Judges concerned about Jefferson County's finances

Jefferson County judges say they are concerned how the county's financial crisis will impact the court system, and they are trying to find ways to fix the situation.

Jefferson County Presiding Judge Scott Vowell called an emergency meeting Tuesday of all county judges. He says the goal was to brainstorm on ways to keep the court system running with no funding from the county.

He says it is likely county funding will run out in August. Some suggestions included closing the number of days the courthouse is open, and asking the state for more money.

Judge Vowell says it is also likely that courthouse security personnel and many jail employees will be released. He says the courts have faced cuts before, but he has never seen anything like this.