Court Reporters Urge Administrators to Adopt Audit Recommendations

Our local was among eight labor organizations representing court employees who signed a petition to the Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts urging them to  adopt the recommendations that came out of recent audit by the Bureau of State Audits of the Judicial Branch of California to review the JC/AOC's use of "harmful cost-saving measures" including courthouse closures, hour reductions, lay-offs, and required furlough days, which particularly impact employees in the local court system.  The audit addressed the ongoing mismanagement of the Administration of the Court which has resulted in a reduction of funds at the trial court level.  One of the more shocking findings was that the AOC has 8 employees who are making more than the governor.  The study also brought light to the raises AOC employees were given in the same years Court employees were experiencing cuts. 

"We appreciate the ongoing review of the Audit, and of associated fiscal management practices by Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts, and respectfully urge the members of the committee to adopt ALL of the recommendations made by the Bureau of State Audits," the letter said, which was co-signed by Shane Gusman, Legislative Advocate of IFPTE Local 21's court chapters. "The local courts have been starved for too long; it is shameful that mismanagement at the Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts level has been found to have been partly to blame for this"