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In Focus: Judicial Branch Budget Crisis


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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

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

Aug 6, 2014
Budget cuts hit Santa Clara County courts

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

In the Media: Local Impact Stories

Due to increasingly severe budget cuts, more and more state court systems have become dysfunctional in the last few yearsRemapping Debate, Oct 3

Opinion: Riverside County: The state should stop depriving local courts, by Judge Elisabeth Sichel, Superior Court of Riverside County and a member of the Judicial Council, for The Press-Enterprise, Apr 29 

Statewide and National News

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

Legislators Appeal to Governor: Fund the Courts May 5, 2014
A bipartisan group of state legislators has asked Gov. Jerry Brown to restore adequate funding to California's courts. Recorder article
Assembly letter | Senate letter

Chief Justice at table with ABA President Robinson

Chief Justice Hosts Summit to Discuss Budget Crisis
On July 27, California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil Sakauye hosted a summit in her chambers attended by American Bar Association President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III and members of the State Bar.

 Listen to ABA President Robinson's presentation to the Judicial Council later that morning on how the recession is impacting courts nation-wide.

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Chief Justice Names Ad Hoc Budget Group—California Courts News Release (May 18)

Statewide Hearing to Bring Focus on Threats to Civil Justice—California Courts News Release (Dec 2011)

Branch and Stakeholder Responses to Governor's May Revise