California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye

Scott Shafer of The California Report got off the phone with California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye a few minutes ago, and she is not at all happy with the cuts to courts that are part of the budget bills passed by the legislature today.

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Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on ‘devastating’ cuts to the courts in the budget that just passed the legislature

Cantil-Sakauye described the cuts as “devastating,” and said they would impact anyone who has to deal with the courts in any way. She cites reduced hours of service, closure of self-help centers and mediation services, long delays in receiving time with interpreters, severe case overload, and long lines for traffic violations as some of the consequences of the slashed judicial budget.

“Courts are in crisis the same way that California is in crisis,” Cantil-Sakauye says. “There is devastation to many services and worthy causes and public needs… Notwithstanding that kind of devastation and crisis, courts still have to stay open to ensure people’s rights.”

Cantil-Sakauye said she intends to fight the cuts, asserting there is language in the bill that allows for the restoration of funding if sufficient revenue exists.

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye: Court Budget Cuts “Devastating” 15 June,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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