The Kansas Supreme Court today announced that district courts across the state won't have to furlough employees as planned.
Additional funding from the state approved this morning in the statehouse, and savings realized from a hiring freeze will stave off scheduled closings of Kansas courthouses in two weeks.
"I am cautiously optimistic," about keeping courts open the rest of the year, said James Fleetwood, chief judge of Sedgwick County District Court.
The planned furlough threatened to delays hearings and trial in criminal court, keeping people in jail for weeks, and shut down civil cases.
But $5 million in supplemental funds approved by a House committee helped cancel the furlough.