Court to Remain Open in Event of Government Shutdown

Operation of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will not be affected, at least initially, by a partial shutdown of the federal government that will commence Saturday, April 9, unless Congress reaches agreement on a new budget.

Court calendars remain in effect with appeals to be heard April 11-15, 2011, in Pasadena, San Francisco and Seattle.  Courthouses will be open and electronic case filing systems will be operational.  All deadlines for court filings remain as scheduled.

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts in Washington, D.C., has announced that the Judiciary is prepared to use non-appropriated fees to keep the courts running for up to two weeks.  Once that funding is exhausted, however, the federal court system faces serious disruptions.

Should it become necessary for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to limit essential activities, an announcement will be posted on this website and disseminated to counsel and litigants.

Federal government lawyers who have oral arguments scheduled for April 11-15, 2011, and believe they may not be able to appear for argument if there is a government shutdown should so notify the Clerk's office and opposing counsel, by sending notice through CM/ECF.