DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady is calling for increased in the court system, which has been hit by budget cuts in recent years.

Cady gave the annual "state of the judiciary" address Wednesday before a joint session of the Legislature. He asked lawmakers to support the system, which he pledged to make the best in the nation.

This year the judiciary is requesting an 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.

Cady said the court needs to increase staffing in juvenile courts, keep clerk of court offices open in Iowa full-time and provide support staff to justices.