San Francisco To Shutter Courtooms, Lay Off 200 Workers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Superior Court is laying off more than 40 percent of its staff and shuttering 25 courtrooms because of budget cuts.

   Presiding Judge Katherine Feinstein said Monday that the cuts mean it will take many more hours to pay a traffic ticket in person, up to 18 months to finalize a divorce and five years for a lawsuit to go to trial. The cuts go into effect on Sept. 30 and are needed to close a $13.75 million deficit.

   Some 200 of the court’s 480 workers will be let go, including 11 of 12 commissioners who preside over a variety of cases.

   Feinstein said the deficit was caused by the $350 million budget cut that Sacramento lawmakers made to the courts to approve the state’s annual budget.

   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


One Comment

  1. Scott Q says:

    So the democrates pushed the budget and passed with a majority instead of 2/3rds vote and this is what happen…way to go

  2. sacstyle says:

    Gee..You think it might have anything to do with all those handouts to the homeless bums , the free services for illegal aliens and all the time the politicians spent on banning plastic bags and pet stores?

    Let em’ rot…

  3. saggy says:

    Build an indian casino and tons of jobs and cash will be rolling in $$$

  4. John says:

    As usual, the politicians cut funding, the directors and management cut worker bees, the ones doing the actual work. They need to cut the waste in management and reduce all their salaries. I bet all those departments are management heavy with people who do little or no work and get OVERPAID TON$$$$$.

  5. Guy says:

    No money for the judicial system but I bet they’ll have plenty of funds to throw some super fabulous parades….

  6. Charles Fetters says:

    Maybe Judge Feinstein should ask Senator (MOMMY)Feinstein for $2 billion of the $25 billion she stoled of the TARP money for her Stepfathers real-estate buying up all the homeowners foreclosed properties. That would help keep the courts operating.

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