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California courts get slight boost in governor's budget

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 15, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown's latest budget is pretty much the same as his January spending rollout for the California courts, which judicial leaders do not seem to mind given that it includes at least some additional money for struggling local trial courts.

The governor's 2015-16 budget bumps the state court system's budget from last year's $3.29 billion to about $3.47 billion, with most of that increase headed to the 58 trial courts around California hit hardest by past cutbacks. Courts in counties across the state, including Bay Area systems in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda and Contra Costa counties, have been forced to reduce public hours, lay off employees and shutter remote courthouses as a result of prior cuts that at one point exceeded $1 billion over several years.

Under the governor's budget, the judiciary's budget would inch beyond the $3.7 billion allocated in 2007-08. In fact, with the use of trial court reserve money required under previous budgets, the governor's staff pegs spending on the judicial branch at about $3.8 billion in the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Read the whole story at San Jose Mercury News


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