Statement Of Stephen N. Zack, President, American Bar Association, on the Potential Impact on the Courts of a Federal Government Shutdown
Federal court administrators should be praised for planning to keep the courthouse doors open in the face of a possible government shutdown. But it’s wrong to force the courts to dig into budgets set aside for other services simply to stay operational. And, if the shutdown drags on, the impact on everything from probation office staffing to jury payments would be severe. Let’s hope our leaders can work out a solution that averts such a crisis.