Kansas courts will be closed Friday for the
first of four days of unpaid leave for employees in response to
state budget problems.
Kansas Supreme Court spokesman Ron Keefover says it appears to
be the first time in the state's history that its courts have all
shut down on a business day.
The Supreme Court also has scheduled furlough days for court
employees on April 16 and 23 and May 7.
Courts will still handle emergencies, such as restraining orders
designed to protect people from domestic abuse.
The judicial branch's budget problems would be worse were it not
for a law that allows the Supreme Court to increase filing fees and
other fees. That measure takes effect next week.