According to an article in the Economist on October 1, 2011, the recession is also affecting the judiciary In California.  Backlogs have increased, trials take longer to finalize, and access to courts is increasingly limited at a time when there is greater need for access to justice.   See “An underfunded court system weakens the economy as well as access to justice.”

If you are interested in law reviews on the topic you may search in the Index To Legal Periodicals.  Select ‘Legal Periodicals Full Text’ as your database and use the following subject search query ‘courts/finance.’   You can also limit your findings by year.

The two recent legal articles on the topics are:

Moyer, Bruce, Budget Cuts Could Hurt Federal Courts, 58 FED. LAW, May at 8 (2011) and Podgers, James,The Crisis Grows: Concerns Over funding for State Courts Dominate the ABA Annual Meeting, 97 A.B.A.J. 56 (2011)

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning