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Jul 21, 2014
State court budget cuts are economically self-defeating, study says
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

Jun 20, 2014
Chief Justice issues statement in response to 2014–2015 budget
"...While I appreciate the work of the Governor and the Legislature in increasing branch funding, especially given the context of this budget, the state revenues, the demands and the needs—unfortunately it is not enough to provide timely, meaningful justice to the public." Statement


In the Media

May 22, 2014
Viewpoints: Allan Zaremberg: Fully funded court system essential to state’s economic success
Sacramento Bee

May 21, 2014
From KPIX San Francisco

May 10, 2014
Cutbacks in California court system produce long lines, short tempers
Los Angeles Times

May 5, 2014
Lawmakers United in Plea for Court Budget Boost
The Recorder

Apr 30, 2014
AUDIO: State’s Chief Justice Fights to Restore Funding for Courts

Apr 28, 2014
In San Rafael appearance, California chief justice stumps for more funding
Marin Independent Journal

Mar 17, 2014
California chief justice warns of ‘civil rights crisis’
Associated Press

Chief Justice's State of the Judiciary Address: Video and transcript

Feb 19, 2014
California Legislative Analyst's Office questions Brown's jail funding proposal, predicts further court cuts

Feb 13, 2014
Chief justice urges Inland attorneys to fight for funding
Press Enterprise

Jan 24, 2014

In an interview with the Sacramento Bee Editorial Board, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye explains how services in the state courts have fallen to substandard levels, and how her 3-Year Blueprint will bring reinvestment back to the courts. See article.

Jan 15, 2014
CA Chief Justice says Gov. Brown's budget leaves courts substandard

Chief justice to Brown: Courts need money
Capitol Weekly

Jan 14, 2014
Brown's budget plan would require cuts, chief justice says
Los Angeles Times

Chief justice: Courts need more money just to maintain status quo
Sacramento Business Journal

Jan 9, 2014
Chief Justice's Statement on Governor’s Proposed 2014–2015 Budget

Governor Proposes 2014-2015 Budget

Dec 1, 2013
The Children Left BehindCalifornia Lawyer Magazine
Funding cutbacks make sad situations even worse behind the closed doors of California's dependency courts.

Oct 21, 2013

In an interview with KQED News on television and radio, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye explains how budget cuts to the state courts have created a “two-tier system of justice.”

Sept 3, 2013
Opinion: Dear Governor Brown California Lawyer Magazine
"I trust you had a great summer. You should - you're on a roll! Last November, contrary to the expectations of many skeptics, California voters adopted, by a nearly 11-point margin, your Proposition 30 to increase tax rates, mostly on the wealthy."

Aug 9, 2013
Deep Cuts To Court Funding Make CA Chief Justice “afraid to see the future”
Bay City News

Aug 6, 2013
AUDIO: With Budgets Tight, Small Towns Go Without Courthouses
National Public Radio

July 24, 2013
VIDEO: California Superior Courts in Crisis
NBC Bay Area

June 18, 2013
AUDIO: Budget Cuts Threaten Far-Flung Courthouses
The California Report

June 12, 2013
L.A. County court cuts to result in longer waits for public
Los Angeles Times

May 15, 2013
AUDIO: Budget Woes Mean Big Delays For Small Claims Courts
National Public Radio

May 8, 2013
Debtor's Purgatory
East Bay Express

Apr 26, 2013
Court System Is on Life Support

Apr 20, 2013
South L.A. residents decry closing of juvenile court, other cuts
Los Angeles Times

Apr 9, 2013
Budget cuts force California courts to delay trials, ax services
Los Angeles Times

Mar 15, 2013
Editorial: State courts need reform and dollars to ensure justice
Sacramento Bee

Mar 11, 2013
Budget cuts, other factors causing court delays
Bakersfield Californian

Feb 21, 2013
California's Chief Justice Worries About 'Dismemberment of the Judicial Branch'
Courthouse News Service

Feb 19, 2013
Viewpoints: Justice system in California is under budgetary assault
Sacramento Bee

Jan 29, 2013
Opinion: The Slow Death of Justice in California
Huffington Post

Jan 20, 2013
Judges say courts under siege from budget cuts
Associated Press

Jan 20, 2013
Judicial officials say it's time to restore California court funding
Sacramento Bee

Jan 15, 2013
Upcoming closure of Lodi courthouse raises questions
Lodi News Sentinel

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Nov 16, 2012
" 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 





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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