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It’s widely acknowledged that Alabama’s court system has never received adequate funding. While that was bad, things have now gotten much worse. The court system is hurting badly because of another substantial reduction in its budget. There can be no excuse for Alabama to allow this to happen. Good employees of the system, who are badly needed, are being laid off. An official month-long lay-off notice started on August 1st. It includes massive layoffs in the offices of Circuit Court Clerks statewide. This latest blow to a trial court system already suffering from previous budget cuts will hurt not only those being laid off, but it will hurt all Alabama citizens. About one-third of the 750 employees in clerks’ offices statewide were laid off effective August 31st. The layoffs were timed so the 255 workers will be off the state payroll before the court system’s new budget takes effect on October 1st.
Florence Cauthen, the Circuit Clerk in Montgomery County says budget cutbacks means the office simply cannot work at the same level anymore. “We are beginning to see stacks of files pile up a little more and more and it will only get worse without additional funding” said Cauthen.
The Elmore County Circuit Clerk’s office was forced to start closing at noon on Wednesdays because of budget cuts.