desperation cash grab
San Bernardino county encompasses 20,105 square miles with a population of 2 million. [Rhode Island covers an area of 1,214 mi2] San Bernardino Superior Court has closed its Chino courthouse and will close the Barstow and Needles courthouses later this year.* If you live in Needles, it’s a 212 mile drive to the court house in San Berdoo.
[Parenthetically, I wonder how much the increase in FTA fines will amount to….]
California residents who want to fight a traffic ticket from home or get copies of legal paperwork would have to shell out more money under Gov. Jerry Brown’s “austerity” budget plan for state courts next year.
…11 recommendations for increased costs or reduced services …[to] offset some $200 million in cuts …Brown proposes borrowing $200 million from courthouse construction accounts…
Yes. “Borrowing” capital to cover daily expenses with no source of income to replace it is always sound fiscal policy.
The fee to oppose a traffic ticket by mail in your home county would go to $50, bringing in $3.2 million more to the state.
If you want to question whether the gobt is correct in accusing you of illegal behavior, you must pay money to the gobt. Just to question. Not for any wrongdoing.
As an example, I recently received a “ticket” in the mail for improperly being in a HOV lane on The 91 in October. The 91 is a freeway in the LA Basin. Thing is, I haven’t been in that benighted basin in a decade. I called the number given and the gal told me there was no way she could read the license number on the photo — the only evidence against me. rly?!? So apparently someone there just looked up license numbers for that type of vehicle, chose one at random and sent out a ticket.
But to challenge that now would cost me $50. Some “encouragement” for accuracy.
The cost for clerks to search and retrieve multiple case files would go to $10 for every record searched. Clerks blame “data mining” companies for the need to charge more, but the bill would be footed by everyone.
The price for a paper copy of a court record would double, to $1 per page.
Courts would cut costs by eliminating some procedures, such as not collecting Social Security numbers on court orders for debt collection, not destroying records relating to marijuana possession, and providing transcripts of preliminary hearings only in homicide cases.
But insofar as I can tell, the CA Commission on the Status of Women — which has never done anything for me — has received no budget cuts. So there’s that.