Shutdown pushes federal courts to delay court cases

By Alyssa Donovan

Shutdown pushes federal courts to delay court cases

October 15, 2013 Updated Oct 15, 2013 at 6:05 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- Some 350,000 federal workers remain furloughed, national parks closed, and now some federal court cases are being postponed because of lack of money to pay federal jurors.

Reserve funds being used by the courts are set to run out Thursday.

If that happens, court officials will either have to cancel court cases or give jurors IOU's.

Chief Judge James Shadid of the U.S. District Courts said the civil cases will most likely be canceled.

Criminal cases will have to be carried out due to speedy trial and public safety issues.

Those jurors will be compensated when the judiciary is funded again.

The lack of funding will affect other areas of the federal justice system as well.

"Federal defenders will have to make a decision after October 17 on who gets furloughed and who doesn't. The probation office will have to do the same, the clerks office will have to do the same. The Marshall's office will have issues with money for transporting prisoners,” Judge Shadid said.

Judge Shadid said while his workers have all been deemed essential, come Thursday some of them will not be compensated until the judiciary is funded again.

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