by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Pacific Judicial Council Conference continued today at the Hyatt Regency. Judicial officers and attorneys from throughout the region were treated to a speech from Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican, who spoke about the budget crisis that is affecting all courts in the last few years and how accountability can increase respect and trust that the other branches of government have with the courts.
He said, "The public needs to be reminded that access to justice is not a luxury. Court budget cuts threaten fundamental protections promised by our constitutions and statutes. Knowing how court funding is perceived helps us to frame the conversation and communicate the needs and importance of the system to decision makers and the public in general."
Heavican is also the president of the Conference of Chief Justices and spoke about the National Center for State Courts and the vital role they play in educating and providing consulting and technical assistance nationwide.