Updated: federal courthouse in Urbana still up and running, but officials making contingency plans

A federal judge in Urbana said operations at the courthouse are business as usual for now, despite the partial government shutdown.  But he said officials are preparing for possible cutbacks.

That's the word from Judge David Bernthal, who was a guest Tuesday on the WDWS Morning Show.  He said there are enough funds in place to keep the local courthouse at full strength for now.  But those funds could run out by the end of the week.



Judge Bernthal added that criminal cases will always take priority because defendants have a right to a speedy trial.  He added, though, that some cases have already been impacted.



Meanwhile, federal court spokesman Ken Wells said the group does not plan to furlough any workers if operations are cut back.

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