Budget pinching has prompted federal court clerks’ offices across the country to curtail public hours of operation, with at least one Mississippi clerk’s office shuttered to save money, according to a survey by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

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.

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