SAN FRANCISCO--Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye released the following statement following Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s release of his May Revised Budget:
“I am pleased to see that the Governor’s May Budget Revision adheres closely to his January proposal, which brought an incremental increase for trial court operations. This will be the third year of new investment by the Governor to help stabilize funding for the judicial branch. New investment and stabilized funding are the building blocks for court innovations and efficiencies.
The Governor’s budget recognizes the need to offset falling revenues related to the potential over-reliance for the state on fines and fees. The judicial branch welcomes changes that improve the practices of properly and fairly applying assessments that allow the public effective access to California’s courts. This is an issue all three branches are working together to resolve. I look forward to continuing to engage with the Governor and the Legislature on these important issues.”