The Alliance of California Judges has learned that the AOC is now projecting a dramatic shortfall in the Trial Court Trust Fund for the current fiscal year. Apparently, revenues from fees will fall far short of the AOC’s expectations. According to the latest figures, the AOC’s original revenue predictions were off by $70 million.
This massive shortfall will eat away the bulk of the additional $100 million that the Governor has proposed for the judicial branch, and will require an even greater infusion of money from the state’s general fund just to maintain the status quo.
These bleak budget numbers only confirm the wisdom of the recently authorized audit of the AOC’s operations. Now more than ever, we need to wring every last dollar out of nonessential operations and redirect that money to the trial courts.
The Alliance will keep you apprised of any developments as we learn of them.
Directors, Alliance of California Judges