Thanks to a new budget approved by Gov. Terry Branstad for the 2014 fiscal year, the judicial branch in the state of Iowa will have an increased $5.7 million worth of funding.
With this money, courts across the state will now be able to provide residents with full-time access to the clerk of courts offices. The Wapello County Courthouse will soon be open again full-time from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday."The 2014 budget allowed the state to hire new people to fill empty positions and it's also going to allow the clerk's office to be open 40 hours to the public. Sept. 3 will be the first day the entire state will be open to the public,?? Deb Littlejohn, the Wapello County Clerk of Court, said.
Littlejohn says the additional resources will also allow judges to run more efficient courtrooms, delivering firm trial dates and timely rulings.