Monday, April 23, 2012
The Kansas Supreme Court has postponed two of the remaining four days scheduled for furloughs of court employees and the closing of Kansas courts.
The Friday, April 27 furlough day is postponed until Thursday, May 24. The Friday, May 11 furlough is postponed until Thursday, June 7. The scheduled furlough days of May 25 and June 8 remain unchanged.
"In reliance upon last Friday's House Appropriations Committee assurances to fund the courts, we are agreeing to postpone two days of court closures," said Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss. "Waiting until May 24 should give the legislature more than enough time to make good on the House committee's stated intentions.
The furlough days were put in place because the state budget did not have enough money to keep the courts open through the fiscal year.
"But things changed last Friday when we received the assurances that give us enough confidence to change the furlough schedule," Chief Justice Nuss explained. "Most telling to me was the message repeated by Rep. Marc Rhoades. He is not only chair of the House appropriations committee, but also chair of the House's budget conference committee. His comments, plus those of his fellow appropriations committee members, that the legislature will fund the courts were significant to the Supreme Court."
Changing furlough dates means that any court business that may have been originally scheduled for May 24 and June 7 in 105 counties will now have to be rescheduled. Reopening the originally scheduled court closures may not allow previously canceled hearings to be held then.