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Furloughs to close Iowa court offices Friday
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Furloughs to close Iowa court offices Friday

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SIOUX CITY | Iowa's judicial offices will be closed Friday while court workers take a furlough day that was a result of state budget cuts.

All clerk of court and court administration offices will be closed. There will be no court appearances scheduled in district or juvenile court. The closure also affects juvenile court services, said Leesa McNeil, court administrator for the 3rd Judicial District, which includes 16 Northwest Iowa counties.

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All other county offices will be open as usual Friday.

Court workers are taking the unpaid day off to help meet a $3 million reduction in the Iowa Judicial Branch's current fiscal year budget, which ends June 30. The reduction was part of $117.8 million in cuts the Legislature approved earlier this year to the final months of this fiscal year. The cuts were necessary because of lower-than-expected revenues.

Numerous job vacancies in the judicial system also have been left unfilled in order to achieve the budget reduction.

Court offices also will be closed Monday for the Memorial Day holiday.

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