In this Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 photo, Judge Lance Ito and court clerk Melody Ramirez go over documents in Ito's closed and semi-darkened courtroom, used these days for the processing of paperwork and other duties but not for hearing cases, at the Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

After Years Of Budget Cuts, Access To California Courts In Doubt

According to the state’s top judge, California trial and appellate courts need an additional $266 million “just to tread water” in the coming fiscal year.