BC Office of Circuit Court Clerk to be closed Saturdays due to state budget cuts
First Closed Saturday will be March 2-As a result of state budget cuts and related staffing shortages, the Butler County Office of Circuit Court Clerk will no longer be open for business on Saturdays starting March 2, 2013. The office is presently open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays. The office will continue to be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time Monday through Friday.
“Unfortunately it’s necessary to close the office on Saturdays so we can continue operating efficiently during the week, “Butler County Circuit Court Clerk Melissa Cardwell said. “We have a heavy caseload and need the deputy clerks who work Saturdays to instead be here during the week, when we’re the busiest. Plus, starting June 30, my one part-time deputy clerk will be cut back by 20 hours a month due to a lack of funding for state courts.”
The Judicial Branch has sustained repeated reductions to its budget since the economic crisis began in 2008.
Most Kentucky Offices of Circuit Court Clerks are not open on Saturdays and the Butler County Office of Circuit Court Clerk is the only office in the 38th Judicial Circuit/District that has Saturday hours. The other counties in the 38th Judicial Circuit/District are Edmonson, Hancock and Ohio.
The Butler County Office of Circuit Court Clerk is located in the Butler County Courthouse at 110 N. Main Street in Morgantown. To learn more about the office, visit its page on the Kentucky Court of Justice website at http://courts.ky.gov/courts/clerks/Pages/default.aspx.
Offices of Circuit Court Clerk
There is an Office of Circuit Court Clerk in each of Kentucky’s 120 counties. Circuit court clerks are responsible for managing the records of Kentucky’s Circuit and District courts. Offices of Circuit Court Clerks also provide professional record keeping, receive money due the courts, pay money to required parties and the state record legal documents, provide legal documents and other legal materials maintain the jury system, administer oaths, handle affidavits and issue driver licenses and non-driver ID cards.
Administrative Office of the Courts
The Administrative Office of the Courts provides administrative support for the nearly 3,300 court system employees and 403 elected justices, judges and circuit courts clerks in Kentucky. As the fiscal agent for the state court system, the AOC also executes the Judicial Branch budget.