Monday, March 23, 2009

Oregon Courts will be open on Fridays

A budget impasse in the Oregon legislature prompted the Supreme Court Chief Justice to order all courts to close on Fridays, but the order only lasted one day as an agreement was reached on the budget.

However, all court staff must take five unpaid days off from now until June 30. This creates another issue in that with staff on furlough not all courtrooms can be used, so fewer cases will be heard.

Don Smith, Linn County's trial court administrator, said he expects employees to take their furloughs on Fridays or Mondays.

“If you have to take a day without pay, you want to at least get a three-day weekend out of it,” he said.