Impact of Government Shutdown on Court Operations


If there is a lapse in appropriations beyond April 8, 2011, the U.S. Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania will continue to operate for 10 business days using funds derived from fees and other non-appropriated funds.

If the federal government shuts down beyond 10 business days, the funding from these sources will be exhausted. The Court will continue to perform the duties essential to accord criminal defendants their Constitutional rights and to continue to resolve their cases. The Court will continue to process civil cases within the significant constraints imposed by an absence of appropriated funds. However, the Court will limit its operations only to necessary functions. Essential court employees, criminal defense lawyers, and jurors will be asked to serve with payment deferred.

All currently imposed deadlines will remain in effect unless otherwise ordered.

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