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States Cut Down on Jury Trials

The state of New Hampshire has come up a novel way to save money — suspending jury trials. The New York Times reports:

John Broderick, the state's chief justice, said suspending trials was essential to avoid layoffs in the judicial system, which has already cut $2.7 million from its budget.The measure will save about $73,000, the monthly amount spent on stipends for jurors.

The Granite State isn't alone: "Vermont is closing its district and family courthouses a half day per week for the rest of the fiscal year to save $300,000." What's next?