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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon's top judge says a boost in funding helped the court system better keep pace with the half-million cases that are filed each year.

Chief Justice Thomas Balmer delivered his annual state of the courts address on Friday in Salem.

He says the courts still haven't fully recovered from the economic downturn but are finally able to move closer to normal business hours and speed up the time it takes for cases to move through the system.

Judges told state lawmakers last year that poor funding was severely hampering the courts' ability to provide speedy access to justice and dispute resolution.

The Statesman Journal reports that Balmer said the additional money has eliminated court closures and mandatory days off for all court staff except elected judges.

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