"We have actually been preparing the court for a really bad two or three years of budgets," Riverside County Court Executive Officer Sherri R. Carter said .
said staff reductions such as dropping some management positions had eliminated about 70 jobs.
"We are hopeful that we will not have any additional layoffs," she
Riverside County courts have also instituted new fees, such as charging for court documents once available for free on the Internet and establishing a fax fee for attorneys to file documents at remote courts.
Riverside County courts currently have about 1,100 workers, down from 1,200 late last year.
said while some workers may take voluntary furloughs on court closure days, others may choose to work the nonpublic day and catch up on filing and other clerical and paperwork backlogs.
"There is so much work I am worried that if we have one more day off a month we are going to drown and never catch up," Carter