California’s Underfunded Judicial System

justice and moneyThe Business & Professional Caucus of the California Democratic Party will host a panel to discuss the “underfunded judicial system” and equal protection under the law.

Saturday, July 20th, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Hilton Hotel, 3050 Bristol St.,
Costa Mesa 92626

We will meet from 3:30 until 5:30 during the weekend of the Executive Board meeting of the California State Democratic Party.

“Liberty and Justice for All” sounds like a nice slogan from our pledge when in fact justice in the underfunded courts is primarily available only to those who can afford it.

The courts can be the vehicle for the wealthy to accumulate greater wealth if the power of money not only controls the vote but gains a huge advantage to those who can afford to pay the high cost of litigation. It is no longer a matter of being right, but can be a matter of the most money. Small Business Owners could go bankrupt attempting to collect money owed to them. The closure of courts and lengthy trials deprive the underprivileged of access to justice and waste needed funds on lengthy trials with endless delays. How this relates to “equal protection under the law” as provided in our constitution.

We need to fix this problem.

The panel topics will include these issues:

  • Our basic government structure in relation to the judicial branch and its importance and balance, with respect to executive and legislative.
  • The philosophical issue of equality under the law in America, and the impact on our basic democracy in terms of liberty and justice for all.
  • Identification of the problem with respect to budgeting in California and independent funding.
  • The impact of money on the concept of equal justice under the law and the rising court costs, discovery, and legal fees and the equality related to affordability.
  • The impact on Small Business & Civil Dispute Resolution.
  • The impact on Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, and Prisons.
  • How they are all related.

The discussion will also include specific interests and concerns of panelists and members within the above issues of specific importance to Business and Professions in California.

Confirmed:

  • Judge Michael Latin – Los Angeles County Presiding Superior Court. Ret
  • Lee Baca – Los Angeles County Sheriff
  • Joseph Dunn – Executive Director (CEO) for the State Bar of California and ex officio member of the Open Courts Coalition (OCC)
  • Darren Parker – former Exec Dir. AFCME, Chair African American Caucus CDP
  • Martin Aarons – Consumer Attorney’s Association CART

Invited:

  • Michael Feuer, City Attorney-elect
  • Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky
  • Betty Yee, Chair State Board of Equalization

The event will be videotaped. Please invite those persons who have an interest in the subject.

We are encouraging participants to join the Business & Professional Caucus – you need not be a CDP delegate to join

Ray Bishop
818-705-0844
Chair, Business and Professional Caucus-California Democratic Party

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RESOLUTION: THE UNDERFUNDED STATE JUDICIAL SYSTEM

WHEREAS, The Justice System is the Foundation of our Freedom. The Equal Right to Liberty and Justice under the Law is a key principle to our Democracy, and the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution provides that; “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; now shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”.

WHEREAS, Increasing Court Costs, Legal Fees, and Delays create a discriminatory practice in the courts to deprive the Economic Disadvantaged Person of Equal Justice under the Law by creating a barrier of affordability to due process which include an affordable and speedy trial.

WHEREAS, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye stated that “because of Budget Cuts, and Closure of Courts up and down the State, what we once counted on – that Courts would be open, available and ready to dispense prompt justice – no longer exists in California”

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the New Budget putting $63 million in funding back into the Court System is less than what is needed to fully restore the System. Therefore; as a matter of priority full funding should be Immediately Restored, Courts Recently Closed should be Re-opened, Court Jobs Eliminated should be Restored.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: the California Democratic Party proclaims that Justice should not be based on the wealth of a person or entity and this resolution be distributed to all key State Legislators, Judges, and the Governor to ask that an immediate emergency funding measure be taken to resolve this problem.

Sponsored by Business and Professional Caucus
California Democratic Party
Ray Bishop, Chair

Published by the LA Progressive on July 4, 2013
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