What problems of access and quality of services exist for rural courts?
Rural courts suffer from a lack of access to training and education facilities. The small size of staffs in rural courts makes it harder to send staff members out to receive additional training. The geographic locations of the counties might make it almost impossible for the staff to receive additional higher education at an accredited university. Rural clerks perceive that urban areas receive more than their share of the budget. Most rural counties do not receive enough state funding to fund their court systems. They must rely on other sources of revenue, such as taxes, to fully fund the court system. This means that many rural courts are operating on very tight budgets.