The San Francisco Superior Court is furloughing staff on Fridays beginning August 4, 2017 and reducing clerk office hours effective September 1 to help close a $5.3 million deficit for the current fiscal year, Presiding Judge Teri L. Jackson announced today. (7/3/17)

“We are committed to keeping our courtrooms open and continuing to prioritize access to justice despite the 9 percent cut in our state funding allocation for the fiscal year that began two days ago,” Judge Jackson said. “We want to thank our labor organizations and staff for their cooperation and approval of 11 mandatory furlough days between August 4, 2017 and June 29, 2018. This contribution is a solution that will help us to avoid staff layoffs.”

Every Friday, beginning September 1, 2017, all clerks’ offices will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drop boxes will be available outside each main entrance of all clerks’ offices between 1 p.m. and close of business at 4 p.m. Documents received in the drop box by close of business will be processed with a same-day filing date.

Staff will be furloughed without pay one Friday per month, on a rotation schedule that will result in reduced staff every Friday (except Court holidays). The Criminal, Traffic, Civil, Unified Family Court and Juvenile Delinquency clerks’ offices will all close at 1 p.m. on Fridays to allow staff to catch up on filing documents and other necessary tasks. Courthouses and courtrooms will remain open on these Limited Service Days, although calendars will be adjusted to accommodate reduced staffing in courtrooms.

The Court’s budget deficit reflects an escalating trend among trial courts, despite the persistent efforts of California Supreme Court Justice Tani G. CantilSakauye and the Judicial Council. Just last week, the Chief Justice emphasized that chronic underfunding of the courts “unfairly affects members of the public seeking their day in court.”

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