Archive for Wednesday, March 31, 2010

District court to cut hours in response to state’s revenue shortfall

March 31, 2010, 5:42 p.m. Updated April 1, 2010, 3:59 p.m.


Hours at the Douglas County District Court Clerk’s office soon will be cut, and the office will be closed several days this spring as a result of state budget woes.

On Wednesday, the clerk’s office announced that beginning April 12 the office will open at 9 a.m., which is one hour later than normal. It also will close one hour earlier at 4 p.m. The office will continue to be closed during the lunch hour.

In addition, the office will be closed entirely on April 9, April 16, April 23 and May 7 as part of a furlough program being implemented by the state’s judicial branch to deal with budget shortfalls.

The new hours will be in place indefinitely.


trinity 7 years, 11 months ago

caption under picture..."the officeR will open an hour later and close an hour earlier"...for heaven's sake, doesn't anyone proof this paper??? or website, whatev...

there are counties that have been cutting hours for months, now. next week begins the friday furloughs for the court system. yipee.

Bob Burton 7 years, 11 months ago

Idiots are now in charge!! And to think these people are judges.. How sad..

mdfraz 7 years, 11 months ago

Seriously, SWKS? Exactly what do the judges have to do with this?

The judicial branch has no money. Without money, you cannot play employees. This includes administrative assistants, court reporters, clerks, etc. You criticize offices trying to save YOUR tax money........nice. Also, the above listed people are essentially laid off for the furlough days, and won't be getting paid for the hours they are losing by closing the offices the extra time. Luckily they won't lose their jobs, but how about someone mandates you start giving up some of your income? How "sad" would that be?

Which "idiot" are you referring to here? Irony is thick right now.......

SoundMind 7 years, 11 months ago

The budget for the judicial branch is over 90% allocated to salaries. So when the state legislature shorts the judicial branch a bunch of money AND mandates across-the-board cuts to all entities receiving state money, the only option left (short of actual layoffs) is to shorten hours the court is open and to furlough employees.

Evan Ridenour 7 years, 11 months ago

Now if only this were an April Fools Joke but sadly it is real.

Seriously... fund the judiciary.

Bob Burton 7 years, 11 months ago


I have been there & done that, have you??? There is no reason for them to close the courts.. I guess you never heard of 32 hour work weeks & putting half the force on Monday to Thursday & the other half on Tuesday to Fridays.. Again I say Idiots.. There day is coming, less distric courts & less judges..

SoundMind 7 years, 11 months ago

I suggest proofreading your posts prior to making the claim that another person is an "idiot."

honestone 7 years, 11 months ago

It is so sad that what is usually a two month wait to get back in front of a judge will now be three months. I guess SWK doesn't understand that you usually don't have two persons trained and/or assigned to the same job so that the employer (read the DG County/State of Kansas/people of Kansas) can move workers and schedules around like that. A short check sucks and my best goes out to the employees that have to deal with that.

Bob Burton 7 years, 11 months ago


If a person is an idiot, I do not have a problem calling them that..

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