According to Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, the Alabama court system will have to lay off more than 100 temporary employees. The layoffs were to be effective March 31st due to funding shortages. The Chief Justice said across-the-board cuts appear likely for the state General Fund budget, and the cuts will mean a drastic reduction for the state court system. Chief Justice Cobb said the layoffs could grow to several hundred court employees unless the Governor uses money from the state’s rainy day fund to help state agencies.
In my opinion, the layoffs will badly hurt the court system and will likely result in justice being delayed for persons and companies having a real need for justice. It’s rather interesting – with perhaps a touch of irony – that the Alabama Supreme Court justices ruled against the State of Alabama in litigation against Exxon and several drug companies that cost the state billions of dollars. Had that money been available it would have certainly helped solve the state’s financial problems.
Source: Associated Press
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