It cost $6.35 million to administer the state's Workers' Compensation Court system for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012. The current fiscal year's operating budget is $6.6 million.
Clingman estimated it could cost $15 million the first full year a dual system is in place, $13.5 million the second year and $13 million the third year.
Costs would gradually decline as fewer cases are decided under the old system, he said.
“Overlap of the systems would be for an indeterminate period of time,” Clingman stated.
Some old claims would remain in the judicial system for the life of the worker or the beneficiary of the deceased worker, he said.