The government shutdown only lasted 17 days, but many may see lasting effects. Not only were cases put on hold, but a lot of time was spent on planning what to do in a worst case scenario. Planning and prepping by court employees and judges ate up precious time that could have been spent working on the cases before the judiciary. Judges and court employees spent countless hours prepping in an attempt to ensure the smallest impact if the government did close its doors.
On October 1, 2013, the predicted shutdown became a reality. Many cases were postponed and only those with the most time sensitive issues went forward. The impact was in part due to the fact that attorney’s in the federal courts were placed on furlough. And although many federal courts had announced that they would not shut down, many cases were postponed due to federal attorney’s being out of work. The postponing of cases could have a slinky effect on the court’s docket with lasting effects in the coming weeks if not months.
Case backlogs were not the only concern for court employees. Many feared that the court would run out of money. Although some did see delays in their bankruptcy matters general concerns over the ability to continue within budgetary demands seem to have been unrealized. The judiciary was fortunate enough to have 18 days of budgetary demands in reserve which gave them one day of funding to spare. A reserve fund, mostly paid with bankruptcy filing fees covered the wages and operations of the court during the shutdown.
Other workers who were declared essential, such as security guards, worked without pay to ensure those that those who did come to court were safe.
The Jessica A. Hafemeyer Law Office, P.A. ribbon cutting facilitated by the Faribault Chamber of Commerce took place on June 16.
along with Faribault Chamber Ambassadors.
June 15th is the 6th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Please see below for a statement from the White House:
Elder abuse is a very serious issue in the United States. If you or someone you know is facing financial exploitation or physical abuse, please contact your local adult protection unit. In Rice County, call the adult protection unit of Rice County Social Services. If you are experiencing physical abuse, please call the HOPE Center.
Jessica A. Hafemeyer Law Office, P.A., has moved from their highway 60 location to Historic Downtown Faribault. We are conveniently located at 315 Central Avenue next to the Coffee Shop. We are very excited to join the downtown businesses. Our new location will allow us to better serve your family law and bankruptcy needs.