New Orleans has almost twice as many judges as it needs and it's costing taxpayers $14 million a year, according to a new report by the Bureau of Governmental Research.
Janet Howard with BGR says the report looked at each judge's workload and the number of cases filed in each of the parish's seven courts.
"It costs an average of $575,000 for an unnecessary judgeship. This is very important for Orleans Parish given the unmet needs of the city. You want your money to be going to services that are truly needed," said Howard.
Based on a formula, it suggests reducing the number of civil court judges from 14 to 7 and eliminate six of 13 criminal court judges.
The report also suggests going from six to one judge in juvenile court, keeping just one of the four traffic court judges, and getting rid of three city court judges. That's 25 judges in all.
Only the legislature can reduce the number of judges, which it has refused to do in the past.
The Supreme Court's judicial council is also studying the issue and will release its recommendations in February.