A Fourth District Court of Appeal justice who heads a major committee in the judicial branch expressed disappointment yesterday with Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a bill to fund additional judgeships, but said work on the issue would continue.
Justice Douglas Miller of Div. Two, the chair of the Judicial Council’s Executive and Planning Committee, reacted in a statement to the governor’s rejection Thursday of SB 229, which had passed both houses of the Legislature unanimously.
“We are disappointed that the Governor didn’t sign the bill, but we’re encouraged that he recognizes that the need for judges is indeed ‘acute,’” Miller said. “He asked that the Judicial Council work with him to look at a ‘systemwide approach’ as to how we can balance judicial workload throughout the state. I’m hopeful that we can work with the Governor to find a practical solution to meet an urgent need.”
The bill, by Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, would have funded 12 previously authorized judgeships, including one in the Los Angeles Superior Court.