Court officials get an earful about closed courthouse, transparency in the legal system

The Palo Alto Courthouse at 270 Grant Ave. in the California Avenue district. Post file photo.
The Palo Alto Courthouse at 270 Grant Ave. in the California Avenue district. Post file photo.
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Daily Post Staff Writer

“Do better,” Supervisor Joe Simitian told Santa Clara County Superior Court officials at a meeting yesterday (Oct. 5) about making the court more accessible, now that the Palo Alto courthouse has been closed for 18 months.

Simitian grilled Beth McGowen, the assistant presiding judge, and court CEO Rebecca Flemming for running a system that is alienating residents and losing their trust. The court is remote, unresponsive and inaccessible, he said, especially for people in the northern part of the county. McGowen said Simitian’s assessment was fair, and she pointed to the court’s reduced budget and layoffs …

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1 Comment

  1. If the goal is to make the courts as inaccessible and opaque as possible, the closing the Palo Alto courthouse is the way to do this. I don’t buy the claim that budget cuts are the reason for this. The state is spending $13 billion on the homeless this year, and it will have no long term impact.

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