Judge Goode provides a snapshot of the current budget issues in Contra Costa County in Contra Costa Lawyer Online. The last time I appeared to get a trial date, I needed to avoid a number of dates in Spring of 2014. The judge was able to avoid any conflicts since the next available date for trial was April 2015. The courts in this county are overwhelmed. If the system needs to make more cuts, then they will disproportionately affect the civil side, making the concept of civil justice even more illusory.