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In Focus: Judicial Branch Budget Crisis

Impact of Cuts:

    2 million people denied access to justice in their local communities;

    51 courthouses closed;

    205 courtrooms closed;

    30 courts with reduced public service hours; and

    37 with reduced self-help/family law facilitator services

      News Archive

      The Judicial Branch Receives a Penny of every General Fund Dollar
      "I submit to you, in the most diverse state in the union, that a penny on the dollar is insufficient to provide justice," Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, 2013 State of the Judiciary.

      News Archives

       

      Oct 26, 2014
      Superior Court Services Consolidating
      U-T San Diego

      Sept 24, 2014
      Santa Clara County reduces court hours for public
      San Jose Mercury News

      Sept 1, 2014
      COURTS: Budgets still lean for Inland counties
      Press Enterprise

      Aug 15, 2014
      Layoffs piling up for Shasta County Courts
      KRCR

      Aug 6, 2014
      Budget cuts hit Santa Clara County courts
      KTVU

      July 23, 2014
      Solano court employees rally against budget cuts, furloughs
      The Reporter

      July 21, 2014
      Savings produced by court budget cuts are exceeded by harmful economic effects, white paper says
      ABA Journal 

      July 9, 2014
      Make 200-mile trek to courthouse or plead guilty? Some defendants choose the latter
      ABA Journal

      July 6, 2014
      New budget, same challenges for Yolo Superior Court
      The Davis Enterprise

      June 25, 2014
      Solano County Courts announce closures, furloughs, layoffs for coming fiscal year
      The Reporter

      June 24, 2014
      State budget leaves big holes in court funding
      Sacramento Business Journal

      June 22, 2014
      Editorial: California lawmakers should help courts
      San Francisco Chronicle

      June 20, 2014
      New California budget fails to ease court woes, chief justice says
      Los Angeles Times

      Research and Stakeholder References

      State court budget cuts are economically self-defeating, study says
      Jul 21, 2014
      Savings from budget cuts to state courts are outweighed by lost tax revenues and other harmful economic effects, according to a white paper analyzing several studies by DRI, the Voice of the Defense Bar. 
      DRI White Paper | ABA Journal article

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      Nov 16, 2012
      "...in Northern California, massive budget cuts are making it close to impossible to get anything done at all.California state budget cuts cause delays, cuts in county court system."—ABC News10.net 

       

       

       

       


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      June 29, 2012
      CA Budget Cuts Force Tulare Courthouse Closure
      The doors to the Tulare courthouse will close for good at the end of August. The closure will force area-residents to travel either to Porterville or Visalia for their court cases as the county court system makes $3 million in cost-saving reductions.—ABC KSFN-TV