The Waiting Game

Justice will be served in the 18th Judicial District -- eventually.

Pretty soon, other districts will face the same tough choices. When the new fiscal year begins in July, judicial districts across Colorado will have only enough money to staff their offices at 83 percent of the normal level. For those, such as the 18th, already operating with a skeleton crew, it will be business as usual. But districts that haven't experienced much staff turnover in the last year will have to lay off workers. It will be the lowest staffing level in Colorado courts since 1996, when there were approximately 40,000 fewer cases than there are now.

"I see it as only getting worse," Parker predicts.

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