Iowa Chief Justice Cady To Address Legislature

Iowa Chief Justice Mark Cady speaks to nearly 50 community members, lawyers, and media, about his plan to make Iowa's courts the highest ranked in the nation, at the Cedar County Courthouse, in Tipton, Iowa, on Friday, March 9, 2012. Iowa is currently ranked 5th in the nation for their over all judicial system and ranked 3rd in fairness. Cady spoke to the crowd for approximately 35 minutes before opening it up for questions.

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By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Chief Justice Mark Cady of the Iowa Supreme Court is set to address lawmakers in the annual "state of the judiciary" speech.

Cady will speak Wednesday morning before a joint session of the Legislature. Cady, who has served on the court since 1998, is seeking a budget increase for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

According to the governor's proposed budget, the judiciary is looking for an allocation of about $179 million, an increase of nearly $11 million over the projected spending for the current year.

A news release from the judicial branch says the speech will focus on efforts to make the court system the "most advanced, and the most responsive" in the nation.

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