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L.A. County Superior Court to lay off 329 staffers April 1

March 8, 2010 | 11:38 am

In the first of a series of projected cuts, the Los Angeles County Superior Court will lay off 329 staff members on April 1, court officials have announced.

“Given the size of the budget cuts we have already experienced, we anticipate hundreds more layoffs to follow,” Superior Court Executive Officer John A. Clarke wrote Friday in a memo to staff.

Officials are planning to lay off an additional 500 employees in September and 530 in fall 2011, Clarke wrote. Court leaders have long warned of looming staff cuts and courtroom closures due to budget shortfalls.

Presiding Judge Charles “Tim” McCoy has said he is looking at plans to eliminate as many as 1,800 jobs and close up to 180 courtrooms to make ends meet. Court spokeswoman Vania Stuelp said the cuts will be “all across the board,” but it had not been determined whether courtrooms will be closed at the time of the layoffs.

Notices will be sent out March 16, she said.

“The most junior employees are going to be the first to go,” she said.

-- Victoria Kim

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