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NCJ Number: 152648 Find in a Library
Title: Trial Court Consolidation: Panacea or Pandemonium?
Journal: San Diego Justice Journal  Volume:2  Issue:1  Dated:(Winter 1994)  Pages:89-108
Author(s): C L Patrick
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 20
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In November 1994, voters in California were faced with a proposition to combine all superior, municipal, and justice courts in the State into a single district court within each county.
Abstract: Senate Constitutional Amendment 3 (SCA 3) purports to be the next step in what is claimed to be a logical progression of court organization into a single unified trial court. This article argues, however, that the existing two-tiered system works well in meeting the public's need for judicial service. Proponents of SCA 3 have the burden of proof to establish that the new single trial court system will continue to meet those needs at least as well as the present system and that any reduction of service to the public would be justified by substantial savings in cost and efficiency. Because little thought has gone into determining how many judges can be effectively managed by a single, co-equal presiding judge, California voters would be better served by efforts to improve the present court system. 81 notes
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): California; Court reorganization; State court unification
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