DOJ Lawyers Return to Work

More than 18,000 Justice Department employees who were furloughed during the shutdown, including a significant number of lawyers who handle civil matters, will return to court after an untold number of cases were put on hold, the Blog of the Legal Times reports. Main Justice and U.S. attorney's offices nationwide asked courts to postpone civil litigation, citing the lack of appropriations. Some judges granted blanket stays, while other judges made case-by-case decisions. In a letter this morning to the entire department, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said he was "grateful to be able to welcome the entire Department of Justice back to work."