I want to direct AOCW readers to an op-ed piece printed on the Bakersfield.com website written by Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe. Judge Lampe is also a member of the California Alliance of Judges.
A Plan to Restore Confidence in Courts
Our state budget failure has resulted in a legislative mandate for court closures on the third Wednesday of every month. For the first time in our state’s history, citizens have been shut out of their courtrooms. This did not happen even in the Great Depression. Our courts must be reopened, and they must be kept open. We are entitled to courts managed by judges who live in our communities.
Over the last 10 years, the court budgeting process has evolved from an open, public process conducted locally, to one that is obscure, closed, and conducted by a remote bureaucracy. It is time to restore public confidence in our courts by reestablishing public awareness and scrutiny.
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