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.
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