The Capital Judicial Center in Augusta and Waterville District Court will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning Sept. 6.

That means that people will have an extra half-hour in the afternoons to file paperwork, pay fines and conduct other court business.

The announcement about the extended hours came from Maine Supreme Court Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley.

“We are pleased to be able to expand the time in which Maine people can access the courts in Maine,” Saufley said in the press release Thursday. “This will increase access for those who need the Maine courts.”

Court clerks will be working 40 hours a week rather than the 37.5 hours they had been working. The extended hours were negotiated with the Maine State Employees Association, proposed by the governor and funded by the Legislature, according to the press release.

Of the 36 state courthouses, all but eight of the smallest courts will be affected.

Courts where operating hours remain 8 a.m.-4 p.m. are those in Dover-Foxcroft, Lincoln-Millinocket, Rumford, Newport, Calais, Houlton, Fort Kent and Presque Isle. The release said that is because of the small number of staff there.

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