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Funding plan would mean cuts to NorCal courts

SAN FRANCISCO -- The state Judicial Council is considering a new formula for distributing more than $1 billion in state funding for California's 58 trial courts that would take money away from some court systems and give it to rural counties and fast-growing counties such as Riverside and San Bernardino.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that Santa Clara County would be the biggest loser in the San Francisco Bay Area, absorbing more than $10 million in cuts in the next five years.

Alameda County would face a loss of more than $6 million over the same time frame, after already enduring layoffs and reduced public hours at its courthouses.

With the exception of Monterey, all of the region's courts would lose money. The council, the judiciary's policymaking body, is set to take up the reforms.

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