Judicial employees forced to take unpaid furloughs

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Judicial employees across the state will
have to take unpaid furloughs for three days this year to deal with
cuts to the court system's budget.

The furloughs will mean courthouses will close statewide on Aug.
6, Sept. 4 and Oct. 15.

Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. announced the measures on

Minton said the judicial system's overall funding appropriation
"is far short" of what's necessary to operate the state's courts
over the next two years.

The court system has reduced employment by 282 people since 2008 because of a shrinking budget.

To generate cash, Minton said the judicial system will start
charging schools $10 for criminal background checks that used to be
done for free. The charge will increase from $15 to $20 for all
others seeking background checks.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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