Crime & Justice

Judge: LA courts face grim future from budget cuts

The judge in charge of California's largest trial court system says state budget cuts could bring the wheels of justice to a crawl in the Los Angeles region.

Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge Charles McCoy said Friday that the shortage of funds could mean layoffs for hundreds of employees, and the time to conduct civil and family court trials could triple within several years.

A report commissioned by the court warns that ripple effects from the slowdown could punch a multibillion-dollar hole in the economy.

And without more funding, nine of 50 courthouses in the county of 10 million people would be closed.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.