FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA

Crime-courts

Solano courts ready to implement service hours cut

By From page A3 | January 12, 2013

FAIRFIELD — People with legal problems who show up shortly after 2 p.m. Monday at county courthouses in Fairfield and Vallejo will likely be turned away and have to come back another day.

Solano County Superior Court officials announced two months ago that starting Jan. 14, they would close all clerk offices at 2 p.m. instead of 3 p.m. Court clerk office employees will also no longer answer telephone calls after 2 p.m.

A drop box for same-day filings will be available until 5 p.m.

The cutback in service to the public was spurred by statewide budget cuts to the judicial branch imposed by the Legislature and the governor’s office.

The local court’s work force has been reduced by 20 percent in the past three years and the reduction in service to the public will give court staff time to process paperwork and prepare court calendars, according to the court’s executive officer.

The cutback in service to the public comes a month after the construction bidding process began for the $27 million renovation of the old Solano courthouse in Fairfield, which will add three new courtrooms to the 24 courtrooms in Fairfield and Vallejo.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
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  • rich giddensJanuary 12, 2013 - 10:15 am

    California's courts wasted $500 million on a court intranet that doesn't work.

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