MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The Mobile City Council and the Mobile County Commission pledged a combined $3 million dollars over three years to help fund the circuit and district court system.
Beth Marietta Lyons, the legislative council for the city of Mobile and the Mobile County Commission, said the money is a temporary fix to help put the court system on the right track. The city council and county commission are stepping in because the state has not been able to fund the courts adequately.
Lyons says budget cuts have caused massive layoffs. The district court staff has been cut by half, the circuit court has been cut by a third, and 75 percent of court administration has been cut.
According to Lyons, the funding issues have led to overcrowding in jail and delayed civil trials.
The extra funding will go into effect on October 1. It should allow the court system to hire back essential employees.