Sequestration Will Mean Thousands of Furloughs, Possibly Layoffs, at Federal Courts

December 7, 2012

Severe automatic budget cuts next month, if allowed by Congress to occur, would force federal courts to lay off up to 2,000 employees or furlough 20,000 employees for 16 days, according to the top executive at the agency that runs federal courts.

Even after cutting spending on information technology and other areas, “some local staff reductions” will “regrettably” still be needed, said David Sentelle, chairman of the executive committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the chief policy-making body for the federal court system, in a Dec. 4 letter to federal chief judges around the country. He also is chief judge for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

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