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Clerk of Court offices reduce open public hours

Thursday, December 6, 2001

The Buena Vista County Clerk of Court office will be reduced to a four-day workweek to reflect state budget cuts.

In an order entered on October 24, the Supreme Court of Iowa authorized the chief judge of each judicial district to curtail the hours during which the office of the clerk of court is open to the public. The purpose of curtailing the hours is to provide the clerk's office with periods of uninterrupted work time as a means of dealing with reductions in staff caused by reductions in the amount of funds appropriated by the Legislature for the Judicial Branch.

It has become necessary to make substantial reductions in the number of employees in the clerk of court offices and other court offices in the Third Judicial District, officials said in a statement Tuesday.

Neither the court nor the clerks of court have any control over the number of cases that are filed. The duties of the clerks of court are defined by statute, and clerks have very little discretion as the performance of their duties. The reductions in staff will therefore not be accompanied by any reduction in the amount of work to be done or any change in the time limits set by statute for completing the work.

To get the work done with fewer employees, it is necessary to reduce the number of hours during which the clerk offices are open to the public.

Beginning on December 10, and continuing until changed by order of the chief judge, the hours the clerk offices are open to the public will be during the following hours, except on State holidays.

* Buena Vista - 8:30 a.m. - 4:40 p.m. - Monday thru Thursday

* Cherokee - 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

* Clay - 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

* Crawford - 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

* Ida - 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

* O'Brien - 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

* Palo Alto - 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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