State of the Judiciary Address Praised as Bold & Inspirational
February 11, 2016
“Chief Justice Stowers’ called upon the Alaska Legislature to make bold and difficult decisions to meet the current economic crisis, not as lawmakers, but as statesmen,” said Rep. Gruenberg. “The most important message he gave us was that now is the time for lawmakers to have the courage to make the difficult decisions, no matter if those decisions are unpopular.”
Wednesday’s State of the State Address was the first such address for Chief Justice Stowers since being elected Chief Justice by the other four members of the Alaska Supreme Court. He acknowledged that the budget shortfall in Alaska warrants cuts in funding for the Alaska Court System but stressed the need to protect the core mission of the Court System, which includes providing a fair and impartial forum for the resolution of disputes, making the justice system accessible to the public, and providing the highest quality of service possible to the people of Alaska.
“Alaskans value our long history of fair and impartial courts and our court’s work is vital to countless Alaskans. I am pleased that Chief Justice Stowers is committed to maintaining the critical services the court system provides to Alaskans while balancing the need for cost savings,” said Rep. Matt Claman (D-Anchorage), a member of the House Finance subcommittee that deals with the budget for the Alaska Court System. “Alaskans need a responsible action plan for the budget that maintains critical services to Alaskans while cutting costs across state government.”
Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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