In three years, up to nine of the 50 Los Angeles County courthouses may be shuttered as a result of state budget cuts, the county’s presiding judge said Monday.
In early 2010, as many as 300 court employees – in addition to 150 employees expected to leave on their own – will need to be laid off, presiding judge Charles McCoy said. That probably would cause the closure of 38 courtrooms, he added. It takes about 10 employees to operate one courtroom.
“This is as a result of budget cuts that are continuing and ongoing,” McCoy said. “Nothing good is going to happen. This is a very sad day for justice in Los Angeles.”
McCoy said no decisions have been made on which courtrooms or courthouses would be closed.
But he said even larger courthouses might be subject to closure.
The Whittier and San Gabriel Valley area is served by Alhambra (nine courtrooms), Downey (nine courtrooms), El Monte (six courtrooms), Glendale (seven courtrooms), Norwalk (21 courtrooms), Pasadena (21 courtrooms), Pomona Courthouse South (21 courtrooms), West Covina (10 courtrooms), and Whittier (seven courtrooms). All are Superior Courts.
The closures will have a negative effect on non-criminal cases, including civil, family law and juvenile cases, McCoy said.
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