Alameda County Superior Court officials have announced that they will lay off 73 court employees as a result of the state's budget reductions.
The final workday for the employees being laid off will be June 26, court officials said.
In a statement, court executive officer Pat Sweeten cited the "continued economic downturn affecting California as a whole and the decrease in state funding of the superior courts" as the reason for the layoffs.
Sweeten said, "This decision was one of the most difficult I've ever had to make. These individuals have been dedicated public servants, in some cases for many years."
"Unfortunately, these staffing reductions are necessary," he said. "We have a responsibility to the public to manage within our means."
Sweeten said the court has pursued a number of alternatives to layoffs in the current fiscal year, including a hiring freeze and court-wide voluntary and mandatory furloughs. But he said those measures weren't sufficient to keep the court's budget in balance.
Assistant executive officer Adrianne Forshay added: "These are dedicated and talented professionals who have provided tremendous value to our organization. Personally and professionally, they will be sorely missed."
Court officials said they will continue to employ approximately 750 employees at court locations throughout Alameda County, including Pleasanton, Berkeley, Alameda, Oakland, San Leandro, Hayward and Fremont.
Sweeten said the court is determined to maintain access to justice for citizens of Alameda County despite the pending staffing reduction.