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State's largest court poised for staff cutbacks

Posted: June 13, 2013 6:00 p.m.
Updated: June 13, 2013 6:00 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The day that Los Angeles court officials hoped would never come is due to arrive Friday with layoffs and staff cutbacks affecting 539 employees.

By the time July 1 rolls around, Presiding Superior Court Judge David Wesley says the Court will have eliminated 30 percent of its budgeted staff positions since 2002. It marks a 24 percent reduction since the state budget crisis began in 2008.

The cutbacks will include 177 outright layoffs and hundreds of demotions and transfers.

Although a legislative committee and the governor agreed this week to restore $60 million to state courts, Wesley says $20 million that will go to Los Angeles is too little too late to avert drastic cutbacks. The state's largest court system has closed eight courthouses and cut back services at others.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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