Layoffs impacting criminal justice system across the board

Jun 21st, 2012 | By | Category: Courts, Furloughs & Layoffs, Spotlight
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Public Workers Face New Rash of Layoffs, Hurting Recovery

SHAILA DEWAN & MOTOKO RICH | New York Times
Companies have been slowly adding workers for more than two years. But pink slips are still going out in a crucial area: government.

In California, the governor is threatening to eliminate 15,000 state jobs. When school begins in Cleveland this fall, more than 500 teachers probably will be out of work. And in Trenton — which has already cut a third of its police force, hundreds of school district employees and at least 150 other public workers — the only way the city will forestall the loss of 60 more firefighters is if a federal grant comes through…(Full text at New York Times)

San Diego Superior Court Announces 250 Layoffs

Santee Patch
The layoffs come because of state budget cuts, say officials.

San Diego Superior Court is facing $14 million in reduced funding for the fiscal year starting July 1 and the elimination of 250 jobs or more, due to state budget cuts, court officials said Wednesday.

San Diego Superior Court’s budget calls for cutting about 250 jobs, or closing or restructuring more than 40 courtrooms over the next two fiscal years…(Full text at Santee Patch)

Massive LA County court layoffs to begin Friday

By LINDA DEUTSCH, AP| San Francisco Chronicle
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Los Angeles, CA (AP) –Squeezed by state budgets cutbacks, the Los Angeles County court system is launching massive job layoffs, pay cuts and transfers, court officials said Thursday.

Cutbacks that will be implemented Friday will affect 431 court employees and 56 courtrooms throughout the nation’s largest superior court systems…(Full text at San Francisco Chronicle

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3 Comments to “Layoffs impacting criminal justice system across the board”

  1. cmf c/o says:

    Well Bob these times we are in nothing surprises me any more. When the legal system begins to collapse that is not a good sign. I do not have an answer going watch and try to survive.

  2. Bob Walsh says:

    It is going to hit civil courts especially hard. I think they are saying now that in SF it could take three years to get a non-contested divorce heard. Civil suits over car crashes, etc could take years and years and years. When they have to start kicking criminal cases due to lack of prosecutors to handle the cases in a timely manner it will start getting even more “interesting.”