Ala. courts face layoffs, budget cuts

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - More than 100 workers in courthouse clerks' offices across Alabama soon could face layoffs.

Calhoun Circuit Clerk Ted Hooks tells the Anniston Star ( ) that even with flat funding, courts would still have to cut workers. The state's judicial system could face another 25% funding for the coming year.

Many clerks' offices are already operating 30 to 40% below the work force levels recommended for Alabama courthouses by the National Center for State Courts. The cuts are causing backlogs of paper filing, like in Madison County, where residents getting divorced must wait between 18 and 24 months before their cases are final.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Robert Bentley said the governor is working on his budget proposal but would not give detail on specifics.

Information from: The Anniston Star,

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