Sen. Richard Roth’s bill to add 26 judgeships across the state was sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk to be signed Sept. 7. The bill is one of many to pass the legislature before the cut-off date at the end of the session.
The state has an overall need of 98 judges, with Riverside and San Bernardino courts needing 18 and 24, respectively, to meet their current caseloads, according to an October Judicial Council report.
In a quirk of the legislative-judicial funding process, the bill does not provide funding for the positions.
The bill also does not detail which courts will get which judges, instead