- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Officials at Connecticut’s Judicial Branch say 126 state employees have received layoff notices.

Many of the workers who received pink slips on Thursday are employed at the Bridgeport and Hartford juvenile detention facilities. The job cuts are scheduled to take effect on June 24. Officials still need to determine whether more layoffs will be necessary.

In a memo sent to staff Wednesday, Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers and Judge Patrick L. Carroll III, the chief court administrator, called the layoffs the “most difficult action” they’ve had to take.

Rogers and Carroll said they’re developing plans to close courthouses and offices, consolidate staff and reducing programs.

Carroll added Thursday how the revised budget proposed this week by the governor would “severely restrict” gains the branch has made in “access to justice.”

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