Judiciary Has Funds to Operate Through Jan. 31 - ABI

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AO) estimates that federal courts can sustain funded operations through Jan. 31, according to an AO press release. The Judiciary continues to explore ways to conserve funds so it can sustain paid operations through Feb. 1. No further extensions beyond Feb. 1 will be possible. The Judiciary previously had revised its estimate for exhausting available funds from Jan. 18 to Jan. 25. The extensions have been achieved through a multi-pronged strategy of deferring non-critical operating costs and utilizing court filing fees and other available balances. Most of the measures are temporary stopgaps, and the Judiciary will face many deferred payment obligations after the partial government shutdown ends. In recent weeks, courts and federal public defender offices have delayed or deferred non-mission-critical expenses, such as new hires, non-case-related travel, and certain contracts. Judiciary employees have been reporting to work and currently are in full-pay status.

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