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Budget deal would unfreeze 23 judgeships

The budget compromise hammered out last week by House and Senate conferees includes money for filling 23 trial court judgeships, according to a knowledgeable source.

The plan would unfreeze 10 circuit court positions, six general district court slots, and seven juvenile and domestic relations court seats, at a reported cost of $5.8 million for judgeships and court personnel.

The judgeships to be funded would be those that are either vacant now or will become vacant this year where the caseload exceeds the state average. A list of judgeships to be filled is expected to be available later this week.

The information comes from an official with knowledge of the budget conference proceedings who is not authorized to speak for the conferees.

The original House budget plan called for unfreezing 33 judgeships, the Senate proposed funding 10.

By Peter Vieth

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