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Federal Courts to Hear Cases Despite Shutdown

U.S. federal courthouses will operate despite the government shutdown that went into effect Tuesday but hearings and decisions on non-critical civil matters could be postponed, Reuters reported Monday.

Joseph Ax writes the Justice Department has set a furlough schedule but layoffs will kick in only after funds from legal filling fees and other appropriations that are not part of the current budget are used.

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts told Reuters that jurors and other essential judicial staffers must work without compensation but will be paid what they are owed as soon as the shutdown ends.

Each district is free to determine which services and personnel are essential but the office determined that courts should refrain from procurements, training and travel, according to Reuters.

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