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Shutdown Furloughs ‘Non-Essential’ Federal Court Employees

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While federal courts are still hearing cases Tuesday, they weren't completely spared from the government shutdown.

It's a tough day for Western District Attorney Tim Heaphy as he had to see many of his co-workers sent home. The Department of Justice told federal courts anyone not affiliated in some way with day-to-day criminal hearings is deemed non-essential. Federal employees in the civil defense, victim services, community outreach, and crime prevention divisions are all furloughed until further notice.

Heaphy says this will cause not only challenges in his office, but also personal challenges for those affected.

"All I can say is that there are real people who work extremely hard every day who are worried today that they're not going to be able to pay their bills. Real life is affected by these cuts, people that work in my office," he said.

Heaphy says he has no idea when his co-workers can hope to work full time again, but for the time being they are rotating employees to handle the work.

Even though the courts are running as scheduled, Heaphy says it's important to realize many of the services they usually offer are now unavailable until further notice.

Reported by Rob Manch

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