O.C. Judges Say Courts Could Be Out of Order : Judges Make Appeal

Facing funding cutbacks, Orange County judges say they will run out of money by April 15, forcing the courts to close for three months next year. Judges petitioned Thursday for $31.7 million in emergency funding.

Courts predict this fallout from a shutdown:

* 25,000 civil matters would not be accepted for filing

* 6,000 felonies would not be accepted for filing

* 6,000 child-support cases would not be heard

* 3,000 drunk drivers would not be prosecuted

* More than 2,800 juvenile cases would not be processed or heard

Funding Requests

Here's how the $31.7 million in emergency funding requested by the courts breaks down:

Court: Amount

Superior: $13.9


Central: $4.8

Harbor: $2.9

North: $4.1

South: $3.4

West: $2.6

Source: Individual courts

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