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Employees protest decision to close Superior, other state courts one day a month

Original post made on Sep 17, 2009

Court workers from throughout the Bay Area expressed frustration at a rally in San Francisco Wednesday over a decision by the state judicial oversight council to close state courts once a month, beginning yesterday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 17, 2009, 7:05 AM

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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 8:52 am

"I'm here today because we're trying to protect public services, to keep access to the justice system," said Kim Palmer, a court clerk in Santa Clara County.

"Closing the courts only makes the public suffer," she said.

Was she actually able to say that with a straight face?

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 17, 2009 at 8:55 am

Because of the economy our company has closed down 1 week a month for the past year without pay, one day hey I'd take that!!!

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Posted by cbrook
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 9:20 am

In the private sector pay cuts and mandatory days off are the norm to balance a budget. California actually needs to do more than close the courts 1 day per month. Did you know:
California has the lowest debt rating of any state, the fourth-highest unemployment rate (11.9 percent) and its job growth rate since 2000 is almost 20 percent below the national average. Some county and state public safety employees retire at 50 receiving at least 90 percent of their final year's pay, forever. Taxpayers pour more than $3 billion a year into state employee pension funds, 10 times more than they did 10 years ago, and still there are large unfunded liabilities for which taxpayers are liable. More than 5,000 retired state employees' annual pensions exceed $100,000. If public employees did not begin drawing pensions until age 65, California would save half a trillion dollars through 2030.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Sep 17, 2009 at 11:05 am

All valid points, but what you are missing is the fact that most civil cases now can take anywhere between 3-5 years to get in front of a judge,all the while costing the "public" who is simply trying to get justice on their matter.(By the way this is you who has to pay the outrageous attorney fees along the way)
This will no doubt add more time to the process and cost you the "public" more. The big winners here are the attorneys who will love nothing more than to keep you as a billable for 5 years or longer now!

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Posted by MK
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 12:35 pm

If only small business owners and those in the service (legal, medical) industry could suffer so little. Their livelihoods are dependent on people having a need they cater to AND, in some cases..especially in the service industry...., get paid after the service is performed.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Sep 18, 2009 at 2:55 am

"Closing the courts only makes the public suffer"...

How about the apparent lack of concern for the "public" while they sit around half a day waiting to be selected for a jury, then told to go home when "the case has been settled out of court"...

Seems to me savings/time could be realized if these cases could be resolved before a prospective jury members are called. It would also speed up the court system since this time could be alloted to cases actually requiring a jury...

Set a trial date, then give the litigants a firm deadline to settle out of court. If they can settle on the day of the trial, they can settle before that date...

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