What's Affected If There Is a Government Shutdown?
The New York Times examines what agencies will be affected by a government shutdown.
What happens to the federal courts? How long can they stay function? What about court-appointed counsel? Will the defendants' cases proceed? If not, can they get a dismissal on speedy trial grounds? A few weeks ago, I got this notice from the Chief judges of the federal district and bankruptcy court in Nebraska. Clearly, they have been thinking about it.
Members of the Bar,
The district and bankruptcy courts have approved contingency plans should Congress fail to enact an appropriations bill or continuing resolution before April 8. If the federal government shuts down after April 8 because appropriations have lapsed, the Judiciary will continue normal operations for approximately two weeks using emergency funds. Thereafter, judges will continue to hear and decide cases; however, court support staff may be reduced to mission-essential activities.
In the meantime, court operations will continue as usual. Further information will be disseminated if and when necessary.
Things are going to get interesting. I still think a budget will pass by Friday.
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