Chief Justice: Cuts Taking a Toll on Courts

January 02, 2014

Budget cuts have imperiled the ability of the federal court system to deliver prompt justice, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his annual report on the judiciary reports the New York Times. Unlike other federal agencies, “virtually all of [the courts'] core functions are constitutionally and statutorily required,” Roberts wrote.

A year ago, Roberts tried to defend the courts from the looming 5% funding cut. And in August, he told Vice President Joe Biden that the cuts "have forced us to slash our operations to the bone."