Shutdown Won't Affect 9th Circuit, Court Says

     (CN) - With the debt ceiling deadline hurdling closer, federal courts throughout the West will stay open for the duration the government shutdown, the chief judge of the 9th Circuit said Monday.
     Though the federal judiciary is expected to run out of temporary funding sources by Oct. 17, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski said Monday that the federal appeals, trial and bankruptcy courts in all of the 9th Circuit's 15 judicial districts will remain open.
     "As judges rely on their personal staff, as well as officers and employees of the court, to perform functions necessary and essential to the continued resolution of cases, all such staff are hereby ordered to report to work during their normally scheduled hours," Kozinski's order states.
     The courts in the 9th Circuit are the busiest in the nation, hearing some 22 percent of all appeals. About 20 percent of all new cases in the nation go through the trial and bankruptcy courts in the 9th Circuit.
     Kosinski's preparation comes as Congress negotiates a several months' extension of the debt ceiling.