Thursday, October 10, 2013
Courts - "Federal courts likely to stay open despite government shutdown"
A Reuters story this afternoon by Joseph Ax includes:
Once the funding runs out, the chief judge of each federal district court will have to determine which employees and services are "essential" to the court's constitutional duty to hear and decide cases, just as other federal agencies have already been forced to do. Under federal law, "essential" employees must continue to work during a lapse in government spending, while "non-essential" workers are furloughed.
Many courts are poised to stay open - even if the money runs out - ensuring that litigants, attorneys and members of the public will likely see little difference in day-to-day operations.
Chief judges in New York, Indiana, Nevada, Michigan, Florida and elsewhere have announced that all court employees are essential and will report to work despite the shutdown. Those workers will not be paid until after the shutdown ends, but are guaranteed their salaries.
The U.S. Supreme Court will also remain open next week for oral arguments.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 10, 2013 03:24 PM
Posted to Courts in general