Update at 6:07 p.m.: A court official said a line bringing power into the building failed, causing today's outage.
Update at 5:14 p.m.: Pepco spokesman Andre Francis said this afternoon that Pepco crews determined that the utility company was not responsible for the outage. A court official said late this afternoon that they expect to have power restored and to reopen tomorrow, but did not say what had caused the outage. A U.S. General Services Administration representative could not immediately be reached.
A partial power outage hit the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington this morning. Some power has been restored, but computer systems remain down as of noon and the court is closed for the rest of the day.
The outage hit around 9:15 a.m. in the main courthouse building. A court official said the cause of the outage is unknown, but crews from Pepco and the U.S. General Services Administration are investigating and working to restore full power by tomorrow morning.
Online case records and opinions will be inaccessible while the court’s computer systems are down.
Hearings scheduled for today in the affected areas of the courthouse are being moved or rescheduled. Attorneys and parties are encouraged to call judicial chambers to confirm the status of any hearings scheduled for later today.