FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The furloughs will mean courthouses will close statewide on Aug. 6, Sept. 4 and Oct. 15.
Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. announced the measures on Wednesday, saying the judicial system's overall funding appropriation "is far short" of what's necessary to operate the state's courts over the next two years.
The court system has reduced employment by 282 people since 2008, because of a shrinking budget.
To generate cash, Minton said the judicial system will start charging schools $10 for criminal background checks that used to be done for free. The charge will increase from $15 to $20 for all others seeking background checks.