October 2013 • Vol. 33 No. 10 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Join LACBA in Fighting to Protect Our Federal Courts

LACBA is joining with most of the Chief Judges of the nation’s 94 Federal District Courts in writing to Congress to express our grave concerns over the impact that flat funding, along with sequestration, is having on the judiciary’s ability to carry out its constitutional and statutory responsibilities.

While this is a national issue, it has a direct impact locally, where the Central District serves more than 18 million people–more than half the residents of California and more than any federal district court in the nation.
“We share the Chief Judges’ concern over the debilitating impact of underfunding on court operations across the country,” wrote LACBA President Patricia Egan Daehnke. “Underfunding has resulted in delays in processing cases, threats to public safety, reduced courthouse security, and bruising cuts to Federal Public Defenders’ offices.”
LACBA’s letter has been sent to California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, House members who represent those areas of the state that make up the Central District, and other congressional leaders imploring them to act quickly to protect and restore the Federal Courts’ budget, which only accounts for 2 percent of the national budget.
We encourage you to join us and write to your congressional representatives urging them to support increased funding for the federal judiciary. A sample letter can be found HERE. Key leadership addresses can be found HERE.

The Central District of California ranks second in the nation in the number of new civil cases filed each year and eighth in the nation in the number of new criminal cases.
Please join us in supporting our federal courts today.

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