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Amendments would provide money for judiciary budget

Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed two budget amendments today that will affect the judiciary’s budget.

He suggests $1.7 million for what he described as “longstanding priority judicial vacancies” and an additional $5.4 million to the criminal fund to help pay the cost of representing indigent defendants.

The amount allocated for judicial vacancies would cover the salary and benefits for seven judges. That would make a relatively small dent in the 32 vacancies that have already occurred or are expected in circuit and general district courts from early 2010 through June 2012.

The General Assembly voted not to fill any vacancies that occur before July 1, 2012, and reduced the judiciary’s budget by $10.5 million to reflect the expected savings.
By Alan Cooper

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