Citing funding shortfalls, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has ordered circuit clerk offices in Alabama to be closed to the public on Wednesdays beginning March 20, reports the Huntsville Times. The order says staff work hours should not be altered, even though the offices — both circuit and district clerks’ — will be closed to the public. The order also calls for a drop-box the public can use to accommodate time-sensitive filings.
Moore said in his order that state funding for courts was cut $25 million for fiscal 2013 and an expected offset appears to be about $13 million short for the current year and beyond. The chief justice, who was elected in November, also said in the order that the expected appropriation for the court system for fiscal 2014 will be $16.5 million “less than needed.”