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Layoffs, Trial Delays Forecast Ala. Courts

Montgomery, AL – The director of Alabama's court system says more than 10 percent of the employees may have to be laid off and civil court trials postponed if the budget is cut.

Alabama's trial courts are on a long list of state operations slated to take a 9 percent cut in appropriations through the first nine months of the fiscal year. That's because the recession is causing state revenue to come in below expectations.

Callie Dietz, director of the administrative office of courts, says 97 percent of the court system's funding goes for personnel. She says a 9 percent cut in the state appropriations could result in up to 250 layoffs.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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