April Update on Library Finances

By Kelly on April 20, 2015//Leave a comment

Previously, we described how the Law Library receives the vast majority of its funding from filing fees and that this had declined by over 30% from 2009 to 2014.


During the current fiscal year, the revenue from filing fees has declined even further. Through February 2015, the Law Library has received $1,716,268. This projects to filing fee receipts of $2,616,000 for the year, a decline of 6% from last year’s $2,777,117. This would be a decline of almost 38% from fiscal year 2008-2009.


February was an especially poor month. We went from looking at a 4% decline for the year in filing fee revenue compared to 2013-2014 to a 6% decline.


These declines in revenue have caused reduced hours at library branches, fewer staff available to assist patrons, and the cancellation of electronic databases and numerous print titles.

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  1. Mark Lomax

    The decline in filing-fee revenue (and the concomitant decline in law library revenue) is partly a product of the economic conditions of the last decade. But it is also a product, paradoxically, of the substantial increases in filing fees during the same period. As filing fees have risen, more litigants have been forced to seek fee waivers, resulting in declining collections. In Los Angeles County, the fees for filing an unlimited case and a limited case are $435 and $370, respectively. Certainly, few litigants, most of whom are of limited means, would find such fees affordable.

  2. Mike

    It is pretty obvious to see why this is happening. As the taxpayers and productive members of the state flee, and the state fills with welfare recipients, filing fees will all but disappear.

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