What do court closures mean for criminal justice?

Last April, 56 Los Angeles County courtrooms were shut down, workers were laid off and judges were asked to double up in the use of remaining staff and facilities.  Presiding Judge Lee Smalley Edmon said, “We are rationing justice.” Now, it’s become even worse. Yesterday, Judge Edmon announced that all courtrooms will be closed down in Beverly Hills, West LA, Malibu, Huntington Park, Whittier, Pomona, San Pedro and Avalon on Catalina Island.