Courts Feel The Impact Of Budget Cuts

A $38 million dollar reduction from the state's judicial system budget is having an impact on local court systems.

In Beaufort County for example, the D.A.covers five counties. His Washington office is closed to the public on Wednesdays so he can handle cases in other counties, like Martin County. The doors to the D.A's office there are shut Tuesdays, Thursdays and for half days on Fridays. While the clerk's office is open five days a weeks, they have a very limited number of staff.

Tonya Leggett, Martin County Clerk of Court says the situation will only get worse because the magistrate's offices in Beaufort & Martin will be down a person next December.

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  • by Concerned State Employee on Nov 2, 2011 at 08:05 AM
    Just to set the record straight Judicial employees have not had a raise in at least 4 to 5 years, and teachers have had a raise within that time. Not all the Judicial emplyees make $30 an hour, very very few do. Until you work within the Judicial system and see the internal day to day things we have to do don't cast judgment!
  • by Donald Location: Washington on Oct 30, 2011 at 04:28 AM
    To concerned citizen; I HAVE to respond to your "Nice" DA letter... The DA's office DOES NOT represent ANY victim other than the State. Period. They are not there for the best interest of the rape victim, or the mugging victim, or the car jack victim... they ARE there for the best interest of the State. Sorry to bust your bubble.
  • by c-had Location: police state nc on Oct 28, 2011 at 09:06 AM
    If you work in the courthouse you are a crook, period. Crooked cops go hand in hand with crooked elitist judges and crooked lawyers. Theives and extortionists is all they are. I will never pity these dregs of society.By the way ,State Employee, we all learned about the branches of government in school.Its really not that complicated.
  • by concerned SE Location: williamston on Oct 28, 2011 at 07:14 AM
    The DA office staff has been cut tremendously, but none of the work that they are required to do have been cut. The offices have no other choice than to be closed several days a week; because there is no way that they represent their victims if no other work and preparation can get done. The DA office staff pride themselves in helping the citizens of their counties. I happened to know that the staff at the Martin Co. DA office work very hard and diligently to make sure the citizens of this county receives the justice they deserve. It’s easy to judge a situation standing on the outside, but you never know how it really is, unless you go on the inside. If you have never been a victim of a crime, then you may not care how the court systems work, but if you have, then you understand and know the work that goes into finding a perpetrator guilty. The DA nor his/her staff does not just sit around and received a paycheck. They work for it just like any other employee on a job. As for the court cost and tickets fines, those prices are not set by your local DA, nor have they ever. They are set by your legislators. None of the money from the fines goes to the DA office at all. The DA office and staff feels the economy just like everyone else. To make a change, we must get the message across to our legislators. The problem is not at the bottom, but it starts at the top!
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      by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2011 at 01:00 PM in reply to concerned SE
      Bull I need to get hip waders to walk around you
  • by State Employee Location: Here on Oct 27, 2011 at 01:59 PM
    Hmmm, this reminds me of a song Jimmy Buffett wrote about: "Don't try to describe the ocean if you've never seen it". In other words, unless 'you' work for the State, specifically under the Judicial Branch, and understands how the process works, keep your mouth shut!
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      by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2011 at 05:54 AM in reply to State Employee
      Your attitude and those like you are what caused the problem. I took my whole $15.00 a day during jury duty. And sat there watched as the lawyers in their high dollar suits making hundreds an hour get money thrown at them by the sitting judge. And asked if the crook thought it was fair. The man in black should have asked if people seated on the benches in front of him. You know, the taxpayer who forked out the money. So zip it up you sound foolish
  • by Res Ipsa Location: Here on Oct 27, 2011 at 11:27 AM
    Couple of points: The money for tickets goes to Raleigh and only a small portion of the money stays local and NONE of the money goes to the local DAs Office. New fees (Millions of $)are going to the Sheriff's Association to transport and pay for prisoners DOC does not take! As for those hard nosed, make no deal claims, I hope you don't get a ticket or decide to break a law. If so, admit it and take it like a man! Don't ask for any slack or mercy from the DA or the Judge.
  • by Lee Location: Washington on Oct 27, 2011 at 01:29 AM
    There is no way that I can feel sorry for that bunch of lawyers. At almost 200 dollars for a simple ticket and hundreds of people in court every day they make thousands a week. They waste more money than congress. Oh heck they are lawyers too. Want to save money quit building multimillion dollar court houses. Cut lawyers pay, quit showboating. No more good than the whole system does, shut it down.
  • by Remember When on Oct 26, 2011 at 09:45 PM
    Remember when....getting caught underage with a sixpack meant being told to go straight home and you did? Now its bust everyone you can at any cost.....right or wrong!
  • by Anon at 9:28 on Oct 26, 2011 at 07:33 PM
    Guess someone got a seatbelt ticket. They re not that hard to wear!!!
  • by Reply to Nora on Oct 26, 2011 at 07:31 PM
    Its not a fee if you dont break the law. I would rather law breakers pay it than me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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