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Lack of money leaves California courtrooms in the dark

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 13, 2015


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —Visit the Sacramento County Courthouse on any given day and you may find empty hallways and dark courtrooms on some floors.

But the courtrooms haven't gone dark because of a lack of cases, it's because there aren't enough employees to conduct business.

"There's not a clerk to put in that courtroom, there's not a bailiff (or) an interpreter," Sacramento County Judge Steve White said. "That's what we need to fix."

White, a member of an advocacy group called the Alliance of California Judges, is critical of how the courts are managed by the judicial council, which oversees the personnel and the funding for all of California's courts.

White said he's had to sit idle in his chambers, giving extra cases to other judges, because he doesn't have the people to open his courtroom.

Nidal Albalbool is feeling the pinch of the cuts firsthand. Due to cuts in the number of bailiffs, interpreters and clerks, it will be almost a month before his civil lawsuit shows up in the court's computers.

Read the whole story at KCRA.COM


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