In State of the Judiciary speech, chief justice defends closing Dubois court

Jan 9, 2013 By Bob Moen, The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- State Chief Justice Marilyn Kite says Wyoming's court system is working to cut costs as best it can because of predictions of flat state revenue.

Kite addressed a joint session of the Wyoming Legislature on Wednesday in the annual State of the Judiciary address given at the start of each legislative session by the Wyoming Chief Justice.

She says based on case filings and workload studies the system is proposing to close satellite courts in Dubois, Lovell and Powell. Their court functions would move to their respective county seats.

Kite acknowledged local opposition to the decision but says the court system is working with lawmakers to address the concerns of the communities.

She also asked the Legislature to change some outdated and costly requirements, such as phasing out some full-time circuit court magistrates and cutting down on certain required court transcripts.

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