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Court Closures and Responses Due to COVID-19

Updated September 23, 2020

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Washington, D.C.

Washington

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Alabama

Updated September 23, 2020

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. Only judges, court staff, members of the media and visitors with official business with the court will be allowed into the two Eleventh Circuit buildings;
  2. Paper filing requirements are temporarily waived;
  3. Anyone who is experiencing flu-like symptoms or who has had a known contact with a person with COVID-19 will not be allowed inside.
  4. In a March 20, 2020 Order, the Court provided that panels may hear oral arguments by audio or teleconferencing. Access to the Tuttle Courthouse and Godbold Building is limited. Parties who filed brief and appendices through CM/ECF will temporarily not be required to file paper copies with the requirement to do so at a future date;
  5. The 2020 Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference scheduled for May 6 through 9, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia is cancelled.

Northern District of Alabama

  1. In-person hearings may be conducted on a case-by-case basis.

Middle District of Alabama

  1. As of September 18, 2020, the General Order regarding criminal proceedings via video and audio was extended for an additional 90 days.

Southern District of Alabama

  1. All persons must wear a mask while on the Courthouse premises and will be required to submit to a COVID-19 screening.

Supreme Court of Alabama

  1. The Heflin-Torbert Judicial Building is open to the general public effective June 3, 2020.

State Courts

  1. Workers’ Compensation settlement hearings may be conducted telephonically or by video through December 31, 2020.

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Alaska

Updated September 23, 2020

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. Oral arguments scheduled through March, April and May 2020 are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis;
  2. The Court will extend non-judicial filings as needed;
  3. If a part needs an extension of time to file a brief due to circumstances related to the pandemic, a notice must be filed with the Court.  The notice will result in an extension by 60 days.

District of Alaska

  1. Civil hearings are postponed until after October 5, 2020, unless other whiles scheduled by the presiding judge.  Most hearings will be held telephonically;
  2. All jury trials are postponed until after October 5, 2020.

State Courts

  1. Judges may authorize the removal of masks or face coverings as necessary during courtroom proceedings for the purposes of witness testimony, defendant identification, or making an appropriate record so long as social distancing and other safety protocols are taken. Judges may also authorize participants who have an ongoing professional relationship to sit or confer without social distancing, such as criminal defendants and their attorneys. 

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Arizona

Updated September 23, 2020

District of Arizona

  1. Grand jury proceedings were permitted to resume on September 21, 2020.

State Courts

  1. Proceedings in all Arizona Appellate, Superior, Justice, Juvenile and Municipal courts and before the presiding disciplinary judge may continue to be held remotely.

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Arkansas

Updated August 7, 2020

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. Effective July 6, 2020, the requirement of paper briefs is reinstated. The filing of paper copies is no longer deferred.

Eastern District of Arkansas

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials and grand jury proceedings scheduled prior to May 29, 2020 are postponed;
  2. Further postponements will be handled by presiding judges.

As of April 17, 2020:

  1. Al civil and criminal jury trials scheduled through May 29, 2020 are continued;
  2. All grand jury proceedings through May 29, 2020 are continued;
  3. All judges will continue to hold hearings, conferences and bench trials in civil and criminal matters via video or telephone conference, when practicable. 

Western District of Arkansas

  1. Civil and criminal bench and jury trials set to start prior to September 8, 2020 are postponed.

Supreme Court

The suspension of all in court proceedings throughout the state is extended through May 1, 2020.

State Courts

On June 16, 2020, the Supreme Court of Arkansas set forth protocols to resumes some in-person proceedings:

  1. No more than 50 people are permitted in the courtroom where the court is being conducted;
  2. The suspension of jury trials ends on June 30, 2020 and jury summons may begin to be issued for jury service that begins on or after July 1, 2020;
  3. Civil jury trials may be conducted by videoconference, in whole or in part;
  4. Criminal jury trials will be conducted in person, but voir dire may be conducted by videoconference by party agreement.

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California

Updated September 23, 2020

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. The courthouses are closed to the public during non-court weeks. The Court will provide orders to cases individually for arguments scheduled through May. Panels are to exercise their discretion to submit cases without argument, for postponement of arguments or arguments to be held remotely.

Central District of California

  1. Phase 3, resumption of jury trials, will be implemented at a time to be determined;
  2. Courthouses are closed to the pubic;
  3. No jury trials will be conducted in civil cases until further notice;
  4. No jury trials will be conducted in criminal cases until further notice;
  5. Permission of use of video and telephonic technology in certain criminal proceedings is extended 90-days as of September 23, 2020.

Eastern District of California

  1. The Court authorized the use of videoconferencing or telephone conferencing pursuant to the CARES Act.

Northern District of California

  1. No new jury trial will be conducted through September 30, 2020.  All dates prior to then are postponed or vacated;
  2. All civil matters will be decided on the papers through September 30, 2020, or a hearing will be held remotely;
  3. No new jury trial will be conducted in criminal matters through June 30, 2020.  Any jury trials currently scheduled to commence through that period are postponed or vacated.

Southern District of California

  1. The judicial state of emergency remains in effect until October 14, 2020.

State Courts

  1. Criminal jury trials have commenced;
  2. Civil jury trials are postponed until January 2021;
  3. Civil nonjury trials are not permitted to commence prior to November 16, 2020. 

Supreme Court

  1. In person oral arguments suspended indefinitely – counsel to appear via video;
  2. The California Supreme Court issued an April 10, 2020 Order extending the time periods within the California Rules of Court for acts or events in proceedings before the Supreme Court to occur between March 20 and April 20, 2020 by 30 days.

Alameda

  1. The court remains physically closed to the public through May 29, 2020  and is accepting nearly all filings in an effort to resume as many Court functions as can be conducted remotely and in compliance with public health directives.

Contra Costa

  1. The Court will reopen to the public effective May 26, 2020.

Los Angeles

  1. Through June 10, 2020, the Court will remain closed and all trials and non-jury trials will remain delayed.  To prepare for the resumption of court hearings beginning June 22, 2020 the Clerk’s Office will reopen on June 15, 2020.

Marin

  1. The court is closed to the public until May 29, 2020.

Nevada

  1. Civil and criminal jury trials remain vacated through May 29, 2020.

Orange

  1. The Court will remain closed to the public through May 22, 2020, with minimal exceptions for time sensitive matters or matters.

Placer

  1. Civil and probate trials through May 31, 2020 will be reset eight weeks and all civil and probate trial conferences, and settlement conferences set through May 15, 2020 will be reset eight weeks;
  2. All non-traffic infraction and traffic infraction and misdemeanor hearings and set through June 12, 2020 will be postponed.

San Diego

  1. The Court will remain closed through May 22, 2020.

San Francisco

  1. The court remains operating at a reduced capacity through June 1, 2020.

San Bernardino

  1. The Court is partially closed and operating at reduced hours through May 28, 2020.

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Colorado

Updated September 23, 2020

District of Colorado

  1. Criminal and civil trials set to begin prior to October 31, 2020 are continued.

State Courts

  1. Each jurisdiction within the state will update its website with information for jurors and litigants.  Updates regarding each court within the state is available here -  https://www.courts.state.co.us/announcements/COVID-19.cfm.

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Connecticut

Updated September 23, 2020

District of Connecticut

  1. All criminal jury trials set to commence prior to November 2, 2020 are continued;
  2. Judges may schedule criminal jury selections and trial set to begin on or after November 2, 2020;
  3. Judges may conduct civil jury trials with the implementation of safety measures beginning September 1, 2020.

Supreme Court

  1. Effective May 1, 2020, any appeals eligible for pre-argument conference but not scheduled for a conference will not be assigned. The time requirements for Supreme and Appellate Court filings remain suspended until further notice. To the extent possible, it is requested that an appellant’s brief in these matters be electronically filed by June 15, 2020. 

State Courts

  1. Court operations expanded effective August 28, 2020. As of September 20, 2020, the Court began to act on defaults and nonsuits in civil and family matters. Certain civil, criminal, family and juvenile proceedings are being conducted by remote technology and within courthouses.

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Delaware

Updated September 23, 2020

Third Circuit Court of Appeals

The Clerk’s office is conducting remote operations and will continue to process all electronic filings.

District of Delaware

  1. Criminal and civil jury selections, jury trials and the transition to Phase 2 began to operate as of September 15, 2020.

Supreme Court

  1. The Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court extended the public health emergency through June 13, 2020.

Bankruptcy Courts

  1. On-site court hearings are being held at the discretion of the presiding judge.

State Courts

  1. The judicial state of emergency was extended to October 5, 2020. A Modified Phase 3 will mark the resumption of jury trials. 

Chancery Court

  1. Effective May 14, 2020, all hearings and trials will only be conducted through telephone or electronic means until further notice.

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Florida

Updated August 26, 2020

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. Only judges, court staff, members of the media and visitors with official business with the court will be allowed into the two Eleventh Circuit buildings;
  2. Paper filing requirements are temporarily waived. Anyone who is experiencing flu-like symptoms or who has had a known contact with a person with COVID-19 will not be allowed inside;
  3. On April 21, 2020, the Court announced that domestic violence bond hearings and emergency motions will be held via Zoom. 

Middle District of Florida

  1. Jury trials in the Orlando Division scheduled to commence prior to August 31, 2020 are postponed;
  2. Trial-specific deadlines in criminal cases set to commence prior to August 31, 2020 are postponed;
  3. Face masks are required for entry at the Fort Myers Federal Courthouse, the Golden-Collum Memorial Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Ocala.

Northern District of Florida

  1. As of July 27, 2020, the Courthouse and the Winston E. Arnow Federal Building will be reopened to the public;
  2. All those entering any courthouse within the Northern District are required to practice social distancing measures and to wear face masks or face coverings.

Southern District of Florida

  1. All jury trials set to begin on or after March 30, 2020 are postponed until October 13, 2020, along with trial-specific deadlines;
  2. Grand jury sessions are postponed until October 13, 2020;
  3. Judges may hold proceedings and bench trials pursuant to their discretion, however they are encouraged to hold proceedings remotely;
  4. Criminal matters before magistrate judges will continue.

Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida

  1. As of June 8, 2020, the Florida Supreme Court extended the suspension of all grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, criminal and civil jury trials through July 17, 2020; 
  2. All statewide grand jury proceedings are extended through July 23, 2020;
  3. Limits on in-person hearings remain in effect.

Miami-Dade County Court

  1. All all grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials are suspended through April 17, 2020.

State Courts

  1. A pilot program ongoing in the following five circuits is ongoing: Jacksonville’s Fourth Judicial Circuit; Daytona Beach’s Seventh Judicial Circuit; Orlando’s Ninth Judicial Circuit; Miami-Dade County’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit; Fort Myer’s Twentieth Judicial Circuit.  The results of the remote civil jury trial pilot and report of each court’s findings will be presented to the Chief Justice by October 2, 2020. 

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Georgia

Updated September 23, 2020

Northern District of Georgia

  1. No jury trials will occur prior to October 4, 2020;
  2. Grand jury proceedings may continue;
  3. Prospective jurors may be summoned after October 4, 2020.

Middle District of Georgia

  1. The suspension of jury trials was extended to October 19, 2020.

Southern District of Georgia

  1. Only individuals with official court business will be admitted into the courthouse.

Georgia Supreme Court

1. Supreme Court of Georgia issued a March 14, 2020 Order reducing court actions, providing litigants relief during this period from responding to statutory deadlines, and providing greater flexibility to judges in how to conduct court business. The Supreme Court Order of March 14, 2020 declaring a statewide judicial emergency is extended through May 13, 2020. 

2. The Order further granted relief from the following:

a.   statutes of limitation;
b.   the time to issue a warrant;
c.   the time to try a case for which a demand for speedy trial has been filed;
d.   the time within to hold a commitment hearing;
e.   the deadline or other schedule regarding the detention of a juvenile;
f.    the time to return a bill of indictment or an accusation or to bring a matter before a grand jury;
g.   the time within to file a writ of habeas corpus;
h.   the time which discovery is to be completed;
i.    the time to serve a party;
j.    the time to appeal or to seek the right to appeal any order, ruling, or other determination; and
k.   such other legal proceedings as determined to be necessary by the authorized judicial official.

3. The Order provided that the following essential court functions will continue:

a.    “[w]here an immediate liberty or safety concern is present requiring the attention of the court as soon as the court is available; 
b.    criminal court search warrants, arrest warrants, initial appearances, and bond reviews; 
c.    domestic abuse temporary protective orders and restraining orders; 
d.    juvenile court delinquency detention hearings and emergency removal matters; and 
e.    mental health commitment hearings.”

4. Criminal jury trials that were already commenced were to continue absent a showing of “good cause” to suspend or declare a mistrial. 
5. The Order is silent regarding ongoing civil trials, presumably leaving the commencement of the same to the presiding judge’s discretion. 
6. Should proceedings are held, “they should be done in a manner to limit the risk of exposure, such as by videoconferencing, where possible.”

State Courts

  1. The statewide judicial state of emergency is extended through October 10, 2020.

Fulton County (County Seat Atlanta)

  1. As of March 13, 2020, no jurors or grand jurors shall report and no jury trials shall be held for 30 days;
  2. No non-essential matters will be heard during 30 days period, unless they can be conducted via video or teleconferencing;
  3. Pursuant to Georgia Code the Court suspends, tolls, extends and otherwise grants relief from all deadlines, including, but not limited to:

a.    Statute of limitations;
b.    The time within which to try a case for which a demand for speedy trial has been filed;
c.    The time within which to hold a commitment hearing;
d.    The time within which to return a bill of indictment or accusation or to bring a matter before a grand jury; and
e.    Such any legal proceedings as determined to be necessary, including calendars involving large numbers of litigants, lawyers or other persons.

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Hawaii

Updated September 23, 2020

District of Hawaii

  1. No jury trials will commence prior to October 13, 2020.

State Courts

  1. All jury trials are postponed until October 2, 2020, unless otherwise ordered;
  2. Circuit courts may resume jury trials with the implementation of safety protocols as of October 5, 2020.

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Idaho

Updated August 7, 2020

District of Idaho

  1. In-person civil and bankruptcy proceedings are continuing to be held remotely.

State Courts

The Orders regarding each District Court’s specific response to the pandemic can be found on the judiciary’s website here.

Pursuant to a July 24, 2020 Order:

  1. No jury trial will commence in a criminal case before September 14, 2020;
  2. No jury trial will commence in a civil case before December 1, 2020.

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Illinois

Updated August 7, 2020

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. All cases scheduled for oral argument through June 30, 2020 will be argued telephonically or by Zoom.

Central District of Illinois

  1. Jury trials were permitted to resume beginning July 20, 2020, along with om-person pleas and sentencing hearings. 

Northern District of Illinois

Pursuant to a May 26, 2020 Order:

  1. Civil jury trials will not be conducted prior to August 3, 2020.  Trials set to begin before August 3, 2020 will be reset;
  2. Criminal jury trials will not be conducted before August 3, 2020 and trials set before this date will be reset;
  3. No courtesy copies may be submitted for filings through July 15, 2020;
  4. In the Bankruptcy Court, beginning June 1, 2020, all trials and evidentiary hearings will be held by video using the Zoom.  No trials and evidentiary hearings will be held in the courthouse.

Southern District of Illinois

  1. Effective July 31, 2020 through October 23, 2020, all persons entering the courthouse must wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

State Courts

  1. The Supreme Court of Illinois issued a June 4, 2020 Order setting forth additional standards concerning discovery and remote depositions, available here - https://courts.illinois.gov/SupremeCourt/Announce/2020/060420-2.pdf.

Supreme Court

  1. The deadlines to file leave to appeal is extended from 35 days to 70 dates from the date of the appellate court judgement or order;
  2. The appellate court was directed to hold its mandates for 70 days from the judgement;
  3. The deadlines to file appeallant and appellee briefs due on or after the date of the court’s order is extended by 35 days, for a total of 70 days, except in matters where the court previously granted an extension and it was marked “final”;
  4. The court’s order relaxing the requirement of electronic filing procedures to give parties 14 days to provide the court paper copies is extended through April 7, 2020;
  5. As of April 3, 2020, the Chief Judges of each circuit were authorized to continue trials. As of April 2, 2020, the Court’s order of March 24, 2020 extending the relaxation of the requirement to give parties 14 days instead of the usual five days to provide the Court paper copies of specified documents e- is amended to further suspend the paper copy requirement until further ordered.

Appellate Court

  1. The deadline to file a notice of appeal in the circuit court due on or after the date of the March 24, 2020 order is extended from 30 days to 60 days from the date of the circuit court judgment;
  2. The deadline to file appellant and appellee briefs due on or after the date of the March 24, 2020 order is extended by 35 days, for a total of 70 days;
  3. The deadline for filing a petition for rehearing due on or after March 24, 2020 is extended by 21 days for a total of 42 days.

Appellate Court, Second District

  1. The court will remain open. In addition, all filing deadlines will remain in effect; as usual, no extension will be granted except on motion; 
  2. Parties must continue to comply with all supreme court and local rules. Finally, all oral arguments will remain scheduled;
  3. A filing party has 14 days (instead of five) to provide the clerk’s office with five duplicate paper copies of electronically filed briefs.

Circuit Court, Third Judicial Circuit, Madison County (Re: All Asbestos Litigation)

  1. All depositions of high or high risk parties or witnesses shall be conducted telephonically;
  2. Jury Trial cases remain set as scheduled, however the docket call will be conducted remotely, and any case advancing to jury trial will only do so after telephonic consultation with the court and all parties;
  3. Pre-Trial Dockets - Parties are encouraged to work remotely towards a resolution concerning mandatory settlement conferences. Notices regarding target cases and status for upcoming trial by 10:00am on Wednesday;
  4. Trial Setting and Motion Dockets – Notices regarding targeted trial cases shall be sent electronically by 10:00am;
  5. Motion Docket Outlines – Outlines will continue to be noticed and served on Wednesdays with the deadline of 3:00 pm. Defendant firms will have an opportunity to file with the clerk’s office and give electronic notification to the bailiff of their objections to any trial settings by 3:00 pm the following Friday.

Appellate Court, Fourth District

Fully briefed cases will be submitted for disposition on the record and briefs.

Appellate Court, Fifth District

  1. The clerk's office will remain open for business during its regular business hours, but the building will be closed to the general public;
  2. When oral arguments are scheduled by the court, entry to the building will be restricted and attorneys and members of the public should not enter the building if they: (a) Have been in any of the following countries within the last 21 days: China, South Korea, Italy, Japan, or Iran; or (b) Reside or have close contact with anyone who has been in one of those countries listed above within the last 21 days; or (c) Have been directed to quarantine, isolate, or self-monitor at home for the coronavirus by any medical provider; or (d) Have been diagnosed with, or have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with, COVID-19; or (e) Have flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  3. The Court suspended an Order which requires five (5) paper copies of the electronically file-stamped copy of the brief to be sent to the Fifth District Appellate Court within 5 days of acceptance notification. 

1st Circuit, Alexander, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union and Williamson

The Court issued an Extension Order on April 1, 2020 postponing further proceedings, which will be rescheduled beginning May 4, 2020.  Details regarding postponed proceeding and matters that will be held as scheduled are noted in the Order, available here.

1st Circuit, Pope County

All civil matters are postponed until further notice.

1st Circuit, Union County

The following cases are postponed until further notice:

  1. All Felony (CF) matters where the defendant is not in custody
  2. Misdemeanor (CM) and Conservation (CV)
  3. Traffic (TR), Ordinance (OV) and Civil Law (CL)
  4. DUI (DT) other than Statutory Summary Suspension (SSS) Hearings
  5. Pay or Appear and Status dates on criminal matters
  6. Juvenile matters other than as outlined below
  7. Civil jury trials
  8. Law (L), Law Magistrate (LM) and Small Claims (SC)
  9. Chancery (CH) and Probate (P)
  10. Family (F), Dissolution (D) and Adoption (AD)
  11. Tax (TX)
  12. Miscellaneous Remedies (MR)
  13. Marriages and Civil Unions

5th Circuit, Clark County

All civil cases will be heard or continued on a case-by-case basis; no general order of postponement is being issued. Attorneys in civil cases may contact the court for the purpose of conducting status hearings via telephone.

5th Circuit, Edgar County

  1. Regarding all civil matters, matters determined by the Court as emergencies will be heard in person or by telephone conference. Discovery in civil matters will continue as scheduled. All cases including motion and pleadings, may continue to be filed in a manner consistent with the Supreme Court Rules.
  2. All other matters shall be postponed and rescheduled provided, however, that the Court has the discretion to conduct such hearings in person or via telephone and if so, will advise the attorneys and litigants accordingly.
  3. Any warrants issued in relation to misdemeanor, traffic offenses or civil cases except for domestic battery offenses, violation of an order of protection or driving under the influence, law enforcement may satisfy the obligation of the warrant by issuing the defendant a notice to appear.

5th Circuit, Vermillion County

Until further notice, all hearings in the following categories of cases are continued and held in abeyance by the judges presiding over them, without the necessity of either party filing a motion to continue, and the parties are directed not to appear:

  • Civil (L), including Jury Trials
  • Law Magistrate (LM)
  • Small Claims (SC)
  • Miscellaneous Remedy {MR), including Expungements
  • Probate (P)
  • Chancery (CH)
  • Adoption (AD)
  • Domestic Relations and Family (F, D)
  • Child Support (F)
  • Tax (TX)
  • Traffic (TR, DT)
  • Misdemeanor (CM)
  • Conservation Violation (CV)
  • Ordinance Violation (OV)
  • Juvenile Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency (JA) (except as outlined below)
  • Juvenile Delinquency (JD) (except as outlined below)
    • Discovery in civil matters will continue as scheduled.
    • Pleadings in all civil cases, including motions and agreed orders, may continue to be
    • E-filed in the manners consistent with Supreme Court Rules. All hearings in cases listed above are continued to a date to be authorized by the judge presiding over the division and notice sent to the last known address of each party. In civil cases, the new date shall be coordinated by counsel and/or self-represented litigants through the Court Administrator or Circuit Clerk pursuant to local rule.
    • Each party litigant shall receive an amended notice by mail upon rescheduling.
    • Litigants are directed to ensure that their mailing address on file with the Circuit Clerk is updated and current.
  1. Only the following hearings/court proceedings will be conducted from the Courthouse through April 17, 2020:
    • All bail and bond review hearings and arraignments for those who are arrested and/or in custody;
    • Hearings related to violations of supervision and probation for in-custody defendants;
    • Criminal matters with the defendant in-custody at the discretion of the judge;
    • Hearings to determine a defendant's fitness to stand trial;
    • Forfeiture proceedings;
    • Grand jury proceedings;
    • Motions regarding Statutory Summary Suspension;
    • Emergency and plenary petitions for protective orders;
    • Detention hearings for juveniles who are in custody and Juvenile Delinquency adjudicatory hearings for in-custody minors;
    • Shelter Care and other essential hearings for minors in abuse, neglect, and dependency cases; and
    • Mental health hearings for involuntary commitment or treatment.
  2. Subject to the presiding judge’s discretion, any hearing or trial not covered in the order is continued and notice will be mailed to the parties;
  3. All hearings and bench trials through April 17, 2020 are continued;
  4. Pleadings and other documents are to be filed electronically.

6th Circuit, Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt Counties

The provisions within the Administrative Order 2020-01 extending deadlines from April 10, 2020 is extended through April 30, 2020. All jury trials are continued until no earlier than May 18, 2020. The provisions within the Administrative Order 2020-02 are extended through May 18, 2020.

7th Circuit, Greene County

All civil jury trials are postponed.

10th Circuit, Counties of Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell

  1. All civil maters except TROs are postponed until April 17, 2020.
  2. Despite the postponement of cases mentioned above, the litigants/attorneys may be able to conduct routine, regular hearings in any of the above cases by phone conference, if available and allowed by the presiding judge of the particular matter.

11th Judicial Circuit, McLean, Ford, Livingston, Logan, and Woodford Counties

  1. All May 2020 civil, juvenile and criminal jury calendars are cancelled and continued.

12th Circuit, Will County

  1. All circuit and associate judges are authorized to continue criminal and juvenile cases;
  2. The protocols and procedures set forth in prior Administrative Orders are continued through May 15, 2020 at 4:20 pm;
  3. Status hearings scheduled for cases on the mortgage foreclosure call, arbitration call, civil jury law division call, civil non-jury call, small claims call, probate call and special set cases are continued;
  4. Cases scheduled for pretrial/settlement conferences with Judge Powers will continue as scheduled but will be conducted via remote means.

13th Circuit, Lasalle, Bureau and Gruny Counties

All civil and criminal jury trials that are scheduled during 60 days from March 20, 2020 are continued until further notice.

15th Circuit

Trials are continued until further notice.

15th Judicial Circuit, Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle and Stephenson Counties

Court proceedings will continue to be restricted to emergency essential through April 30, 2020.

16th Circuit, Kane County

  1. All felony trials set for August 3, 2020 and every day thereafter remain set for trial and are unaffected by this Order;
  2. All felony cases set for trial through July 31, 2020 are continued;
  3. All cases currently set for trial in traffic and misdemeanor division through July 31, 2020 are continued;
  4. All trials set on August 3, 2020 and thereafter remain set. All trials set through July 31, 2020 are continued.

17th Circuit, Counties of Boone and Winnebago

All civil and family court hearings prior to April 20, 2020, are cancelled. The court retains the ability to entertain emergency matters.

18th Circuit, DuPage County

Effective Monday, March 30, 2020 entry into the Courthouse is limited to only those conducting essential governmental functions or court business. Individuals who have been the New York City, China, Italy, Japan or Iran, or other countries identified by the U.S. Dept. of State as warning level 3 within the last 21 days will have their appearances waived and new court dates issued.

19th Circuit, Lake County

  1. All civil jury trials and associated final pre-trials prior to October 5, 2020 are cancelled;
  2. All court hearings scheduled to occur prior to June 1, 2020 are cancelled;
  3. All bench trials and associated pre-trials scheduled to occur prior to June 1, 2020 are stricken.

23rd Circuit

Court proceedings are limited to essential court functions.

Champaign County

  1. The Court is closed for regular business through April 30, 2020;
  2. The Court will not require motions to continue for any case set through April 30, 2020.

Cook County

As of July 6, 2020, the Circuit Court began hearing all matters via video conferencing. 

As of May 28, 2020:

  1. All matters are rescheduled and continued for a period of 30 days from the currently scheduled court date, or date noticed, but not more that 30 days after July 6, 2020;
  2. Judges will be available in each division in-person and remotely to hear emergency matters;
  3. Preliminary hearings and arraignments will proceed as scheduled;
  4. In the Law Division, all matters scheduled to be heard between the May 28, 2020 Order and July 3, 2020 will be rescheduled and continued for 56 days and all matters to be heard after July 3, 2020 will be rescheduled and continued for 35 day;
  5. No new grand juries will be empaneled before June 8, 2020;
  6. Grand juries whose terms expire on or before May 29, 2020 are extended to June 5, 2020.

Pursuant to a May 1, 2020 Order:

  1. All matters in the Districts and Divisions of the Court are rescheduled to a period of 30 days from the currently scheduled court date, no more than 30 days after May 31, 2020;
  2. Except as necessary, all judges and employees of the court, except those who are essential for essential court operations must work remotely;
  3. Enforcement of eviction orders will resume on June 1, 2020;
  4. All mandatory arbitration hearings will be rescheduled and continued for a period of 60 days, but no later than June 15, 2020;
  5. No new grand jury will be empaneled before June 1, 2020 and those whose terms expire on or before May 18, 2020 will be extended until May 29, 2020

The Court is providing updates regarding court operations and confirmations of employees testing positive for the virus on its website, available here.

  • As of March 16, 2020, all civil matters are rescheduled and continued for a period of 30 days from the originally scheduled court date. 
  • The asbestos docket was advanced and consolidated before Judge McWilliams on March 16, 2020, at which time the Court entered a supplemental Case Management Order In Re: Asbestos Litigation providing the following:

a.    All depositions of at-risk parties or witnesses are to be conducted telephonically or via video conferencing;
b.    All motions/orders seeking appointment of Special Administrators may be filed and served electronically for the next 60 days;
c.    All pretrial deadlines pertaining to the production of records and any other discovery are extended 60 days;
d.    Parties are encouraged to electronically file and reach out to the Judge’s clerk electronically with needs and suggestions.

  • By a separate March 19, 2020 Order entered by Judge McWilliams:

a.    The April 7, 2020 trial call is continued to May 5, 2020;
b.    Preference on May 5, 2020 will be given to those matters continued from April 7, 2020;
c.    Cases set for trial on May 5, 2020 are not yet continued;
d.    All matters set for trial on the April 14, 2020 trial call are continued to the May 12, 2020 trial call;
e.    Preference on May 12, 2020 will be given to those cases continued from April 14, 2020;
f.    All pretrial deadlines are amended to conform with the new trial dates.

  • The Court will consider remotely any agreed trial continuances for cases set for trial in June through August 2020;
  • Any matters filed before 2018 will be assigned to an asbestos trial call in 2020.

Cumberland County

As of April 2, 2020 following cases and proceedings are postponed:

  1. Civil jury trials;
  2. Misdemeanor cases;
  3. Small claims;
  4. Child support;
  5. Juvenile cases;
  6. Felony cases;
  7. Ordinance cases;
  8. Traffic cases;
  9. Probate;
  10. Family court;
  11. Law magistrate;
  12. Chancery;
  13. Ordinance violations.

Jersey County

As of April 2, 2020, the following court proceedings are postponed:

  1. Small Claims
  2. Family Court
  3. Child Support
  4. Law cases
  5. Juvenile cases
  6. Marriages

Madison County

  1. All civil jury trials set to begin prior to September 1, 2020 are continued.

Madison County Asbestos Docket

Effective April 20, 2020:

  1. All jury trials have been continued an additional 30 days through and including May 22, 2020;
  2. Said jury trials will be rescheduled for a date to be set later in the summer or Fall 2020;
  3. Parties should continue to participate in settlement conferences remotely.

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  1. All jury trials are continued for 30 days pursuant to a March 23, 2020 Order. Jury trials affected by the order will be rescheduled for either Summer or Fall 2020. Parties are to participate in settlement conferences remotely and otherwise work to resolve matters.
  2. All depositions of high risk parties or witnesses must be conducted telephonically, without any attorneys or stenographers in the presence of the individual being deposed. All exhibits should to be used must be exchanged 24 hours prior to the deposition and provided to the court reporter;
  3. Cases set for trial remain set as scheduled, however the docket will be conducted remotely and any case advancing for jury trial will do so only after phone conference with the Court.
  4. Regarding the Wednesday Pre-Trial Docket, notices will be issued electronically to the court bailiff and asbestos bar by 10:00am;
  5. Mandatory settlement conferences are encouraged to be held by the parties and the court will be available telephonically if necessary;
  6. Plaintiff’s firms will electronically file target and status case lists for Pre-Trial Docket/Mandatory Settlement Conferences set for Wednesday before trial; parties are encouraged to work toward resolution and the Court will be available by phone during settlement conference periods;
  7. Plaintiff’s firms will electronically file target case lists for the Friday Pre-Trial Docket before trial;
  8. All agreed to motions should be filed electronically with a proposed order;
  9. All motions scheduled may continue pursuant to agreement by the parties;
  10. Supplemental CMO signed by Judge Stobbs Order attached.
  11. An Order by Judge Stobbs provided that asbestos cases will remain set for trial and dockets will be conducted remotely. As such, the parties must be available by phone to continue negotiating with Plaintiff’s counsel, and Plaintiff will advise the court every few hours as to how those negotiations are progressing. Depositions of sick individuals are to be conducted telephonically. No other parties are permitted in the room with the sick individual. Depositions of healthy individuals may be conducted in person. Exhibits are to be exchanged 24 hours before the deposition commences. Parties are encouraged to continue motion hearings, however if no agreement can be reached, telephonic arguments will be permitted.
  12. As of March 23, 2020, all jury trials have been continued for 30 days. The jury trials affected will be rescheduled either in summer or fall of 2020. Parties are encouraged to participate in settlement conferences remotely and work to resolve cases. 

As of April 20, 2020:

  1. Jury trials have been continued through May 22, 2020;
  2. Parties shall continue to participate in settlement conferences remotely.

St. Clair County

The courthouse is open, however all civil matters are continued to a date no earlier than April 10, 2020.

Vermilion County

As of April 1, 2020 through April 20, 2020, the courthouse will operated at a reduced capacity and perform only essential functions. 

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Indiana

Updated September 23, 2020

Northern District of Indiana

  1. The authorization for the use of remote technology in criminal proceedings was extended through December 18, 2020. 

Southern District of Indiana

  1. Court may be conducted remotely at the presiding judge's discretion;
  2. Limited in-person criminal proceedings were authorized to begin as of June 15, 2020.

State Courts

  1. The transition plans for each circuit and superior court is available here, https://www.in.gov/judiciary/5595.htm.

Supreme Court

  1. The Court has tolled all deadlines for appellate filings through May 17, 2020;
  2. Various matters in the Circuit, Superior and Municipal courts have also been tolled.

Clark Circuit Courts

  1. The Court authorized through April 10, 2020, of all laws, rules, and procedures setting time limits for speedy trials in all other civil and criminal matters before the Clark Circuit Courts.
  2. All civil proceedings are suspended until April 10, 2020. 

Delaware Circuit & Superior and Muncie City Court

  1. All parties are to appear remotely in all civil matters. 

Indianapolis, Terre Haute and New Albany Divisions

  1. The Courts are closed to the public as of March 18, 2020.

Harrison Circuit & Superior Courts

  1. All civil matters are tolled through May 4, 2020;
  2. All civil jury trials are suspended through May 4, 2020;
  3. All attorneys may appear remotely for any status conference through April 17, 2020.

Lake Circuit & Superior Courts

  1. All jury trials are suspended through April 17, 2020;
  2. Any attorney wishing to appear remotely for any status conference or non-evidentiary hearing in any of the courts of Lake County may do so through April 17, 2020.

Lawrence Circuit & Superior Courts

  1. The Court authorizes the tolling, from the date of this order through April 30, 2020, of all laws, rules, and procedures in all civil matters. 

Marion Circuit & Superior Courts

  1. The Court authorized tolling of all civil matters until April 6, 2020.
  2. Beginning March 16, 2020 and through April 15, 2020, the Court authorizes continuance of all civil jury trials and all out-of-custody criminal jury trials; and of in custody jury trials if the rights of the defendant will not be violated.

Switzerland Circuit

  1. All civil proceedings are suspended until April 10, 2020.

Wayne Circuit & Superior Courts

  1. The Court authorized tolling of all civil matters through May 4, 2020;
  2. The Court authorized the continuation of all bench and jury trials until no later than May 4, 2020.

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Iowa

Updated September 23, 2020

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. Effective July 6, 2020, the requirement of paper briefs is reinstated. The filing of paper copies is no longer deferred.

Northern District of Iowa

  1. Courts were authorized to recommence jury trials as of June 1, 2020.

Southern District of Iowa

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials will not commence until October 12, 2020.

Supreme Court

  1. No one who has an elevated risk can attend any state court proceeding in person without court authorization. The court will consider requests to change in-person proceedings to remote proceedings.

State Courts

  1. Civil jury proceedings will commence on August 3, 2020.

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Kansas

Updated September 23, 2020

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. As of June 15, the courthouse reopened to members of the public who have pending business with the court. The court will reopen to the general public on July 1, 2020.

District of Kansas

  1. The presiding judge on matters has discretion to conduct courtroom hearings in civil and criminal matters, pursuant to a September 1, 2020 order.

State Courts

  1. The Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court issued a September 15, 2020 Order extending previously-extended deadlines, including suspension of statutes of limitations, statutory time standards, deadlines and time limitations, to October 15, 2020.

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Kentucky

Updated September 23, 2020

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. The court will hold all oral arguments for the June 2020 court session remotely, either by video or telephone.

Eastern District of Kentucky

  1. The Court will continue to use video and telephone conferencing for all events through September 30, 2020.

Western District of Kentucky

  1. All civil and criminal trials scheduled to commence through July 10, 2020 are postponed along with trial-specific deadlines;
  2. In-person hearings in criminal cases scheduled through June 12, 2020 are generally postponed;
  3. In-person proceedings in civil and criminal matters may begin June 15, 2020;
  4. Trials in progress will be completed at the discretion of the judge;
  5. Grand jury proceedings are postponed through June 16, 2020.

State Courts

  1. Civil jury trials may resume on October 1, 2020;
  2. Grand jury proceedings may be conducted remotely;
  3. Criminal jury trials resumed on August 1, 2020.

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Louisiana

Updated September 23, 2020

Eastern District of Louisiana

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials are suspended until October 5, 2020 and will be reset by the presiding judge.

Middle District of Louisiana

  1. All civil and criminal bench trials are permitted to resume at the discretion of the presiding judge.

Western District of Louisiana

  1. Civil and criminal jury trials may resume on January 4, 2021. Bench trials, hearings, conferences and proceedings are subject to the discretion of the presiding judge.

State Courts

  1. Courts are permitted to conduct matters in person, but must continue to implement and enforce social distancing and limit in-person capacity to 50%;
  2. Matters should be conducted remotely if possible.

1st Circuit Judicial Districts

All legal deadlines are suspended until at least April 13, 2020.

2nd Circuit Court of Appeal

All oral arguments are continued.

4th Circuit Court of Appeals

All oral arguments scheduled through April 30, 2020 has been continued due to the inaccessibility of the Court. 

5th Circuit Court of Appeals

The building is closed and shall reopen on April 6, 2020, unless conditions warrant an earlier or later reopening date.

4th Judicial District

All jury trials are reset by Order.

9th Judicial District

All civil matters are continued to a date to be reset by Order.

10th Judicial District

All jury trials, both civil and criminal, scheduled to commence in the 10th Judicial District Court of Louisiana in Natchitoches Parish between the date of this Order and April 30, 2020, are hereby continued to a date to be reset by local order.

15th Judicial District

All trials and hearings between March 16 through 27 are continued and will be rescheduled by Order.

16th Judicial District

All jury trials are reset by Order.

19th Judicial District

All jury trials are cancelled until April 17, 2020.

21st Judicial District

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials are continued until April 9, 2020;
  2. All civil court proceedings, unless otherwise herein noted, are cancelled until March 27, 2020.

24th Judicial District

  1. All jury trials are suspended until May 15, 2020;
  2. The Court is closed until April 13, 2020.

Legal Deadlines Statewide

Legal deadlines are suspended until April 13, 2020, including deadlines set forth within the following:

  1. Louisiana Civil Code;
  2. Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure;
  3. Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure;
  4. Louisiana Children’s Code;
  5. Title 9 of Louisiana Revised Statutes, Courts and Judicial Procedure;
  6. Title 14 of Louisiana Revised Statutes of Criminal Law;
  7. Title 15 of Louisiana Revised Statutes of the Election Code;
  8. Title 23 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of Labor and Workers’ Compensations;
  9. Title 32 of Louisiana Revised statutes of Motor Vehicles and Traffic Regulations;
  10. Title 40 of Louisiana Revised Statutes of Public Health and Safety;
  11. Title 47 of Louisiana Revenue and Taxation statutes;
  12. Title 49 of Louisiana Revised Statutes of State Administration;
  13. Title 56 of Louisiana Revised Statutes of Wildlife and Fisheries. 

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Maine

Updated September 23, 2020

First Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. Oral arguments slated for the month of April are canceled.
  2. The deadline for non-emergency filings due to be filed between March 26 and April 24, 2020 that is not presently calendared for oral argument, has not been argued before a panel, or is otherwise not expedited, is automatically extended for 30 additional days, if the deadline is one within the court's power to extend;
  3. The court will re-evaluate in mid-April whether to continue the extension of filing deadlines;
  4. If a party believes that a deadline extended should not be extended due to a matter particular to their individual case, that party may file a motion requesting that the deadline not be extended;
  5. As of April 20, 2020, the Court temporarily suspended the requirement in Local Rule 25.0(b)(1)(c) that appendices to briefs must be filed only in paper form.

District of Maine

  1. All criminal and civil jury empanelment and trials through December 2020 are continued.

Superior & District Courts

Effective March 30, 2020:

  1. Most courthouses remain open to the public;
  2. The following matters will not be heard b the Court, unless otherwise indicated, through May 15, 2020:
    • FED (Eviction, landlord/tenant);
    • Disclosures;
    • Foreclosures;
    • Small Claims;
    • Medical Malpractice proceedings including Panel Hearings;
    • Family matters;
    • Adoptions;
    • Juvenile matters (unless the juvenile is being detained);
    • Criminal matters (except as related to the incarceration of a defendant);
    • All other nonjury civil matters including civil violations;
    • All actions to recover personal property;
    • All Violations Bureau hearings (traffic tickets);
  3. Courts will only schedule and hear the following types of matters through May 15, 2020:
    • Arraignments and first appearances of defendants held in custody;
    • Motions for review of bail of defendants held in custody;
    • Juvenile detention hearings;
    • Protection from Abuse requests and hearings;
    • Protection from Harassment requests and hearings;
    • Child Protection petitions and hearings;
      • Hearings are limited to Summary Preliminary Hearings and Jeopardy Hearings;
    • Mental health requests and hearings;
    • Emergency guardianships;
  4. All criminal and civil jury matters and grand jury proceedings are postponed until after May 29, 2020.  If a trial was scheduled between March 16 and May 19, 2020, it will be rescheduled;
  5. All oral arguments scheduled before the Supreme Judicial Court are concealed until further notice;
  6. Appeals scheduled to be argued in April 2020 will be decided on submission;
  7. No oral arguments will be held in May 2020.

State Courts

  1. Pursuant to the State Judicial Branch’s Phased Management Plan, jury trials will resume at the start of Phase 5, now scheduled for November 9, 2020;
  2. The Judicial Branch’s Phased Management Plan is available here: https://www.courts.maine.gov/covid19/covid-management-plan-v4.pdf.

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Maryland

Updated September 23, 2020

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. All persons entering the Courthouse must wear a face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

District of Maryland

  1. The Court will proceed into Phase Three of the Federal Judiciary COVID-19 Recovery Guidelines as of September 28, 2020;
  2. The Guidelines are available here: https://www.mdd.uscourts.gov/sites/mdd/files/COVID-19-Order25-Phase3-Attachment.pdf.

District of Maryland, Southern Division in Greenbelt

All in-court proceedings are suspended until further notice and all emergency matters will be heard in the U.S. Courthouse in Baltimore.

Court of Appeals

  1. Courts will remain restricted to emergency operations and closed to the public with limited exceptions through June 5, 2020;
  2. Courts further are authorized to conduct remote proceedings.

State Courts

  1. State Courts are in Phase 4 of their reopening plan;
  2. Circuit courts and the District Court of Maryland resumed non-jury trials in civil, family and juvenile cases;
  3. Criminal proceedings are also being conducted.

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Massachusetts

Updated September 23, 2020

First Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. Oral arguments slated for the month of April are canceled.
  2. The deadline for non-emergency filings due to be filed between March 26 and April 24, 2020 that is not presently calendared for oral argument, has not been argued before a panel, or is otherwise not expedited, is automatically extended for 30 additional days, if the deadline is one within the court's power to extend;
  3. The court will re-evaluate in mid-April whether to continue the extension of filing deadlines;
  4. If a party believes that a deadline extended should not be extended due to a matter particular to their individual case, that party may file a motion requesting that the deadline not be extended;
  5. As of April 20, 2020, the Court temporarily suspended the requirement in Local Rule 25.0(b)(1)(c) that appendices to briefs must be filed only in paper form.

Massachusetts District Court

  1. All jury trials set to begin on or prior to September 8, 2020 are postponed;
  2. All trial-specific deadlines in criminal matters set to begin on or prior to September 8, 2020 are postponed;
  3. Grand jury proceedings are postponed until August 31, 2020
  4. The Courthouses in Boston, Worcester and Springfield remain open.

Statewide Order

As of April 27, 2020:

  1. All Courts will be open to conduct court business but remain close to the general public until at least June 1, 2020;
  2. Non-emergency matters will be attempted to be addressed virtually by trial courts;
  3. All jury trials in criminal and civil cases scheduled between March 13 and July 1, 2020 are continued;
  4. All bench trials in criminal and civil matters schedule between March 13 and June 1, 2020 are continued;
  5. No new grand juries will be empaneled prior to July 6, 2020;
  6. All statutes of limitations are tolled from March 17 through May 31, 2020;
  7. All deadlines set forth in statutes, court rules, orders or guidelines that expire or will expire between March 16 and June 1, 2020 are tolled until June 1, 2020;
  8. All deadlines established by a court before March 16 that expire between March 16 and June 1 are tolled until June 1, 2020.

Appeals Court

  1. The John Adams Courthouse is closed to the public until at least June 1, 2020.

State Courts

  1. State courts are open, however most matters are being conducted virtually.

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Michigan

Updated September 23, 2020

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. The court will hold all oral arguments for the June 2020 court session remotely, either by video or telephone.

Eastern District of Michigan

Jury trials in criminal matters will not resume until certain safety measures can be implemented. Grand jury trials will only proceed when necessary, as approved by the Chief Judge. Jury trials in civil matters will not commence before November 2020.  

Western District of Michigan

Beginning May 18, 2020, all Court facilities in the District are open during regular business hours.

Supreme Court

In the Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, the deadlines for all filings are suspended as of March 24, 2020 and will be tolled until the expiration of the Executive Order or a subsequent Executive Order that extends the period in which citizens are required to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. This Administrative Order provides the same number of days to submit filings after the Executive Order expires as before the suspension went into effect.

Third Judicial Circuit, Criminal Division

Courtroom access and access to public spaces within the courthouse are limited to no more than ten persons, including staff.

State Courts

  1. Courts are to continue to processes cases listed as essential functions in addition to other matters as courts return to their full capacity.  Courts that have progressed to Phase 3 may hold jury trials with standards in place approved by the State Court Administrative Office.  Courts are encouraged to use remote technology to conduct proceedings.

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Minnesota

Updated July 21, 2020

District of Minnesota

  1. The Court resumed limited criminal proceedings as of July 13, 2020. Civil jury trials were permitted to resume after July 6, 2020, so long as appropriate safeguards are utilized. 

Appellate Courts

Appellate courts may grant extensions to initiate appeals or request for review up to 30 days. The Courts may determine if oral arguments are necessary. District courts in which trials have commenced as of March 13, 2020 will continue unless suspension is required. 

State Courts

  1. A memorandum concerning remote jury trials referencing documents concerning the suggestions for each court in consideration as to how to hold a jury trial during the pandemic was issued on July 20, 2020, which is available here - https://courts.michigan.gov/Administration/SCAO/Resources/Documents/COVID-19/RemoteJuryTrials.pdf.

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Missouri

Updated July 15, 2020

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. Effective July 6, 2020, the requirement of paper briefs is reinstated. The filing of paper copies is no longer deferred.

Eastern District of Missouri

  1. As of July 6, 2020, a limited number of in-person jury trials may proceed with safety protocols in place;
  2. There are no in-person civil appearances unless indicated otherwise by the Court;
  3. Civil matters may proceed remotely;
  4. Remote conferencing may proceed in criminal proceedings unless the defendant does not consent.

Western District of Missouri

As of April 20, 2020:

  1. All in-person proceedings scheduled through May 17, 2020 are continued and all jury trial scheduled through July 6, 2020 are continued;
  2. All grand jury proceedings through July 6, 2020 are extended to July 10, 2020;
  3. Al non-emergency criminal and civil hearings scheduled through May 17, 2020 are continued;
  4. All bankruptcy hearings and trials scheduled through May 17, 2020 will be conducted via telephone or continued based on the circumstances.

State Courts

  1. Starting May 16, 2020, limited in-person court activity may resume in courts that meet certain criteria.

St. Louis Circuit City Court

  1. The Court will continue to utilize all available technologies for all proceedings and limit in-person proceedings.

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Mississippi

Updated September 23, 2020

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. The Court canceled in-person oral arguments scheduled for June 1-4, 2020;
  2. The Court has suspended the requirement to file paper copies of electronically filed pleadings and documents;
  3. All current deadlines for attorney filers remain in effect, except for those regarding production of paper copies.

Northern District of Mississippi

  1. All proceedings should be conducted remotely when possible;
  2. Hearing dates set to address misdemeanor citations for petty offenses in April and May will be continued until June and July.

Southern District of Mississippi

  1. All civil jury trials and all criminal trials not designated for trial are continued as are any related deadlines.

Supreme Court

The requirement in Rule 1.8 of the Mississippi Rules of Criminal Procedure that defense counsel be present at the location with the defendant during proceedings is suspended. This does not suspend the requirement for defense counsel to participate in the proceeding. Authority is granted to develop procedures based on available technology to ensure that people have access to the courts. 

State Courts

  1. Certain jury trials are commencing in arenas and auditoriums.

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Montana

Updated September 23, 2020

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. Oral arguments scheduled through March, April and May 2020 are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis;
  2. The Court will extend non-judicial filings as needed;
  3. If a part needs an extension of time to file a brief due to circumstances related to the pandemic, a notice must be filed with the Court.  The notice will result in an extension by 60 days.

District of Montana

  1. Civil and criminal hearings may proceed remotely or in-person pursuant to the judge’s discretion and safety guidelines.

State Courts

  1. Pursuant to a May 22, 2020 Order of the State Supreme Court, although the state is moving to Phase 2, courts are asked to continue using remote-hearings or telephonic hearings;
  2. Local Rules on Coronavirus for District Courts are available here.

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Nebraska

Updated July 15, 2020

District of Nebraska

  1. Criminal proceedings will continue to be conducted remotely through September 24, 2020.

State Courts

  1. Any party must notify opposing counsel and the court if they suspect that a participant in any proceeding has an elevated risk of transmitting COVID-19. No court will close unless or until the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has issued an order declaring a “nonjudicial day.”

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Nevada

Updated July 15, 2020

District of Nevada

  1. Effective May 18, 2020, filings sent by mail will be deemed filed on the date received;
  2. Effective May 18, 2020, filings sent by mail will be deemed filed on the date received by the Clerk’s Office;
  3. Pursuant to an April 29, 2020 Order, the Court plans to incrementally resume in-person court appearances as appropriate based on recommended health guidelines.

State Courts

  1. In-person oral arguments in the Supreme Court and appellate courts are postponed until further notice.

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New Hampshire

Updated September 23, 2020

First Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. Oral arguments slated for the month of April are canceled.
  2. The deadline for non-emergency filings due to be filed between March 26 and April 24, 2020 that is not presently calendared for oral argument, has not been argued before a panel, or is otherwise not expedited, is automatically extended for 30 additional days, if the deadline is one within the court's power to extend;
  3. The court will re-evaluate in mid-April whether to continue the extension of filing deadlines;
  4. If a party believes that a deadline extended should not be extended due to a matter particular to their individual case, that party may file a motion requesting that the deadline not be extended;
  5. As of April 20, 2020, the Court temporarily suspended the requirement in Local Rule 25.0(b)(1)(c) that appendices to briefs must be filed only in paper form.

District of New Hampshire

  1. The presiding judge has discretion to schedule a criminal hearing to occur by teleconference/videoconference;
  2. All in-court hearings are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays in criminal matters;
  3. The presiding judge has the discretion to schedule a civil hearing remotely or in court;
  4. All civil jury trials set to commence prior to October 1, 2020 are continued;
  5. No criminal jury trials will proceed simultaneously. The court will create a prioritized list of cases to proceed to trial.

State Courts

  1. Circuit courts will open on a restricted basis through September 28, 2020;
  2. In-person proceedings may commence on September 28, 2020. 

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New Jersey

Updated September 23, 2020

New Jersey Gov. Murphy issued an executive order Saturday that directs almost all residents of the state to stay at home. The Order further directed “all businesses…to accommodate their workforce wherever practicable for telework or work-from-home arrangements.” The Order further provided that, “[t]o the extent a business…has employees that cannot perform their functions via telework or work-from-home arrangements, the business…should make best efforts to reduce staff on site to the minimal number necessary to ensure that essential operations can continue.”

Third Circuit Court of Appeals

The Clerk’s office is conducting remote operations and will continue to process all electronic filings.

District of New Jersey

  1. All civil and criminal jury selections are postponed until January 4, 2021. 

State Courts

Pursuant to a July 24, 2020 New Jersey Supreme Court Order:

  1. New jury selections and jury trials starting on or after September 21, 2020, with selections to be conducted in a primarily virtual format and trials to be conducted in person with social distancing;
  2. Jurors will be summoned for new grand jury selections starting on or after September 21, 2020;
  3. Depositions may continue to be conducted remotely using video technology.  Depositions also may be conducted in person with social distancing and safety precautions.

Middlesex County

  1. On September 22, 2020, Middlesex County Court issued a notice concerning “Phase 2.5” of the Supreme Court’s Post-Pandemic Operation Plan. Effective immediately based upon “Phase 2.5,” the limit of the total number of judges and staff who may be in the courthouse during one time is 25%.  Judges may determine to schedule in-person proceedings on a case-by-case basis. New criminal and civil jury selections and trials may also be conducted in person. 

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New Mexico

Updated July 15, 2020

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. As of June 15, the courthouse reopened to members of the public who have pending business with the court. The court will reopen to the general public on July 1, 2020.

District of New Mexico

  1. All criminal jury trials scheduled to commence through July 31, 2020 are continued.

Supreme Court

  1. The New Mexico Supreme Court has suspended all criminal jury trials that have not started and imposed additional precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19.

State Courts

  1. Face coverings are required in all courthouses.

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New York

Updated September 23, 2020

Second Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. All filing dates and other deadlines between March 16 and May 17 are extended by 21 days.
  2. Those who do not have business with the court will not be admitted until further notice. Arguments may be conducted remotely.
  3. Anyone scheduled to argue who has symptoms, possible exposure or a verifiable health condition should contact the clerk of court.

Eastern District of New York

  1. Pursuant to a June 15, 2020 Order, all civil and criminal petit jury trials and selections, and all new grand jury selections, scheduled prior to September 14, 2020 are continued.

Northern District of New York

  1. All civil and criminal jury selections and trials to begin through October 12, 2020 may be postponed, unless otherwise directed by the presiding judge.

Western District of New York

  1. All courthouse visitors must wear face coverings;
  2. Certain criminal matters will commence remotely if consented by the dependent;
  3. Grand jury returns may take place via video teleconference.

Southern District of New York

  1. Judicial proceedings in some emergency matters will continue to be held remotely in the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse.  Grand jury matters are heard in the Marshall Courthouse;
  2. Judicial proceedings will continue to be held remotely in the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse;
  3. All jury calls, with the exception of current grand jury panels, have been suspended.  No criminal or civil jury trial can be held until further notice.

Appellate Courts

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Apartment is transitioning to virtual court until further notice. The May Special Term will commence on May 4, 2020 and end May 29, 2020. The June Special Term will commence on June 1, 2020 and end on June 26, 2020. The requirement that hard copy records, appendices and briefs are to be filed is suspending. All filing must be e-filed. 

Courts in the 3rd-8th JDALs Upstate New York - Judge Aulisi, Judge Gall, Judge Chimes, and Judge Ark

  1. Appearances for general conferences may proceed as scheduled without the mandatory in-person attendance of all parties. Telephonic conferencing is permitted for defendant-specific discovery issues and settlement conferences, 
  2. Discovery deadlines remain in effect, “though the parties are directed to be flexible and cooperate with adjustments as needed.” 
  3. There is an indefinite stay of all trials in New York.
  4. All scheduling order deadlines in asbestos matters will be followed as if the trials remained scheduled on that date. The Court will reschedule trials in the Order in which they are assigned.
  5. All asbestos court cases before Judge Ark including pretrial conferences are adjourned until May 4, 2020. Further, “[a]ny cases scheduled for report back in March or April 2020 before Judge Ark are adjourned.”
  6. The Greene County Courthouse reopened April 20, 2020 for essential matters.

3rd, 4th and 6th Judicial Districts

  1. Judge Aulisi may conduct monthly status conferences by webinar in order to avoid a large back-log of cases;
  2. Regarding pre-trial and settlement conferences, Judge Aulisi will be conducting them via phone. He will contact defense counsel directly to discuss settlement in matters in which he believes progress may be had in the absence of a trial date;
  3. Motions in limine may be filed (1) in accordance with the deadline in the scheduling order, or (2) prior to the trial date once it is is re-set;
  4. Motions are on submission;
  5. Motions for summary judgment should be filed in accordance with the deadline set forth in the scheduling order unless good cause is shown;
  6. Parties are encouraged to work cooperatively to conduct depositions when possible. Plaintiffs’ counsel are to use best efforts to provide defense counsel with a list of defendants that will be identified at the deposition. Parties should participate telephonically, by webinar, or by other remote means. The Court will hear any issues that cannot be resolved by parties.

New York City Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL)

  1. Only essential filings may be filed, excluding summons and complaints;
  2. The statute of limitations on all actions has been stayed;
  3. Every law firm representing a party in NYCAL is understood to agree not accept service of papers by mail or hand delivery due to COVID-19.  Law firms have consented to email service of any interlocutory papers that are to be served upon each firm as counsel of record under CPLR 2103;
  4. Pursuant to an April 7, 2020 memorandum, beginning April 13, 3030, preliminary steps will be taken to open remote access to courts for non-essential pending matters.  Details concerning the initials steps will be provided by the Administrative Judge assigned to the cases;
  5. As of April 6, 2020, virtual court operations, allowing essential and emergency court proceedings to be conducted remotely, as in effect statewide;
  6. Regarding asbestos litigation in the 3rd, 4th, and 6th Judicial Districts, a plaintiff can apply directly to the administrative judge for the appropriate judicial district for “essential” status;
  7. Plaintiffs may use the “Essential Form” for living mesothelioma matters in order to designate each matter as “essential.”  Plaintiff should serve all defendants with Notice of filing at the time thereof.  Defendants have 48-business hours to advise plaintiff’s counsel of an objection of the "essential matter" designation;
  8. As of April 22, 2020, Trial Readiness Conferences are transitioning to Zoom video conferencing.  Parties who submit objections will receive an email with a zoom link.

Bankruptcy court

Debtors with Chapter 13 cases before Chief Judge Cecelia G. Morris and Judge Sean H. Lane are waived from in-person court appearances. Attorneys and unrepresented debtors who are showing signs of illness must adjourn their cases.

State Courts

  1. All courts within the state are in Phase Four. The majority of cases will continue to be heard virtually.  Jury summonses were sent in the Fourth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Judicial Districts and for Suffolk County.

Bronx County

  1. All Preliminary, Compliance, Status and Pre-Trial conferences scheduled on March 24, 2020, and thereafter will be adjourned to a future date. Attorneys of record will be notified of the adjourn date(s). However, attorneys should check E-Courts for adjourn dates;
  2. In lieu of appearances on Preliminary, Compliance and Status Conferences attorneys may submit an order on consent of ALL parties to [email protected]

Bronx Housing Court

All essential and emergency appearances will be held at the Bronx County Courthouse beginning March 24, 2020.

Kings County Civil Term

  1. New Trials and evidentiary hearings are suspended unless under exceptional circumstances the Court may direct otherwise. Pending Trials and Hearings shall continue to conclusion.
  2. Trial assignment parts are suspended. 
  3. Unless otherwise directed by the court in exceptional circumstances, personal appearances at PC, Compliance and other scheduled conferences are suspended.
  4. Oral arguments on motions are suspended until further notice.

Staten Island

Civil Court operations are relocated to the Supreme Court civil building at 26 Central Avenue until further notice.

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North Carolina

Updated July 30, 2020

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. All persons entering the Courthouse must wear a face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Eastern District of North Carolina

  1. Certain proceedings are continuing to be held remotely.

Middle District of North Carolina

  1. The Court remains open for official business and is continuing operations to the greatest extent possible;
  2. Civil jury trials and in-court hearings prior to October 5, 2020 are continued.

Western District of North Carolina

  1. All courthouses in the district will remain open for business, subject to limitations;
  2. Civil motion hearings may be conducted remotely;
  3. Jury trials in criminal cases an be resumed in the discretion of the presiding judge.

State Courts

  1. No jury trials will be held prior to October 1, 2020;
  2. Judicial officials throughout the state were authorized to conduct proceedings remotely.  The July 29, 2020 Emergency Directive outlining how to protect the integrity of the judicial process is available here - https://www.nccourts.gov/assets/news-uploads/29%20July%202020%20-%207A-39%28b%29%282%29%20Order%20Extending%20Emergency%20Directives%202-8%20%28Final%29.pdf?4sOIPGLg5GZmPM7n0sO_0xNMD57L9LKD.

Appellate Courts

There are no current extensions.

District and Superior Courts

  1. All pleadings, motions, notices and other papers that were to be filed on or after March 16, 2020 through April 17, 2020 in civil, criminal, estates, and special proceedings will be deemed to be timely if they are filed before the close of business on April 17, 2020;
  2. All other acts that were due on or after March 16, 2020 through April 17, 2020 in civil, criminal, estates, and special proceedings will be timely if done before the close of business on April 17, 2020;
  3. The extension of time order does not extend deadlines for administrative proceedings.

North Carolina Business Court

Pursuant to an April 14, 2020 Order:

  1. All pleadings, motions, briefs, notice and other documents and papers that were or are due between March 16 and June 1, 2020 will be timely if filed by June 1, 2020;
  2. All other acts, including discovery, mediation, motions, and other case activity, that were or are between March 16 and June 1, 2020 will be timely if done by June 1, 2020;
  3. Absent consent of the parties, case management deadlines between March 16 and June 1, 2020 shall be automatically extended to the close of business on June 1, 2020;
  4. There will be no in-person hearings before June 1, 2020.

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North Dakota

Updated July 15, 2020

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. Effective July 6, 2020, the requirement of paper briefs is reinstated. The filing of paper copies is no longer deferred.

District of North Dakota

  1. All criminal jury trials scheduled between March 16 through July 31, 2020 are continued.  All trial-specific deadlines in criminal cases are continued;
  2. The Chief Judge determined that emergency conditions will remain in effect until September 26, 2020.

State Courts

  1. Permanency hearings are being held remotely;
  2. Specific county court responses to COVID-19 can be found on the judiciary’s website.

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Ohio

Updated August 17, 2020

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. The court will hold all oral arguments for the June 2020 court session remotely, either by video or telephone.

Pursuant to an April 23, 2020 Order:

  1. In all matters involving pro se litigants, all filings and other deadlines are extended or tolled by 24 days from the original deadline, effective through May 17, 2020.

Northern District of Ohio

  1. Jury trials will not commence earlier than September 21, 2020 in civil and criminal matters;
  2. The use of remote technology in civil proceedings will continued and, if necessary, in-person court proceedings may be permitted.

Southern District of Ohio

  1. The Court issued a May 29, 2020 Order respective to its reopening to the public effective June 1, 2020.  The Court will not hold jury proceedings before June 22, 2020.  Grand jury proceedings will resume on June 1, 2020. The Court’s Order is available here - https://www.ohsd.uscourts.gov/sites/ohsd/files//General%20Order%2020-17.pdf.

Supreme Court

  1. The Supreme Court of Ohio issued a report and recommendations for the resumption of jury trials - https://www.clemetrobar.org/CMBA_Prod/cmbadocs/covid-19/Ohio%20Jury%20Trial%20Advisory%20Group%20-%20Report%20%20Recommendations.pdf.

State Courts

  1. The Ohio Supreme Court extended the period of emergency in all court proceedings to July 30, 2020, which applies to various rules of practice, including the Ohio rules of Criminal Procedure, Civil Procedure, Evidence Professional Conduct. The oath or affirmation required by a rule of the Court may be administered remotely.

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Oklahoma

Updated September 23, 2020

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. As of June 15, the courthouse reopened to members of the public who have pending business with the court. The court will reopen to the general public on July 1, 2020.

Eastern District of Oklahoma

  1. All jury trials are postponed through October 5, 2020;
  2. Proceedings for grand juries may commence with safety measures in place.

Northern District of Oklahoma

  1. Civil and criminal trials and hearings are postponed through September 30, 2020;
  2. Hearings are being conducted remotely and in-person. 

Western District of Oklahoma

  1. Civil jury trials on the July 2020 and August 2020 dockets are continued;
  2. Most civil hearings will be conducted telephonically;
  3. In-person proceedings are suspended for individuals detained at the Grady County Law Enforcement Center is extended to June 22, 2020.

State Courts

  1. Civil and criminal jury trials are to be rescheduled on the next available jury docket after July 31, 2020.

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Oregon

Updated July 17, 2020

District of Oregon

  1. Civil and criminal jury selections, trials and grand jury proceedings set to begin after July 15, 2020 may proceed;
  2. Other civil and criminal matters set for in-Court appearances after July 15, 2020 can proceed;
  3. The Court suspended the paper copy requirement under Local Civil Rule 5-8 and Local Criminal Rule 49-7, except for the paper copy of the Administrative Record in Social Security cases. 

State Courts

  1. In areas where the governor has authorized Phase 1 reopening, courts were permitted to conduct in-person bench trials and other proceedings as of June 1, 2020;
  2. In areas where the governor has authorized gatherings of 50 people or more in one location, courts are permitted to conduct jury trials as of July 1, 2020 if safety protocols are met.

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Pennsylvania

Updated July 30, 2020

Third Circuit Court of Appeals

The Clerk’s office is conducting remote operations and will continue to process all electronic filings.

Eastern District of Pennsylvania

  1. All civil and criminal jury selections and trials set to begin on or before August 31, 2020 are continued;
  2. Grand jury selections are continued through August 31, 2020;
  3. The period from May 31 through August 31, 2020 is excluded under the Speedy Trial Act.

Middle District of Pennsylvania

  1. The Court began phased reopening.  Some criminal proceedings may be held remotely. Face coverings are required in public areas of the courthouse.

Western District of Pennsylvania

  1. All civil and criminal jury selections and trials set to commence on or before September 8, 2020 are continued;
  2. All trial-specific or other deadlines in all civil and criminal cases remain in effect, unless otherwise ordered;
  3. Judicial officers presiding over any actions or proceedings may take further actions consistent with the Court’s May 29, 2020 Order.

Statewide Order

  1. Pursuant to a May 27, 2020 Order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Western District, the statewide judicial emergency will cease after June 1, 2020. Orders issued by intermediate courts and local emergency orders and directives will remain in full force and effect until they expire.

State Courts

  1. Jury trials are suspended until further notice.

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

  1. The Supreme Court ordered all trial and intermediate appellate courts to close their doors entirely through April 3, 2020, with exceptions for certain essential functions.
  2. The state Supreme Court’s argument session scheduled for April 20 through April 22 is canceled, and cases listed for that session will be decided on the briefs.
  3. The filing deadlines are extended as provided by the Supreme Court Order of March 17, 2020 through April 3, 2020.

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

  1. Deadlines set forth in the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure 903 and 1512 that are due between March 16 and April 17, 2020 for filing an appeal from an order issued by a court or government unit before March 16, 2020 are extended by 30 days;
  2. Deadlines set forth in the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure 903 and 1512 for filing an appeal from an order issued by a court or government unit between March 18 and April 17, 2020 are extended by 30 days;
  3. The deadline for filing briefs, petitions, motions and applications for matters pending in the Commonwealth Court are extended by 30 days.

Pennsylvania Judicial Center in Harrisburg

Public access is limited to employees. Lawyers, litigants, their representatives and witnesses are permitted access limited to specific business only.

First Judicial District

Pursuant to a May 15, 2020 Order:

  1. Civil and criminal jury trials are suspended through September 8, 2020;
  2. All in person criminal and civil trials, hearings and conferences scheduled through July 6, 2020 are administratively cancelled.

Philadelphia Court of Commons Pleas

  1. Civil non-jury trials scheduled after September 6, 2020 will be heard using remote technology;
  2. Al civil jury trials scheduled through January 4, 2021 are postponed;
  3. Attorneys are encouraged to review civil jury cases and consider the case be heard by a Judge sitting without a jury.

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Rhode Island

Updated July 21, 2020

First Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. Oral arguments slated for the month of April are canceled.
  2. The deadline for non-emergency filings due to be filed between March 26 and April 24, 2020 that is not presently calendared for oral argument, has not been argued before a panel, or is otherwise not expedited, is automatically extended for 30 additional days, if the deadline is one within the court's power to extend;
  3. The court will re-evaluate in mid-April whether to continue the extension of filing deadlines;
  4. If a party believes that a deadline extended should not be extended due to a matter particular to their individual case, that party may file a motion requesting that the deadline not be extended;
  5. As of April 20, 2020, the Court temporarily suspended the requirement in Local Rule 25.0(b)(1)(c) that appendices to briefs must be filed only in paper form.

District of Rhode Island

  1. All those entering the Courthouse an in public areas must wear a face covering;
  2. All civil and criminal petit jury selection and trials are continued;
  3. There will be no jury selections or trials through August 2020.

State Courts

  1. Non-emergency matters that cannot be handled remotely will be conducted in-person on a limited basis through September 7, 2020;
  2. Grand jury proceedings have been underway since May 18, 2020;
  3. All criminal and civil jury trials set to commence through July 31, 2020 are continued to a date no earlier than September 8, 2020;
  4. All criminal and civil bench trials were continued to no earlier than July 1, 2020.

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South Carolina

Updated July 30, 2020

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. All persons entering the Courthouse must wear a face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

District of South Carolina

  1. All civil and criminal jury selections, trials and roster meetings scheduled to commence through September 1, 2020 are continued;
  2. All grand jury proceedings scheduled through September 1, 2020 are continued;
  3. All non-jury civil matters shall not be continued unless rescheduled by the presiding judge;
  4. Existing deadlines in civil cases are not to be further extended.

State Courts

  1. Judges are permitted to hear pending non-jury matters;
  2. Jury trials are postponed until further notice;
  3. In-person hearings may only take place if they cannot be handled remotely.
  4. Grand jury proceedings per county were permitted to be held in-person with certain safety measures as of June 1, 2020.

Appellate Courts

  1. Appellate Courts are conducting oral arguments and any necessary hearings by Cisco WebEx.

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South Dakota

Updated July 17, 2020

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. Effective July 6, 2020, the requirement of paper briefs is reinstated. The filing of paper copies is no longer deferred.

District of South Dakota

  1. All non-jury matters will commence as scheduled unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge, however the Court encourages parties to appear remotely when possible.

State Courts

The Supreme Court has declared a judicial emergency. The provisions of SDCL section 23A-44-5.1, the “180-day rule,” was suspended statewide. The changes pertaining to each circuit court can be found on the judiciary’s website.

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Tennessee

Updated August 26, 2020

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. The court will hold all oral arguments for the June 2020 court session remotely, either by video or telephone.

Pursuant to an April 23, 2020 Order:

  1. In all matters involving pro se litigants, all filings and other deadlines are extended or tolled by 24 days from the original deadline, effective through May 17, 2020.

Eastern District of Tennessee

  1. To the extent practicable, civil and criminal matters are continuing to be held remotely. 

Middle District of Tennessee

  1. In criminal matters, jury trials and selections, as well as grand jury proceedings, are postponed through October 31, 2020;
  2. Civil jury trials will commence.

Western District of Tennessee

  1. Civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials scheduled to start through August 28, 2020 are postponed;
  2. Grand jury proceedings are suspended through August 28, 2020, with exceptions;
  3. In-person proceedings have resumed, although matters are being conduct remotely as much as possible.

State Courts

  1. Jury trials were permitted to begin after July 3,2020;
  2. All persons entering a courthouse must wear a face covering over the nose and mouth.

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Texas

Updated August 17, 2020

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. The Court will not conduct in-person proceedings for arguments scheduled June 29 - July 2, 2020. 

Eastern District of Texas

  1. The Order providing that pro se parties may file legal pleadings via U.S. Mail, email or fax is extended through August 31, 2020.

Northern District of Texas

  1. Civil and criminal jury trials in the Dallas Division scheduled through July 31, 2020 are continued.

Southern District of Texas

  1. Civil and criminal jury trials in the Victoria Division are postponed through September 30, 2020;
  2. Civil and criminal jury trials in the Corpus Christi Division are postponed through August 31, 2020;
  3. Civil and criminal jury trials in the McAllen Division are postponed through September 7, 2020.

Western District of Texas

  1. Proceedings in civil and criminal bench and jury trials set through August 31, 2020 are postponed. 

Statewide Order

Pursuant to an April 9, 2020 Order, deadlines, whether prescribed by statute, rule, or order, related to the issuance or renewal of certifications, licenses, or registrations issued by the Judicial Branch are extended until May 31, 2020.

State Courts

  1. Jury proceedings will not be held until after October 1, 2020 unless they may be conducted remotely or if authorized by the Court. 
  2. Deadlines for civil case filings through August 1, 2020 are extended to September 15, 2020, with the exception of appellate deadlines.
  3. Courts may modify or suspend civil and criminal deadlines at their discretion until September 30, 2020.

First Court of Appeals

  1. The Court is open and operating remotely until further notice.
  2. At present, all deadlines established by statute, the Texas rules of court, and this court’s prior notices and orders remain in effect. These deadlines will not be extended automatically; those seeking extension must file an appropriate motion for extension.

Second Court of Appeals

  1. The Court continues to operate and remains open during regular business hours (8:00–5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday).
  2. Oral arguments for March 31 and April 7 have been canceled and will not be rescheduled. All cases previously scheduled for oral argument on those days will now be submitted on those same days without oral argument.
  3. At present, all deadlines established by statute, the Texas rules of court, and this court’s prior notices and orders remain in effect. These deadlines will not be extended automatically; those seeking extension must file an appropriate motion for extension
  4. The First Court of Appeals is accepting e-filings via www.efiletexas.gov and Electronic Records are being accepted via the Records Submission Portal.

Third Court of Appeals

The Court will suspend the hearing of oral arguments and any other in-person proceedings through May 8, 2020, subject to further order of the Chief Justice.

Fifth Court of Appeals

  1. All oral arguments scheduled in the Fifth District Court of Appeals through April 30, 2020 are cancelled.
  2. In any case the Court deems oral arguments essential to disposition and in which arguments are currently scheduled before April 30, 2020, the Court will reschedule oral arguments for a later date. The Court will notify the parties of its decision in each case.
  3. The Court is continuing to operate and fulfill its duties, although consistent with social distancing guidelines, most employees are working remotely.

Fourteenth Court of Appeals

  1. The Court continues to operate and remains open during regular business hours (8:00–5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday).
  2. At present, all deadlines established by statute, the Texas rules of court, and this court’s prior notices and orders remain in effect. These deadlines will not be extended automatically; those seeking extension must file an appropriate motion for extension.
  3. The Fourteenth Court of Appeals is accepting e-filings via www.efiletexas.gov and Electronic Records are being accepted via the Records Submission Portal.

Texas Asbestos MDL

Until further notice, all hearings will be held by telephone.

Harris County Civil District Court

  1. Harris County is under a shelter-in-place order effective Tuesday, March 24, at 11:59 p.m.
  2. All civil and criminal jury trials suspended through the March 31.
  3. Civil Submission Dockets will proceed as scheduled.
  4. Telephonic and Video Hearings will proceed as scheduled.
  5. All previously set, non-essential in-person, oral (non-telephonic) hearings and dockets are cancelled.

Dallas County Civil District Court

  1. Dallas County has cancelled all jury trials for Criminal Courts, Civil Courts and Justice of the Peace (J.P.) Courts through May 8, 2020.
  2. Dallas County amended their “Stay Home Stay Safe” Order effective March 29, 2020 11:59pm.

Collin County District Court

  1. Collin County issues shelter-in-place order effective March 24, 2020.
  2. All non-essential court operations in Collin County have been postponed until May 8, 2020. Essential Court Matters will proceed, likely by remote appearance. You must contact each court regarding each setting.

Travis County Civil District Court

  1. Travis County is under an amended shelter-in-place order effective Tuesday, March 24, at 11:59 p.m.
  2. The Travis County Civil and Family Courts are suspending in-person hearings until at least May 11, 2020 and all jury trials until at least June 15, 2020. The only exception will be emergency hearings as determined by a judge. All in-person hearings and jury trials currently scheduled from now through this time period are hereby postponed and will be rescheduled in one of four way:
    • Resetting your case to a date after May 11, 2020 through Court Administration
    • For family cases, by requesting a telephonic or video hearing through Court Administration
    • For civil cases, by requesting a telephonic or video hearing directly to the court in which the case is filed; or
    • By requesting written submission consideration directly to the court in which the case is filed.
  3. Lawyers and litigants may request telephonic as well as video hearings to resolve their disputes. The court will determine: (a) whether to allow this hearing and the format; (b) the scope and length of the hearing; and ( c) the procedures and methods of introducing evidence for the hearing.
  4. Each week, a duty judge will be available to hear emergency matters (schedule found on website). The emergency duty judge will, at the discretion of the judge, determine if a matter qualifies as an emergency, and whether a matter must be held in person for any reason.

Bexar County Civil District Court

  1. Bexar County is under a shelter-in-place order effective Tuesday, March 24, at 11:59 p.m.
  2. Effective April 6, 2020, all cases will be heard remotely by the Civil District Courts. Essential matters will be given priority. Details of the Bexar County COVID-19 Court Operations Plan can be found here.
  3. Accordingly, jury trials are suspended through Thursday, April 16, 2020.
  4. The Presiding Court docket will be limited to only essential matters, continuing through April 3. Monitoring Court Docket will be limited to 25 matters, with the Monitoring Judge giving preference to matters defined as an essential matter, continuing through April 3.

El Paso County Civil District Court

  1. El Paso County is under a shelter-in-place order effective Tuesday, March 24, at 11:59 p.m.
  2. All jury trials and non-essential (see below), in-person proceedings including arraignments through May 8 will be postponed and re-schedule. Anyone having business with the courts is encouraged to communicate with the respective courts by phone or email. Video conferencing for remote appearance is being implemented.

Hidalgo County Civil District Court

All jury panels and jury trials are cancelled until May 8. The Court may delay non-essential proceedings or request appearance by telephone or video.
 

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Utah

Updated August 17, 2020

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. As of June 15, the courthouse reopened to members of the public who have pending business with the court. The court will reopen to the general public on July 1, 2020.

District of Utah

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials are continued through September 1, 2020;
  2. Assigned judges in civil trials retain discretion to proceed with civil hearings and bench trials as necessary, although civil hearings will be conducted remotely unless otherwise indicated by the assigned judge.

State Courts

  1. Oral arguments before the Utah Supreme Court and Utah Court of Appeals will be held remotely through December 31, 2020.

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Vermont

Updated July 7, 2020

Second Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. All filing dates and other deadlines between March 16 and May 17 are extended by 21 days.
  2. Those who do not have business with the court will not be admitted until further notice. Arguments may be conducted remotely.
  3. Anyone scheduled to argue who has symptoms, possible exposure or a verifiable health condition should contact the clerk of court.
  4. The regular argued appeals and motions calendars will continue to be heard;
  5. Parties are to begin filing papers on April 6, 2020 as outlined the Court’s March 16, 2020 order, concerning the 21-day extension of time for all filings and deadlines.

District of Vermont

  1. In-person hearings in criminal and civil cases may commence at the presiding judges discretion;
  2. Hearings will proceed remotely to the extent possible;
  3. Civil and Criminal trials will not be scheduled prior to September 1, 2020, unless ordered otherwise.

State Courts

Effective June 1, 2020:

  1. Jury trials in criminal cases are suspended until at least September 1, 2020;
  2. Jury trials in civil cases are suspended until January 1, 2021;
  3. The judicial emergency is extended until September 1, 2020. 

As of April 21, 2020, Superior Court hearings and jury trials, are postponed until May 31, 2020, other than emergency matters, which parties can participate in remotely. 

Pursuant to an April 13, 2020 Court Order:

  1. A judicial emergency was declared through May 31, 2020;
  2. All nonemergency Superior Court hearings will be postponed effective March 17, 2020, including jury draws, jury trials and hearings that have been scheduled, subject to exceptions;
  3. Judicial Bureau hearings are postponed;
  4. Parties and counsel may participate in all non-evidentiary proceedings remotely without seeking permission by motion;
  5. In Superior Court divisions and units where there is no electronic filing, parties may file documents with the courts using email, subject to certain requirements;
  6. Statutes of limitations or other filing deadlines are NOT extended by the order;
  7. In circumstances in which court rules require that a document bear the approval or verification of a notary, the following language can be included instead, “I declare that the above statement is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge and belief. I understand that if the above statement is false, I may be subject to sanctions by the Court for contempt.”
  8. Oaths may be administered remotely for depositions and court hearings.

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Virginia

Updated July 30, 2020

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. All persons entering the Courthouse must wear a face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Eastern District of Virginia

  1. Criminal trials will resume on or after September 14, 2020;
  2. The Court adopted a modified jury summons packet, available here - http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov/notices/Gen%20Order%202020-20%20Modified%20Jury%20Summons%20Packet%20(7.7.2020).pdf.

Western District of Virginia

  1. The Court issued a June 8, 2020 Order providing guidance for court operations under Phase I reopening, which will be entered on June 29, 2020;
  2. As of that date, in person proceedings may be resumed;
  3. Criminal jury trials may resume on July 13, 2020;
  4. Grand juries may begin to be utilized on June 11, 2020;
  5. Civil jury trials may resume on August 31, 2020;
  6. The Court’s June 5, 2020 Order is available here - http://www.vawd.uscourts.gov/media/31965792/covid-19-phase-i-reopening.pdf.

State Courts

  1. On July 29, 2020, the Supreme Court of Virginia extended the period off judicial emergency through August 30, 2020. 

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Washington, D.C.

Updated July 13, 2020

District of District of Columbia

  1. All civil and criminal petit jury selections and trials set to start prior to September 8, 2020 are postponed;
  2. The time period from August 1 through September 8, 2020 is excluded from criminal cases under the Speedy Trial Act;
  3. In person civil, criminal and bankruptcy proceedings set to commence prior to August 17, 2020 are postponed.  Judges may direct matters to commence remotely.

D.C. Superior Court

  1. The Civil Division is conducting remote hearings, including evidentiary hearings and bench trials, in any civil case where it is appropriate;
  2. The Court is expanding the types and number of cases it will hear through August 14, 2020.  There are four courtrooms to hear: adult arraignments and presentments; family court emergencies; neglect and juvenile initial hearings; criminal and domestic violence emergencies; civil, probate and tax emergencies.
  3. Hearings are being conducted remotely.

D.C. Court of Appeals

  1. Persons entering court buildings must wear a cloth face covering or mask.

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Washington

Updated August 17, 2020

Eastern District of Washington

  1. The Yakima Federal Courthouse and the court floors of the Richland Federal Courthouse are closed to the public through August 31, 2020.

Western District of Washington

  1. All in-person civil and criminal hearings and trials are postponed through September 8, 2020;
  2. Individual judges may hold a limited number of in-person hearings and bench trials at their discretion after September 8, 2020;
  3. The bankruptcy court will continue with non-evidentiary hearings remotely.

State Courts

  1. As of July 6, 2020, new jury trials were permitted to commence.  Courts are continuing to encourage the use of remote technology.  Information pertaining to individual court closures and modifications to operations is available here - http://www.courts.wa.gov/index.cfm?fa=home.courtClosures.

King County Superior Court

  1. All civil jury trials are continued until after July 7, 2020.

Snohomish County Superior Court

  1. All civil jury trials are suspended until at least August 31, 2020;
  2. Bench trials may proceed remotely on June 1, 2020;
  3. Pending criminal jury trials are continued until after July 5, 2020;
  4. Criminal bench trials are continued until after June 1, 2020.

Pierce County Courts and Tacoma Municipal Courts

  1. All criminal and civil jury trials are suspended until at least July 6, 2020;
  2. Civil bench trials may occur with the agreement of all parties and the permission of the Judicial Department.

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West Virginia

Updated August 17, 2020

Statewide Stay-at-Home Order: Pursuant to a March 24, 2020 Order, all individuals within the state were directed to stay home unless performing an essential activity.  Non-essential businesses and operations were ordered to temporarily cease operations.  Essential businesses and operations may continue to operate, such as healthcare workers, grocery stores and pharmacies.  All judges, court personnel, jurors and grand jurors are categorically exempt from the Order. 

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. All persons entering the Courthouse must wear a face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Northern District of West Virginia

  1. The Court authorized the use of video teleconferencing or teleconferencing in criminal procedures pursuant to the CARES Act;
  2. Grand jury sessions scheduled on or before June 30, 2020 are suspended. 

Southern District of West Virginia

  1. Grand jury meetings scheduled to be held after July 1, 2020 are permitted to resume;
  2. All civil and criminal proceedings may be conducted in-person at the discretion of the presiding judicial officer and in a manner that complies with safety guidelines.

State Courts

  1. The Judiciary’s website notes the status of closure of each county court, available here - http://www.courtswv.gov/public-resources/press/court-closures.html.

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Wisconsin

Updated July 21, 2020

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. All cases scheduled for oral argument through June 30, 2020 will be argued telephonically or by Zoom.

Eastern District of Wisconsin

  1. Judges were permitted to resume scheduling trials and hearings for in person civil and criminal matters as of July 2, 2020.

Western District of Wisconsin

  1. Anyone entering the courthouse must wear masks or suitable facial coverings in all public areas of the courthouse.

State Courts

  1. Information regarding individual judges authorizing in-person proceedings is available on the judiciary’s website, available here - https://www.wicourts.gov/#chief.

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Wyoming

Updated July 30, 2020

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. As of June 15, the courthouse reopened to members of the public who have pending business with the court. The court will reopen to the general public on July 1, 2020.

District of Wyoming

  1. Matters are continuing remotely where possible. Individuals who have tested positive for the COVID-19, have symptoms or may have been exposed are prohibited from entering the courthouse.

State Courts

The Supreme Court of Wyoming extended the duration of emergency procedural orders to October 5, 2020.

Pursuant to a May 15, 2020 Order:

  1. The moratorium on jury trials is extended until August 3, 2020;
  2. All in-person proceedings in Circuit and District Courts and the Supreme Court of Wyoming should be suspended through August 3, 2020, subject to emergency exceptions and civil and criminal jury trials in progress of March 18, 2020.

The Wyoming Supreme Court extended all COVID-19 emergency orders to May 31, 2020, including the suspension of in-person proceedings.

  1. District and Circuit courts have suspended in-person proceedings;
  2. The Supreme Court advised that rules requiring paper copies of documents that can be filed electronically are suspended. The court is only open to employees;
  3. All civil trials in state courts are to be rescheduled;
  4. Courts are to make reasonable attempts to reschedule criminal trials;
  5. Supreme Court building in Cheyenne is closed to the public;
  6. The rules requiring paper copies of documents filed electronically are suspended through May 31, 2020.

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