The Metropolitan News-Enterprise reported last week that Charles McCoy, Los Angeles County Presiding Judge, speaking to a group of attorneys, espoused the importance of ensuring the court’s long-term fiscal survival. The article stated that Judge McCoy told the attorneys that so far, the court has not had to invade too much of the court’s accrued reserve, but he warned that this year some moves needed to be made.
The article went on to state that resources will be shifted to the Los Angeles probate and family law departments resulting in the central civil section judges at the Stanley Mosk courthouse experiencing an increase in caseload.
In a related editorial, the National Law Journal recently reported that due to the state’s budget crisis, courts will be shortening their hours and furloughing employees. This attorney has experienced first hand the shortened hours introduced in both the Riverside and San Diego County courthouses.
Additionally, California probate reforms will be delayed. After unearthing corruption in the administration of probate estates, $17 million was alloted to probate court reform. The allocation of the funds for the probate reform will be put on the back burner this year as it was last year, in light of the financial crisis.
California is the largest court system in the nation receiving approximately 9 million court filings annually.