- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 8, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit that sought to block Los Angeles County court administrators from reducing the number of courthouses where tenant eviction cases are heard.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday the relief the plaintiffs were seeking would constitute improper federal interference in state court administration. The court said the Los Angeles County court system’s decision to consolidate tenant eviction cases was part of a larger response to budget cuts, and a federal court could not second guess how the court system chose to allocate its resources.

The lawsuit by several nonprofit groups argued that closing courtrooms for tenant evictions would disproportionately impact poor and minority residents.

Maria Palomares, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said the plaintiffs will be considering appealing to a larger 9th Circuit panel.

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