I have to give it to Justice George. When faced with criticism about the AOC’s management of the state courts and its handling of budget cuts by closing courts that have resulted in deprived public services, furloughs, and layoffs, the best response that Justice George could come up with for critics of their grand plan is to go on the attack and label the AOC critics as shrill and uninformed.
In this morning’s Sacramento Bee the paper covers the battle between the AOC and its detractors. One of the most interesting comments in the article were by King Justice George himself.
“Much of the loudest, much of the shrillest criticism – and I’m being charitable here – are from people who aren’t fully informed,” George said. “A lot of this is an effort to dismantle the statewide administration of justice because with the statewide administration of justice comes accountability.”
I’m sorry. Accountability? I cannot believe that Justice George uses that word when he is the leader of an agency that has fought tooth and nail to prevent people from seeing its books and has done everything in its power to prevent transparency. This is an agency that has fostered a management style in which sychophancy, vindictiveness, nepotism, and incompetence seems to be requirements for people to move up the ladder. This is also an agency that funnels millions of dollars into a software program that will cost the state $2 billion dollars and possibly more. This is an agency that says that they are “serving the courts for the benefit of all Californians” when they’ve slammed the doors shut in the public’s face, which is not a benefit for Californians, and would rather fund computer software but deprive counties of the funds needed to maintain and hire staff to run their computer software. How is that serving the courts?
Justice George, I agree with you that with the “administration of justice comes accountability.” But I definitely disagree that your AOC has shown any justice in its administration of the courts or accountability to the people your agency claims to serve.