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Santa Clara County reduces court hours for public

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 25, 2014

Santa Clara County is closing its courthouses for public business an hour earlier daily, the latest fallout from statewide budgets cuts for the judiciary.

The change announced Wednesday will result in clerk's offices closing at 3 p.m. each day, reducing the time county residents can file documents such as divorce papers and lawsuits. The court last month closed small claims and traffic courts in its Palo Alto and Morgan Hill branches to ease budget troubles. 

The trend has hit courts across California, which has slashed more than $1 billion in funding for the state's 58 trial courts and other parts of the judiciary in recent years. While the governor did restore some money in this year's budget, court officials say they still do not have enough to keep the same level of services.

More than half of the state's trial courts, including most in the Bay Area, have taken similar steps, reducing hours that courts are open and in some instances closing down satellite courts.


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