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Courts take furlough days in O.C., L.A.

August 19, 2009 11:08:30 AM PDT
Courts are shut down in two Southern California counties on Wednesday to save money, and in Orange County, it's the first time.There are exceptions for emergency cases and arraignments.

"We drove all the way here from Moreno Valley, so it's kind of a hassle to come all the way back here," said Josue Luna, a Morena Valley resident.

Los Angeles County is also closed because they are closed the third Wednesday of each month, but started taking furlough days last month.

The plan to shut down courts the third Wednesday of each month is expected to last until June of 2010 at least.

The goal is to save money. There are about 1,700 employees in the Orange County court system.

Officials believe they can save about $5 million over the course of a year period.

Jurors will not need to show up, but the court system wants to make clear that this is not a holiday. If you have a fine that's due on Wednesday, it's still due.

There will be drop boxes set up throughout the county at the courthouses, and will have two courthouses open for emergency services.

Officials said beginning next month, all courthouses across the state will follow this process.

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