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Fewer traffic tickets cause money woes for Nevada Supreme Court

Posted by Neil Shouse | Mar 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

With Nevada cops writing fewer traffic tickets, the Nevada Supreme Court's budget is suffering. It was reported recently that traffic ticket fines make up close to three-fifths of the court's budget. It is estimated that the dearth of traffic ticket fines will reduce the court's budget by 10 percent.

This is nothing new—traffic citations have been issued with less frequency starting in 2010. Currently, the court is facing a $700,000 budget shortfall. It is expected the state legislature will soon consider a bill to fund the court.

Chief Justice James Hardesty said, “The court encourages the commission of the crime so that we have adequate money to operate. I submit that at some point, maybe the legislature should revisit the manner by which the court is funded and the entire show should be in the state general fund." For more on this story, read: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2015/03/23/the-chief-justice-of-nevadas-supreme-court-says-a-decline-in-traffic-tickets-is-starving-his-budget/

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A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.

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