The Circuit Courts in both Union and Wallowa County will be open on Fridays through June 30, after all. Court staff this week learned that Chief Justice Paul De Muniz has rescinded a former order that mandated 16 days of forced furlough between March 13 and June 30.

Chief Justice Paul De Muniz had ordered court closures in order to meet budget cuts directed by the Legislature to balance the state's 2007-09 budget. That original order necessitated the closure of courts on Fridays. Now, however, court personnel will take just six days furlough during that time - and courts will be open on Fridays, again.

The change is the result of the Legislature approving moving $1.7 million in funds earmarked for implementing Oregon eCourt trail courts to pay for previously-incurred expenses to develop eCourt systems in the Oregon Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

While Court staff reported they were "very happy" their furloughs were reduced, the public is warned they are still going to suffer as a result of forced furloughs. Personnel asks for patience as they work to rebuild their work week around staff's remaining furloughs and keep regular hours of operation.

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