Kentucky court employees ordered to take unpaid furloughs

Judicial employees across the state will have to take unpaid furloughs for three days this year to deal with cuts to the court system's budget.

The furloughs will mean courthouses will close statewide on August 6, September 4 and October 15.

Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. announced the measures on Wednesday.

Minton said the judicial system's overall funding appropriation "is far short" of what's necessary to operate the state's courts over the next two years.

The court system has reduced employment by 282 people since 2008 because of a shrinking budget

To generate cash, Minton said the judicial system will start charging schools $10 for criminal background checks that used to be done for free. The charge will increase from $15 to $20 for all others seeking background checks.

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