March 24, 2011
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.
Chief Judge Bataillon, District Court
Chief Judge Saladino, Bankruptcy Court