Civil matters handled by the U.S. attorney’s office are in limbo because of the government shutdown.
Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak on Wednesday granted a motion by the Pittsburgh federal prosecutor’s office to place a stay on civil cases it handles for various agencies.
Department of Justice lawyers in the office who handle civil cases have been furloughed and aren’t allowed to work, even voluntarily, except in emergency situations involving someone’s safety or the protection of property, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Andrade in a motion to the judge.
The U.S. attorney’s office will continue to handle its criminal duties and the court remains open.
“My number one priority as the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania is the safety of the four million citizens of Western Pennsylvania,” said Scott Brady, the U.S. Attorney.
“Accordingly, all assistant U.S. attorneys in the Criminal Division will report to work during this government shutdown to ensure that there is no break in our criminal investigations and prosecutions. I want both the public and all criminals to know that it is business as usual for the criminal prosecutors of the U.S. attorney’s Office.”