In advance of Congress’s ongoing failure to resolve differences over a short-term spending resolution, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts issued the following notice: “In the event of a government shutdown on October 1, 2013, the federal judiciary will remain open for business for approximately 10 business days. On or around October 15, 2013, the Judiciary will reassess its situation and provide further guidance. All proceedings and deadlines remain in effect as scheduled, unless otherwise advised. Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) will remain in operation for the electronic filing of documents with courts.” The government has begun shutting down, and some 800,000 employees will be furloughed.
The U.S. Supreme Court has posted a separate notice on its Website indicating that while it will continue to conduct normal operations through October 4 and the building will be open to the public, “[f]urther notice will be provided in the event a lapse of appropriations continues beyond October 4.” The first day of the Court’s 2013-2014 term is set for October 7. See Bloomberg BNA, The United States Law Week, September 27, 2013; Law360, October 1, 2013.