Big Bear Court To Close

Effective May 6, 2013, the Big Bear Superior Court will close, according to Presiding Judge Marsha Slough of the San Bernardino County Superior Court. (File Photo)

By Michael P. Neufeld

Big Bear Lake, CA – The Big Bear Superior Court is closing May 6, 2013.

Presiding Judge Marsha G. Slough announced the closure in a media release citing a series of cost reduction measures intended to close an operating shortfall by the end of the fiscal year.

The Big Bear Superior Court has been open three days a month but will now be closed along with the courthouse in Needles. The Barstow courthouse’s four courtrooms will also close resulting in a loss of 22 positions.

Three experienced assigned judges are also being released this month and night court services will no longer be provided in San Bernardino County.

The closure of Barstow, Needles, and Big Bear courthouses will mean that people living in a large swathe of San Bernardino County will no longer have a courthouse within a reasonable distance from their homes, leaving many facing hardships to get to court, given very limited public transportation and distances that can exceed three hours in driving time, each way. (637)

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