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The Shelby County Judicial Center will be closed Monday for its final furlough day of three.
All offices in the building will be closed: driver’s license, circuit, family and district courts, CDW, pre-trial and drug court.
This will be the first time since Kentucky’s modern court system was formed in 1976 that the judicial branch has had to close courthouse doors to balance its budget.
The furloughs will affect only non-elected court personnel, who will be off work without pay as part of the budget reduction. The system also shut down Aug. 6 and again Sept. 3.
This includes the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Circuit Court, District Court, Offices of Circuit Court Clerk, the Administrative Office of the Courts and all court services, including Pretrial Services, Drug Court, the Court Designated Worker Program, Court Interpreting Services, the State Law Library and driver license branches.
The furlough also will affect the Shelby County Detention Center, meaning that anyone arrested Monday will have to spend the following 24 hours in jail, because pre-trial, the agency that works with judges to set bail, will not be available until Tuesday.
All other city and county offices will be open for business as usual on Monday, including the County Clerk’s office, the Shelby County Courthouse and Shelbyville City Hall.
Shelby County Circuit Clerk Lowry Miller said the same procedures will apply as in the previous two judicial furloughs. He said he has had no word on if any furloughs are being planned for next year.
“We hope not,” he said.