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SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City will continue to operate with restrictions during the ongoing shutdown of the federal government.

The courthouse has funding through next Friday, Jan. 25, according to their website and their clerk of the court, Mark Jones.

The court announced earlier this month that they will experience a handful restrictions in light of the federal shutdown, including the postponement of civil trials due to the unavailable funds to pay jurors.

Those jurors who do report to the court will be paid attendance and travel fees, but those payments could be delayed or deferred until an appropriation bill is passed through Congress.

In the meantime, civil and criminal cases can still be filed at the federal court. Most criminal court hearings will go ahead as planned, but any civil hearings and trials involving the United States as a plaintiff will be postponed.

Jones told the Standard-Examiner that the clerk’s office has seen a reduced staff in day-to-day operations.

The court will continue to operate during regular business hours, as of Friday afternoon.

The federal court system is just one of the many agencies affected by the shutdown of the federal government. The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that over 1,000 workers are being called back to work as the department prepares for tax-filing season. IRS employees will not be paid for their work as the federal shutdown continues.

Jacob Scholl is the Cops and Courts Reporter for the Standard-Examiner. Email him at jscholl@standard.net and follow him on Twitter at @Jacob_Scholl.

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