May 25, 2012

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Senate Judiciary Chairwoman Noreen Evans on the Court Budget

Senator Noreen Evans, one of the Honorary Co-Chairs for the Hearings on California’s Civil Justice Crisis, recently gave an interview with The Recorder on Governor Brown’s May 14 spending plan. The budget called for $544 million in spending cuts to the judiciary, including a $300 million sweep from trial court reserves.

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As Senator Evans says, “We’re systematically depriving our citizens access to justice.”

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May 2, 2012

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Hundreds in San Francisco Rally For Court Funding

On April 18th, hundreds of protesters stood outside San Francisco City Hall to call for the restoration of trial court funding. They were joined by speakers such as Attorney General Kamala Harris and State Bar President Jon Streeter.

In four years, state lawmakers have already slashed $650 million from the judicial branch’s budget and there is a possibility of $125 million more in cuts in 2012-2013. These cuts are hitting the poorest and most vulnerable Californians.

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January 26, 2012

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The Los Angeles Times on Court Cuts

The Los Angeles Times has published two great pieces on the cuts to California’s courts. The first is an editorial that clearly lays out reasons why “California cannot afford discounted justice”.

The second article talks about the January 18th Stand Up for Justice rally in Los Angeles. It also features clips from our hearing in Los Angeles on December 2nd! Check it out below!

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January 20, 2012

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Transcripts Available for San Francisco and Irvine

The full transcripts from November 30th’s San Francisco hearing December 7th’s Irvine hearing are now posted on the Testimony page. San Francisco was aimed at showing that cuts in funding for the civil justice system create barriers for the effective work of business, professionals, and foundations. Irvine focused on how cuts in funding for the [...]

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January 9, 2012

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Videos Now Posted!

Video testimony from three of the four hearings are now posted on our Testimony page! Listen to the diverse witnesses and their passionate testimonies.

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December 22, 2011

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Last Call for Public Written Testimony!

If you are interested in submitting written testimony, please send your proposed testimony to info@californiahearings.org by the end of day today, Thursday, December 22nd. Written testimony must not exceed five pages and must be submitted in either Word or PDF format. Any written testimony submitted for consideration may be posted on this website and/or included [...]

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December 20, 2011

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Transcripts Available for Sacramento and Los Angeles

Fresh off the presses! The full transcript from the Sacramento and Los Angeles hearings are now posted on the Testimony page. The Sacramento hearing showed that cuts in funding for the courts and legal services threaten efficient and effective use of taxpayer dollars and the protection of rights and equal treatment under the law. The [...]

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December 12, 2011

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Irvine Hearing on the Civil Justice Crisis

The last of the four Hearings on California’s Civil Justice Crisis was held in Orange County at UC Irvine School of Law. The diverse panel of witnesses showed that cuts in funding to both the courts and legal services threaten social stability and economic self-sufficiency. The witnesses included Justice Laurie Zelon of the California Court [...]

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December 6, 2011

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Join Us for the Last Hearing in Irvine!

The last hearing on California’s Civil Justice Crisis will be happening tomorrow, December 7th at UC Irvine School of Law. The Orange County hearing is aimed at showing how cuts in funding for the civil justice system threatens efficient and effective use of taxpayer dollars and the protection of rights and equal treatment. Justice Kathleen [...]

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December 6, 2011

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Los Angeles Hearing on the Civil Justice Crisis

On Friday, the third of four Hearings on California’s Civil Justice Crisis was held in Los Angeles at Southwestern School of Law. Judge Lee Edmon provided opening remarks. The esteemed panelists hearing testimony included Joanne Caruso of Baker & Hostetler LLP, Assemblymember Mike Feuer of the California Assembly Judiciary Committee and Dean Bryant Garth of [...]

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