SAN FRANCISCO--Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye released the following statement after Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed the Budget Act for fiscal year 2016–2017:

“I’m pleased to see that this marks the fourth year of new investment in the courts—more than $600 million—and a continuing emphasis on access to justice issues, including improvements in language access for limited English speakers and support for service innovations in our court system. In the coming year, we will continue to work on finding stable funding for the entire judicial branch, moving away from reliance on fines and fees to fund state programs, finding adequate funding for those representing children, and addressing the need for judges, particularly in the Inland Empire.”