Seems to me, just looking on as an ordinary citizen, that the closing of the outlying courts is the wrong way to go.
There have been stories about the increasing number of problems with the county courthouse — broken elevators, long lines, deteriorating building, etc. Why add to these problems by adding even more people when they could be eased somewhat by moving people out into the auxiliary courts in Lodi, Tracy and Manteca?
Lodi has good holding cells and two courts. I don't know about Manteca and Tracy in this respect.
Since these outlying courts cost the county something to use, but having to bring all cases into Stockton will cost the cities something, why can't an equable arrangement be worked out? Easing the time lost in the present courthouse situation would surely save something in costs and salaries.
Also, using the outlying courts might make it easier to find more jurors, who, for one reason or another, cannot make their way to Stockton nor walk distances outside or inside of the building.
Just a thought.
Gwin Mitchell Paden