L.A. judge predicts court closures could strain systems

The Hon. Phil Mautino, a supervising judge for Los Padrinos Juvenile Court, predicted that the reduction of courtrooms and staff could cause difficulties in getting disputes settled in court and create devastating consequences outside of court, according to an article in the Whittier (Calif.) Daily News. The comments were part of a breakfast meeting for the Southeast chapter of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs. According to the paper, the California courts have lost $350 million from its budget in the past two years.

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