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Juvenile cases to stay in Victorville

Planned reassignment to San Bernardino halted until at least 2014

BARSTOW • Most local juvenile cases will be heard at the Victorville courthouse until 2014 instead of being moved to San Bernardino, according to a court notice issued by San Bernardino County this week.

Because of a statewide fiscal crisis among the courts, juvenile delinquency and juvenile drug court cases were to be reassigned countywide to the Juvenile Court District in San Bernardino on May 6.

But a sudden infusion of state money has allowed the Victorville courthouse to continue hearing non-contested juvenile cases.

The last minute, one-time reprieve from the Judicial Council of California in the amount of $1.2 million to the San Bernardino County court system staved off the full Barstow courthouse closure, allowing one court room to remain open in the city for three days a week.

That funding will also be used to allow juvenile cases to continue to be filed in the Victorville District. Non-contested juvenile delinquency cases, including drug court cases, will be heard on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week, except court holidays, through June 28, 2014.

Juvenile drug court cases currently heard in the Rancho Cucamonga District will also continue to be heard there through next year.

The county court projects a significant deficit after June 21, 2014 and will not be able to continue to operate Victorville Juvenile cases after that date unless it receives additional funding, according to the notice.

“During the next 15 months, court leaders will continue to partner with city and county officials and work with state, judicial, legislative and executive leaders to identify funding solutions sufficient to maintain appropriate levels of operation for all San Bernardino communities on an ongoing basis,” the notice states.

Contact the writer: BSelf@DesertDispatch.com or (760) 256-4123.


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