Fresno Superior Court to Close All Remote Courts
Soon, downtown Fresno will be the only place in the county that will provide access to justice. According to an article posted by KSEE 24 News of Fresno, the latest round of budget cuts has forced the Superior Court of Fresno County to close six outlying courts in the county.
As of July 30th, courts in Firebaugh, Reedley, Sanger and Selma will close. Clovis and Kingsburg courts will close effective August 6th.
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"It has never been our desire to close courts in the outlying communities," said Fresno Superior Court judge Gary Hoff. "This is now a prudent operational change dictated by the lack of resources given to us by the governor's budget."
The court has been forced to cut an additional $11.8 million from its budget for the current fiscal year. This is in addition to the $14.8 million the court had already cut for the year. Judges and personnel currently at the affected courts will be relocated to three courthouses in downtown Fresno. The court is also attempting to create 70 "vacancies" by urging workers to consider retirement or employment elsewhere.
"Also, we are giving notice, or have given notice today to our unrepresented employees, that there will be a 10% salary reduction effective July 1st," added Court Executive Officer Tamara Beard.
Even with the dramatic cuts, the court is facing a $5.4 million deficit in the coming fiscal year.