Monday, September 30, 2013

Civil Litigation Has Low Priority in Justice Department's Plan for Government Shutdown

The BLT: The Blog of LegalTimes reports that the Justice Department has released a Contingency Plan for FY 2014 (which starts tomorrow) "in the event of a lapse in appropriations" (the phrase used in the Contingency Plan).  Most Civil Division employees will be subject to furlough because their activities do not relate to "emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property," or meet some other category of exemption.  Although the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has indicated "that federal courts will continue to hear and decide cases without interruption," Justice is directing its civil litigators "to approach the courts and request that acvtive cases, except for those in which posponement would compromise . . . the safety of human life or the protection of property, be postponed until funding is available."

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/civpro/2013/09/civil-litigation-has-low-priority-in-justice-departments-plan-for-government-shutdown.html

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