Government shutdown affecting courts

Courthouse Mason City, IA

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MASON CITY, Iowa – The possibility of a federal government shutdown still looms, and that has many wondering what will or will not be impacted.

If the government does shutdown on Tuesday, the federal court systems in both Iowa and Minnesota will still be open, but employees may be furloughed.

Meanwhile, the state court system will not be affected.

But according to Richard Piscopo, at Yunek Law Firm, everyone needs to be paying attention to what’s happening in Washington.

“Again it affects federal cases and there aren’t many of us around that do federal litigation, but even if it did it would just set things back time wise a little bit,” said Piscopo.

Piscopo says one reason the government can’t halt the court system is because of constitutional rights.

In Minnesota more than 800,000 federal workers could be affected.

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