American Judges Association



Tam Schumann

Date of this Version



Court Review, Volume 45, Issue 1-2, page 3


Copyright © 2009 American Judges Association. Used by permission.


The overwhelming concern shared by all courts in the United States today is the financial impact on the courts from these difficult economic times. In my role as president of AJA, I have attended meetings of the Conferences of the Chief Justices, the Conference of State Court Administrators, and the National Association for Court Management. All of these entities have addressed the problems of running a court with less available resources.

I would like to share the current approach California has taken in an area that directly affects its judiciary—the voluntary waiver of a portion of our salary to prevent court-employee layoffs. My understanding is that several other states have considered this approach. I hope by sharing the California experience and research that it will assist you if your state entertains a similar idea.