- Associated Press - Friday, June 29, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s state courts will have enough money to resume full business hours for the public for the new fiscal year that starts in July.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura made the announcement Friday, saying she’s grateful lawmakers provided resources in the state budget for courts to meet their constitutional and statutory obligations.

Monday marks the start of the first business day for the 2019 fiscal year, but court officials say several clerk’s offices have already started offering a full eight hours for customer service.

Funding and staffing shortages in recent years had forced about half of magistrate courts statewide to close clerk’s offices for a portion of one day each week. A third of district courts also reduced the hours that clerk’s offices were open to the public.

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