Twenty-nine layoffs were announced today by California's Administrative Office of the Courts, which sets policy and distributes funding for all levels of the state's court system.
Interim director Jody Patel said the layoffs were forced by pending budget cuts and ranged from entry level to senior positions.
"Sadly, this is not the end of our staff reductions," Patel said in a prepared statement.
The layoffs affected AOC offices in San Francisco, Sacramento and Burbank. Spokesman Phillip Carrizosa said he did not have a breakdown of how many workers were affected at each or how much money would be saved by them.
Patel called Thursday's layoffs distressing, but added: "Unfortunately, given the current fiscal reality that affects all areas of the judicial branch, we were forced to make this difficult decision."
Thursday's 29 layoffs marked the first wave of cuts targeting 190 positions, including layoffs of contractors and temporary employees, voluntary separations and retirements, spokesman Carrizosa said.
By the start of the new fiscal year July 1, the AOC anticipates having 860 full-time or part-time employees, contractors and temporary workers.