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Malibu Courthouse to No Longer Handle Cases Amid County Budget Cuts

Ten courtrooms across the region, including in Malibu, Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles, are closing, according to reports.

Courtrooms across Los Angeles County are being shuttered amid deep budget cuts, including at the Malibu Courthouse on Civic Center Way, according to reports.

In all, 10 courtrooms across the county are being closed in Malibu, Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles, Huntington Park, Whittier, Pomona and San Pedro, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The courthouses will no longer hear cases, but will continue to process traffic tickets and other administrative matters, the LA Times reported.

The budget cuts are expected to be rolled out over the next six months.

According to the L.A. County Superior Court website, Malibu has one active courtroom, where Superior Court Judge Lawrence Mira presides.

Mira took over for former Malibu judge, John Merrick, who died in July at the age of 93.

Merrick traveled back and forth between the courthouses in Calabasas and Malibu to hear cases, starting when he was elected Judge of the Malibu Judicial District where he served on the bench for 22 years.

At a memorial service at Pepperdine University, Mira recalled that Merrick turned to him to come up with a description for the "traveling program."

"[John Merrick] said, 'I think I will call it, 'Have robe, will travel,'" Mira recalled.

Malibu Patch will have more on this story soon.

Jason M November 15, 2012 at 09:46 AM
What happens to Commissioner Ford?
Pat Maginis November 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM
This development is totally outrageous. Access to the Malibu and other courthouses is much more important to all of us than checking beach goers with dipsticks for alcohol, supporting bike riders in races in Malibu, police cars driving 90 mph on PCH to write speeding tickets, multiple police cars hiding all over PCH and in the canyons to write speeding tickets, and three wheelers all over the beach all summer. We need Judge Mira to stay put in Malibu as the "Law West of Topanga." Lay off half of the Sherrif's Dept. in Malibu, Zev. and keep Judge Mira in Malibu. We can all see the idiotic priority of the County of LA and our greedy City Council. "The courthouses will no longer hear cases, but will continue to process traffic tickets and other administrative matters, the LA Times reported." Successive Greedy City Coucils in Malibu have made traffic and parking tickets their only priority. Now we all find out the hard way: Payback is a bitch. Time for a local Malibu PD now. Maybe also a recall election to stamp out greed and arrogance for not following Mayor Rotation policies. We all heard you Pam on Tuesday nite.
Terry November 15, 2012 at 02:14 PM
he is in santa monica court.
Terry November 15, 2012 at 09:01 PM
this is something that has been in the works and our city should have been vocal on for quite awhile. more failures by our representatives every day.
Terry November 17, 2012 at 01:46 AM
like i said hans----its funny when the courts closes and nobody even says anything about it. especially when the courts move to santa monica and i am sure the sherriffs officers wont show up to fight tickets like they do in malibu. this impacts highway safety so much. its funny when there is so much discussion about a resturant closing and the blogs go on for ever or when there is a bomb threat at the high school and it barely gets a byline. priorities r strange. u r the guru of all things important, where should i eat?

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