California judges tangle over proposed court cutbacks
Sac Bee, May 17, 2012The funding dispute between the Judicial Council of California and the Alliance of California Judges spills over into the council's emergency meeting this morning. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White of the alliance is expected to argue that the state Administrative Office of the Courts should see cuts before local courts take another budget hit.
Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget would require the state court system to use reserve funds and delay its courthouse construction program, a $544 million cut, as Kevin Yamamura reported earlier this week.
The San Francisco-based council, which Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye heads, is considering how Brown's revised numbers will affect the court system. The alliance has accused the council and the AOC of wasting money on bureaucracy, a computer system and the courthouse construction, columnist Dan Walters wrote in a column last month.
The meeting starts at 11 a.m. at the AOC's regional office in Sacramento at 2860 Gateway Oaks Drive. Click here for the agenda.