January 24, 2019
Our nation is now in the longest and largest shutdown of federal government services in its history. Because our elected government officials have been unable to reach agreement, the lives of millions of Americans are being disrupted every day.
As an organization committed to the rule of law and due process for all, we are deeply concerned about the impact these disruptions are having on families here in Ohio and across our country.
As of January 16, 2019, many governmental agencies have been severely limited in what they can do, including their ability to pay approximately 800,000 government employees. And now, nearly four weeks into the shutdown, the Federal Courts and the Bureau of Prisons will be more directly affected by the lack of funding. The Columbus Bar Association implores our leaders to find a resolution to this impasse as quickly as possible to avoid continued harm and potential lasting prejudice to the multitude of parties to court proceedings nationwide. The Columbus Bar Association believes that access to justice for many will now be delayed or denied and urges our elected governmental officials in Washington, D.C. to reach a quick resolution.
Ohioans and their fellow American citizens rely upon our government to provide the services of our Federal Courts, Prisons and Law Enforcement agencies. They rely upon our government to assure access to justice and the administration of critical health and safety responsibilities.
We represent the voice of more than 4,000 attorneys, judges, paralegals, business professionals and law students across central Ohio. We believe that this unnecessary interruption in the reliable operation of our justice system and all of the other federal functions impacted by the shutdown is unacceptable and unsustainable. A quick resolution to the already too-long stand-off is what we expect and deserve from our elected officials.
Samuel A. Peppers, III
President, Columbus Bar Association