Renewed funding Helps California Courts Restore Some Services

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Courts throughout California are hoping a $60 million infusion of state funding will help restore services that had been eliminated because of budget cuts. San Joaquin County Superior Court says it will restart small claims hearings in November.

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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