Our Voice: Time to fix Tracy’s courthouse emergency
by Press Editorial Board
Dec 23, 2011 | 2324 views | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The California Judicial Council has awarded San Joaquin Superior Court system $2 million in emergency funding.

That’s good news, but what will that mean for Tracy?

Will some of those funds be used to reopen the Tracy courthouse, or at the very least re-establish the local business office so Tracy and Mountain House residents won’t have to go to Stockton to pay traffic tickets? If that’s not part of the conversation, it should be.

When it was announced two months ago that a reduction in state funding would hit the county court system hard, it was Tracy that took the hardest hit. Although one of two Lodi courts was closed and 45 employees of the countywide system were laid off, the Tracy courthouse was completely shut down, closing the courtroom and also the business office.

Now, with the $2 million in emergency funding, it’s time for the county’s court administrators to take a second look at the shuttered Tracy courthouse. The present populations of Tracy and Mountain House, coupled with prospects for future growth in this corner of the county, provide a compelling case for re-establishing court services here.

If these are emergency funds the county court system is receiving, then this is where the emergency is having its greatest impact. It’s time to get the county’s justice system back in business in the Tracy courthouse.
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January 02, 2012
It is an insult to Tracy that they closed the entire courthouse here and left Manteca with two. To my mind, traffic tickets can go to Manteca....but the Small Claims, general civil and Evictions should not add extra burdens on those harmed by making them go to Stockton -- which is impossible to ark, long times for reduced number of Clerks. Who failed to champaign for Tracy??????

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