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Chief Justice Gildea Tells MPR Listeners About Court Innovations, Funding Needs

Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea appeared on MPR's Morning Edition Program Tuesday to talk about court modernizing initiatives and funding shortages. She said part of the solution to addressing the justice system's budget woes is educating people about its role in society. Gildea has called on attorneys to form a grass roots campaign to educate the public about the connection between an adequately funded justice system and the safety and security of their communities.

"The justice system belongs to the people; it doesn't belong to judges and lawyers," Gildea told MPR's Morning Edition. "I think we should be talking to the people about that." Gildea said she agrees with former Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, who said the funding situation has put the court system at its "tipping point."

Listen to the full interview