State of Judiciary Speech Set for Today

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 Rachel Begle

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, used last year's address to decry budget cuts in the Iowa judicial system.

This year, Gov. Terry Branstad is recommending that the courts get their requested budget allocation of $167.7 million for the fiscal year that starts July 1. That would be an increase of nearly $6 million over the current year.

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