In face of government shutdown, federal courts OK for 10 days

If Congress and the White House can’t reach an agreement on a federal budget, a federal shutdown is threatened. But the courts should be OK for a while.

Sentencing for former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Oct. 10 should not be a problem, but it’s wait and see for Detroit bankruptcy hearings Oct 15 and 16.

Sentencing for Bernard Kilpatrick (Kwame’s dad and co-defendant) — scheduled for Oct. 17 — may be a bit more problematic.

Michigan’s federal courts can operate for at least 10 days, said spokesman Rod Hansen.

“Apparently we have enough funding for much business as usual for 10 days, and if [Washington does] go into the shutdown, we’ll be fully operational,” Hansen said. “But when it gets close to [10 days] we’ll have to take a look at it and make contingency plans and assess the situation and see where we go from there.”

In addition to Detroit, there are federal courts in Ann Arbor, Bay City, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Marquette and Port Huron.

Posted on September 30, 2013 by Gary Gosselin

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