August 26, 2009
Today, M. Yvette Miller, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia, announced that the Court will implement furloughs in order to deal with the constriction of the State's budget and the five percent withholding of the Court's budget and three furloughs days as announced by Governor Sonny Perdue. Chief Judge Miller said furloughs are the only viable option left to the Court since it reduced its workforce by 12 percent (10 positions) in the FY2009 budget.
The legislative leadership has indicated to the State Judiciary that the Legislature will support the Governor's requested cuts during the regular budget amendment process when the Legislature convenes in January, 2010. In order to ensure the Court can continue to operate until the end of the fiscal year, the Court is instituting furloughs for all employees beginning in September, 2009. The clerk's office will be closed one furlough day a month through the end of the calendar year 2009. A schedule of these days will be available by clicking on the Announcements hyperlink on the Court's web page at: www.gaappeals.us.
SCHEDULE OF COURT CLOSING FOR FURLOUGH DAYS
September 4 Friday before Labor Day
October 9 Friday before Columbus Day
November 25 Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day
December 23 Wednesday before Christmas Day
According to Bill Martin, the Clerk of the Court, Rule 3 ("When an expiration date falls on Saturday, Sunday, or an official state or national holiday, the time is extended to the next business day.") will apply to the furlough days so that you will have until the next business day to file.