Federal Courts In Dire Straits Under Sequestration, Senate Told

Law360, Washington (July 23, 2013, 7:17 PM EDT) -- Federal courts will be unable to complete their constitutional duties if their funding remains stagnant or declines next year, given that staffing levels are already at a 14-year low, Sixth Circuit Judge Julia S. Gibbons told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee Tuesday.

Judge Gibbons, who is also the chairwoman of the Judicial Conference of the United States' budget committee, noted that federal courts have already incurred 36,000 furlough hours this fiscal year and the continuing budget deficiencies have led to significant delays primarily for civil and bankruptcy cases....
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