A story in the Free Press on Monday and an op-ed today in the New York Times agree that the impact of a continuing shutdown would be felt next week at the federal district court level (10 days from the beginning of the shutdown), and later at the appellate level. The op-ed explains:
For lower federal courts, a prolonged shutdown could be disastrous. Sufficient reserve funds are on hand for normal court operations for just 10 business days, through Oct. 15, according to a memo recently circulated by Judge John Bates, director of the administrative Office of the United States Courts.
Once those funds are depleted, there would need to be extensive furloughing of staff, and reductions in probation, pretrial and courthouse security services to comply with the federal Anti-Deficiency Act, which allows only “essential work” to continue during a government shutdown.
In the District of Columbia courts, the effect of the shutdown was immediate and dramatic. The BLT reports that a third of the employees of the D.C. courts were immediately furloughed without pay as the shutdown began.