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ABA experts available to discuss shutdown’s effect on federal courts

ABA experts available to discuss shutdown’s effect on federal courts

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 11, 2013 — The American Bar Association has experts, including President James R. Silkenat, available to speak with members of the media about the impact on federal courts caused by the shutdown of the government.

The situation with the federal judiciary remains fluid, with the court’s administrative office announcing Thursday that the system is expected to rely on fees to operate through late next week. But courts are already operating with minimal staffing and insufficient funding as a result of the fiscal year 2013 sequestration. The combination of the shutdown and sequestration pose dire consequences for the federal judiciary.

Please contact Bill Choyke at 202-662-1864 or for more information about the experts available to the media.


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