Federal courts (including FPDs and CJA counsel) to remain open for 10 business days in the event of a government shut down on October 1

Today, a press release was issued from the Administrative Office of the United States Courts stating the following:

In the event of a government shutdown on October 1, 2013, the federal Judiciary will remain open for business for approximately 10 business days. On or around October 15, 2013, the Judiciary will reassess its situation and provide further guidance. All proceedings and deadlines remain in effect as scheduled, unless otherwise advised. Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) will remain in operation for the electronic filing of documents with courts.

By the way, this is because the judiciary receives certain non-appropriated funds (think filing fees) and because there is a balance in something called “no-year appropriations.”  That money is estimated to run out in approximately 10 business days.

Additionally, the active district judges of our court also adopted a very detailed “shutdown plan” today. It is 10 pages long, single spaced.  Among other things, it addresses what happens after 10 days.

In sum, you cannot imagine the amount of work (and anxiety) that has been created because Congress merely threatens a shut down. If a shutdown occurs, this nightmare will get progressively worse.


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