AB 2341 Means More Judges In San Bernardino County; Legislature to Decide in August
San Bernardino, CA – California legislators could soon take action to alleviate long wait times for court cases under legislation championed by Asm. Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona). Rodriguez and Republican Assemblyman Jay Olbernolte (R-Big Bear) have joined together to champion AB 2341, a bill that will deliver relief to San Bernardino County courts, where the population has grown far more rapidly than the county’s share of judges under the state system for allocating court resources.
Court workers who are members of the Service Employees International Union in California praised Rodriguez’s leadership in seeking solutions to the county’s severely overstretched courts. “For years, Asm. Rodriguez has been working alongside court workers and community organizations to solve San Bernardino’s severe shortage of judges and ensure families and businesses seeking justice in our local courts don’t experience unnecessary delay,” said Gloria Sotelo, Judicial Assistant II at San Bernardino Justice Center.
“Asm. Rodriquez has worked tirelessly to bring legislators and stakeholders together to put justice first in our community, and with his support, we are hopeful that AB 2341 will succeed,” said Alma Hernadez, Executive Director of SEIU California.
While budget cuts have caused court cutbacks statewide, San Bernardino County has been one of the most acutely affected. In 2014, the Los Angeles Times reported that understaffing in San Bernardino Courts had resulted in wait times of at least four months for changes in child custody orders, and delayed criminal trials to the point where witnesses in some cases can no longer be located to testify.
# # #