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The Judicial Branch Budget Crisis

Financing the California Courts


"SoCal Connected" takes a look inside courtrooms throughout L.A. Whether it's fighting for custody, filing for divorce or arguing a traffic ticket, everyone is courting disaster.

Impacts Mounting Since 2010

Past cuts have already reduced access to justice:
  • 52 courthouses and a total of 202 courtrooms closed
  • Courthouse closures now affect more than 2 millon Californians  
  • 30 courts with reduced hours
  • 37 with reduced self-help/family law facilitators

Without funding restoration, impacts will grow even worse.

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Bob Fleshman
Judicial Council of California
455 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102

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InFocus: Judicial Branch Budget Crisis

The California state court system, the largest in the world, serves 38 million people. Unprecedented budget cuts since 2008 hamper the people's access to justice.

Approximately one penny of every General Fund dollar supports California's courts, not enough to sustain a healthy system. Courts are struggling to maintain services to the public. 

To keep doors open and restore timely, meaningful justice to the public, the court system needs new investment and stable, reliable funding.

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Years of ongoing budget cuts have made a great impact on local courts and their ability to deliver fair and timely access to justice. How are courts doing in your county? Find out here.

Latest News

May 14, 2015
California courts get slight boost in governor's budget
Mercury News

April 9, 2015
Kern's court funding troubles: 'Justice delayed is justice denied'

March 31, 2015
Report outlines dire need in courts
Daily Press

March 11, 2015
Cutbacks Still Felt Deeply In California’s Civil Courts
KQED California Report

Jan 31, 2015
California courts innovate small changes despite budget cuts
Associated Press

Jan 31, 2015
A look at ways California courts made changes in tough times
Associated Press

Jan 9, 2015
California courts get funding boost in Gov. Brown's budget
San Jose Mercury News

Dec 18, 2014
County’s Judge Shortage Critical
Mountain News

Nov 18, 2014
Video: South Bay, East County traffic courts may close and move to Kearny Mesa
10 News San Diego

Nov 3, 2014
Interactive Map: Closed Courthouses in California
California Bar Journal

Graphic: Closed Courthouses in California

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

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