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10 Ways to Find People on Twitter

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I ran across this article on locating people on Twitter written by Josh Catone, as shared on Mashable.  I have personally tried only 2 out of the 11 listed, Twitter People Search and Twellow.  I will be trying the rest of them out soon, but would love to hear from some of my fellow Twitter friends, if they use these searches on Twitter and if so, what they think of them.  If you haven’t used them, I would equally like to hear why you don’t use the searches.

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In February, courts were cut at least $250 million, and now the Governor is talking about an additional 10% cut to the trial courts, amounting to approximately another $168 million.  Both the Governor and Legislature understand that these cuts will be devastating, and will almost certainly lead to closures, furloughs, and layoffs, but there are few if any options remaining.

Although many people believe that it is simply not possible to fill a $24 billion hole without new revenues, there does not appear to be any political will to raise taxes in any way.

At the recent Legal Secretaries Inc. Annual Conference in Long Beach, many attendees asked about eFiling and CCMS (California Case Management System .)  What is the latest regarding the CCMS?

CCMS is at the stage where the development phase is concluding, and implementation is beginning in selected courts.  Nearly $500 million has been spent already.  The courts are concerned that slowing CCMS down too much could jeopardize the investment in the system thus far, and of course the old “legacy” systems are going to continue to fail until the entire system is upgraded.  On the other hand, given the court budget situation, some “elongation” of the implementation phase is probably inevitable.

The Chief Justice has announced an intention to seek legislative authority to close all trial and appellate courts one day per month, starting in July.  Court employee groups and sheriffs are opposed to the plan.

Effective July 15th, LA Superior will be closed the 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Click here for more details.

Effective July 1st, Riverside Superior will be stopping its unified filing program.  All documents must be filed in the courthouse where the case is pending as of July 1, 2009. Click here for more details.

Effective June 1st, Sacramento Superior has changed their closing time to 4:00 p.m.
Click here for more details.

Fresno Superior has recently changed their hours of operation.
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Effective July 1st, Ventura Superior will be changing their hours.
Click here for more details.

This information was provided by an article written by Mark Schwartz with One Legal LLC in an interview with Mike Belote, a partner in California Advocates, Inc.  Mr. Schwartz represents the California Judges Association and the California Association of Legal Support Professionals, as well as other groups.

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