Next month the Judicial Council will begin to review the impact of court closures and whether the program to close courts once a month should continue for the rest of the fiscal year. In preparation for the review the Judicial Council sent out a survey to “justice system stakeholders” asking them to fill it out and list in detail what impacts the court closures have had on the people they represent. Apparently the comments and results of the survey will be compiled and turned over to the Judicial Council for their court closure review meeting.
The questions in the survey included:
- Please describe the impact to your organization/entity,office/constituency/membership of the court being closed to the public on the three mandated court closure days (September 16, October 21, and November 18). Please include the effects on trial and appellate case processing, trials, juries, court services, other.
- Please decribe the impact to your organization/entity,office/constituency/membership of the selection of third Wednesday as the court closure day. Include the effects on trial and appellate case processing, trials, juries, court services, etc. that are unique to the selection of Wednesday as the court closure day.
- Please indicate the impact of court closures having been mandated on a single uniform day statewide to provide for consistency, as opposed to allowing local courts to decide whether and when a court may need to be closed, likely resulting in some courts remaining open.
- Did your organization/entity/office furlough staff on the court closure day?
- Has your organization/entity/office furloughed staff on a day other than the court closure day?
Participants were asked to complete the survey by December 10th.