SAN BERNARDINO • San Bernardino County Supervisors on Tuesday voted to adopt a resolution seeking adequate funding from the state to keep courthouses open in Barstow, Needles and Big Bear.
The formal declaration states that the Board supports actions to work with the state Legislature, cities, and other stakeholders to secure funding consistent with the court's workload to ensure that residents continue to have unobstructed justice.
"This is a great step forward for the county," Third District Supervisor James Ramos, who represents Barstow and Lucerne Valley, wrote in a news release. "The vote by the Board today showed our commitment to advocating for equitable funding of our court system. It is vital all residents of San Bernardino County have equal access to the justice system."
The Board of Supervisors vote came the same day San Bernardino County Superior Court released a list of reassigned caseloads for the remaining six courts in the county — including Victorville's — when the closures take effect May 6 due to state cuts.
The moves are part of the second phase of cost reductions the county Superior Court is making after learning the state slashed $22 million from its funding, according to a news release. Certain cases from Victorville, San Bernardino and Rancho Cucamonga Districts will also be reassigned to make room for the incoming cases of the closing courtrooms.
"California faces a financial crisis of historical proportions and neither the Superior Court for San Bernardino County nor the California judicial system is exempt from having to deal with the crisis," the County public notice said. "After careful deliberation, the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court for San Bernardino County has concluded that the changes set forth above are a necessary part of the Court's most reasonable and measured plan to meet its extremely difficult financial challenges."
The bulk of Barstow case types have been reassigned to the Victorville District. Excluding civil and limited cases, juvenile delinquency and dependency cases and guardianship cases which are being transferred to separate court divisions in San Bernardino.
Victorville's civil cases will be transferred to the San Bernardino District — Civil Division. Juvenile delinquency cases will also move to the Juvenile Court District in San Bernardino. Those with cases set for hearing on or after May 6 will be notified by mail about the change of court assignments.
Public comments regarding the court reassignments can be made via email to the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court before April 27 at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see the complete list of court reassignments see: www.sb-court.org.