Robert Okun, one of the District of Columbia Superior Court's newest judges, has been serving on the bench for several months, but he'll have to wait another few weeks for his formal swearing-in ceremony. Blame the government shutdown.
Okun's investiture was scheduled for this afternoon. Due to the court's scaled back operations during the government shutdown, a court spokesperson confirmed the ceremony was rescheduled for November 8.
Washington's local courts are federally funded, meaning they're in same boat as federal agencies as long as Congress fails to pass a budget. The court system is furloughing about one-third of its employees during the shutdown.
The U.S. Senate confirmed Okun in May. Superior Court Judge Michael O'Keefe, confirmed at the same time as Okun, had a formal swearing-in ceremony in September. Okun, a former federal prosecutor in Washington, wasn’t immediately reached for comment.
National Law Journal photo by Diego M. Radzinschi.