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The Judicial Branch Budget Crisis

Financing the California Courts

County-by-County Snapshots
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.



"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:
  • 53 courthouses and a total of 204 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. 

The court system needs a substantial reinvestment just to keep doors open and restore timely, meaningful justice to the public.

Latest News

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

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

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What's Next

Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee
The Judicial Council's advisory committee on trial court budget issues meets in Sacramento:

Sept 17: Funding methodology subcommittee
Sept 26: Full committee

The meetings are open to the public. Agenda, call-in numbers, comment procedures, and materials will be posted on the advisory committee's web page the week before the meetings.