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Courts brace for more state budget cuts

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia's court system is bracing for backlogs of cases because of state budget cuts.

Another 5-percent budget reduction will mean more furlough days in the judicial system.

The Dougherty District Attorney is compiling statistics of court activity to send the Governor's office so state officials can decide how to make the further budget cuts.

State employees at the Dougherty D-A's office have already been furloughed 14-days in the last year with three more planned.

Dougherty D.A. Greg Edwards said "The public defenders, the Judges, the prosecutors, we are all committed to public service. We are going to tough it out the best we can. But certainly just the practical aspects of having appropriate funds may cause some backlog."

The Dougherty D-A's office is under a hiring freeze.

The latest cuts could lead to more backlogs and deferred civil cases.

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