Wieckowski: Budget Cuts to State Judiciary Hurting the Poor

Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski Tuesday
in Sacramento calling for increased spending
on the state’s court system. 
PHOTO/Asm Wieckowski

ASSEMBLY | BUDGET | Access to justice is hard to come by if the courts are fighting to keep their doors open. All segments of the state budget labored through significant cuts over the past few years. The state courts system is no exception and like most areas of state government, noticing rising revenues and a budget surplus, its is looking for their share of the larger pie.

Fremont Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski on Tuesday urged for reinstatement of some of the over $1 billion cut from the judiciary’s budget during the Great Recession. Last week, Wieckowski praised Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal allotting $105 million to the courts. As chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, Wieckowski said the governor’s proposal should be a “down payment” toward the $266 million the courts will need to begin addressing past reductions.

The pinch has been felt by poor who, in many cases, do not possess the financial ability to pay for suitable legal representation. “Low-income Californians have been especially hit hard because they are the most vulnerable to the loss of their legal rights and the burden of court budget cuts have fallen most heavily on services disproportionately used by low-income parties,” said Wieckowski. “The impact on the poor is even greater because funding for legal aid services has been slashed.”

At a press conference in Sacramento also attended by State Sen. Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye added, 205 courtrooms have been closed, 51 courthouses and people are forced to often drive long distances just to have their day in court.

5 thoughts on “Wieckowski: Budget Cuts to State Judiciary Hurting the Poor

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  2. By MW:

    Concerning the comment of 4:31PM, I have no idea whether it was meant to be compliment, an insult, or just an observation.

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  3. By MW:

    While it would quite likely be very nice if the court system had more money, however its main problem is not lack of money but instead that the government and the legal system has evolved into a sleazy mafia of scumbags, thieves, parasites, and ripoff artists, and rather than an entity that serves the public.

    To give a few examples:

    In some sections of the state, and such as for instance the San Jose area, it has become the custom among the judges to take Fridays off WITH PAY AND WHILE PRETENDING TO WORK AND WHILE PRETENDING TO BE AT WORK. And since everyone familiar with the local judges' preferences who works in those districts, and such as for instance the lawyers and court clerks, etc, is very familiar with the customs the local judges want to adhere to, intend to adhere to, and are absolutely determined to adhere to, therefore all of the lawyers and clerks, etc, know better than to schedule anything on Friday, and including since the judges actually are much more likely to be out on the golf course than working in the courtroom, and even though they continue to be paid just like they were actually working that day.

    And members of the legal profession, and including judges. have far and away the highest rates of alcoholism and drug abuse of any major profession. However since it is almost unheard of for members of that sleazy mafia that refers to itself as the legal profession to blow the whistle on each other, therefore it is fairly common that the judge hearing the case is an alcoholic, a drug addict, or so extremely senile that he barely even knows his name.

    And in San Francisco, for instance, most of the judges are nothing more than stooges and puppets on a string for Willie Brown and big business.

    In fact in regard to the “standards” and “ethics” of the legal profession and the judiciary, not that many years ago some of the judges in San Diego were busted for having been for years involved in a racket in which fixing cases in exchange for under the table bribes was the standard practice. In fact a judge by the name of Greer, and who had been the president judge of San Diego's court system, had also been the main and most central judge in that criminal conspiracy of fixing cases in exchange for under the table bribes.

    NOTE: And when the federal government first began to get into high gear investigating that criminal conspiracy of San Diego area lawyers and judges fixing cases in exchange for under the table bribes, most of the local lawyers and judges closed ranks with the crooks in their midst and insisted there was no reason for the federal government to do an investigation, since they “knew” all of the local judges were honest, ethical ,and corruption free. (Greer, and who supposedly had a drug problem, did eventually admit that he had engaged in criminal activity.)

    Since Bob Wieckowski and Darrell Steinberg are both lawyers in addition to being legislators, they can give us a big laugh by insisting they are unaware of the fact that in recent decades the so called legal profession has almost totally evolved into sleazy drug infested mafia of parasites, thieves, and ripoff artists.


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