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Federal courts are open, but some stays have been granted

Come on, Baby! Let’s stay us some civil actions between private litigants, Baby!  Come on . . .  Got a brief due Thursday, so let’s get us some blanket stays going on . . . Baby!

Why lawyers are not lyricists.



The federal courts may be open for business during the government shutdown, but business there is anything but routine. Criminal litigation continues without interruption, Third Branch News reports. But the Justice Department has asked PDF U.S. Attorneys across the country to curtail or postpone civil litigation that is not absolutely necessary. As a result, federal prosecutors are filing motions for stays of litigation on a case-by-case basis. And judges’ responses to such requests have varied greatly. Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska has issued an order PDF staying all civil cases in the Southern District of New York except for civil forfeiture cases in which federal prosecutors have appeared as counsel. The stay will be lifted the first day after the president signs a budget appropriation into law. Preska was apparently responding to a letter from Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney . . .

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