Chief justice: Brown's budget would require cuts

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Updated: 1/15/2014 12:32 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's chief justice warns the state's courts would be so squeezed under Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget that it would not just be a fiscal problem, but a civil rights problem.

The Los Angeles Times reports Tani Cantil-Sakauye made the comments at a news conference Tuesday flanked by more than 30 judges, court administrators, union officials, business representatives and lawmakers.

Cantil-Sakauye said continuing cutbacks have caused California to "ration" justice.

The newspaper says Brown has proposed an additional $105 million for the courts in 2014-15, but the increase would still leave the judiciary in a budget hole.

Cantil-Sakauye says trial and appellate courts need an additional $266 million "just to tread water" in the coming fiscal year and $1.2 billion over three years to make up for past cuts.

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