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Exchanging the Gavel for an Axe

[UPDATED] The judiciary’s response to the $544 million in new  budget cuts to the California courts produced words like, “grim”, “staggering” and “shocking” during a special session of the courts’ administrative body. The governor’s May budget revision puts the latest…

Governor, Can You Spare a Dime?

The financial situation for California’s courts continues to go downhill.  Over the past four fiscal years, the judicial branch has seen a cumulative reduction of 23 percent in funding, roughly $653 million.  That’s down from what had been a $3…

Two Courthouses Axed to Save Dough

The more than 500 courthouses and offices in California’s judicial system have fallen victim to the state’s budget crisis, with the state pulling back $310 million intended for courthouse construction.  To adjust to the new tighter belt realities, the state’s…

New Court Fees May Fill Budget Gap

Court fees may be on the rise.  The severe budget cuts to California’s state courts prompted the Judicial council to vote Friday to consider recommending that the Legislature impose new statewide fees or increases to existing fees.  The state judiciary…

Text Me At Your Peril

Hate getting those unsolicited advertising texts on your cell phone?  So does Bret  L. Lusskin, who filed one of two class actions that popped up this week in federal court.  He is particularly miffed at Google, Inc.’s new disco.com service,…