Federal judge issues order keeping court employees at work


MISSOULA, Mont. - On Thursday, a Montana Federal Judge issued an order that keeps all Montana's federal court workers employed during the government shutdown. However, the workers will stop getting paid when funds run out, which is projected to happen next week.

The courts will have to pay employees who continue to show up to work retroactively, after a budget comes through.

The order was issued by Chief Judge Dana Christensen, and it outlines what work is "essential." That work includes work to resolve court cases and respond to emergencies.

Folks looking to read a copy of the order can click here.

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