The court system in Imperial County has decided to close down three of their facilities and consolidate with the other courts because of budget cuts.
Their court’s budget has been declining since 2007 becaue of California’s economic crisis.
They thought it’s best to close jail and juvenile courts in El Centro and the Calexico courthouse.
"Our cut was a $1.2 million to us locally out of a general fund budget that was $7.5 million. So, you can understand what the impact would be to that," Chief Executive Officer Kristine Kussman said.
Kussman says at full staff the court would have 150 employees. They’re at 123.
"What are we going to do because if we don’t do something then the state court’s basically would just have to take us over," Kussman said.
Becky Guerrero is on her 8th year working at jail court. The big change for her is relocating to the Brawley courthouse.
"It’s kind of nerve racking but it’s understandable all the financial issues going on in the state so we just have to go with the flow," Guerrero said.
Calexico court will be conducting business at the El Centro courthouse starting June and juvenile court will start in July, and jail court will move to the Brawley courthouse.
With these changes guerrero’s optimistic she still has her job for now.
"We are feeling confident and hopefully we won’t have to be worrying about that pretty soon," Guerrero said.
Those layoffs may happen in the near future. The public has 60 days to comment regarding these changes.
If you’d like your opinion heard, contact the court by e-mailing to email@example.com or send a letter addressed to:
Superior Court California
County of Imperial
ATTN.: Kristine S. Kussman, CEO
939 West Main Street El Centro, CA 92243