DOJ: Judges Should Stay Civil Cases During Shutdown

Citing the government shutdown, which started at 12:01 a.m. today, U.S. Justice Department lawyers are urging federal judges to stay civil cases. Federal prosecutors across the country started filing requests for extensions yesterday in civil cases in anticipation of the shutdown and judges agreed to cancel settlement conferences and other hearings scheduled for this week. The Blog of Legal Times looks at the issue and the impact of the shutdown on the D.C. Superior Court and D.C. Court of Appeals.