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Budget Cuts Slash California Courts


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A cameraman records an empty courtroom closed due to budget cuts and layoffs in Los Angeles on March 16, 2009.
Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty
A cameraman records an empty courtroom closed due to budget cuts and layoffs in Los Angeles on March 16, 2009.

The California Legislature has announced it's cutting $350 million from the state court system. California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye -- who describes the cutbacks as unprecedented -- joins us to discuss the repercussions.

Host: Dave Iverson

Guests:

  • Tani Cantil-Sakauye, chief justice of the California Supreme Court
  • Brian Walsh, interim presiding judge for the Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County
  • Gerald Uelmen, professor of law at Santa Clara University
  • Mary Ann Gilliard, Sacramento County Superior Court judge and director of the Alliance of California Judges
  • Scott Graham, editor-in-chief of The Recorder, a Northern California legal weekly

Judges and other officials in counties around the state say the move puts public services in danger, delays trials and forces the closure of some courtrooms.

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