Visitors to Kansas Courts Find Them Closed
Associtated Press - Sun 01:10 PM 04/15/2012
Brandon Eber and Rachel Dunmire will need to get their marriage license another day.
The Wichita Eagle reports that the couple was part of a steady stream of people being turned away Friday at courthouses across Kansas as a series of furloughs began.
The five furlough days continue every other Friday to close a $1.4 million shortfall in court operating funds.
Dunmire said the situation "stinks" and noted she and her fiance rarely have days off together.
The furloughs put a halt to most regular court functions, even suspending criminal and civil trials. Judges were about the only people still working. They had to be available to handle emergency orders and time-sensitive matters, such as arrest warrants and defendants' first appearances.