Published in Courthouse News Services, Sept. 26, 2013
By Maria Dinzeo
The bill, AB 556, says courts can hire private contractors only it can be demonstrated that the switch would save money, among other conditions.
Introduced by Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), AB 566 establishes standards for private contracting by the courts that are similar to those in place for community colleges, public libraries and school districts in California.
“When we moved to state funding of our courts they were no longer part of the county system, and many of these good government laws were not yet applied to the courts,” said Wieckowski. “Over the last few years the legislature has systematically moved to reinstate such laws that provide accountability and transparency to the trial court system.”