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The Judicial Branch Budget Crisis

Financing the California Courts

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"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:
  • 51 courthouses and a total of 205 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, Administrative Office of the Courts
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.

Only a penny of every General Fund dollar supports California's courts, not enough to sustain a healthy system. In 2013, courts struggled to maintain services while absorbing a cut of  nearly a half billion dollars. 

One-time sources that softened past cuts are gone. In the coming fiscal year, the court system needs a substantial reinvestment just to keep doors open.

Latest News

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

Feb 6, 2014
Budget Woes Threaten Porterville Courthouse
Visalia Times Delta

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


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What's Next

Judicial Council Meets Apr 24-25
The Judicial Council will meet in San Francisco to discuss issues related to the current funding crisis and to hear recommendations for next fiscal year.