State courts, including Supreme Court, to shutter 1 day a month to close budget gap

State courts ordered closed 1 day per month

SAN FRANCISCO — State officials have ordered California state courts to close one day each month to save money.

The unprecedented move, which includes shuttering the California Supreme Court along with every appellate and trial court in the state the third Wednesday of every month, is one of the first tangible effects of lawmakers’ new deal to close a $24 billion budget deficit.

The 21 members of the Judicial Council, which oversees the state’s courts, voted unanimously at a San Francisco meeting Wednesday to shutter the courts one day each month from September through July to save $84 million.

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