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L.A. Superior Court doesn't have to reopen shuttered courthouses, appeals panel rules

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Federal judges are barred from ordering Los Angeles Superior Court to reopen closed courthouses, a U.S. appeals panel decided Tuesday.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a lawsuit brought by nonprofit groups seeking to restore far-flung courthouses that hear landlord efforts to evict tenants, usually because of unpaid rent.

“Out of respect for the independence of state judiciaries, a federal court cannot substitute its judgment for [the L.A. Superior Court's] resource allocation choices,” Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen, an Obama appointee, wrote for a three-judge panel.

The 9th Circuit nevertheless agreed that “two recessions and a decade of budget cuts have dramatically transformed the Los Angeles County Superior Court,” the largest trial court in the country.

Read the whole story at LA Times

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