California's chief justice warns the state's courts would be so squeezed under Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget that it would not just be a fiscal problem, but a civil rights problem.
Tani Cantil-Sakauye made those comments at a news conference flanked by more than 30 judges, court administrators, union officials, business representatives and lawmakers.
Cantil-Sakauye said continuing cutbacks have caused California to "ration'' justice. Brown has proposed an additional $105 million for the courts in 2014-15, but the increase would still leave the judiciary in a budget hole.
Cantil-Sakauye is looking for an additional $266 million "just to tread water" in the coming fiscal year.