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Renewed funding Helps California Courts Restore Some Services

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State court officials say recent budget cuts left the courts with few options other than to cut some critical services.

“We know this hasn’t been easy for many,” says Rosa Junquiero, Court Executive Officer for San Joaquin County Superior Court. “We are just very pleased that we are able to begin processing these cases fully once again.”

It was a similar story in courts throughout California as they struggled to deal with case backlogs and staffing shortages. Sacramento County Superior Court brought back laid off employees.

“We’ve rehired some of those laid off employees to get us through this fiscal year to address these backlogs,”says Sacramento County Superior Court Presiding judge Laurie Earl.“They’ve been hired specifically for these backlogs.”

The additional staffers will be used to restart the court’s family law and civil divisions.

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Max Pringle

State Government Reporter

Max covers the state capital, bringing more than a decade of experience in print and public radio, including reporting for KPFA, KQED and KALW. He traces his news roots to working on his his high school newspaper.   Read Full Bio