Topeka — The Kansas judicial branch wants to offset proposed budget cuts by raising docket fees.
It’s asking the Legislature to end a ban on such fees.
The request is a reaction to a 3.4 percent across-the-board cut that a Senate committee has suggested to plug a deficit in the current state budget. The proposal would mean a nearly a $4 million cut for the courts.
Unlike other areas of state government, about 98 percent of the judicial budget is for salaries.
The Senate Judiciary Committee plans a Feb. 5 hearing on legislation to eliminate the fee ban.
Committee Chairman Tim Owens said he thinks it’s a good idea. He said the alternative would be furloughing court employees throughout the state which would create a backlog in cases.