CALIFORNIA COURTS: HURRY UP AND WAIT

By Law Office of Bryan M. Grundon of Law Office of Bryan M. Grundon posted on Friday, May 16, 2014.

California Living: A State of Crowded Courts

Sure we have beaches, mountains and desert all rolled into this one beautifully unique state. But that one less desirable adjective often ascribed to California has seeped off of our freeways and highways and pooled into the very place justice is supposed to be served: the state court system.

California's courts are clogged, packed, overburdened. Visit any of of the 58 counties, from the sizable Riverside Superior Court to the tiny and remote Plumas County Superior Court in Quincy, Calif., and you're bound to find long lines and backed up file clerks.

The chaos is, in part, thanks to $1 billion in cutbacks over the past six years, forcing courts to lay off employees, eliminate court reporters and, go figure, still raise fees. Which means filing a divorce or a breach of contract action is that much more difficult. The Los Angeles Times detailed the frustration felt across the state in a recent story.

In his May revise, Gov. Brown boosted court funding by $160 million, a significant number that is bound to help some but still falls hundreds of millions short of adequately funding our large court system.

With less cash in the courthouse coffers, lines are longer, it can take up to a year to file documents and hearing dates are set further and further out.

At this time, collecting on a civil judgment and having to deal with the impacted court system may seem like a losing battle. Not to add even more fuel to the fire but Sheriff's Departments all across the state are also overburdened, and they're needed to serve a variety of collections devices from bank levies to wage garnishments.

Yet, there are ways to jump some of these hurdles. Once we begin our collections attempts many judgment debtors are served with paperwork and realize that means they may have their bank account wiped clean. That realization hopefully causes them to pick up the phone and attempt to settle the debt.

In addition, we employ a company that serves our documents in a timely manner, circumventing the lethargic Sheriff's Departments. Our court runners pick up and file documents on a daily basis and know their way around the courthouse. Also, they'll be the ones standing in those long lines, not you.

This leaves you free to enjoy all that our glorious state has to offer.


Contact Bryan Grundon today and see how he can help you collect on that judgment.