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Closed for Justice?

Federal courts are often the last hope for disabled claimants fighting for benefits. Thanks to to the Trump shutdown, those courts may soon be impacted by the lack of appropriations.

As for now, the Federal Courts remain open despite the federal shutdown. According to the Ninth Circuit website as of January 12, 2018: "Core operations of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will not be affected by the partial shutdown of the federal government that commenced on Saturday, December 22, 2018." Who knows what will happen once the contingency funds run out.

Due to a lack of appropriations, that is, the Trump Shutdown, the Department of Justice indicated it is seeking a delay in some federal court cases. According to Roll Call, “[t]he Department does not know when funding will be restored by Congress,” the Justice Department wrote. “Absent an appropriation, Department of Justice attorneys are prohibited from working, even on a voluntary basis, except in very limited circumstances, including ‘emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property.’” The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts suspects DOJ has enough contingency measures in place to last until January 18th.


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