California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye on Friday issued the following statement on the Governor’s budget proposal for the judicial branch:
"The Governor’s proposed budget for the judicial branch is welcome news. It is careful and cautious, but also reflects his concern for those trying to access our court system during a pandemic. I commend his leadership during a difficult time for our state and country."
The budget includes $381.1 million in new funding, including critical new investments to support the essential services provided by the judicial branch during the COVID-19 pandemic. The judicial branch last year took $200 million in cuts due to the economic downturn spurred by the pandemic.
The proposal includes:
The budget proposal also includes $2.1 billion over the next five years to fund construction of critically needed new courthouses. The proposal includes funding for 14 replacement and renovation projects on a priority list approved by the Judicial Council.
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