Those on jury duty are expected to report for service. At least one murder trial is expected to be seated this week.
At the courthouse Tuesday morning, several people scheduled to report said that they checked dccourts.gov to determine whether jurors were still expected for service.
“I wasn’t surprised when I found out I still had to come,” Alex Jaffe said of his jury duty.
Another juror who preferred to remain anonymous noted that he didn’t receive notice to come to court Tuesday. He decided to come to court because “if we were supposed to come and I didn’t, there’d be problems.”
Originally, marriage license applications and wedding services were also expected to stop during a shutdown. However, a message from the D.C. Court twitter account indicates that new marriage licenses will be accepted.
During the shutdown, Family Court staff here to handle essential functions WILL be accepting marriage license applications
— DC Courts PIO (@DCCourtsInfo) October 1, 2013
Currently, childcare services, D.C. bar admissions, and the court’s law library are all unavailable because of the shutdown. Leah Gurowitz, Director of Governmental and Public Relations for D.C. Courts explained that though the courts would like to provide those services, they were not determined to be essential services to D.C. courts.