The 2011 legislature effectively reduced the Oregon Judicial Department budget by 10.3 percent across the board. In response, Chief Justice Paul De Muniz has announced a budget reduction plan that includes a combination of 9 court closure days as well as staff furloughs; see Chief Justice Order (#11-033) which went into effect August 31, 2011.
The Chief Justice has also issued Judge Protocols to provide guidance on what judicial activities would be permitted on a closure day, distinguishing between suspension of court operations, where staff is required or the public has a right to attend, as opposed to use of the facility. Judicial activities that would be permitted include Judicial Chambers work, Judge Only Meetings and Emergency Judicial Orders.
Chief Justice Paul De Muniz letter to Oregon State legislators addressing court closures.