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Superior Court workers to march in downtown L.A. to protest layoffs, closures

March 17, 2010 | 12:06 pm

Hundreds of L.A. County Superior Court employees planned to march in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday to protest recently announced staff layoffs and courtroom closures.

Court officials sent layoff notices to 329 of about 5,400 Superior Court employees Tuesday and said 16 courtrooms would be closed because of budget cuts.

Superior Court officials have long warned of looming layoffs and closures, saying they were inevitable because of budgetary cutbacks handed down by the state government.

A bulk of the cuts were made to assistants and clerical workers, but they included six child advocacy specialists, seven court reporters and seven family court services specialists.

The closed courtrooms include three criminal courtrooms and one family courtroom. The Los Angeles Superior Court system has about 600 courtrooms.

Employees planned to march on the State Building in downtown Los Angeles to urge the Legislature to restore funding to the Los Angeles courts, the largest trial court in the nation.

A union organizing the rally criticized the financial management of the Administrative Office of the Courts, the state agency that oversees the judicial branch.

-- Victoria Kim