The Judicial Branch announced Friday that it will be laying off 61 temporary court clerks and temporary court recording monitors.
The last day of work for the temporary clerks and court monitors will be June 22. Over the past few months, 239 court employees and judicial marshals were laid off, bringing the total number of Judicial Branch layoffs up to 300.
But it’s unlikely to stop there.
The budget approved by the General Assembly last week reduced the court system’s budget by $77 million. Of that, $35 million will come from personal services, according to Chief Court Administrator Patrick L. Carroll III.
“We are continuing to analyze the impact of the budget on the Judicial Branch, and will take into account retirements, resignations and the impact of a hard hiring freeze, as we determine what additional staff reductions may be necessary,” Carroll said in an email to employees. “We also continue to work on plans to close courthouses, to consolidate functions in different courthouses, and to reduce funding for the contracted programs and services that we administer.”
No courthouse closings have been announced yet.