TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Dec 26, 2018
The U.S. Justice Department is asking federal courts nationwide to pause proceedings in cases, saying the government shutdown has restricted the ability of lawyers to perform their duties, including meeting court-ordered deadlines and communicating with attorneys across agencies, Law.com reports. “The government hereby moves for a stay of all proceedings in this case until Department of Justice attorneys are permitted to resume their usual civil litigation functions,” Justice Department lawyers wrote in papers filed today in courts across the country. The shutdown prohibits agency lawyers from working, save for limited circumstances that include “emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property,” according to the notices. The federal courts themselves said they have sufficient funding to remain open for at least three weeks.