Petition to disband the AOC exceeds 500 signatures

Posted on May 25, 2012

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As far as getting the media’s attention goes, usually 500 local signatures on a local petition gets some attention. Make the issue a matter of a statewide petition and the numbers increase to get that same media coverage. Several thousand people a day read judicial council watcher and we’re guessing that only a small percentage of you have signed the petition and/or mentioned it to a friend, relative or colleague.  The AOC plays without rules and without any meaningful oversight.
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Its leadership has been misappropriating public funds for years and continues to do so to this day. Meanwhile, court staffers buy their own post-its and pens, court reporters – the only measure of accountability in a courtroom – vanish from the landscape and court clerk lines stretch around the block as rank and file workers lose their jobs.  The wind bowing from Sacramento is that maybe they should just give the money to those stellar money managers in the council (*coughs* in reality, the AOC) to divvy up which is reasoning  tantamount to giving a heroin addict more drugs to quit.   Fear not and look up fellow court workers, at least you know that the light bulb above your head only costs the AOC $128.00 today……

Disband the AOC in California (link)

By Carlos Martinez (Contact)

To be delivered to: Administrative Office of the Courts, The California State House, The California State Senate, and Governor Jerry Brown

Help end government bloat and bureaucracy.

Close the Administrative Office of the Courts.

The Administrative Office of the Courts is a bureaucracy that was assembled to administer the California courts. But what the AOC has done is to siphon the budgetary moneys from the courts into its own pet projects even during extremely difficult budget times in California, including a nearly $1.5 billion computer system that never worked and has now been discontinued. The AOC began with a very limited staff and now employs nearly 400 people making over $100,000 each. Even with its motto “Access to Justice,” its existence and constant siphoning of court budgetary dollars has continually diminished access to justice for Californians by causing mass layoffs of court staff and also closing the courts in some counties for up to three weekdays a month. It’s an administrative office that administrates administrators and has no practical use in the court system. Closing the AOC would be a huge step towards helping settle the budgetary crisis in California and aiding the ailing courts by shifting money back into the courts and away from the AOC bureaucracy.