New Budget Cuts Leave Calif. Courts’ Fate Uncertain

Law360, San Diego (January 10, 2013, 10:48 PM EST) -- Gov. Jerry Brown’s Thursday budget proposal to cut $200 million from the California judiciary is expected to freeze courthouse construction plans in the short term, but legal experts worry it may eventually lead to further layoffs and courtroom closures that could bring civil cases to a halt.

The state budget proposes $3.1 billion to fund the California courts and the Judicial Council for 2013-2014, but it also includes a provision to transfer $200 million from trial court reserves to support court operations, which will delay some...
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