Creeping Kafkaesque Reality

Monday, May 13, 2013
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Governor Brown’s proposed budget makes excessive additional cuts to court funding. Budget cuts of the past two years slashed it by over half. Local trial courts have taken a disproportionate share of the cuts and now amount to less than 1% of the state General Fund (Governor’s Budget Summary 2013-14, Schedule 9, Appendix pages 19-21). Balancing the budget at the expense of the local trial courts is not the answer. These courts are where the “access” is in “access to justice,” and they are what separates the public from a creeping Kafkaesque reality. Funding needs to be restored.

Donna Lewis is president of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association


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Wow we might have to repeal some laws to ease the stress on the courts.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 13, 2013 at 5:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree Ken, but Ms. Lewis is right. In the wrongful death case regarding my mother, we had our case put off something like three or four times because the judge on the case got moved, or someone died, etc. We finally prevailed, and even though my dad died about three weeks after the case was settled, the smile on his face and the glow in his eyes with that look of "they didn't get away with it" was justice served, but about a year late. (Four years after the case was filed)

billclausen (anonymous profile)
May 14, 2013 at 3:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

AH I see, all I needed to know was "Civil" vs. "Criminal" Court.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 14, 2013 at 11:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I wonder how many people are aware that the "administrative" fees that are tacked onto traffic fines (you know, the ones that turn a $150 ticket into a $700 ticket!), instead of funding the operation of our courts, are entirely funneled into a special retirement fund for state muni and superior court judges. I would say reform it, but good luck with that!

spiritwalker (anonymous profile)
May 21, 2013 at 6:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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