Will Humboldt benefit? I will update this post with comments from Humboldt County Superior CEO Kim Bartleson.
Judicial Branch News Release:
According to an article in the San Francisco Daily Journal, last week, after months of prolonged negotiations with the governor's office, the State Judicial Branch introduced a proposal that would authorize overburdened trial courts to obtain reassigned judgeships from other counties.
The Commission on the Future of California's State Court System, chaired by Supreme Court Justice Carol A. Corrigan (pictured above) has recommended that vacant judicial positions be reallocated to jurisdictions with the most pressing caseloads.
According to the San Francisco Daily Journal article, Gov. Brown had suggested this when he vetoed legislation last October that would have provided $5 million to fund new judgeships.
A report by Kathleen O'Leary, a Commission member and justice on the 4th District Court of Appeal claimed "an uneven statewide distribution of judgeships."
The report states: "For example, the trial courts in Riverside and San Bernardino have only 60 percent of the judicial officers they need, but the trail courts in Alameda and Santa Clara have more judges than necessary to handle their assessed needs, 14 and 19 more judicial officers, respectively."
The article claims that Riverside and San Bernardino counties are among the favored jurisdictions to get reassigned vacant superior court judgeships, staff and related security.
Last week, the State Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 1023. The legislation is considered almost identical to the bill Gov. Brown vetoed last October. It would provide $5 million in general fund for 12 new judicial positions and related support staff.
Maybe Gov. Brown should approve these funds or at least stop releasing criminals into society without a plan, resources and funds to protect the public.