Friday, January 22, 2010
Judicial Council Approves Continued Court Closures
By a MetNews Staff Writer
The Judicial Council of California yesterday approved the continuation of one-day-a-month court closures through June 2010, in response to severe budget reductions in the judicial branch budget for the 2009 and 2010 fiscal year.
Chief Justice Ronald M. George, chair of the 28-member council, said in a statement that yesterday’s action “reflects the severity of the state’s economic crisis and the unprecedented reductions in the judicial branch budget.”
He explained that the council’s decision “does not lessen our longstanding goal to provide access to justice for Californians,” and emphasized that the council was committed to seeking adequate resources from the governor and Legislature to avoid statewide court closures in the next fiscal year, which begins in July.
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