MARTINEZ -- The Contra Costa County Superior Court is closing courtrooms and eliminating numerous services to meet a $7 million budget deficit caused by state-mandated cuts and take-aways. Here is the schedule of what's ending and when.
Effective immediately: Interpreters in domestic violence matters in family court will be provided only until the current grant funding runs out. Money is still available to date, but for how long it remains available depends on demand.
Effective Nov. 1: No more family law cases will be heard, and no family law filings will be accepted at the Pittsburg courthouse. All family law matters will be considered in Martinez.
Effective Nov. 12: The court clerk's office hours will be reduced by two hours daily; it will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Self-help services at the Spinetta Family Law Courthouse in Martinez will be reduced by two hours daily; it will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Workshops for self-represented litigants will also be reduced.
Effective Dec. 3: The child support calendar courtroom in Martinez starts a limited December schedule, to be followed by a regular schedule in January. It will be closed every day in December except Dec. 6, and Dec. 10-14. It reopens Jan. 2 with a Tuesday-Friday schedule (closed every Monday).