FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A study concludes Virginia needs at least 30 new judges to preside over juvenile and circuit courts.
The Free Lance-Star reports that the cost of adding those new judges and related expenses would total more than $9 million, making it unlikely that lawmakers can find the funds to pay for them.
The $240,000 study was conducted by the National Center for State Courts. It was given to the Supreme Court of Virginia in November and presented to the House Appropriations Committee during its annual budget retreat last week.
Legislators commissioned the study because of rising caseloads in several judicial districts.
The study found that the number of judges sitting on trial courts is "inadequate to handle the total workload of the courts."
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