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More Court Closures? California In More Debt?
Procrastinate, the only word that comes to mind when I think about having to spend a day in court.
More frequently we are seeing people who will fail to acknowledge their traffic tickets and let the court appearance date just pass on by not recognizing the impact it will have on their driver's license. Not to mention the extra fees that will be calculated to the fine amount. When it comes down to it, people can't or should I say, don't want to be inconvenienced by the busy traffic, standing in the endless lines waiting to see a clerk, just to be found guilty at the end of the day.
I get it, especially since Governor Jerry Brown plans to have more budget cuts against California courts, which may be the result of more court closures around the California state. Governor Brown acknowledges the budget proposal will present challenges for the courts. Proposing a $105 million increase, the chief justice has stated the courts would need an additional $266 million in order to "just get by" in the coming fiscal year, $612 million to be fully operative and $1.2 billion over three years to make up from past losses.
Many of the courts located in California have raised concern because of the impact the recession-driven cutbacks have had on the court system.
Contra Costa Superior Court
Judge discovered 20 feet of unfiled legal documents in the clerk's office.
The line ups are so long the average wait time is two to three hours.
Los Angeles Superior Court
Has had a decrease of 80 courtrooms.
San Bernardino Superior Court
Has stopped summoning jurors because of the court closures the distance to travel is much further and can take up to three in a half hours.
Victorville Superior Court
Closing of four courthouses has left 600 employees affected.
People without a lawyer who need assistance take a number and wait. Signs are posted warning people they may not be seen that day.
But let's take a look on the bright side here. If you've received a ticket recently consider this an advantage. When you hire an attorney to attend court on your behalf you do not have to be present. Depending on your traffic ticket, a court trial may need to be scheduled to go before a judge. Again you will not have to be present but the officer must be present in order to testify. The sheriff deputies and police officers may have to travel seven or eight hours to testify a 15 minute statement. (That's if they even show up.)
Governor Jerry Brown will be releasing the revised draft of the budget plan tomorrow (Tuesday, May 13), in Sacramento. The state of California faces approximately $200 billion in debt in which plans on repayment have not been figured out yet by the Legislature.