For Immediate Release
CCCBA Joins Effort to Support Funding the Courts
Adequate court funding is essential because courts exist to serve the public and support democracy. Year after year, however, budget cuts force our courts to do more with less, threaten to close courthouse doors and put our most fundamental rights at risk. The Contra Costa County Bar Association is pleased to announce that it is joining the effort to support funding the courts.
MARTINEZ, CALIFORNIA, March 15, 2012 — "No Courts, No Justice - No Justice, No Freedom". This has been the rallying cry of hundreds of court supporters at rallies throughout the state. Echoing the 2012 theme of the American Bar Association's Law Day - No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom - these rallies are a sign of the growing support for California's courts, as ongoing budget cuts threaten one of the public's most fundamental rights: access to justice.
The Contra Costa County Bar Association is pleased to announce that it will join the effort to support adequate court funding by co-sponsoring the "Stand up for Justice" rally on April 18, 2012 in San Francisco. State Attorney Kamala Harris, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Bay Area Legal Aid Executive Director Ramon Arias, and many other speakers will join the rally, organized by the Bar Association of San Francisco and co-sponsored by numerous Bar Associations throughout the state.
Photos from the rally to support funding the courts - more photos can be found on our Facebook page.
CCCBA representatives at the Stand up for Justice rally on 4/18/2012
Kamala Harris at the Stand up for Justice rally
Open Courts Coalition: Stand Up For Justice video presentation
Hearings on California's Civil Justice Crisis
Transcript and Videos from hearings held in San Francisco at the Administrative Office of the Courts on November 30th
National Center for State Courts
Economic Impact on the Courts - California
- A Budget That Could Cause a Broken Heart - Kiri Torre, Contra Costa County Superior Court CEO, Contra Costa Lawyer, February 1, 2012
- Reduced court budgets place justice and fair play at risk - William T. (Bill) Robinson III, American Bar Association President, California Bar Journal, November 2011
- Spare California's courts from cuts - Los Angeles Times Editorial, January 24, 2012
For more information, please contact Lisa Reep, Executive Director at the Contra Costa County Bar Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or (925) 288-2555.
The Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering support in matters of the law, the legal community and the judicial system. Trusted since 1934, the CCCBA serves thousands of legal professionals and members of the community each year.