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Lawyers' group wants court funding restored

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 9, 2015

One lawyer told a story about requesting a default judgment in San Diego Superior Court, and then waiting at least four weeks for a response.

Years ago, when the courts were fully staffed, the process took about two weeks.

Another attorney said it took, on average, more than two months just to get a trial date on landlord-tenant cases last year. That meant some property owners couldn’t collect rent for nearly four months.

The San Diego County Bar Association included these and other accounts of courtroom delays in its 2015 State of the Judiciary report, released last week, which focused on how state budget cuts have affected the local courts over time. Over the past seven years, the operating budget for California’s judicial branch has been reduced by nearly $1.2 billion, roughly 30 percent, the report says.

In order to deal with those losses, courts in all 58 counties — including San Diego — have had to make significant changes, including cutting staff, reducing hours in business offices, consolidating services and closing courtrooms.

Read the whole story at San Diego Union-Tribune

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