Happy Court Closure Day Everyone!!

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Okay, court employees.  You’ve gotten an unpaid court holiday courtesy of the AOC.  And although the idea of a day off sounds wonderful, (finally a day to run errands during the week when everyone else is at work) the thought of having it being an unpaid day off is….well…it plain sucks.  Ain’t no pretty way of saying it. (There goes my chance of helping out the economy by buying a new flatscreen TV)

Still, a day off is a day off.  So how did you spend your Court Closure Day?  Leave a comment and tell other AOC Watcher readers what you did.

Oh, and if you want to voice your opinion on the court closures courtesy of the AOC, feel free to do so.

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11 responses to “Happy Court Closure Day Everyone!!

  1. I’ll be using the day to do volunteer work. Somehow, I just can’t treat the day as “vacation”. The AOC, in particular Bill Vickrey and the Chief Justice, should be ashamed of themselves.

  2. I am going to spend half of the day working on projects that will help the ACJ. Then a haircut and a walk on the beach where I will contemplate that last Sunday I had to relay to a spousal abuse victim, via a police officer, that the courts were closed on Wednesday. Both victim and police officer were shocked.

    Thank you Chief Justice George, the Judicial Council and the AOC. You have abandoned the primary mission of the courts: to be open for public business.

  3. Anyone see the article in the Sacbee about other state agencies weathering the budget cuts without furloughs and layoffs?

    This decision by the Judicial Council was orchestrated and arranged as a political statement. The timing was for the Chief to make his whine at the State Bar and CJA Meetings. Only by closing the courts could the AOC/Chief get the kind of political attention they wanted before going to the Governor’s Office with next year’s budget. Let’s hope the Legislature finally wakes up and sees it for what it is: Game playing at the sake of justice and fariness.

    No matter how they spin it, this decison has no credibility.

    • pacwest50

      I couldn’t agree more. The decision to close the courts was purely political. This was the way the AOC could get the attention of the legislature/governor. Unfortunately, next year is going to be worse. As long as the AOC and courts still have funding reserves that can be spent on operations, I don’t think there will be too much sympathy coming from Sacramento. Next year will be the year there will be significant cuts in funding for fire/police/education/health care that will result in impacts that will start to effect almost everyone. Given these issues have much larger constituencies, I don’t think keeping the courts open for an additional day a month is going to be a priority for anyone other than the courts..

  4. A Concerned Tax Payer

    Let me say first that my heart goes out to furloughed court employees and the public regarding court closures.

    Secondly, I realize that $100,000, or whatever the alleged embezzeled amount was quoted as being, may not be a lot of money to some in these days of ongoing budgetary crises. However, as a concerned tax payer, I can not help but wonder, will anyone be held to the responsibility to investigate, decision make about the next step, and report to someone in authority if there was or was not embezzlement and conflict of interest on the part of Famoso P. Flentes? Is that his real name?

    Can anyone who participates in this blog respond to my concerns?

  5. Let me say at the outset, I am voluntarily accepting the furlough and that I would have rather taken a voluntary salary reduction and kept the courts open. I say this first because a few would like to set up a straw man that judges who oppose the furloughs do so because of their pocket books. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    I am spending the day responding to many judges throughout the state who have expressed enormous amounts of frustration over the furloughs and are searching for some way to have a voice in their courts.

    Today, an entire, co-equal branch of the California Government is closed. The other branches of government, though suffering through furloughs, are open. Not even the great depression closed our courts.

    Yet, today, those that have had the authority over the courts chose a path that I cannot agree with. Today the Courts and Justice are idle. We have failed to keep the courts open.

    As we anticipate the mid year budget, judges must be prepared to respond to further budgetary cuts in their courts. It is the responsibility of each judge or justice to ensure that the people’s tax dollars are well spent. Judges must argue and advocate that during these dire economic times any non-essential spending must be postponed so that core funtions of the court are maintained. That is, the doors of the courthouse must remain open while the building of costly new courthouses, the creation of new computer systems and the expansion of a bureaucracy are postponed.

    Further, those that have been employed to support the courts, the A.O.C., must be held accountable for the use of the taxpayers dollars. For the A.O.C. to continue hiring while courts are experiencing layoffs is so disappointing. Worse, it shows a tremendous amount of disdain for those who work so hard in the county courthouses.

    • To Judge Goldstein,

      “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

      You, and the other justices who have had the courage and integrity to speak up, probably with great risk of retaliation, and demand accountability from the AOC are good men, and women, all. Be assured you give hope to many of us and are set for us all an example worth following. We wish you God Speed, safe passage, and protection from the inevitable backlash.

      How wise our Founding Fathers to remember the destructive forces of tyranny and guarantee to us under the Constitution an independent judicary.

  6. Come join the rally at the AOC building in San Francisco to protest court closures and access to justice. Noon to 1:00. We will be in purple. Be there!

  7. Many court employees from all over the state are spending their day protesting the court closures in front of the AOC offices in San Francisco. Even though the AOC offices are closed today they felt they had to gather in one place and voice their concerns, outrage, etc over the decision to close the courts to the public.

  8. Soaked by the Rich

    I wish that SEIU would announce the demonstration a bit earlier, I would like to participate.

  9. I would encourage Judge Goldstein along with other like minded Judges to join the unions, attorney’s and even some local court administrator’s to shine a light on the AOC via the legislature.

    Call and email your Reps and insist they get involved. The money is there to keep the courts open.