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San Diego Court Invites Comments on Service Reductions

  
  
  

Do you have an opinion about the extreme budget cuts to the California Judicial Branch? Well, if you do want to speak up, the San Diego County Superior Court has just handed you a microphone.

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The San Diego Superior Court has posted a Budget Reduction Public Notices/Invitiation to Comment section on its website. You can access the announcement and post your comments by clicking here. Our guess is this is the court's way of getting its constituencies to chime in so that our governor and legislature can better understand the impact of the budget cuts on all of us that do business with the courts. If you think about it, that's a pretty smart move. The governor and legislature already know the courts are upset with them. But, they may not be aware that there's a whole population seeking access to justice that is also feeling the impact of the severe budget cuts.

The San Diego County Superior Court is seeking comments in four areas:

  • Business Office Closures: Effective September 3, 2012, all clerks business offices located at all San Diego Superior Court facilities will be closed to the public starting at 12:00 noon on Fridays. Drop boxes will be provided for those filing after noon.
  • Effective September 3, 2012, Probate Court operations at 325 Melrose Avenue in Vista, CA will cease. Those operations will be consolidated with and relocated to the Central Division Probate Court on Fourth Street in downtown San Diego.
  • On the same date, one of the Juvenile Dependency courtrooms in Vista, CA will be closed.
  • Effective September 3, 2012, six criminal court courtrooms located at 220 W. Broadway in San Diego and one civil courtroom located at 330 W. Broadway will be closed.
  • Finally, the Ramona court facility at 1428 Montecito Road in Ramona, CA will also be closed on September 3, 2012.

The San Diego Superior Court notes that each action is "being taken due to unprecedented and ongoing budget cuts enacted in Fiscal Years 2012/13 and 2013/14.

We encourage you to accept the court's invitation to comment. Click here to comment.

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