Sequester Cuts Would Devastate Federal Courts, Judges Warn

Law360, New York (March 20, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT) -- Federal courts already are operating under dire conditions that have included employee cuts, hiring freezes and diminishing operational resources and cannot withstand sequestration without seriously compromising their constitutional function to provide access to justice, heads of the federal judiciary told a House panel Wednesday.

The across-the-board 5 percent cuts that went into effect for all federal agencies March 1 under sequestration will have a devastating effect on court operations, compromise public safety and delay trials and the resolution of legal disputes, Julia S. Gibbons, a judge...
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