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Posted: Sunday, August 5, 2012 1:55 pm | Updated: 2:10 pm, Sun Aug 5, 2012.

Due to continuing state budget cuts, San Joaquin County will not process small-claims cases filed after Aug. 31.

San Joaquin County Superior Court issued 13 layoff notices in June, and the last day of employment for these employees was Aug. 1, according to a news release from the court.

For small-claims cases filed on or before Aug. 31, cases and appeals will continue to be scheduled for hearings. Court dates already scheduled will remain on the calendar. E-filings are no longer accepted, as of Aug. 1.

All cases filed after Sept. 1 will be accepted by the court clerk’s office, but court dates will not be set until the court has sufficient staff, according to the news release.

Cases may be filed at the clerk’s office, 222 E. Weber Ave., Room 303, third floor, Stockton. Court officials suggest that those wanting to file a small-claims case consider contacting the Mediation Center of San Joaquin, 209-474-8794.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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