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July 26, 2011 > Cal court leaders apportion $350 mil in courts

Cal court leaders apportion $350 mil in courts

Submitted By AP Wire Service

SAN FRANCISCO (AP), Jul 22 - California court leaders are ordering trial courts to make some tough budget decisions as they wrestle with how best to apportion a $350 million reduction mandated by the Legislature.

The Judicial Council, which controls the budget and sets policy for the courts, unanimously adopted the plan to cut 6.7 percent from trial court budgets. It also ordered the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal to take a 12 percent cut and administrators to take a 15 percent cut.

The Legislature reduced the courts' funding by $350 million to balance the state budget.

The cuts have prompted San Francisco Superior Court to lay off 200 of its 480 workers and shutter 25 of 63 courtrooms. San Joaquin County says it will halt deciding small claims cases.

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