Calif. Top Judge Slams $150M Judicial Budget Cut

Law360, New York (June 15, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT) -- California lawmakers on Wednesday passed a $150 million reduction in the state judicial branch's budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, a move the state's top judge said would be “devastating and crippling" for the court system.

The passage of the budget was spurred in part by Proposition 25, a measure approved by California voters last November that required the legislature to pass a balanced budget by Wednesday or lose their paychecks.

In opposing the cuts ahead of the vote, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye pointed out...
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