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Federal courts delay cases, warn of more drastic measures as shutdown drags on
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, October 14, 2013 12:15 AM EDT
The government shutdown is slowing the wheels of justice in federal courts.
That's when federal courts officials expect the reserve funds they have been using since the Oct. 1 start of the shutdown will run out.
Criminal cases are still moving ahead. So are most bankruptcy cases and appeals.
Civil cases and those in immigration court, however, are feeling the greatest impact.
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Loretta Preska in New York has put all civil cases on hold except those already in trial.
In Los Angeles, 51 federal prosecutors and nearly 50 staff working civil cases have been sent home.