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Archives for October 15, 2013

U.S. District Court of Colorado to Remain Open During Shutdown

The United States District Court for the District of Colorado issued General Order 2013-4: Lapse in Appropriations Plan on October 10.  The court will continue operations after October 18th even if no appropriations bill is passed by then. Because every current court employee is performing an essential function necessary to the court’s constitutional duty to hear and decide cases without interruption, all court employees will continue to work full time during any lapse in appropriations.

Non-adjudicative functions such as naturalization ceremonies and bar organization functions at the court will not take place during any lapse in appropriations period. In addition to other suspended activities, no employees will be hired, nor will interns or pro bono law clerks be allowed to start.

Attorneys should continue checking the court’s website for updates. As of October 10, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has also announced its intention to remain open and suggests people continue to check its website for updates.