Glimmer of Hope for Besieged CA Courts System

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A glimmer of hope has emerged for California's financially troubled court system. Two legislative committees are proposing restoration of $100 million in budget cuts to trial courts across the state.

But it's not a done deal according to a state finance department spokesman. The ultimate decision will be in the hands of the governor.

Whatever happens, it won't be soon enough to stop cutbacks in staff and closure of courts in Los Angeles County. Those cuts begin on June 3 and are set to slash $56 million from the court budget.

Presiding Superior Court Judge David Wesley said Wednesday he sees the legislative proposal as "a promising start" but not a cure-all. Sen. Noreen Evans, who heads the senate judiciary committee said it would "stop the bleeding" of court services statewide.

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