Assembly Bill 590, the so-called civil Gideon bill, was gutted late Monday as part of the budget deal hammered out by the governor and lawmakers.
Republicans objected to plans to create a pilot program that would have provided publicly funded lawyers to poor litigants in certain civil cases, legislative sources confirmed.
Under terms of the deal — details of which were still trickling out late Tuesday — the state will still tack on an extra $10 to certain post-judgment fees. But instead of funding the civil Gideon pilot program in 2011, the $11 million generated annually by the fee surcharge will go to the state’s general fund.
“Everyone’s disappointed,” said Julia Wilson, executive director of the Legal Aid Association of California. “It was incredibly significant, both for the legal services agencies and the courts.”
Well, not everyone … after the jump.