California Courts Agency Called Dysfunctional

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A report describes the agency that runs California’s court system as dysfunctional and in need of an overhaul. California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye ordered the 300-page report crafted by a committee of 11 judges. It will be presented to judicial branch leaders next month. The report says the San Francisco-based Administrative Office of the Courts is overstaffed and top heavy with high-salaried bureaucrats. The Los Angeles Times says the office has strayed from serving the courts to becoming controlling and deceptive. The judges cited 17 positions with annual salaries at or above $175,000. Besides numerous positions with salaries in excess of $100,000, the report says a staff attorney has been allowed to telecommute from Switzerland. The report comes as the courts faces about $544 million in budget cuts.

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