11:25, January 07 356 0 abajournal.com

2019-01-07 11:25:08
What happens after federal courts run out of money to continue operations?

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Developing: Federal courts are using fees and other funding sources to continue most operations through about Jan. 11. What happens when the money runs out?

Courts will continue operating, but not at full steam, report Bloomberg News, the New York Times and CBS News.

Nonessential court workers will likely be sent home, while others will be working if it’s necessary “to support the exercise of Article III judicial powers,” according to a provision of the federal Antideficiency Act.

That means judges and key staff members will have to work without pay to handle criminal cases and other matters that are deemed essential.

Also working will be essential probation and pretrial services officers who are needed to resolve cases, according to a Dec. 10 congressional report.

Meanwhile, federal prison guards are on the job, working without pay, the Washington Post reports.

Already many proceedings in immigration courts have been delayed, although immigration courts in detention centers continue to operate.

The partial shutdown began on Dec. 22 after President Donald Trump refused to sign a budget bill that did not include $5 billion in border wall funding. If the shutdown extends beyond Jan. 11, it will set a record.