Placer courts to close next week

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Citing continued budget cuts from the state of California, the Superior Court of Placer County will continue its limited service days next week. During the court’s limited service days, nearly all of its offices and courtrooms will be closed, with only Department 13 at the Placer County Jail in Auburn remaining open. That courtroom will handle criminal arraignments, certain time-sensitive juvenile proceeding and any last day criminal matters. All other courtrooms and clerks’ offices will be closed. Monday, Dec. 26, is considered a court holiday and all Placer County courtrooms and offices will be closed. According to Jake Chatters, court executive officer for the Superior Court of Placer County, the state of California has reduced the trial courts’ budget by more than $600 million over the last three years. With the limited service days, the court will save anywhere between $500,000 and $550,000 on operating costs, Chatters said. During the limited service days, a drop box will be located outside the Santucci center, the historic courthouse in Auburn as well as the Tahoe City courthouse. The drop box is for non-urgent filing, such as traffic ticket payments, and each deposit made by 4 p.m. will receive that day’s filing date. Department 13 will handle urgent filings, such as restraining orders and stays of executions. ~ Toby Lewis