Federal courts will continue to run despite running out of money

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) Hearings, trials, and new cases will continue during the federal shutdown despite federal courts in Maine running out of money.
Chief Judge John Levy says steps have been taken to reduce costs but the money is projected to run out on Friday. He also says court officials are sorting out which workers are doing essential tasks and which will be furloughed.
Levy said in a statement that funding for federal public defenders ran out on Christmas eve. He also said that cost cutting has postponed training and travel, delayed promotions and hiring, and has suspended functions not related to the administration of justice.
He thanks the committed public servants without whom the administration of justice would not be possible.