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Government Shutdown Will Impact Federal Courts

Posted Jan 4, 2019

The partial government shutdown will soon impact federal court operations. The Wall Street Journal reports that federal courts have been using funds not connected to congressional appropriations to keep operating, but those sources will be depleted if the shutdown continues after January 11. According to the United States Courts website, court operations would then be governed by the Anti-Deficiency Act, which permits work “necessary to support the exercise of Article III judicial powers.” Staffing determinations would be made on a court by court basis. The shutdown has already impacted courts in New York, Chicago, and Ohio, where some judges have suspended civil matters involving the United States government.