Alabama court system facing 600 layoffs

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - Alabama's court system could be losing up to 600 employees if Governor Bob Riley's 2011 budget is passed as it is now.

Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb opposes the budget plan. She says more cuts would be disastrous for the state judicial system.

Jefferson County Presiding Judge Scott Vowell says with personnel already at an all time low, the courts cannot afford to lose any more employees.

"We don't want it to happen. We can't let it happen. The courts are just essential. That's where people solve their problems and if we dont' offer that up to them, they will solve their problems somewhere else  and that's not good for any of us," says Vowell.

The Governor's Office says it gave Cobb recommendations to cut spending.