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Chief Justice Orders Reduction In Office Hours

Montgomery, AL – Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb has ordered circuit court clerks across the state to close their doors to the public for 10 hours a week starting next month.

Cobb cited the judicial system's ongoing financial crunch for the move. Staff members in each clerk's office will continue to work their regular hours, which will allow workers to continue to focus on performing their required duties, according to the order, which was issued Monday.

Clerks must tell the administrative director of courts what hours their offices will not be open and notify the public. They also must make arrangements to handle time-sensitive filings and emergency matters, such as arrest warrants, search warrants and temporary restraining orders, when the offices are closed to the public.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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