How Would a Government Shutdown Impact Courts?

An announcement on the U.S. Courts website (uscourts.gov) states that in the event of a shutdown, the Federal Judiciary would rely on “non-appropriated fees” to allow the courts to operate for “up to two weeks.”  However, if the shutdown continues beyond this period, the courts would need to eliminate any functions not “necessary and essential to continue the resolution of cases.”  Also payments to jurors, public defenders, and court-appointed attorneys would be deferred. 

Note that uscourts.gov is a useful source of information about the operation of the federal court system, rules and procedures, and court careers.  There are also links to other related sites.