Cost-saving court closures starting this week

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A plan to save money by closing Vermont’s district and family courts for a half day each week is starting today.

Officials expect the plan to save about $300,000 through the end of the current fiscal year next June.

About a third of the savings come is due to the reduced need for sheriff’s deputies who provide court security.

Robert Greemore of the Court Administrator’s Office says a larger portion of the savings comes from leaving vacant about seven positions in court clerks’ offices.

Clerks will be at work during the half-day closures, catching up on paperwork, filing and other tasks.

The different courts will be closed at different times.

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