WASHINGTON, D.C.—While participating in the American Bar Association’s 2012 Law Day event today, Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), issued the following statement regarding the widespread underfunding of America’s state courts.
“Recent reductions in court funding are paralyzing judiciaries in some states and slowing the delivery of justice in others. Delays in resolving litigation can be devastating for businesses, causing postponement of new hiring, restricted access to credit, and negative impacts on stock prices and business reputation.
“At a time when more than 12 million Americans are unemployed, this situation is unacceptable. To promote economic growth and ensure the continued vibrancy of American businesses, states must ensure their courts have adequate funding.”
ILR seeks to promote civil justice reform through legislative, political, judicial, and educational activities at the national, state, and local levels.
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