“Elimination” of Civil Official Reporters Planned for San Diego Superior Court
San Diego Superior Court announced today that reduced funding for their court will result in a planned cut of $14 million in the next fiscal year. The court plans to make up for the cuts with a combination of negative solutions that have been or will be implemented in other superior court jurisdictions.
Of particular concern for official court reporters is the “elimination of all court provided reporters from civil courtrooms.”
The cuts will result in:
All business offices will close to the public at noon on Friday.
•A total of 10 courtroom will close. That includes six criminal courts and one civil courtroom in the downtown courts.
•Probate court operations in the Vista court will close and all cases will transfer downtown. A juvenile dependency court in Vista will also close.
•The Ramona branch court will be shuttered.
•Layoffs of 75 non-courtroom staff positions and a “significant reduction in management employees.”
•The elimination of all court provided reporters from civil courtrooms at some time. Litigants who want a transcript of their cases would have to hire their own reporters.
In the following year the cuts will go deeper:
• A total of 30 courtroom are targeted for “closing and restructuring.”
• All civil business offices in El Cajon and South Bay courthouses will close, transferring operations to downtown and Vista courthouses.
• Layoffs of about 90 positions. All court workers would take two furlough days beginning July 2013.
As if the news couldn’t get worse, it did when the court also announced that it will have to make an additional $40 million cut to its budget in the year 2013-2014.
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