Four South County municipal judges and their staffs will work four days a week for 10 hours a day starting next month in an effort to improve the efficiency of the courthouse.
The new schedule was suggested by Supervisors Don R. Roth and Thomas F. Riley.
"We are in desperate need of court facilities and we agreed to try this at Supervisor Roth's suggestion," said Pamela Iles, Municipal Court presiding judge. "This will maximize what we have by squeezing out another courtroom."
Iles said the judges in the main courthouse in Laguna Niguel and two of the four commissioners at the traffic annex in Laguna Hills will start the new schedule April 15. The courts will remain open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Last year, Roth began pushing the idea of judges working 10-hour days to increase the efficiency of the court facilities, noting that such a change could reduce jail overcrowding and forestall the construction of new and expensive court buildings.