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Judiciary seeks funding support from president

The federal judiciary is appealing to President Obama for the funding necessary in fiscal 2014 to perform its essential constitutional functions.

Without it, the federal courts face additional reductions in staff and services that will severely affect individuals and businesses seeking to resolve disputes.

“Several years of flat funding, followed by the sequestration cuts that took effect March 1, 2013, have had a devastating impact on court operations nationwide,” Judge John D. Bates, Judicial Conference secretary, wrote to the president Wednesday.

“It is essential that someone speak for the judiciary and I respectfully ask that the administration help make the case for an increase in funding above the FY 2013 post-sequestration level for the judiciary.”

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