During a period involving four business days during which most private businesses will be open, the courts in Los Angeles will be closed for three of those days, adding further frustration to those already concerned about the court closures and layoffs that are certain to make justice harder to come by in Southern California.
The Los Angeles courts will be closed this Friday, February 12, 2010 for Lincoln's birthday. Most private businesses, for better or worse, do not observe the Lincoln holiday and will be open. The courts will also be closed for President's Day on Monday, February 15, 2010. Although President's Day is observed to a greater degree than Lincoln's birthday, and most schools, post-offices, and banks will be closed, most private businesses are open on President's Day. Then, the court employees will come on back to work on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, but not for long. They will close down the courts in Los Angeles, again, on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, for the monthly court closure.
Hence, during a period covering four days when most private businesses are open, the courts will be closed during three of those days. When the monthly court closures were established, it most likely made sense to those who created the program to select a closure date such as the third Wednesday of each month. It likely made sense to have a uniform time for the closure so that everyone would be able to ascertain with great ease when the next closure was going to be in a certain month.
It must now be clear, however, to everyone that it is not in the best interest of Los Angeles for its courts to be closed three out of four business days during a court closure week. Therefore, the time has come to alter the court closure schedule such that it can occur during the third Wednesday of each month except in weeks where there are already court holidays. As a result of such a modification, the courts will almost always be open at least four days a week instead of having too many two or three day weeks which simply is not conducive to there being a judicial system that is open and available to the public.