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Trial Court Expenditures in California

About This Visualization

In 1998, voters approved Proposition 220, which allowed the judges in each county to unify their trial courts into a single superior court. By 2002, all 58 counties had voted to unify, and they now serve about 34 million people. How do expenditures compare across these courts?

Instructions: The map and the bar graph beside it display Superior court spending per legal filing. Click on a court to see a detailed breakdown of its expenditures. Hold down the ‘Shift’ key while clicking to select and compare multiple courts. Use the drop down menus to adjust for inflation and to select a particular year for which to see expenditures.

Works Cited [+ Expand]

(1) Budget data is collected from baseline budgets published on the California Judicial Branch website.

(2) Caseload data is collected from the statewide caseload statistics report published by the Administrative Office of the Courts and at the California Judicial Branch.

CACS is not responsible for the accuracy of data received from outside sources. Please email us at [email protected] if you believe you have found an error in the visualization.

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