MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb says layoffs could start next month for some of the state court system's 2,500 employees.
Cobb told a legislative committee that budget shortages may force her to lay off 141 people on May 1 and as many as 250 when the new budget year starts Oct. 1. She said the Oct. 1 layoffs could be reduced to about 80 if lawmakers allow state programs to furlough employees without pay.
She told a legislative budget committee Wednesday that the layoffs would guarantee slower justice.
The executive director of the Alabama District Attorneys Association, Randy Hillman, is also predicting layoffs in county prosecutors' offices because of budget cuts.