San Bernardino Courts Issued Budget Cuts. Are You Going to Be Affected By the Recent Budget Cuts in the San Bernardino Courts?

If you have a case in the San Bernardino County, California courts, you may have noticed that there have been some serious changes with the handling of cases in the San Bernardino County, California courts. In San Bernardino County changes have occurred that may result in delays, longer distances between the courts and the County’s residents, and a lesser number of courts available. Let’s take a look at a couple of changes in 2013. There are fewer Small Claims courts available to handle small simple matters. Big Bear, Chino, and Needles courts have all been closed. Rancho Cucamonga and Chino no longer handle Small Claims matters. Those cases are now handled in Fontana. That Court now handles nearly all the Small Claims matters in the entire Inland Empire, with the exception of the High Desert.

Another major change occurred when all the High Desert unlimited and limited civil cases were transferred to the San Bernardino Civil Courts. Victorville Superior Court no longer handles these types of cases. This, along with the loss of funding for civil courtrooms, has resulted in the addition of about 300 civil cases per judge in San Bernardino and Rancho Cucamonga. To handle this influx, the courts have modified the handling of status hearings and the judges are quicker to set the matter for trial. However, the actual trial of the case may be a lot later from the initial filing of the case than previous settings before the budget shortages.

Always review the San Bernardino County Court website for further notices and changes.

David H. Ricks is a California trial lawyer primarily practicing in the Inland Empire and Southern California with the Inland Empire Law Group. If you have a legal need requiring a trial attorney, call 909-481-0100 to see if David H. Ricks can assist you.