California Chief Justice says courts need more funding

California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye called again for increased funding for the state’s courts when she spoke on Feb. 12 to a gathering of attorneys and judges in Riverside. Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget slates $3.3 billion to the courts for fiscal year 2014, but Cantil-Sakauye said that the budget is $266 million short of what the courts need to maintain the same level of services, according to a Feb. 12 article in the Press-Enterprise.

“[T]he judicial branch is not another partner; we are not another entity, we are the predicate for democracy in California, and that all the rights and things you give to all these worthy causes would mean nothing if there is no justice,” she said.

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