Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Thursday, March 15, 2012


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Clerk’s Office to Cut Civil Phone Hours, as of Today


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The financially distressed Los Angeles Superior Court is cutting the telephone hours for all clerical units of the civil courts downtown, effective today.

Court employees were informed by e-mail yesterday afternoon that telephone service will be available to the public between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. only. Callers to those units outside those hours will receive a pre-recorded message and will not be able to leave a message, the e-mail said.

The court recently announced that it will lay off 300 employee and close more than 50 courtrooms in order to close its budget gap for the fiscal year beginning July 1. There were no layoffs during the current fiscal year, but the court has been downsizing in other areas to deal with what court leaders have said “may be our greatest challenge ever.”


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