Effective Aug. 27, the El Dorado County Superior Court will be reducing its hours due to budget cuts, a press release stated.
“During one of the most daunting financial crises in California’s history, the state’s courts remain steadfast in their commitment that essential services continue to be provided to customers,” wrote Jackie Davenport, assistant court executive officer. “Unfortunately, the budget reductions to the state trial courts will require that El Dorado Superior Court reduce its operating costs significantly.”
The cuts began in the 2007-2008 fiscal year, and in “Fiscal Year 2012-2013 the total state budget reductions to the judicial branch is in the amount of $544 million,” Davenport said in the press release.
To combat this, the court has already left vacant positions unfilled, and has had to institute other measures, including layoffs and furloughs.
This has caused an increased workload, the press release states, and to keep up with it, the public counter and telephone hours are being reduced. Both will now only be open until 3 p.m. There will be a drop box available to receive documents open until 4 p.m.
The change, Davenport wrote, will not effect access to courtrooms or administrative offices.
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