Chief justice addresses lawmakers amid budget cuts

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers are likely to be reminded about the consequences of recent budget cuts when California’s top judge delivers her second annual “State of the Judiciary” address.

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye is scheduled to address the Legislature late Monday afternoon.

The state court system, which has about 2,000 judicial officers and 18,000 employees, has closed courtrooms, raised fees and delayed repairs after years of state budget cuts.

This year, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget takes $200 million from court construction funds as a way to postpone additional court cutbacks after hundreds of millions of dollars were previously slashed. He also proposes to delay repayment of a $90 million loan.

Last month, the Judicial Council voted to delay 11 courthouse construction projects after four were delayed in January.

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