Cutbacks to California’s court system have created logistical problems felt at every level. Courthouses statewide have closed, and those that remain are hard hit.
Cases face growing delays -- it can take much longer for civil and traffic cases to make it to a courtroom. People traveling to the courts must cope with longer commutes, longer lines, and longer waits.
California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye says that case filings have dropping by about 2.5 million in the past few years as a result. Governor Jerry Brown has a budget proposed scheduled for tomorrow in which he has allocated a $105 million increase for the courts, but judicial leaders argue that it’s not enough to prevent more closures and cutbacks.
How will the courts fare? Have cutbacks to the judicial system put California in a place they can’t come back from? Are other areas of the government suffering more, or are they more deserving of state money?
Laurie Levenson, professor of law and David W. Burcham Chair in Ethical Advocacy at Loyola Law School
H.D. Palmer, Deputy Director of External Affairs at the California