Centralized Funding & Control – The Real “Phantom Menace”

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The Chief Justice made a startling statement in a recent television interview:

General funds support for the third branch of government has failed. It’s absolutely a skeleton of what it used to be.”

Her remarks stand in stark contrast with those of her predecessor in a speech he gave back in 2009:

“It was anticipated that the switch from county funding to state funding of California’s judicial system would raise the level of services provided across the state to an effective baseline, provide courts with a stable and predictable level of funding, and allow the judicial system to engage in productive planning for the challenges ahead. Those expectations have been met.”

The current chief’s recent statement, along with her admission that backing CCMS was a mistake, constitute a sweeping acknowledgement of what we in the trial courts know to be true.  Chief Justice George’s vision of…

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