The family court in Santa Clara County is facing ongoing power problems, which are described as “extremely frustrating.”

The Family Justice Center Courthouse in San Jose had to shut down on Monday, marking at least the third closure in recent months due to power problems. This has caused mounting frustration for individuals requiring family court services, such as filing for restraining orders or child support.

Miriam Avalos expressed her frustration, stating, “It’s not the first time it’s happened. It’s about the fourth time actually that I’ve been here and it’s closed.”

Following a significant power outage in March, the court has been unable to reconnect to PG&E’s system and has resorted to using large generators. Jessica Kellogg, a court spokeswoman, mentioned, “On April 20, we received the power buss component. At this point we’re just waiting for PG&E to reconnect the power supply to the building.”

PG&E stated that they are investigating the issue and provided a statement saying, “The Family Justice Center Courthouse in downtown San Jose requested that PG&E de-energize their service so repairs could be made to equipment owned by the customer that had failed. PG&E has been working with the customer to resolve all outstanding issues, and is committed to getting the customer restored safely and as quickly as possible.”

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