California: California Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed May 2013 budget revision puts no new money into judicial branch.
This leaves the funding level unchanged from January 2013 and that court funding will stay at $1.2 billion dollars, unless lawmakers act to restore some of the over $1 billion dollars in cuts absorbed by the court system over the last 5 years.
The State of California have already closed courthouses, courtrooms, and reducing the hours they serve the public, and without re-investment, these impacts will expand and effect the poor and middle-class residents who rely on the courts to resolve issues that affect their lives.
Courthouses around San Bernardino County, California like in Needles, California have been already deeply impacted by the closures leaving many to either travel far to go to court and in some court cases, local law enforcement have to go out to these far out courthouses for court cases which leaves a lesser law enforcement to protect our streets and keep the public safe.
According to Presiding Judge of Sacramento County Superior Court Laurie Earl, “It’s disappointing, but not entirely unexpected. The budget process is a political one, but legislators have heard from many constituents — and this is a priority of theirs.”
You can express you concerns, questions, and comments about the closing of courthouses by contacting the Office of California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. at: 1 (916) 445-2841.
The public can leave their comments or questions to the Office of California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. at the following website address:
The public can send a letter to the Office of California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. at the following mailing address:
Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol
Sacramento, California 95814
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