A new plan has been proposed to try to keep one of Ventura County’s two courthouses from falling to the budget ax.
The County’s court system was planning to virtually shut down the East Valley Courthouse, in Simi Valley at the end of this month, due to state funding cuts. Family law cases will be shifted to the main courthouse in Ventura June 25th.
But, Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy is trying to piece together an effort to keep the Simi Valley courthouse from completely closing, by getting about $275,000 a year in funding from the County, as well as some of the county’s cities.
If the public agencies decide to fund the plan, it would keep the courthouse open at least two days a week.
Court officials say the planned shutdown of the facility will be postponed for a few weeks, to see if the bailout proposal gets enough support to work. The closure of the courthouse would mean that people dealing with issues like fighting a parking ticket would have to go to Ventura to do it.