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Shortage of courtrooms is the problem

By November 15, 2010

EDITOR:

Letter writer Ford McCoy of Placerville correctly concluded that delays of trials are too long but are people willing to take the steps necessary to fix that problem? The primary bottleneck is the shortage of courtrooms. Courtrooms cost money. Funding is short.

Funding is handled by the Administrative Office of the Courts. They parcel out funds given them by the state Legislature. Taxpayers have to provide the funds to the Legislature. With twice as many judges/courtrooms, delays would be insignificant in most cases.

Funds are also currently being diverted from courtrooms to a computer system that is costing hundreds of times what it should cost. It doesn’t even work. Legislators have taken no action on offers of help with it. So the problem comes down to M&M – money and management.

Maybe the new Brown administration will do something. And maybe it won’t.

RICHARD POWER

Shingle Springs,

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