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Court employees to be off five days through June 8

By The Mercury

Riley County District Court employees will be furloughed for five days during the remainder of the fiscal year along with other court employees statewide.

Lanna Nichols, district court administrator, announced at the county commission meeting Monday that the court will be closed Friday and will close every other Friday until June 8. The only district court proceedings will be those that involve critical functions or emergencies.

This is the second time in three years the Kansas judicial system has taken furloughs. The 2010 summer furlough was the first one in 150 years.

In January, the judicial branch advised the legislature that it had a more than $1 million shortfall in its budget partially due to case filings being down statewide.

Nichols said the furlough will affect 1,500 non-judicial employees statewide, reducing paychecks by around 10 percent. According to the state constitution, judges’ salaries can’t be lowered unless all state officers have their salaries reduced as well.

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