-- Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 77(a) (in part).
In California, however, which is struggling under the weight of a massive budget crisis, that produced deep cuts in a recent budget resolution, this isn't quite the case.
The Judicial Council on Wednesday ordered all California courthouses closed once a month starting Sept. 16, despite ongoing complaints from labor groups, sheriffs and some judges that the closures are unnecessary and potentially dangerous. . . .
The third-Wednesday-each-month closures will save an estimated $85.3 million and are a key part of the judicial branch's overall plan to cut spending, raise fees and siphon savings to close a $393 million deficit. The Legislature authorized the closures as part of the $26 billion budget revision signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday.
The judicial branch cuts comprise 0.15% of the total budget deal signed for this fiscal year. The closures account for a little less than a quarter of the total judicial branch savings.