More Court Closures, California In More Debt

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The Superior Courts in California are having a hard time operating with all the constant court closures. The State budget has decreased this year and now the court system is suffering.


City, State, Country., June 24, 2014 - (PressReleasePoint) -

California residents have two options when given a traffic ticket; Fight the ticket in court or pay in full and let the points accumulate on insurance. Considering the reputation the courts have, it's exactly the reason that people want to avoid the court. In order to avoid the courthouses a lot of the time these traffic tickets get paid off not realizing insurance will increase 30%.

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 and 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.
 
Especially since the Governor 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.
 
 
 
On the bright side, receiving a ticket recently is consider an advantage. When hiring an attorney to attend court, only the attorney needs to be present. Depending on the traffic ticket, a court trial may need to be scheduled to go before a judge. 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 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.



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