Cuts seen as stalling court paperwork

February 07, 1993

Budget cuts throughout the federal court system will delay the processing of papers in U.S. District Court, an official said.

Joseph A. Haas, clerk of U.S. District Court in Baltimore, said he has been told to reduce his 77-member staff by 15 through attrition. Three are temporary employees, who will be released this year when their contracts expire.

Mr. Haas said a smaller work force will cause delays in processing paperwork received by the court each day and to slower responses to phone inquiries. The reductions also will affect the probation office, pretrial services and Bankruptcy Court.

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