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Mar 17, 2014

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye tells legislators during her annual State of the Judiciary address that California residents face "astonishing and harmful delays in urgent family matters, in business contracts, wrongful termination, discrimination cases, personal injury cases—across the board" because of the underfunding of the courts.

In the Media

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.

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
With Budgets Tight, Small Towns Go Without Courthouses
National Public Radio

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

June 18, 2013
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
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