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Federal courts confront government shutdown

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The federal courts west of the Blue Ridge may be prepared to hold out a bit longer than courts in the east as the U.S. government is forced into a budget shutdown. Regardless of what happens in Washington, however, no federal court will close doors in the next two weeks because of the budget crisis, court officials say.

In the event of the government shutdown on Tuesday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia said it will remain open for at least 10 business days, with all court proceedings to go forward as scheduled.

Should Congress fail to enact a continuing resolution by Tuesday, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia said it would manage with its normal business and operations until further notice. All court proceedings will take place as scheduled and the clerk’s office will be open to file, process and manage cases, the court says on its website.

On or around Oct. 15, the federal judiciary will reassess its situation and provide further guidance, according to the administrative office of the U.S. courts. All proceedings and deadlines remain in effect as scheduled, unless otherwise advised. Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) will remain in operation for the electronic filing of documents with courts, according to the federal judiciary.

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