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Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly

Abstract

Inadequate funding of government is neither a unique, nor a new problem. Recent and severe cuts made to court budgets, however, threaten to destroy one of the three sacred branches of government. In California and elsewhere, these budgetary pressures bring into question several constitutional issues, such as whether the legislative branch may withhold funding to the detriment of a co-equal branch of government, and whether individual rights to access the courts are guaranteed under state and federal constitutions. This Note attempts to address these issues by examining the nature of the current financial crisis in California and offering suggestions for ways in which to deal with this predicament.

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