Cutbacks in state funding for trial courts are about to have an impact in Santa Clara County, which is shutting down courthouses in Palo Alto and Morgan Hill that handle civil and small-claims cases and traffic tickets.
Civil suits and small-claims cases, in which individuals represent themselves without lawyers, will be transferred to the county courthouse in downtown San Jose, and traffic cases will be heard in Santa Clara. The shutdown is scheduled to take effect Oct. 6.
"This is awful," Brian Walsh, the Superior Court's presiding judge, said Wednesday. "Judges and staff are dedicated to serving the public, and this disserves the public. But we have no other choice."
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