L.A. County Superior Court to lay off 150 workers, slash salaries
Los Angeles County Superior Court will lay off more than 150 employees Friday and slash the salaries of dozens more, as the nation’s largest trial court system continues to grapple with shrinking state funding.
The number of jobs cut is about half of what court officials previously said they might ax. But nearly 200 other employees will be bumped to lower-level positions or part-time status, with some shedding up to 40% of their salaries, the court said in a news release.
The moves are part of the court’s plan to shave $30 million from its budget. Officials are also shuttering courtrooms, paring back the use of court reporters and closing a juvenile court program that handled nearly 80,000 new citations last year.
Court officials said Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget, which would strip hundreds of millions of dollars from the judicial branch, would force the Los Angeles County court system to slice about $40 million more from its budget next fiscal year.
“We are in the midst of a fundamental restructuring of the California courts,” John A. Clarke, the court’s executive officer and clerk, said in a news release. “But the final outcome is difficult to manage, and impossible to predict, due to the speed and severity of the budget cuts being forced upon us.”
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Photo: A sunset reflects against the Los Angeles County Superior Court building as seen from the front plaza. Credit: Christina House / For The Times