The dispute over funding the U.S. government is affecting the federal court system, and its first victims are lawyers who take criminal-defense appointments in U.S. district courts.

Notices prominently displayed on the websites for the Northern District of Texas and the Western District of Texas let lawyers know that the two-week continuing resolution President Barack Obama signed into law extends federal funding until March 18, 2011, but it only provides enough funding to pay for vouchers that were processed but not paid during a recent suspension.