Calif. Litigants Wary Of Using Cash-Strapped Court System

Law360, San Diego (October 4, 2013, 9:56 PM EDT) -- The California Supreme Court reported Wednesday that petitions for review and filings in original proceedings had dropped to the lowest point in several years, showing that budget woes have not only triggered staff furloughs and court closures but also made litigants think twice before taking appeals through the beleaguered system, experts say.

The state’s top court released its annual workload statistics from September 2012 through August 2013, revealing there were 440 fewer petitions for review — a decrease from 4,570 the previous year to 4,130. Total...
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