Our state and federal judiciaries are essential to preserving our republic. The Kansas Bar Association has long advocated for full and adequate funding of our courts and administrative bodies—institutions Kansans rely on every day to provide justice, maintain safety, protect property, and resolve disputes.
The KBA is deeply troubled by the effects of the partial federal government shutdown on the administration of justice in Kansas and across the nation. As a result of the shutdown, funds for federal courts are forecast to run out in one week. Even now, our federal judiciary is being asked to run short-staffed; the fact that funding will eventually be provided to public servants does not alleviate the burden they are currently being forced to carry. According to the American Bar Association, immigration courts, which have no current funding and already face an 800,000-case backlog, have canceled more than 42,000 hearings, further delaying resolution of matters that frequently wait years to be heard.
The cause of justice—made possible through the courts and agencies charged with hearing these cases—is not a political issue. The KBA urges Congress and the federal administration to fund these institutions.
Instead of political "showboating," Trump and Congress should be able to figure out a way to end this dadgum (as Roy Williams would call it) shutdown and put the needs of all citizens in place of all the tired rhetoric. Sick and tired of seeing this nonproductive political &^%$%% on TV and all over the internet.