California’s courts will reportedly lose hundreds of millions of dollars in funding under a revised, COVID-19-impacted state budget proposal unveiled today by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Responding to the budget cuts―a downward revision of the budget unveiled by the governor last month―California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, said, “The state’s economic outlook is in a vastly different place than it was in January. The projected budget deficit is sobering.”
The judicial branch, she said, “is prepared to work with the Governor and the Legislature as we all try to maintain services for the public we serve. My hope is that the financial burden of a deficit will be shared fairly by all sectors of government. No one wants to turn away those coming to our courts to seek justice.”
Complete details of the budget cuts and their impact on the state’s judicial operations can be found at https://sfvba.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Budget-Summary_JudicialBranch-1.pdf