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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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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

June 24, 2015
Jerry Brown signs $115.4 billion general fund budget
Sacramento Bee

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

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The judicial branch budget is only 1.4% of the state's General Fund. Learn more