Federal Courts Request Emergency Funding

The U.S. Judicial Conference has asked the White House for emergency funding, the Blog of the Legal Times reports. Court officials said the judiciary does not have the budget flexibility to absorb the large mandatory budget cuts that have caused furloughs in the nation's federal public defender and court offices. In a letter sent yesterday to the White House Office of Management and Budget, federal court officials said the courts need an emergency appropriation of $73 million — $41 million for federal public defenders and $32 million for court operations. The money would save 550 jobs in public defender and clerk offices, and prevent 24,000 furlough days for 5,000 employees, the letter says.