On June 30, 2011, the General Assembly approved Connecticut Public Act 11-1 of the June Special Session, which reduces the previously enacted appropriations for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. Under the Act, the Connecticut Judicial Branch would need to cut an additional 10% from its previously authorized budget. In accordance with that order, Chief Court Administrator Judge Barbara Quinn has laid out some serious cuts to the judiciary including closing four courthouses, one juvenile detention center, several offices and six law libraries (Hartford, Putnam, Litchfield, Danbury, Rockville, and Willimantic). This plan would include laying off 452 valued employees and eliminating 150 unfilled positions for a total reduction of 602 employees and positions. The reductions will take effect unless an agreement is reached between the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition and the state by August 31, 2011.
These changes would have a devastating impact on not only SNELLA members and other law librarians, but would also negatively impact public access to legal information to all residents of Connecticut. SNELLA 's executive board is monitoring the situation in Hartford, working closely with the AALL Government Relations Office and building coalitions outside the chapter organization. We will continue to keep members apprised of the situation and advocate on behalf of our members.
This is a fascinating and important issue for the legal community as governments increasingly publish primary materials in online format only.
From the NCCUSL Website:
"The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) approved ... a new act that establishes an outcomes-based, technology-neutral fraomework for providing online legal materials with the same level of trustworthiness traditionally provided by publication in a law book."
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