Federal Judge Julia Gibbons, who chairs the U.S. Judicial Conference’s Budget Committee, reportedly told the conference that the congressional budgetary impasse that resulted in across-the-board budget cuts, referred to as “sequestration,” “will affect every facet of court operations.” According to Gibbons, the crisis is both “unprecedented” and “not likely to end in the near-term.” Overall funding levels will drop nearly $350 million which means, among other matters, (i) fewer probation officers; (ii) litigation delays, particularly in processing civil and bankruptcy cases; (iii) reduced court security; (iv) declining federal public defender staffs; and (v) deep cuts in IT programs used for case processing. While each court apparently has the authority to decide how to implement many of the funding cuts, up to 2,000 employees could be laid off during the current fiscal year or face furloughs. This would be in addition to the 1,800 court staff laid off during the last 18 months. Gibbons said, “These actions are unsustainable, difficult, and painful to implement. Indeed, the Judiciary cannot continue to operate at sequestration funding levels without seriously compromising the Constitutional mission of the federal courts.” See The Third Branch News, March 12, 2013.