.
- Chief Judge Kaye commented,
"I am heartened to learn of the two-fold benefits to New
Yorkers from our restructuring proposal. First and foremost,
a simplified trial court system will be easier for citizens to
understand and navigate, resulting in speedier decisions and
increased trust in the justice system. We now know from a thorough
review that a simplified structure will also save the taxpayers
a great deal of money."
- Chief Administrative Judge Lippman
added, "We undertook a painstaking analysis of all possible
impacts of court restructuring to objectively quantify its potential
fiscal impact on the public. We are pleased that the savings
turned out to be larger than first expected. Indeed, the costs
involved are insignificant when compared to the many millions
of dollars that the State will save under this proposal."
- A copy of the Executive Summary
is attached. Copies of the full report are available from the
court system's Communications Office, by calling 212-428-2500.