Colo. chief justice says recession delaying cases

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The chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court says budget cuts have delayed court cases and people and businesses are finding it increasingly difficult to use the justice system.

Chief Justice Michael Bender addressed lawmakers Friday in his first State of the Judiciary speech. He said a number of civil trials have been slashed and many trials no longer have juries.

Judges are demanding that there be mandatory disclosure of information to opponents to speed up business and medical malpractice cases.

He also said many involved in divorce cases can no longer afford lawyers, forcing the courts to provide legal advice.

He said the judicial department has saved the state $11 million a year by monitoring felons released early from prison.