Severe cuts could come to AL court system

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Severe cuts to the Alabama court system could become a reality.
Local judges are concerned that up to 600 employees statewide could be out of a job. Presiding Jefferson County Judge Scott Vowell says cuts up to 12% would make it nearly impossible for the court system to operate efficiently, especially when personnel levels are already at an all time low.

Security in the courthouses is also a concern, considering many bailiff positions have not been filled.

"Our clerks office, through a study, is supposed to have about 110-112 employees. They now have about 70," says Vowell.

The Governor's Office says they gave Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb recommendations to cut spending. Cobb says they have made some of those cuts and others are not possible.