Federal Judges Push Back

In some courts, all employees 'essential.'

, The National Law Journal


Frustrated by the budget stalemate in Congress, many judges across the country declared all employees essential in the face of a shutdown—a bold but necessary move, the judges said, to ensure basic court operations past the judiciary's funding date of October 17.

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  • JW

    If you are charged with upholding the laws of the land, and you cut corners on things like this, how can we trust them to not cut corners on other things as well?

  • mschriefthout

    Same thing happened during the shut-down in the 90s. I worked for the US Attorney in Fort Worth, TX and trials went on as scheduled. Lowly GS8 employees such as myself had to scrape up money for gas, parking and childcare. I didn't get paid for a month. I was lucky to have a mother who bailed me out.

    During this shut-down, I work for another agency, and am furloughed...I don't know which is worse, working without pay or having to stay home.

  • not available

    Judges standing up for the 99% - Who'd a thunk it?

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