Budget pinching has prompted federal court clerks' offices across the country to curtail public hours of operation, with at least one office shuttered to save money, according to a survey. While Congress mandates annual wage increases to court staff, the pay hikes have not been funded, forcing courts to take money from operations in other areas or reduce staff numbers through layoffs, attrition and retirement. "Nobody in my office has just one job," says one clerk. "The stress level ... is enormous."
Federal Courts Trim Hours
The National Law Journal
October 14, 2005
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