More Belt-Tightening at California Supreme Court

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The California Supreme Court cancelled its June 2013 oral argument calendar in Los Angeles to save on travel costs.

The arguments will be held instead at its San Francisco headquarters office, the court announced Tuesday.

“Ongoing judicial branch budget cuts have affected all courts, including the Supreme Court, and we, like the entire branch, are required to make difficult decisions to operate within our budget,” said Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.

None of the current members of the court live in Southern California.

The court still plans to hold two arguments a year in Los Angeles, during December 2012 and April 2013.

The court closed its Supreme Court clerk’s office in Los Angeles three years ago in a cost-cutting move.

The state judicial branch budget has been cut by nearly a third since the 2008-2009 fiscal year.  Some of the cuts were partly offset for the trial courts by redirecting money for courthouse construction and other infrastructure to continue basic court operations, according to a statement by the court.

The Supreme Court’s budget was cut just under 10 percent in the past year, the court states.




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