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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - More than two years ago, lawmakers asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to determine if the state has too many district and city court judges.

It's unclear if the Supreme Court will meet the February deadline with detailed suggestions on where to cut - or will instead ask for further study.

Judge Robert Morrison, the district judge who is the Supreme Court's chief adviser on such issues, said Thursday the state doesn't have enough data to make sound recommendations.

Morrison's comments were to a committee overseeing the judgeship study.

The Bureau of Governmental Research, a government watchdog organization, says if the court recommends further study, it will delay the elimination of unneeded judgeships for years. The state can't cut a judge's term short, and the next judicial election is in November.

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