District, circuit clerks offices to be closed to the public on Wednesdays
by Shane Dunaway
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore released an order Thursday mandating district and circuit clerk offices be closed to the public on Wednesdays beginning March 20.

According to Moore’s order, budget constraints currently affecting the court system necessitated the closures and called for “affirmative and appropriate action to correct or alleviate any condition or situation adversely affecting the administration of justice within the state.”

Moore requested all clerks post this information throughout their offices in order to inform the public.

Under this order, employees of the clerks’ offices will continue to work their regularly-scheduled hours.

“By closing to the public this will enable us to have time to get some of our workload completed,” said Brian York, Talladega County circuit clerk.

Moore’s order includes provisions protecting individuals needing service when the offices are closed by requiring the clerk’s office to maintain a drop-box for any time-sensitive filings, pleadings or documents to be delivered.

Cuts in the judicial system have become a common occurrence during the past decade, and York insists these kinds of cuts will only continue.

“The lack of funding for the Alabama judicial branch of government is not just a problem for court personnel, it is a problem for all citizens of Alabama,” York said. “The Circuit Clerk’s offices across the state do not have adequate staffing to process all civil and criminal cases in a timely manner.”

Despite these challenges, York urges the public to remain patient.

“While we know this is an inconvenience to the public, my staff will work very hard every day to have your cases processed in a timely manner,” York said. “We enjoy and look forward to serving the citizens of Talladega County.”

Contact Shane Dunaway at sdunaway@dailyhome.com

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