The Madera County Superior Court is finally moving out of a condemned elementary
school and into a $100 million, four-story building.
Gone are the erstwhile history and math classrooms that house major criminal
trials, as well as the unsecure layout in which convicted criminals often
passed by the chambers of the judges who had just sentenced them. In fact,
former California Chief Justice Ronald George called the facility “one of the worst” he’d ever seen. The new building on G Street features 10
courtrooms, complete traffic ticket desks, digital visual aid capability,
and state-of-the-art computers. There’s also a 256-space parking
garage next door. Much of the stone used during construction came from
the local Raymond Quarry.
Judge Ernest LiCalsi, who started as an assistant district attorney back
in the 1980s, said the building “is up there with the best.”
Restricted Court Services
Madera County is definitely the exception to the
rule. Due to budget cuts, many courts in Central California have reduced their
staffs, cut their hours, closed satellite locations, eliminated night
court, and the list goes on. At the same time, volume has increased, so
the people remaining are generally doing two or three times as much work
as they did ten years ago.
The cutbacks are bad news for do-it-yourself defendants, because some clerks
do not even answer the phone anymore. Whereas an Fresno County traffic
ticket once meant an extended lunch hour, a citation can sometimes be
an all-day ordeal.
However, the cuts are good news for represented defendants. Due to staff
reduction, prosecutors that were busy ten years ago are now incredibly
overworked and more willing than ever to
compromise, if it means avoiding a trial. The catch is that only attorneys with a
track record of success can truly take advantage of the situation, because
novice or ticket-mill lawyers simply do not command the same respect.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive lawyers at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to giving
individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets. Call
today at 661-859-1177 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the personal professional attention you deserve. En español,
llame al 661-376-0214.