Wednesday is the last scheduled furlough day for employees of the Los Angeles Superior Court. A year ago, the county court system imposed unpaid days off for most staff on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Presiding Judge Tim McCoy said the move has saved $13 million, but everyone who uses the courts has paid the price.
"When you lose one day a month, that translates into two and a half weeks of work lost in the court system. People’s matters have been set over not just by one day, but sometimes months as a result of this."
In addition to furlough days, the L.A. Superior Court system has also lost about 500 employees — about ten percent of its staff — to layoffs or attrition.
While Wednesday is a furlough day for most court employees, it will not count as a court closure day. For purposes of notice and filing deadlines and other matters before the court, it will be count as a court business day.