Courthouse Operations During Partial Government Shutdown

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Despite a partial shutdown of the federal government that began on Dec. 22, 2018, the Judiciary remains open and can continue operations for approximately three weeks, through Jan. 11, 2019, by using court fee balances and other funds not dependent on a new appropriation.  Should this funding run out before an appropriation or continuing resolution is passed by Congress and signed by the President, pursuant to administrative order, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida will remain open and continue all operations and case-related functions.

Jurors will continue to report as instructed.  Court proceedings, trials, and deadlines will occur as scheduled and the Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system will remain in operation for electronic filing of documents.  Requests to stay or continue matters before the court due to the impact of the partial government shutdown should be filed by motion in the applicable case for consideration by the assigned judge. 

Please contact the Clerk’s Office in any of our divisional offices if you have any questions about the partial government shutdown and its impact on court operations.