Court Closures and Responses Due to COVID-19

Updated March 31, 2020

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington, D.C.

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming


Alabama

Updated March 27, 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. 

Northern District of Alabama

The Court is prohibiting: individuals who have tested positive for the COVID-19; individuals that may have been exposed to the virus from entering its courthouses; individuals that have visited China, Italy, Japan, Iran or South Korea in the past two weeks.

Middle District of Alabama

  1. As of March 17, 2020, no jurors will be summoned for civil or criminal jury trials for 30 days;
  2. All grand jury proceedings are continued for 30 days; 
  3. All jury trials are postponed for 30 days, as are all grand jury proceedings;
  4. Initial appearances, arraignments and detention hearings before will continue via video conference or telephonically; 
  5. Exceptions to any of these procedures will be made on a case-by-case basis for nonjury matters at the discretion of the Court;
  6. Individuals who have been diagnosed with, who have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, who have been asked to self-quarantine or who are experiencing flu-like symptoms cannot enter the courthouse and shall not submit paper copies of any filings, pleadings or briefs.

Southern District of Alabama

Those who have positive for the COVID-19, who may have been exposed to the virus and who have visited China, Italy, Japan, Iran or South Korea in the past two weeks are prohibited from entering the courthouses. 

Supreme Court of Alabama

  1. On March 13, 2020, the Supreme Court of Alabama issued an order suspending “all in-person proceedings in state and local courts in Alabama, including but not limited to, proceedings in the circuit court, district court (including cases on the small claims docket), juvenile court, municipal court, probate court, and appellate courts….” beginning March 16th through April 16, 2020. 
  2. There are various, specific exceptions to the suspension of in-person proceedings, including civil and criminal jury trials that are in progress as of March 13, 2020;
  3. Any deadlines that are set to expire between March 16th and April 16th until April 20, 2020.
  4. On March 24, 2020, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court issued an Order effective through April 16, 2020, noting the following:
    • Court reporters qualified to administer an oath to a witness in a deposition, court proceeding or trial may swear a witness in remotely via audio-video communication if the deposition or court proceeding or trial is conducted via the same means.  The equipment must allow the court reporter and the witness to simultaneously view and communicate with one another, provided that the court reporter can positively identify the witness;
    • If a witness is outside the state, a witness can consent to being placed under oath via audio/video communication equipment that allows the witness and court reporter to simultaneously view and communicate with each other so that the court reporter can positively identify the witness;
    • Courts shall consider sworn statements or testimonies made in an out of court deposition, court proceeding or trial conducted via such remote means as evidence provided that the communication equipment used allowed the witness and court reporter to simultaneously view and communicate with each other so that the court reporter can positively identify the witness.  There statements or testimonies shall be considered as evidence beyond the effective date of the Order or any extensions thereof;
    • All court rules, orders and opinions that expressly provide that oaths to witnesses must be administered in person or that limit or prohibit the remote administration thereof, or state that courts cannot consider sworn statements or testimonies made out of court as evidence, are suspended.

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Alaska

Updated March 25, 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

A March 22, 2020 Order provided the following:

  1. Criminal Matters:
    • All grand jury proceedings scheduled from February 18, 2020 through May 1, 2020 are continued;
    • Any case charged by complaint from February 18, 2020 to May 19, 2020 shall have an additional 30 days of from the date of arrest for filing the indictment;
    • The Court will continued to hold initial appearances and arraignments in criminal cases, which should be done telephonically or via video conference;
    • All criminal jury trials scheduled to start before May 1, 2020 are continued pending further order of the assigned judge;
    • All trial-specific deadlines in criminal cases scheduled to begin before May 1, 2020 are continued. Unless otherwise directed, criminal proceedings are suspended until May 1, 2020;
    • All in-person status hearings for criminal matters are vacated and a written joint status report should be filed by counsel within 14 days of the Order.
  2. Civil Matters:
    • All civil jury trials scheduled to commence on or before May 1, 2020 are continued pending notice from the presiding judge;
    • All trial-specific deadlines in civil cases scheduled to begin before May 1, 2020 are continued;
    • No hearings scheduled between March 23, 2020 and May 1, 2020 will go forward, unless it pertains to an emergency matter, which will be conducted by remote means;
    • All in-person status hearings scheduled between March 23, 2020 and May 1, 2020 are vacated.  Counsel must fine a written joint status report.  If emergency circumstances cause the need for a status hearing, counsel may make an application for a telephonic hearing;
    • Physical filings in-person will no longer be accepted by the Clerk’s Office.  A copy may be placed in the drop boxes located in the lobby of each court.
  3. Bankruptcy Matters:
    • No hearings in appeals pending and scheduled from March 23, 2020 through May 1, 2020 will go forward except for emergency time-sensitive matters;
  4. All non-case related activities scheduled in the James M. Fitzgerald Courthouse and U.S. Courthouses in Fairbanks and Juneau are cancelled.

Statewide Order

  1. All superior and district court proceedings through April 3, 2020 are suspended except for priority hearings;
  2. All trial court proceedings and civil marriage ceremonies are suspended through May 1, 2020 except priority hearings, which should be conducted through remote means
  3. Parties should file documents via email in all cases.  Electronic signatures are authorized.  All filing should be made electronically to the greatest extent practical;
  4. Service should bee made electronically, without the necessity of consent of a party;
  5. Filings deadlines in all cases are extended to May 1, 2020 in pending suspended cases;
  6. In-custody defendant transports are restricted to mandatory in-person appearances;
  7. Criminal hearings conducted remotely must include a procedure by which the defendant can confer with the defense attorney in private;
  8. The time period set forth in Criminal Rule 5€94) for scheduling preliminary examination is extended through May 1, 2020;
  9. Jury trials in criminal cases are suspended through May 1, 2020.  Trials underway can continue;
  10. Criminal Rule 45 is tolled during and suspension;
  11. Hearings in other civil cases and appeals are suspended and the time standards for civil cases and appeals are enlarged.

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Arizona

Updated March 26, 2020

District of Arizona

  1. All grand jury trials that were scheduled to convene on or before April 17, 2020 are suspended;
  2. Court proceedings in Yuma involving less than 10 participants including court staff and deputy marshals may resume, if necessary;
  3. Civil and criminal jury trials that were to commence on or before May 4, 2020, are continued pending further order;
  4. All trial-specific deadlines in criminal matters that were to commence before May 4, 2020, are continued pending further notice;
  5. All court proceedings in the Tucson division through March 29, 2020 are postponed, however proceedings will be conducted remotely where feasible;
  6. Non-case-related activities in Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma, including naturalization ceremonies, are canceled, until further notice.

State Courts

  1. No new petit juries will be empaneled through April 17, 2020.
  2. The Supreme Court of Arizona issued an order providing that any court rule impeding the use of remote technology is suspended through April 17, 2020.
  3. The time period of March 18 through April 17, 2020 is excluded from time under the rule provisions and statutory procedures that require the court proceedings to be held within a specific time period.
  4. New juror selection in Maricopa County has ceased through March 31, 2020.

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Arkansas

Updated March 31, 2020

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

The court has suspended the requirement for paper copies of electronically-filed briefs and addendums. Counsel should continue to serve paper copies on parties not participating in CM/ECF. The Clerk’s office is closed to the public.

Eastern District of Arkansas

  1. All civil jury trials scheduled between March 18 and April 20, 2020 are canceled;
  2. Attorneys and parties must provide notice of potential exposure to COVID-19;
  3. All large-scale public events scheduled for March and April are postponed;
  4. Criminal jury trials and grand juries are postponed until after April 30, 2020;
  5. Hearings, bench trials, and other proceedings will go forward in the coming weeks;
  6. Telephone and video-conferencing will be used when practicable.

Western District of Arkansas

All civil and criminal bench and jury trials are postponed and are to be rescheduled after May 1, 2020;
Civil and criminal matters that may be resolved by parties without oral argument or conducted remotely shall commence.

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Arkansas issued an order providing that the courts of the State of Arkansas shall remain open, however all in-person proceedings in all appellate, circuit, and district courts are suspended, subject to exceptions, from March 18 through April 3, 2020.

State Courts

As of March 19, 2020, the Courts and Administrative Office of the Courts, are closed to the public until further notice. The Clerk’s office remains open for official business. In-person proceedings are suspended through April 17, 2020. The Clerk may grant extensions in response to the pandemic upon request.  Specific cancellations of the Circuit and District Courts are provided on the judiciary’s website.

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California

Updated March 31, 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. Other than certain criminal hearings, all courthouses are closed to the public through May 1, 2020;
  2. Civil hearings are postponed, except for emergency, time-sensitive matters;
  3. Bankruptcy court matters will proceed telephonically.

Eastern District of California

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials are postponed until May 1, 2020;
  2. The courthouses are closed to the public;
  3. Civil motions are to be decided pursuant to the papers or via remote hearings;
  4. Initial Criminal appearances, arraignments and other essential proceedings will commence unless the parties agree to postponement;
  5. All proceedings should be conducted via remote means, if feasible;
  6. District judges may adjourn criminal matters to a date subsequent to May 1, 2020.

Northern District of California

  1. Civil and criminal jury trials are postponed until May 1, 2020.
  2. All district courthouses are closed to the general public until at least April 7, 2020;
  3. Essential operations for the Oakland, San Jose and Eureka/McKinleyville courthouses are relocated to the San Francisco courthouse until April 7, 2020.

Southern District of California

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials are postponed until April 16, 2020;
  2. Bankruptcy court hearings will be conducted telephonically through April 16, 2020.

Statewide Order

In a March 23, 2020 Order, the Chief Justice of California ordered the following:

  1. All jury trials are suspended and continued for a period of 60 days. Courts may conduct trials at an earlier date upon good cause shown or through the use of remote technology;
  2. The time provided in Penal Code section 1382 for holding a criminal trial is extended for 60 days. Courts may conduct trials at an earlier date upon good cause shown or through the use of remote technology;
  3. The time period in the Code of Civil Procedure sections 583.310 and 583.320 for the holding of a civil trial is extended for 60 days. Courts may conduct trials at an earlier date upon good cause shown or through the use of remote technology;
  4. All superior courts are authorized under Rule 10.613(i) of the California Rules of Court to adopt any proposed rules or rule amendment that is intended to address the pandemic to take effect immediately. If any such rule is adopted, a copy of the change must be provided to Judicial Counsel staff, a notice must be posted on the court’s website and the Court must distribute the new rule as set forth in Rule 10.613(g)(2). A litigant’s substantive rights will not be prejudiced for failing to comply with the requirements of a new or amended rule until at least 20 days after the change was distributed.

Supreme Court

In person oral arguments suspended indefinitely – counsel to appear via video.

Alameda

  1. The court will be closed to the public through April 7, 2020. Most court appearances scheduled during these dates to are continued subsequent to April 7, 2020;
  2. Judge Lee will continue to issue orders and tentative rulings, but if any are contested and require a hearing, said hearings will be reset to a date after April 7 or via conference call if arranged by counsel;
  3. The April 6, 2020 trials that are preferential settings will be continued for two weeks per statute. 
  4. There are no filings on civil cases;
  5. If there are pending motions where oppositions or reply papers must filed before April 7, 2020 due to pending hearings, the hearings will be reset.
  6. There will be no ex parte hearings;
  7. The only conference calls to be held are for Informal Discovery Conference (IDCs) and Case Management Conferences (CMOs).

Contra Costa

  1. The dates from March 16 to April 1, 2020 are deemed holidays for the purposes of computing time for filing papers pursuant to the Code of Civil Procedure;
  2. The dates from March 16 to April 1, 2020 are deemed holidays for the purposes of computing time under the Penal and Welfare Codes;
  3. Temporary restraining orders that would expire from March 16 to April 1, 2020 are extended for 15 days.

Los Angeles

  1. Access to all courthouses are restricted to judges, authorized persons and court staff;
  2. Beverly Hills, Catalina and Spring Street Courthouses are closed until further notice;
  3. The Executive Officer/ Clerk of the Court can provide telephonic and electronic assistance pursuant to the COVID-19 Court orders;
  4. All criminal and civil jury and non-jury trials are suspended until further notice;
  5. A continuance was placed on all criminal cases for 90 days regarding any and all status and progress reports;
  6. A continuance was placed on all criminal misdemeanor cases with out of custody defendants for 90 days;
  7. Bail review hearings under Penal Code section 1275 for any and all misdemeanor or felony pretrial detainees are deemed priority and on the court’s calendar for the next 60 days.

Marin

  1. Marin County Superior Court is closed for all non-essential matters until April 7, 2020.

Nevada

The period for holding a criminal trial is extended for 30 days to cases in which the statutory deadline would expire from March 16 to April 14, 2020. 

Orange

  1. All civil trials, hearings and proceedings are suspended for at least 60 days, except for time-sensitive matters;
  2. All jury trials are suspended and continued for a period of 60 days from March 23, 2020.  Courts may conduct trial at an earlier date, upon a finding of good cause shown or through the use of remote technology;
  3. The time period for holding a criminal or civil trial is extended for a period of 60 days from March 23, 2020.  Courts may conduct trial at an earlier date, upon a finding of good cause shown or through the use of remote technology;

Placer

  1. From March 17, 2020, to April 15, 2020, inclusive, be deemed holidays for purposes of computing the time for filing papers;
  2. Extend the time periods provided in the Code of Civil Procedure to bring an action to trial by not more than 30 days, applicable only to cases in which the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from March 16 to April 15, 2020;
  3. The Court reduced to critical minimum functions as of March 23, 2020 and will focus efforts on matters involving civil liberties, restraining orders, and similar emergency matters.

San Diego

The court is closed and is hearing emergency matters only through April 3, 2020.

San Francisco

  1. The dates from March 18 to April 15, 2020 are deemed a holiday for the purposes of computing time for filing papers with the Court under to Code of Civil Procedure sections 12 and 12a for the following:
    • The period of time to move to quash file a demurrer, move to strike;
    • The time in which to respond to discovery, including filing objections or motions to compel or for a protective order;
    • The time to file, hear and rule on post-trial motions;
    • The time for the issuance of a judgment, cost bill, motion to tax a cost bill or motion for attorney fees;
    • The time for filing papers with the Court pertaining to petitions for dissolution of marriage, legal separation of nullity, to establish parental relationship, a summons an complaint filed by the Dept. of Child Support Services, Requests for Order, other matters as determined by the Judge of the Unified Family Court;
  2. Regarding criminal trials, the time period within the Penal Code section 1382 for the holding of a criminal trial is extended 60 days from the current last day of each case.  New last days will be scheduled during the next trial date;
    • The time period pursuant to Penal Code section 859b for holding a preliminary examination is extended from 10 court days to not more than 15 to cases in which the deadline would expire during March 16 to April 15, 2020;
  3. Regarding civil trials, trial dates for all matters on the trial calendar with dates from March 23 through May 22, 2020 are vacated and a new date will be set 60 days from the vacated trial date;
    • For all matters where that dates to conduct discovery has not passed, the last date to conduct discovery and expert discovery, as well as file motions for summary judgment and summary adjudication is vacated.  The new last date will be based on the new trial date;
    • All parties and counsel in applicable cases are relieved of pre-trial filing requirements based upon the San Francisco Local Rules of the Court, Local Rule 6, the  CA Code of Civil Procedure;
    • The dates for mandatory settlement conferences in all applicable cases is vacated.
  4. Hearing dates for all law and motion and discovery matters in departments 301 and 302 currently calendared are vacated;
  5. Hearing dates for all law and motion matters in the complex litigation departments 304 and 613 currently calendared are vacated.

San Bernardino

The County has closed most of its courthouses from March 17 through April 2, 2020 with limited emergency criminal and family law matters available in some facilities.

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Colorado

Updated March 30, 2020

District of Colorado

As of March 27, 2020 through May 1, 2020:

  1. Only those with official court business can enter the court house;
  2. Electronic filing remains required for all attorneys;
  3. All civil and criminal trials scheduled to commence through May 1, 2020 before any district or magistrate judge in any courthouse is continued;
  4. All grand jury proceedings are suspended through May 1, 2020.

State Courts

  1. The Colorado Supreme Court suspended all jury calls in state courts, except for criminal trials facing speedy trial deadlines, through April 3, 2020;
  2. The Courts otherwise remain open to continue operations for matters including:
    1. Petitions for temporary civil protection orders and permanent protection order hearings;
    2. Petitions for temporary emergency risk protection orders and hearings on emergency risk protection orders;
    3. Crim.P. Rule 5 advisement for incarcerated persons and the initial setting of bail;
    4. Revocation hearings on complaints to revoke probation involving an incarcerated defendant;
    5. Proceedings necessary to protect the constitutional rights of criminal defendants including bond-related matters and plea agreements for incarcerated individuals;
    6. Detention hearings for juvenile delinquency cases;
    7. Shelter hearings in dependency and neglect cases or other juvenile proceedings;
    8. Petitions for appointment of an emergency guardian and/or special conservator;
    9. Hearings on motions to restrict parenting time and parental abduction prevention; and
    10. Emergency mental health proceedings.
  3. The Court of Appeals ordered that all oral arguments scheduled through March and for April, 2020 shall be vacated.  Parties who agree to waive the oral argument in their appeal should file a joint statement waiving the argument. 
  4. If the Court decides that an argument will be reset, it will be reset as reasonably expeditiously as possible.  But, due to the fluid nature of the outbreak, the exact date for resetting an oral argument cannot be determined at this time.
  5. Changes related to the state’s 22 Judicial Districts can be found on the judiciary’s website.

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Connecticut

Updated March 31, 2020

District of Connecticut

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials and jury selections scheduled to start before April 10, 2020 are postponed until further notice. The courthouses will remain open for all other business;
  2. Hearings and conferences in the bankruptcy court will be conducted telephonically unless the matter is withdrawn, resolved, postponed or if the court determines the proceeding is not necessary;
  3. The court is also prohibiting visitors who have been to China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran, or any locale that is quarantined in the past two weeks. The court specified that those who have visited New Rochelle, New York — other than in a car or train — are also prohibited from visiting courthouses and probation offices;
  4. As of March 29, 2020, the Court authorized the use of video teleconferencing, or telephone conferencing if video is unavailable, for: detention hearings; initial appearances; preliminary hearings; waivers of indictment; arraignments; probation and supervised release revocation proceedings; pretrial release revocation proceedings; appearances under Rule 40 of the Federal Rules of Civ. Pro.; misdemeanor pleas and sentencings; proceedings under chapter 403 of title 18.

Supreme Court

  1. Oral arguments scheduled between March 24 through April 2, 2020 are postponed.
  2. As of March 31, 2020, and until further notice, the daily hours of operation for the Supreme and Appellate Courts will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

State Courts

  1. The Supreme Court and Appellate Court suspended the time requirements for all filings until and requested that no paper briefs be filed, until further notice;
  2. The Supreme Court further announced in a March 13, 2020 Order that no appellate pre-argument conferences will be held for the next 30 days.

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Delaware

Updated March 31, 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. The Court will conduct conferences and hearings telephonically when possible.
  2. The J. Caleb Boggs Courthouse and Federal Building in Wilmington is closed until further notice;
  3. Civil and criminal jury selections and trials scheduled to commence prior to April 30, 2020 are postponed;
  4. There will be no new grand juries empaneled before April 30, 2020;
  5. All changes of plea, sentencings and supervised release violation hearings scheduled before April 30, 2020 are postponed, unless otherwise indicated by the presiding judge.

Supreme Court

All in-person oral arguments are cancelled through May 2020.

Bankruptcy Courts

  1. The courts will conduct conferences and hearings by phone when possible and will consider any request to change a scheduled in-person proceeding to a telephone proceeding;
  2. The Delaware Bankruptcy Court has halted all non time-sensitive proceedings until at least April 15. Unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge, all court hearings held prior to April 15 will be held via telephone or video conference.

State Trial Courts

  1. All state trial courts will have the discretion to postpone for 30 days both civil and criminal trials and hearings;
  2. Proceedings will be conducted by telephone when possible and the court will consider all requests for in-person hearings to be conducted by phone.

Chancery Court

Beginning March 16, 2020, hearings and trials will be conducted remotely for 30 days.

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Florida

Updated March 31, 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.

Middle District of Florida

  1. Those with symptoms of COVID-19 are prohibited from entering the courthouses.
  2. Beginning March 26, 2020, the Clerk’s Office intake areas are closed to members of the Bar and the public;
  3. Those with access to CM/ECF are encouraged to file documents electronically;
  4. The public will have access to a drop box for filing in each division during hours when the courthouse is open to the public. The Clerk’s Office will retrieve documents from the drop boxes at 9:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. on days when the court is open.
  5. Jury trials in the Orlando Division that were to begin before June 30, 2020 are postponed.  Additionally, trial-specific deadlines in criminal cases that were to begin before June 30, 2020 are postponed.

Northern District of Florida

All courts are closed to the public. All initial appearances, detention hearings and arraignments are being held by video conference. Jury trials and grand jury proceedings are canceled for the month of March. Initial appearances in the Central Violations Bureau are cancelled for April and May. All in-person hearings are converted to telephonic and video conferences.

Southern District of Florida

  1. On March 28, 2020, the Court authorized judges to use video conferencing, or telephonic conferencing if video is unavailable, on certain criminal proceedings.  The order is available here.  All grand jury sessions are continued until April 27, 2020.
  2. All jury trials scheduled to begin March 16 through March 30 are postponed until further notice;
  3. All trial-specific deadlines in criminal cases scheduled to begin before March 30 are also postponed until further notice;
  4. The Courthouses in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, and Key West, including Bankruptcy Court and Probation, will remain open for business, with reduced staffing;
  5. All jury trials scheduled to begin on or after March 30, 2020 until April 27,2020, are continued pending further Order of the Court.  The Court may issue other Orders regarding future continuances as necessary;
  6. All trial-specific deadlines in criminal cases scheduled to start before April 27, 2020, are continued pending further Order of the Court, however individual judges may continue trial-specific deadlines in civil cases;
  7. The time period of any continuance entered as a result of the March 20, 2020 Order shall be excluded under the Speedy Trial Act.  Absent further Order of the Court or any judge, the period of exclusion is from March 30, 2020, to April 27, 2020;
  8. Individual judges may continue to hold hearings, conferences, and bench trials within their discretion;
  9. Judges are strongly encouraged to conduct court proceedings by telephone or video conferencing when possible;
  10. Criminal matters before Magistrate Judges, such as initial appearances, arraignments, detention hearings, and the issuance of search warrants, will continue to take place;
  11. Grand juries will continue to meet pending further Order of the Court.
  12. The Clerk's Office, Probation, the Bankruptcy Court, and all other Court services remain open with reduced staffing.

Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida

  1. The postponement of non-mission critical court Proceedings through April 17, and suspension of time limits and deadlines April 20, 2020.
  2. All non-emergency court proceedings, including special set hearings, trials, and all calendars (including motions, pretrial motions, foreclosures, uncontested divorces and case management conferences) are cancelled and re-scheduled to a future date.

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

A March 24, 2020 Supreme Court Order provided that:

  1. All grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings and criminal and civil jury trials are suspended through April 17, 2020, however a proceeding may continue if ordered by the presiding judge in the interests of justice;
  2. All time periods involving speedy trial procedure in criminal and juvenile court proceedings are suspended through April 20, 2020;
  3. All time periods pursuant to Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.133(b) and 3.134pertaining to first degree murder arrests are suspended through April 17, 2020;
  4. The order providing that each circuit court is to cancel or postpone proceedings other than essential proceedings, unless the chief judge determines that proceedings could be conducted remotely, is extended through April 17, 2020;
  5. The requirement that notaries and persons qualified to administer an oath must be in the presence of a witness for the purpose of administering an oath for depositions or other legal testimony, as long as the notary or other qualified person can see and hear the witness through audio-video communication technology, is suspended through April 17, 2020

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Georgia

Updated March 31, 2020

Northern District of Georgia

  1. On March 30, 2020, the Court authorized the use of video teleconferencing, or telephone conferencing if video is unavailable, for: detention hearings; initial appearances; preliminary hearings; waivers of indictment; arraignments; probation and supervised release revocation proceedings; pretrial release revocation proceedings; appearances under Rule 40 of the Federal Rules of Civ. Pro.; misdemeanor pleas and sentencings; proceedings under chapter 403 of title 18
  2. On March 30, 2020, the Court further ordered to extend all jury trials, including any trial specific deadlines, through May 15, 2020.

Middle District of Georgia

  1. Jury trials are postponed for 60 days.
  2. All criminal hearings are cancelled through May 16, 2020, subject to exceptions including initial appearances, arraignments and detention hearings. 

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. This will be in effect until April 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.”

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 March 26, 2020

District of Hawaii

  1. All civil and criminal trials scheduled to start between March 17 and May 3, 3030 are continued;
  2. Each presiding judge in criminal trials scheduled to start between March 17 and May 3, 3030 are to make appropriate findings and enter orders tolling time under the Speedy Trial Act, however no trial can be held prior to May 3, 2020;
  3. Civil hearings and settlement conferences scheduled between March 17 and May 3, 2020 are to be conducted telephonically or taken off the calendar.  Each presiding judge retains the discretion to determine that a hearing in any civil matter is essential and thereby require the parties to appear in court;
  4. Non-essential criminal matters are to be continued for a date after May 3 2020;
  5. The court will continued to conduct initial appearances, arraignments, detention hearings and other time-sensitive matters handled by magistrate judges;
  6. Filings will continue to be processed in civil and criminal cases via the CM-ECF electronic system and by mail.
  7. No courtesy copies of filings are to be provided unless specifically ordered.

State Courts

  1. All ongoing trials and hearings will be postponed to a date after April 30, 2020;
  2. Criminal trials, grand jury proceedings and hearings are postponed until after April 30, 2020;
  3. Oral arguments scheduled in the Court of Appeals prior to April 30, 2020 will be rescheduled, or matters are to be resolved without oral argument;
  4. In-person appearances on civil and criminal dockets are excused, except for emergency matters, including: child protection hearings, domestic violence hearings and evidentiary hearings in criminal cases;
  5. The Supreme Court ordered that all civil trials, hearings and motions should be postponed and rescheduled, unless the presiding judge can conduct the same by remote means;
  6. Civil trials or hearings in progress must be postponed or completed at the discretion of the presiding judge.

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Idaho

Updated March 31, 2020

District of Idaho

  1. Jury trials scheduled to begin on or before May 11, 2020 are postponed until further notice by the Court;
  2. Grand jury proceedings that were to begin May 11, 2020 are suspended.
  3. In-person bankruptcy or civil proceedings will be postponed until further notice;
  4. All preliminary felony and post-conviction proceedings conducted by a Magistrate will be by telephone or video conference;
  5. Change of plea hearings, suppression hearings, and sentencing hearings currently scheduled before a District Judge are continued until after May 11, 2020.
  6. The federal courthouse in Pocatello is closed until April 6, 2020.

State Courts

  1. From Monday, March 16 to April 10, 2020 only in-person appearances in court will be allowed for child protection hearing, domestic violence cases, and evidentiary hearings in criminal cases;
  2. All civil trials, hearings, and motions should be postponed and rescheduled for a later date unless the assigned judge finds the proceedings can be herd and adequately recorded through telephonic or video means.
  3. Civil trials or hearings currently in progress must be postponed or completed pursuant to the discretion of the presiding judge;
  4. Criminal jury trials scheduled to be heard from March 26 through April 30, 2020 are postponed for at least 30 days.

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Illinois

Updated March 31, 2020

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Matters scheduled for oral argument through the end of April will have telephonic oral arguments. The Chicago courtroom is closed to the public. Parties may waive oral argument by filing a joint motion.

Central District of Illinois

  1. Civil and criminal jury trials set to begin prior to May 18, 2020 are postponed;
  2. Petty offense proceedings are postponed;
  3. Civil hearings and settlement conferences should be conducted telephonically or by video conference;
  4. Criminal sentencing and revocation hearings are postponed until after May 18, 2020.

Northern District of Illinois

  1. All civil case deadlines are extended by 21 days;
  2. Civil case hearings, trials and settlement conferences scheduled from March 17 through April 3 are canceled, and will be rescheduled by the presiding judge on or after April 6;
  3. All criminal case proceedings in any division that can’t be postponed will be conducted in the Eastern Division by emergency district judges. All civil jury trials and jury selections scheduled to start before April 3 are postponed until further notice. All second chance reentry court proceedings, veterans treatment court proceedings and nontelephone settlement conferences scheduled before April 3 are also postponed;
  4.  All mass public gatherings outside of court proceedings at the federal courthouses in Chicago and Rockford are suspended and court deliveries are limited;
  5. Judges are encouraged to conduct proceedings by phone or video conference.

Southern District of Illinois

  1. All in-person civil matters are postponed until further notice;
  2. Only essential in-person criminal matters will proceed.
  3. The U.S. Marshals Service is directed not to transport any individuals subject to a writ of habeas corpus through April 7, 2020;
  4. If an immediate hearing is requested, counsel must file a motion for an immediate hearing explaining the need thereof;
  5. Any emergency hearing will be held remotely by video conferencing through April 7, 2020;
  6. The East St. Louis and Benton courthouses are closed to the public through April 7, 2020;
  7. Filings will continue to be processed in civil and criminal cases electronically;
  8. All civil matters, including trials, hearings and settlement conferences scheduled from March 23 through April 7, 2020 for in-court appearances are continued pending a further order by the presiding judge in the East St. Louis or Benton courthouses;
  9. All deadlines in civil cases are extended by 30 days from the current deadline set.   The Order does not affect the rights to, or deadlines concerning, any appeal from any decision of the Court;
  10. The order does not affect the consideration of criminal or civil motions that can be resolved without in-court proceedings;
  11. Only essential in-court proceedings where in-person attendance is constitutionally required are deemed essential and will be conduct in person absent a waiver;
  12. The court will assess proceeding with jury trials on a case-by-case basis;
  13. Any time period of the continuances implemented by the Order will be excluded under the Speedy Trial Act;
  14. Deadlines in criminal cases, including motions, briefing, and discovery deadlines, are not changed by the Order;
  15. All grand jury proceedings will proceed absent further Order of the Court.

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

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.

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.

Fifth District Appellate Court

  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. 

First Circuit, Pope County

All civil matters are postponed until further notice.

First 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

Fifth 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.

Fifth 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.

Fifth 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.

Seventh Circuit, Greene County

All civil jury trials are postponed.

Tenth 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.

Eleventh Judicial Circuit, McLean, Ford, Livingston, Logan, and Woodford Counties

  1. As of March 16, 2020 through April 10,2020, all civil matters are postponed by the presiding judge of each case, with notice to be sent by the Court to parties. 
  2. A judge will be present in person as needed for hearings on emergencies.
  3. Judge Foley in McLean County is conducting case management conferences beginning April 7, 2020, however no contested motions will be heard until subsequent to the June 9, 2020 case management conference date. 

Twelfth Circuit, Will County

  1. Civil matters determined by the Court to be of an emergency nature will be heard in-person, by telephone conference or by videoconference if possible.
  2. Discovery in civil cases will continue as scheduled.
  3. All cases (including motions and pleadings) may continue to be filed pursuant to Supreme Court Rule. All parties are encouraged to file documents with the Clerk electronically.
  4. All other civil matters shall be postponed and rescheduled unless the judge presiding in the case wishes to conduct such hearings by telephone or video. The Court will advise the attorneys/litigants should this option be required.
  5. The Clerk of the Circuit Court will notify all parties and counsel of the rescheduling of their case.
  6. All cases scheduled for jury trial will be continued until after the expiration of this administrative order. The Clerk of the Circuit Court will send notice to the parties.

Sixteenth Circuit, Kane County

  1. All matters set for trial are continued for a period of 60 days from the entry of the March 20, 2020 Order;
  2. All trials set on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 and every date thereafter remain set.

Seventeenth 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.

Eighteenth 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.

Nineteenth Circuit, Lake County

  1. Civil and Family Division Judges may exercise their discretion to permit use of remote appearances for uncontested or contested matters, other than evidentiary hearings, Orders of Protection or trials, when a party has a health concern related to the pandemic;
  2. Criminal matters may be conducted either in person via video, or by telephone conference;
  3. Regarding the Civil Division, all court hearings scheduled between March 17, 2020 through and including April 17, 2020 are cancelled and will be automatically continued by the Clerk's Office. Most cases will be continued for a period of 35 days;
    1. Jury and bench trials will be continued to a date assigned by the judge;
    2. Progress calls will be continued to the following progress call date of the assigned judge;
    3. Emergency matters of any type will still be heard;
    4. The Civil Division will continue to accept proposed agreed orders submitted via email;
    5. For any case that was automatically continued, all 218 and briefing schedule deadlines are extended 35 days.

Cook County Circuit Court

  • 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.

Madison County

  1. As of March 30, 2020, the previous March 20, 220 order is extended for an additional 30 days though May 22, 2020, including the following matters:
  2. All civil, criminal and traffic matters, including jury and non-jury trials, hearings and status conferences;
  3. All arbitration, mediation and foreclosure hearings and any trials associated therewith;
  4. Wedding or civil union ceremonies;
  5. Juvenile matters;
  6. Family Matters.

Madison County Asbestos Docket

  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. 

St. Clair County

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

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Indiana

Updated March 31, 2020

Northern District of Indiana

  1. The Fort Wayne, Hammond, Lafayette and South Bend Divisions, the District’s bankruptcy court and probation office are closed to the public;
  2. Necessary proceedings will be conducted remotely, pursuant to the presiding judge’s order;
  3. Necessary criminal proceedings will continue before magistrate judges, unless the parties agree to a postponement, however proceedings must be conducted remotely when possible.

Southern District of Indiana

  1. Jury trials are postponed through May 1, 2020;
  2. Civil court proceedings may be continued or may be conducted remotely at the Judge’s discretion.

Supreme Court

The Court tolled all deadlines for appellate filings through April 6, 2020.  All laws and procedures setting time limits for speedy trials in criminal and juvenile proceedings, statutes of limitation, public health, mental health and appellate matters were 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

All parties are to appear remotely in all civil matters. 

Indianapolis, Terre Haute and New Albany Divisions

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

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

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 March 31, 2020

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

The court has suspended the requirement for paper copies of electronically-filed briefs and addendums. Counsel should continue to serve paper copies on parties not participating in CM/ECF. The Clerk’s office is closed to the public.

Northern District of Iowa

  1. Those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 are prohibited from entering the courthouse, as are those who have been asked to self-quarantine, those experiencing symptoms and those who may have been exposed to the virus.
  2. The Court authorized the use of video teleconferencing or telephone conferencing if video is not available in criminal procedures.

Southern District of Iowa

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials set from March 16 to May 4, 2020 are postponed until further notice. Any further grand jury proceedings for the month of March are canceled.
  2. The Court authorized the use of video teleconferencing or telephone conferencing if video is not available in criminal procedures.

Supreme Court

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. Criminal trials not already in progress are postponed and will be rescheduled for a date after April 20, 2020;
  2. Civil jury trials that have not stated as of March 13, 2020 and were to begin before May 4, 2020 are postponed;
  3. Civil bench trials and other hearings scheduled to begin prior to May 4, 2020 are postponed, or should be conducted at the discretion of the presiding judge telephonically;
  4. The statute of limitation for filing an action in district court is extended by 48 days.
  5. On March 28, 2020, the Supreme Court ordered that civil court documents can be signed under oath or with verification or notarization may be signed using an electronic signature. The Court also ordered that civil court documents to be signed by a client can be done electronically by an attorney with the client’s authorization;
  6. Notarization requirements published in the Iowa Court Rules are eliminated;
  7. The 90-day speedy trial clock and the one-year speedy trial clock will not start running on any criminal case until April 20, 2020.

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Kansas

Updated March 23, 2020

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. The courthouse is closed to the public from March 17 until further notice. 
  2. The courthouse will be restricted to judges, court staff, court security officers and service providers with official business with the court. 
  3. All filings should be made electronically or via mail until further notice.

District of Kansas

  1. Criminal cases and other matters scheduled for nonemergency hearings are postponed until further notice;
  2. Grand jury proceedings are postponed for at least 30 days.

State Courts

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin on or subsequent to March 18, 2020 are postponed;
  2. Trials in progress as of March 18, 2020 may continue to conclusion at the discretion of the assigned judge;
  3. All district and appellate courts are restricted to emergency operations.

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Kentucky

Updated March 30, 2020

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have symptoms or possible exposure are barred from entering any courtroom.

Eastern District of Kentucky

  1. Effective March 30, 2020, the Lexington courthouse will be closed to the public until further notice.  Criminal proceedings will be conducted via audio and video means under certain circumstances and with the consent of the defendant. 

  2. Civil and criminal trials that were to commence prior to April 17, 2020 are adjourned 30 days;
  3. All trials in progress are to be completed at the discretion of the presiding Judge;
  4. Grand jury and criminal proceedings are to continue.
  5. As of March 30, 2020, the Lexington courthouse will be closed to the public until further notice. This temporary closure does not apply to any other courthouse;
  6. As of March 24, 2020 through May 1, 2020, all Courthouses will be open to the public on a restricted schedule;
  7. All civil and criminal trials scheduled to begin before May 1, 2020 are continued;
  8. All hearings in criminal matters scheduled to be held on or before May 1, 2020 are generally continued, subject to further orders from the presiding judge;
  9. All in-person hearings in civil matters scheduled through May 1, 2020 are generally continued, with the exception of temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions. The presiding judge may proceed with a hearing by remote means;
  10. All hearings in emergency matters are to be conducted remotely, absent exceptional circumstances.

Western District of Kentucky

  1. Civil and criminal trials that were to commence prior to April 17, 2020 are adjourned 30 days;
  2. All trials in progress are to be completed at the discretion of the presiding Judge;
  3. Grand jury proceedings are also postponed, subject to exceptions.
  4. The Clerk’s Office will be closed to all walk-in customers.

State Courts

In a March 26, 2020 Order, the Supreme Court implemented the following through April 24, 2020:

  1. All criminal and civil dockets are cancelled, subject to certain exceptions and unless the judge determines otherwise.  Judges are to use available telephonic and video technology to conduct all hearings, unless the parties are unable to do so;
  2. Civil trials are postponed ad rescheduled for a later date.  Trials in progress are continued at the judges discretion.  Judges may use telephonic and video technology to conduct hearings;
  3. Reasonable attempts will be made to reschedule all criminal trials;
  4. The circuit court was authorized to extend the 60-day period in RCr 5.22(3) for a period of no longer than 45 days for good cause shown.

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Louisiana

Updated March 30, 2020

Eastern District of Louisiana

  1. Civil and criminal bench and jury trials are postponed until May 1, 2020. The postponement dates do not include deadlines other than the trial dates;
  2. Civil and criminal in-person hearings scheduled prior to May 1, 2020 are postponed;
  3. Grand jury proceedings are suspended until May 1, 2020;
  4. Non-case events scheduled prior to May 1, 2020 are canceled.
  5. The Court issued a March 30, 2020 Order concerning the CARES Act Provisions for Criminal Proceedings - http://www.laed.uscourts.gov/coronavirus-covid-19-orders-and-notices.

Middle District of Louisiana

  1. Criminal and civil trials are postponed until May 1, 2020;
  2. In-person civil hearings scheduled through April 10, 2020 are postponed and are to be rescheduled by the presiding judge;
  3. Grand jury proceedings are postponed until further notice from the Court;
  4. Criminal matters before magistrate judges will take place remotely or in-person.
  5. Re-arraignments and sentencing hearings scheduled prior to April 10, 2020 are postponed;
  6. Statute of limitations deadlines are suspended until April 13, 2020;
  7. No in-person filings will be accepted before April 13, 2020.

Western District of Louisiana

  1. Jury trials scheduled to commence before May 1, 2020 are postponed and will be rescheduled by each presiding judge;
  2. Grand jury proceedings are to continue;
  3. Parties are encouraged to attend non-sentencing hearings remotely.
  4. Public access to the Clerk of Court Offices in the Alexandria, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe and Shreveport divisions is suspended. Court filings may be time-stamped and placed in the drop box located in each division.

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 March 30, 2020

First Circuit Court of Appeals

Oral arguments slated for the month of April are canceled.

District of Maine

  1. All jury selections, jury trials and grand jury proceedings are postponed until further notice.
  2. Telephonic hearings are employed to ensure that preliminary criminal proceedings are held on a timely basis.

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 1, 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:
    • 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.

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Maryland

Updated March 31, 2020

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

The court temporarily suspended the oral argument requirement for published opinions and any cases calendared for oral argument in April 2020 but not presented at oral argument may be decided by published opinion with consent of the panel. 

District of Maryland

  1. Civil, criminal, and bankruptcy proceedings, including court appearances, trials, hearings, settlement conferences, conference calls, naturalization and admission ceremonies and grand jury meetings scheduled from March 16 through April 24, 2020, are postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date, unless otherwise indicated;
  2. Filing deadlines for all cases now set to fall between March 16 and April 24, 2020, are extended by 42 days, unless otherwise ordered.
  3. The requirement to deliver paper copies to the clerk’s office is suspended, unless ordered otherwise by the presiding judge.

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. All new Interim Orders will have a corresponding Temporary Hearing scheduled for May 4, 2020 or May 5, 2020, unless otherwise ordered;
  2. Interim Orders will remain in effect until action is taken by the Court
  3. A notice with all paperwork will be provided to all petitioners and respondents advising them that the court may contact them with a different hearing date;
  4. Administrative Judges have the discretion to review each Interim Order;
  5. Commissioners are encouraged to request as much contact information from the parties as possible due to temporary hearings that can occur remotely via video, audio or electronic means.

State Courts

All courts in the Maryland Judiciary, court offices, administrative offices, units of the Judiciary, and the Offices of the Clerks of the Circuit Courts are closed to the public, effective March 16. Certain matters scheduled to be heard between March 16 through April 3 are postponed until further notice.

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Massachusetts

Updated March 31, 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.

Massachusetts District Court

Pursuant to a March 30, 2020 Order:

  1. All grand jury proceedings are continued until at least May 29, 2020;
  2. The US Attorney may schedule proceedings for emergency or essential matters;
  3. All jury trials set to begin on or before May 29, 2020 are continued;
  4. All trial-specific deadlines in criminal matters scheduled on or before May 29, 2020 are continued;
  5. Judges may continue trial-specific deadlines in civil matters at their own discretion;
  6. The time period for the continuance entered as a result of the order is excluded under the Speedy Trial Act.  The period of exclusion is from April 27 through May 29, 2020.

Appeals Court

All matters scheduled for oral argument in April 2020 shall be submitted on the briefs without further argument unless ordered by the court.

State Courts

  1. Massachusetts has postponed all civil jury trials, including the asbestos docket, until at least April 21, 2020;
  2. Until at least April 6th, the only in-person proceedings that address emergency matters, which could not be resolved by the parties through video or telephonic means, shall be held in Massachusetts state courthouses;
  3. Cases assigned to both the March and April trial lists will be postponed;
  4. The Special Master will make herself available for discovery disputes and motion practice telephonically;
  5. All mandatory status and settlement conferences will be conducted telephonically until further notice.
  6. Information regarding court closures on specific district or superior courts is available on the judiciary’s website - https://www.mass.gov/info-details/temporary-court-closures-due-to-covid-19.
  7. All statutes of limitation are tolled through April 21.

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Michigan

Updated March 26, 2020

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have symptoms or possible exposure are barred from entering any courtroom.

Eastern District of Michigan

All criminal and civil matters scheduled for in person appearances, along with grand jury proceedings, are postponed until further notice. Exceptions are made on a case by case basis in non-jury matters. Criminal matters begore magistrate judges will commence. The Theodore Levin Courthouse in Detroit is closed until it can be cleaned according to federal guidelines as a security officer tested positive for COVID-19. 

Western District of Michigan

All facilities are closed to the public through April 13, 2020 other than the Ford Building in Grand Rapids and the Marquette Facility, which are open by appointment only.

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. The Michigan Supreme Court issued a March 18, 2020 Order providing that trial courts must limit access to courtrooms and other spaces to no more than 10 persons, to practice social distancing and to limit court activity to strictly essential functions;
  2. Criminal proceedings within circuit courts are to be conducted remotely using two-way interactive video technology or other remote means. For defendants not in-custody, arraignments, pleas, sentencing and probation violation arraignments should be adjourned;
  3.  All non-emergency criminal circuit court matters must be adjourned;
  4. Criminal jury trials are adjourned until after April 3, 2020;
  5. Non-essential civil, business and family circuit court matters, including trials, are to be conducted remotely using two-way interactive video technology or other remote means, or they must be adjourned until after April 3, 2020;
  6. All civil and traffic district matters must be conducted remotely using two-way interactive video technology or other remote means, or they must be adjourned until after April 3, 2020;
  7. Criminal matters in district courts should conduct the following hearings remotely using two-way interactive video technology or other remote means: (a) Pleas, sentencings, arraignments under MCR 6.104, bond motions, criminal extradition matters and probable cause conferences for in-custody defendants;
  8. All other probate court matters - other than proceedings pursuant to mental health treatment, immediate burial arrangements, emergency petitions, temporary restraining orders - must be conducted remotely using two-way interactive video technology or other remote participation tools or they must be adjourned until after April 3, 2020;
  9. Regarding all courts, matters that are resolved by agreement between the parties "and with approval of the court that do not involve any appearance at the court may proceed during the pendency of this order. Such agreement may be documented using technology as authorized in AO No. 2020-1, dated March 15, 2020.”
  10. The Supreme Court issued an order extending “all deadlines pertaining to case initiation and the filing of initial responsive pleadings in civil and probate matters during the state of emergency declared by the governor related to COVID-19.”

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Minnesota

Updated March 31, 2020

District of Minnesota

  1. All criminal and grand jury proceedings are postponed until April 16. All jury trials are postponed through April 27, as are trial-specific deadlines. Those with symptoms or possible exposure are prohibited from visiting the courthouse.
  2. In a March 30, 2020 Order, the Chief Judge authorized the use of videoconferencing, or telephone conferencing when video is not available, to conduct certain matters subject to the defendants’ consent. 

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. Criminal and grand jury proceedings are postponed until April 16, 2020;
  2. Jury trials and trial-specific deadlines are postponed through April 27, 2020.
  3. On March 26, 2020, Supreme Court Order suspended, with certain exceptions, all in-person proceedings in all state courts through April 17, 2020 and authorized local courts to determine the manner in which the listed exceptions should be conducted.
  4. No new jury trials will begin before April 22, 2020 or until further order of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

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Missouri

Updated March 31, 2020

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

The court has suspended the requirement for paper copies of electronically-filed briefs and addendums. Counsel should continue to serve paper copies on parties not participating in CM/ECF. The Clerk’s office is closed to the public.

Eastern District of Missouri

  1. All civil jury trials scheduled to begin before May 31, 2020 are continued and will be rescheduled by the presiding judge;
  2. All proceedings should be conducted remotely when possible as directed by the presiding judge;
  3. Any non-essential proceeding that requires an in-person meeting will be continued until further notice.

Western District of Missouri

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials and grand jury trials are postponed through March 29, 2020;
  2. Trial-specific deadlines are postponed through March 29, 2020;
  3. All non-emergency criminal and civil hearings are postponed through March 29, 2020;
  4. Criminal matters before magistrate judges are to commence;
  5. Bankruptcy hearings and trials scheduled through March 29, 2020 are to be held remotely or postponed.

State Courts

  1. A March 22, 2020 order suspended, with certain listed exceptions, all in-person proceedings in all state courts through April 17, 2020 and authorized local courts to determine the manner in which the listed exceptions should be conducted.  Changes related to specific Court of Appeals and Circuit Courts can be found on the judiciary’s website
  2. The Supreme Court issued a March 25, 2020 Order suspending any rule that would require administering an oath or affirmation in-person when such oath or affirmation can be administered by remote means, including video conferencing or teleconferencing.  Notarization is governed by Missouri State statute.  

St. Louis Circuit City Court

As of March 24, 2020 through April 17, 2020:

  1. There will be limited access to the Court Buildings limited to judicial offices, individuals necessary for in-person proceedings, independent contractors, delivery persons and vendors;
  2. In person hearings may be held in limited and extreme circumstances in certain emergency matters, however it is strongly recommended that proceedings, hearings and conferences are conducted remotely;
  3. All hearings of in-custody defendants shall be conducted via videoconferencing, including initial appearances and arraignment hearings;
  4. Notaries and others qualified to administer an oath in the State can swear in a witness remotely by audio-video communication technology from a ligation within the State provided that the witness can be positively identified;
  5. Rules of procedure, court orders and opinions applicable to remove testimony, depositions and other legal testimony, that can be read to limit or prohibit the use of audio-video communications equipment to administer oaths are suspended until further order of the Court;
  6. The impaneling of all jurors through April 20, 2020 is suspended and all jury trials scheduled for the weeks are to be rescheduled.

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Mississippi

Updated March 31, 2020

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. The oral arguments for the week of March 30, 2020 are cancelled;
  2. Oral arguments scheduled for April 27 to April 30, 2020 will continue as scheduled;
  3. Parties are advised that the court has suspended the requirement to file paper copies of electronically filed pleadings and documents;
  4. The Clerk of the Court may direct the parties or counsel to provide paper copies of filings on a case-by-case basis, and parties or counsel may be directed to provide paper copies of filings previously submitted electronically on a future date;
  5. Current deadlines remain in effect, except for those regarding production of paper copies;
  6. Extensions with justification may be requested following normal procedures and rules.

Northern District of Mississippi

  1. All proceedings should be conducted remotely if possible;
  2. Matters with March hearing dates will be disposed of at the discretion of the presiding judge;
  3. Public access to courthouses is limited to essential business

Southern District of Mississippi

As of March 31, 2020:

  1. All non-essential civil and criminal matters set for hearing or trial in any federal courthouse within the district are continued through May 1, 2020.  Initial appearances, arraignments, detention hearings and issuance of warrants are deemed essential.  The presiding judge will determine whether other matters are essential and have the discretion to determine if they should commence or be conducted remotely.  The continuances will not affect other deadlines, unless indicated otherwise by the presiding judge;
  2. Regarding bankruptcy proceedings and matters deemed essential, attorneys must advise the presiding judge or bankruptcy trusty and opposing counsel if e/she or any individuals to appear at the courthouse has any risk factor outlined in the Order;
  3. Attorneys and judges are encouraged to utilize video and teleconferencing to the e possible, including for events listed in Sections 15002 of the CARES Act.

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. The Supreme Court issued a March 26, 2020 permitting the use of interactive audiovisual equipment to conduct probation violation, felony plea and sentencing hearings.
  2. When remote proceedings may not feasibly be conducted, the court should conduct certain in-person proceedings, including emergency and time-sensitive matters. 

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Montana

Updated March 30, 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. The federal courthouses will be closed to the public as of May 1, 2020;
  2. Civil and criminal jury trial and associated final pretrial conferences through May 1, 2020 will be reset by the presiding judge;
  3. Grand jury proceedings scheduled through May 1, 2020 have been vacated, unless ordered otherwise by the chief judge;
  4. Magistrate judges will preside over preliminary criminal hearings either telephonically or by video conferencing;
  5. All documents and signatures required from any party can be signed in an electronic format;
  6. The Clerk’s office will continue to provide essential court services.

State Courts

  1. All civil jury trials are suspended until after April 10, 2020;
  2. Non-emergency civil matters are continued until after April 10, 2020, other than matters that can be conducted telephonically or by other remote means;
  3. All emergency matters, including civil protection and restraining order matters, that would be heard prior to April 10, 2020 will be heard telephonically or by other remote means;
  4. Criminal jury trials are suspended until after April 10, 2020.  Trials in session may proceed or be continued if the defendant agrees;
  5. Out of custody criminal matters already pending will be continued until after April 10, 2020, except for matters that can be conducted by remote means.  Initial appearances on out of custody matters filed through April 10, 2020 will be conducted by video or telephonic means.  All arraignments on out of custody matters are postponed until after April 10, 2020;
  6. All in custody criminal matters can be continued until after April 10, 2020, subject to exceptions;
  7. Courts are ordered to allow telephonic or video appearances for all scheduled criminal hearings through April 10, 2020, unless impossible.

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Nebraska

Updated March 30, 2020

District of Nebraska

  1. Continuances of all proceedings set to begin on or before May 1, 2020 are extended;
  2. The 30-day time period for filing an indictment or information is tolled;
  3. The Court will vacate, extend or amend the March 20, 2020 Order no later than May 1, 2020.
  4. As of March 30, 2020, with the defendants’ consent, judges may use video and teleconferencing, o telephone conferencing if video is to available, to conduct certain proceedings;
  5. Pleas may be taken and sentences imposed by video or telephone conference with the defendant’s consent.

State Courts

All trial courts are open, however attorneys should contact individual district (https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/courts/district-court/court-contacts) and county courts (https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/courts/county-courts/court-contacts) prior to travelling to courthouses.

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Nevada

Updated March 30, 2020

District of Nevada

  1. All trials and their deadlines are postponed until April 10, 2020. All non-case events are postponed.
  2. The Clerk’s Office is closed to the public; filings will be processed via CM/ECF, mail, or delivery.  All necessary hearings will be accomplished via video conference or telephone, with the defendant’s consent in criminal matters, to the extent possible. 

State Courts

  1. All jury trials scheduled within the next month are suspended and will be rescheduled.
  2. Appellate courts have postponed oral arguments until further notice.

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New Hampshire

Updated March 30, 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.

District of New Hampshire

  1. The Rudman Courthouse will remain closed to the public except on days when the court conducts in-court hearings;
  2. The clerk’s office is closed to the public;
  3. All district court criminal hearings scheduled before April 13, 2020 are continued, however the presiding judge has discretion to reschedule hearings;
  4. Civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to commence prior to May 1, 2020, along with the final pretrial conferences associated therewith, are continued;
  5. All civil hearings and conferences scheduled to occur after March 20, 2020 are to continued as scheduled via tele or videoconference. The presiding judge may continue these matters or reschedule them for in-person hearings if necessary at the Rudman Courthouse;
  6. Documents may continued to be filed with the court electronically or in paper by using the court’s outside filing depository;
  7. All court sponsored/ conducted mediations set prior to Mar 1, 2020 are continued;
  8. All petty offense hearings in the Central Violations Bureau are continued to July 13, 2020;
  9. All non-case related events scheduled before May 1, 2020 are cancelled.

State Courts

  1. As of March 27 through May 4, 2020, a state of emergency has been declared.  Superior Courts will be open on a restricted basis.  The clerk’s office will not be opened to the general public. The courthouses will remain open for scheduled hearings or for filing of emergency relief;
  2. Courts will accept electronic signatures on pleadings and allow litigant’s signatures to be signed by attorneys or bail commissioners with a statement that he or she communicated with the litigant and was authorized to sign on their behalf;
  3. E-filing is in operations and pleadings can be submitted via email on non-efiled cased;
  4. The Order suspending in-person proceedings remains in effect through April 6, 1010;
  5. All in-person proceedings, including jury trials and grand jury proceedings in the Superior Court are suspended from April 7 through May 3, 2020 and/or the last day of the state of emergency, subject to exceptions;
  6. Deadlines provided in court rules, orders, statutes, ordinances, administrative rules or orders the will expire between April7, 2020 through May 3, 2020/ the last date of the state of emergency are extended to May 4, 2020, including statutes of limitations and repose.

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New Jersey

Updated March 31, 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. Civil and criminal jury selections and trials scheduled to begin before April 30, 2020 are postponed;
  2. Judges may hold proceedings at their own discretion, however they are encouraged to conduct proceedings remotely;
  3. No new grand juries will be empaneled prior to April 30, 2020, however, sitting grand juries may continue to meet.
  4. Newark courthouses will be closed until April 6, 2020;
  5. With the consent of the defendant after consulting with an attorney, the following may be conducted via video or telephone conferencing if video is not available: detention hearings; initial appearances; preliminary hearings; waivers of indictment; arraignments; probation and supervised release revocation proceedings; pretrial release revocation proceedings; appearances under Rule 40 of the Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure; misdemeanor pleas and sentencings; proceedings under Chapter 03 of Title 18.

State Courts

On March 27, 2020, the Supreme Court issued an omnibus order providing the following:

  1. No new civil or jury trials will be conducted until further notice;
  2. Grand jury empanelment dates and sessions that were suspended as set forth in the Court’s March 17, 2020 Order are extended.  Grand jury empanelment dates for State Grand Jury trials are postponed and new notices will be sent for a new selection date after April 26, 3030.  All current grand jury sessions, including state Grand Jury, are cancelled through April 26, 2020;
  3. Regarding criminal matters:
    • The additional period beginning March 30 through April 26, 2020 for the computation of time limits for the commencement of a prosecution for an indictable offense under NJSA 2C:1-6(b) is tolled;
    • The additional period beginning March 30 through April 26, 2020 to calculate the time for the return of an indictment for an eligible defendant detained in county jail shall be excluded due to exceptional circumstances;
    • The calculation of the time for the commencement of trial for an eligible defendant detained in the county jail from March 30 through April 26, 2020 is excluded;
  4. Regarding civil matters:
    • The provisions from the March 17, 2020 Order is extended.  Rules 4:24-l(a), 4:24-l(c), 4:46-1, and 4:36-3 are relaxed and supplemented for the extension of discovery deadlines through April 26, 2020;
    • The deadlines for filing affidavits of merit in medical and professional malpractice cases is extended from March 16 through April 26, 2020;
    • The time periods for dismissal of civil cases for lack of prosecution is tolled from March 16 through April 26, 2020;
    • The automated lack of prosecution dismissal processes for Law Division Civil Part, Foreclosure, and Chancery cases, and automated default for DC cases, is suspended through April 26, 2020;
    • Rule 4:4-1 is relaxed for the issuance of a summons from within 15 days to 60 days of the Track Assignment Notice for notices issued between March 16 and April 26, 2020;
    • The timeframe for service of Notices of Tort Claims is tolled from March 16 through April 26, 2020;
    • The time period for Discovery is extended through April 26, 2020;
    • The period of March 16 through April 26, 2020 is excluded in the computation of time for discovery end dates;
    • The trial calendars in the special civil part and small claims are suspended through April 26, 2020;
  5. Civil Arbitration Sessions are extended.  Sessions scheduled from March 16 through April 10, 2020 are postponed and sessions scheduled from April 11 through April 26, 2020 will be rescheduled. 
    • Civil Arbitration sessions will resume, with participation via video and/or telephone conference effective April 27, 2020.
  6. Depositions should be conducted by remote means and using video technology, to the extent possible, through April 26, 2020.  The Court reporter may administer and accept oaths remotely;
  7. All court matters will be conducted via video o telephone conferencing to the extent practicable.  In-person appearances will only be held in the case of an emergency;
  8. Depositions of healthcare professionals involved in responding to the COVIDD-19 health crisis are suspended through April 26, 2020 except for matters that related to the pandemic;
  9. The additional time period from March 28 through April 26, 2020 will be deemed the same as a legal holiday (extending the tolling established in the March 17, 2020 Order) for the computation of time periods pursuant to the Rules of the Court and regarding statutes of limitations and filing deadlines.

Middlesex County

  1. In addition to the state court closures, all trials are suspended in Middlesex County.
  2. Regarding depositions, plaintiffs’ depositions are to go forward via telephone or via conference with plaintiffs’ counsel responsible for arrangements.
  3. Any expert, corporate representative or fact witness deposition may proceed upon necessity but with video or telephonic accessibility options for counsel. 
  4. All case management and settlement conferences before the special master are to be conducted telephonically. 
  5. To the extent possible, motion oral arguments are to be conducted telephonically. 
  6. Regarding the Asbestos Docket:

a.    The Court is preparing for the next motion day of March 27, 2020 to be conducted remotely. If this cannot be done, the Court’s law clerk will hear the motions via telephone;
b.    The Court will conduct case management and settlement conferences telephonically.

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New Mexico

Updated March 31, 2020

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. The courthouse is closed to the public from March 17 until further notice.
  2. The courthouse will be restricted to judges, court staff, court security officers and service providers with official business with the court. All filings should be made electronically or via mail until further notice

District of New Mexico

  1. Civil and criminal jury trials set to begin on or prior to April 10, 2020 are postponed until further notice;
  2. All trial-specific deadlines in criminal matters scheduled to begin before April 10, 2020 are postponed;
  3. Grand jury proceedings are postponed until further notice.

Supreme Court

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

State Courts

  1. Civil and criminal proceedings must be conducted remotely, subject to exceptions for emergency matters that require an in-person appearance;
  2. Civil and criminal jury trials that have not yet commenced are suspended;
  3. Payment deadlines for fines and fees between March 19 and May 29, 2020 are extended by 30 days.

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New York

Updated March 30, 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. All civil and criminal jury trials that were scheduled to begin before April 27 are postponed until further notice. 
  2. All naturalization ceremonies are suspended for 45 days, as of March 16. 
  3. Those with symptoms or possible exposure are prohibited from entering the courthouse.
  4. Judges are authorized, with the consent of the defendant or juvenile after consulting with counsel, to use video or telephone conferencing video is not available for the following: detention hearings; initial appearances; preliminary hearings; waivers of indictment; arraignments; probation and supervised release revocation proceedings; pretrial release revocation proceedings; appearances; misdemeanor pleas and sentencings; proceedings under chapter 403 and title 18;
  5. Felony pleas are authorized to be conducted via video conferencing or telephonically where video is not available;
  6. In all matters filed on or after March 18, 2020 and in which a U.S. Marshal or deputy marshal would make service, any requirement that service is accomplished is suspended through April 27, 2020, excluded from the 90-day period to accomplish service. 

Northern District of New York

  1. Civil and criminal jury selections, along with grand juries, that were to commence through April 30, 2020 are postponed;
  2. Other criminal matters before magistrate judges are to commence as scheduled.
  3. Those who tested positive for coronavirus are prohibited from entering.

Western District of New York

  1. Civil jury trials and grand jury selections are postponed for 60 days as of March 16, 2020;
  2. Judges are to reduce personal appearances for all other proceedings as much as they can.

Southern District of New York

  1. All new trials suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic, indefinitely postponing all civil and criminal trials that were scheduled to begin before April 27.
  2. Those with symptoms or possible exposure — including those who have visited a slew of European countries — are prohibited from entering the courthouse. The executive office will not be issuing new attorney service passes until further notice.
  3. Bankruptcy hearings and conferences scheduled to be held in the courthouses of the Manhattan, White Plains and Poughkeepsie Divisions of the bankruptcy court will be held telephonically unless otherwise indicated by the presiding judge. Debtors with Chapter 13 cases before Chief Judge Cecelia G. Morris and Judge Sean H. Lane are waived from appearing in-person. 

As of March 30, 2020:

  1. The Thurgood Marshall Courthouse is closed for all SDNY activities;
  2. The Daniel Patrick Moynihan courthouse is open for emergency matters;
  3. All jury calls were suspended.  No civil or criminal trials may be held until June 1, 2020;
  4. The Charles L. Brieant Courthouse in White Plains is open, however there will be no presentments or arraignments;
  5. Attorneys are advised to review the webpages of the individual judges, as each has been advised to post any orders of general applicability extending time in civil matters, adjourning conferences, etc.

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.” 

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.

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. Governor Cuomo tolled all proceeding deadlines through April 19, 2020.
  2. The Chief Administrative Judge issued a March 23, 2020 Order suspending statutes of limitations in legal matters. Additionally, no papers shall be accepted for filing by a county clerk or a court in any matter of a type not included on the list of essential matters. The directive applies to both paper and electronic filings.
  3. Virtual court operations will begin in NYC Criminal Court on March 25, 2020 and NYC Family Court March 26, 2020.
  4. All pending jury trials will continue to conclusion. No additional trials will commence until further notice;
  5. Civil trial assignment parts are suspended until further notice;
  6. Centralized preliminary conference parts must be managed with the goal to minimize appearances in person;
  7. All compliance conferences in centralized parts are postponed until further notice;
  8. All motions in civil maters are to be taken on submission in civil individual parts;
  9. All preliminary and compliance conferences are to be managed with the goal of minimizing courthouse appearances;
  10. A moratorium on evictions has been imposed;
  11. As of March 26, 2020, New York City Family Court started hearing by remote video appearances and/or by telephone for the following matters Child-protective intake cases involving removal applications, Newly-filed juvenile delinquency intake cases involving remand applications, Emergency family offense petitions and Writ applications where there is a court order if custody or parenting time.
  12. As of March 29, 2020, Suffolk County District and County Courts, the Seventh Judicial District and Fifth Judicial district will be implementing virtual court operations;
  13. In Suffolk County, judges will preside remotely to hear arraignments, applications for temporary orders of protection, time-served please from jail and other essential applications.  It is anticipated that all matters heard in the Supreme and Family court will be done virtually by the end of the week;
  14. Virtual court operations for essential and emergency matters will commence via video conferencing on March 30, 2020 in the following county courts: Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates;
  15. All new court filings, either e-filed or hard copy, that are not essential matters, will not be accepted.

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 March 31, 2020

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

The court temporarily suspended the oral argument requirement for published opinions and any cases calendared for oral argument in April 2020 but not presented at oral argument may be decided by published opinion with consent of the panel.

Eastern District of North Carolina

  1. Civil and criminal jury trials set to begin on or before May 1, 2020 are postponed. All other hearings are subject to continue pursuant to the presiding judge’s discretion;
  2. Grand jury proceedings will continue;
  3. Parties are encouraged to appear for proceedings remotely;
  4. Non-case matters scheduled prior to May 1, 2020 are canceled.

Middle District of North Carolina

  1. Civil and criminal trials set to commence prior to April 16, 2020 are postponed until further notice;
  2. Grand jury proceedings scheduled for March are canceled.

Western District of North Carolina

  1. Presiding judges are staggering hearings. All hearings are to be held in the largest courtroom available. Non-evidentiary hearings are to be conducted remotely where feasible.
  2. Oral arguments on summary judgment motions in civil cases before Judge Conrad are suspended.  All summary judgment motions will be decided on the briefs until further notice.

State Courts

The Chief Justice’s order issued on Friday, March 13, directed that all superior and district court proceedings be postponed for at least 30 days, with some exceptions.

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

  1. All pleadings, motions, notices and other papers due on or after March 16, 2020 through April 17, 2020 will be timely if done before the close of business on April 17, 2020;
  2. All other acts, including discovery, mediation, motions and other case activity, that were or are due on or after March 16, 2020 through April 17, 2020 will be timely if done before the close of business on April 17, 2020;
  3. Case management deadlines entered in any action pending in the North Carolina Business Court between March 16, 2020 and April 17, 2020 will be extended to the close of the business day on April 17, 2020, absent consent of the parties;
  4. Parties in any action pending in the Business Court may, with the consent of the assigned judge, agree to an earlier deadline for filing any pleading, motion, notice or other document or paper that the Order permits to be filed or taken by April 17, 2020;
  5. Any filings made before April 17, 2020 must be done electronically through the Court’s electronic filing system.  The time for filing material listed in Rule 5(d) of the North Carolina Rules of Civ. Pro. with the clerk of the Superior Court is extended through April 24, 2020;
  6. There will be no in-person hearings before April 17, 2020 in any action currently pending in the Business Court, however a judge may continue to hold hearings and conferences by video conference or telephonically, with the consent of the parties.

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North Dakota

Updated March 31, 2020

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

The court has suspended the requirement for paper copies of electronically-filed briefs and addendums. Counsel should continue to serve paper copies on parties not participating in CM/ECF. The Clerk’s office is closed to the public.

District of North Dakota

As of March 27, 2020:

  1. All jury trials presently scheduled from March 16 through May 1, 2020 are continued;
  2. Regarding criminal trials, the time of the continuances implemented by the Court’s order is excluded under the Speedy Trial Act;
  3. All hearings are suspended through May 1, 2020, subject to exclusions;
  4. Grand jury proceedings scheduled through May 1, 2020 are continued;
  5. The 30-day time period for filing indictment is tolled for each defendant through May 1, 2020.

State Courts

  1. Civil jury trials not already in progress are suspended through April 24, 2020;
  2. Civil bench trials and hearings are not suspended at the discretion of the judge.
  3. Extension requests due to COVID should be presumptively granted. 
  4. Specific county court responses to COVID-19 can be found on the judiciary’s website.
  5. A March 27, 2020 Supreme Court Order extended all appellate court deadlines that fall between March 27 through April 30, 2020 for 60 days.

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Ohio

Updated March 30, 2020

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have symptoms or possible exposure are barred from entering any courtroom.

Northern District of Ohio

  1. Civil jury trials, reentry court proceedings and petty offense proceedings scheduled to commence prior to May 1, 2020 are postponed;
  2. Criminal trials are not to proceed unless absolutely necessary;
  3. Grand juries must not meet unless necessary;
  4. Pretrial proceedings may be conducted remotely when practical;
  5. All public gatherings are suspended until at least May 1, 2020.
  6. On March 30 2020, the Chief Judge authorized the use of video conferencing or telephone conferencing if video is not available, for all events listed in Section 15002(b) of USC. This authorization will remain in effect for 90 days. The order encourages electronic filing and credits back secure-leave scheduled in April and May 2020.

Southern District of Ohio

  1. Certain in-court proceedings are to continue on a limited basis;
  2. There will not be any additional jury trials for 30 days starting March 17, 2020;
  3. Proceedings in which in-person meetings are not required will continue at the discretion of the presiding judge;
  4. Naturalization ceremonies are postponed until at least April 13, 2020.

Court of Appeals, 10th Appellate District

All oral Arguments are converted to non-oral submission.

Champaign County

Jury trials for the remaining weeks of March and first half of April are postponed.

Jackson County

All civil matters scheduled for trial are continued for 30 days.

Union County

All civil proceedings shall be continued for at least 30 days.

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Oklahoma

Updated March 30, 2020

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

The Court will assess all cases set for argument in April and May 2020. Cases will be argued telephonically, submitted on the briefs or reset for in-person oral argument at a later date. The Court will notify counsel of its determination.

Northern District of Oklahoma

  1. All civil hearings and trials scheduled before April 30, 1010 are continued.  All other scheduling order deadlines, including discovery, motion, responses and reply deadlines, remain in effect.  Hearings may be conducted telephonically pursuant to the judge’s discretion;
  2. All criminal hearings and trials scheduled before April 30, 1010 are continued.  All other deadlines remain in effect.  Magistrate judges will continue to conduct preliminary criminal proceedings;
  3. Settlement conferences scheduled before April 30, 2020 are continued;
  4. Grand jury proceedings are continued.

Western District of Oklahoma

  1. Jury trials on the docket in April 2020 are postponed;
  2. Three grand jury sessions set to commence in March and April, 2020 are canceled.

State Courts

The Supreme Court of Oklahoma issued a March 27, 2020 Order providing the following:

  1. All jury terms through May 15, 2020 in all district courts are cancelled;
  2. All deadlines and procedures are suspended through May 15, 2020, subject only to constitutional limitations.  This suspension also applies to appellate rules and procedures for the Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Court of Civil Appeals.
  3. The statute of limitations is extended through May 15, 2020 for all civil cases.

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Oregon

Updated March 30, 2020

District of Oregon

  1. Civil and criminal jury selections, as well as trials, trials scheduled to commence prior to April 26, 2020 are adjourned until further notice;
  2. All grand jury proceedings scheduled before April 26, 2020 are also postponed;
  3. Civil and criminal matters scheduled for in-court appearances before April 26, 2020 are postponed unless parties may resolve the same by remote means;
  4. Filings are to be processed electronically and by mail.

State Courts

Effective March 27, 2020, Oregon’s Chief Justice issued an Order imposing Level 3 restrictions on court operations.  The order provided the following:

  1. In regards to in-custody defendants right to a speedy trial, a presiding judge may schedule a trial to begin before June 1, 2020.  Absent a party’s motion to postpone such trial, the presiding judge shall consider whether to postpone the trial set to begin before June 1, 2020, however the trial shall not be postponed unless the judge determines that postponement will not violate a statutory or constitutional right.
  2. In regards to in-custody juvenile delinquency adjudications, a judge may schedule the proceeding to begin before June 1, 2020.  Absent a youth’s motion to postpone such adjudication, the judge may not postpone the date later than June 1, 2020;
  3. In regards to all other jury and bench trials in criminal, civil and other cases, all trials scheduled to begin earlier than June 1, 2020 will be postponed and no trial will be scheduled to begin before June 1, 2020.  A presiding judge may schedule a trial to begin before June 1, 2020.  Trials that are held shall commence via remote means if feasible and permitted by law, and with the consent of the parties;
  4. All essential proceedings will continue as scheduled unless postponed on motion of a party or by the judge.  Essential proceedings shall be conducted in accordance with the policy oc the presiding judge.  If permitted, the proceeding may be schedule to begin on or before June 1, 2020 and should be conducted by remote means if possible;
  5. All non-essential proceedings scheduled to begin earlier than June 1, 2020 shall be postponed to a date after June 1, 2020;
  6. Ancillary proceedings should be postponed or limited to the extent the underlying court proceeding is postponed.  The arbitrator, mediator or person providing may order that the proceeding take place after consulting with the parties.  The proceeding may then be conducted by remote means or, if there is a need for an in-person proceeding, that social distancing can be maintained;
  7. Unless a party has a constitutional or statutory right to be heard in person, a motion must be heard remotely;
  8. Courts should continue to provide essential services while maintaining social distancing;
  9. No in-person meetings or conferences of more than five people may be held, except as otherwise authorized.

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Pennsylvania

Updated March 31, 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 trials and grand jury selections postponed until April 13.
  2. Attorneys who submitted a document in hard copy that would have arrived to the Clerk’s Office in either Allentown or Philadelphia on or subsequent to March 20, 2020 should file it electronically or send it via email;
  3. Attorneys are encouraged to electronically file civil complaints, notices of removal, amended complaints and third-party complaints;
  4. The Byrne Courthouse will reopen for official business on March 30, 2020;
  5. All arbitration hearings pursuant to Local Civil Rule 53.2 scheduled through April 13, 2020 are continued.

Middle District of Pennsylvania

  1. All hearings and proceedings in civil and criminal cases are postponed for 60 days as of March 13, with certain exceptions for individual cases.
  2. The Scranton divisional office reopened March 30, 2020;
  3. The Harrisburg divisional office reopened March 24, 2020;
  4. The Court will remain open for official business;
  5. The time-period of March 16 through April 30, 2020 shall be “excluded time” under the Speedy Trial Act as the Court finds that the ends of justice;
  6. Sitting grand juries are authorized to continue to meet, however no new grand juris will be empaneled through April 30, 2020.

Western District of Pennsylvania

All civil and criminal jury trials and grand jury selections are postponed until April 26.

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

Courts and related offices will be closed through April 3, 2020, or until further order from the court.

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Rhode Island

Updated March 30, 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.

District of Rhode Island

  1. The courthouse at One Exchange Terrace, Providence, is closed to the public;
  2. The John O. Pastore Building in Providence will be closed Tuesdays and Thursdays and will be open for limited purposes only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. All in-person civil matters will be cancelled and remote hearings will be arranged where possible;
  3. All grand jury proceedings and ongoing criminal hearings are postponed, with the exception of matters in which the person’s liberty interests are involved.
  4. All criminal hearings will be conducted telephonically due to the unavailability of reliable video conferencing;
  5. If a felony plea or sentencing in a case cannot be further delayed without serious harm to the interests of justice, the hearing will be conducted telephonically.

State Courts

  1. Court sessions are canceled through April 17, 2020, other than for emergency matters.

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South Carolina

Updated March 31, 2020

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

The court temporarily suspended the oral argument requirement for published opinions and any cases calendared for oral argument in April 2020 but not presented at oral argument may be decided by published opinion with consent of the panel.

District of South Carolina

  1. Civil and criminal jury selections and trials scheduled to commence through May 8, 2020 are adjourned until further notice;
  2. Grand jury proceedings scheduled through May 8, 2020 are postponed unless otherwise indicated by the presiding judge;
  3. Deadlines in civil cases are extended 21 days, other than statutes of limitation;
  4. Civil and criminal matters scheduled for an in-court appearance before May 8, 2020 and their deadlines are postponed, unless they can be resolved remotely.

State Courts

Pursuant to a March 26, 2020 Supreme Court Order:

  1. Effective March 20, 2020, all deadlines are suspended or altered, as outlined here:
    1. All deadlines prior to May 1, 2020 are extended to May 1, 2020, or for an additional 20 days, whichever is longer, pursuant to Rule 14(b), RLDE, Rule 413, Rule 502, SCACR for a complaint concerning a lawyer or judge;
    2. Any procedural default occurring on or after March 13, 2020 is forgiven pursuant to part (I)(2) of the Order;
    3. Any requests for review pursuant to Rule 18(b), RLDE and Rule 18(b), RJDE are extended.

Appellate Courts

  1. Oral arguments currently scheduled are cancelled.  If it becomes appropriate to schedule oral arguments or to hold a hearing, the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeals will consider alternate methods of conducting the arguments or hearing, such as video or telephone conferencing;
  2. Filings may be made using alternative methods including delivery, mailing, faxing and electronic filing;
  3. A document filed with the Supreme Court or Court od Appeal need not be accompanied by additional copies;
  4. Electronic signatures are permitted while the Order remains in effect;
  5. Service may be provided via delivery, mail, AIS e-mail;
  6. Appellate Courts will continue to send paper correspondence by mail to persons who are self-represented, however correspondence to a lawyer admitted to practice in the state will only be sent to that lawyer's primary e-mail address in AIS;
  7. There will be no filing fee required for a motion for extension;
  8. If a party was required to take certain action on or after March 13, 2020, but failed to do so, that procedural default is forgiven, and the required action shall be taken within twenty (20) days of the date of the Order.  If a dismissal order had been issued based on the default, it shall be rescinded.  This forgiveness does not apply to the failure of a party to timely serve a notice of appeal under Rules 203, 242, and 247, SCACR.

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South Dakota

Updated March 31, 2020

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

The court has suspended the requirement for paper copies of electronically-filed briefs and addendums. Counsel should continue to serve paper copies on parties not participating in CM/ECF. The Clerk’s office is closed to the public.

District of South Dakota

  1. Civil and criminal jury trials set to commence on or before April 24, 2020 are postponed;
  2. Nonjury matters are to proceed as scheduled unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge. Parties are encouraged to appear remotely if possible;
  3. Grand jury proceedings scheduled prior to April 24, 2020 are postponed.

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 March 30, 2020

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. The Court will continue to operate in the normal course;
  2. The requirement that non-prisoner pro se litigants file exclusively in paper format is temporarily suspended thrugh April 17, 2020.
  3. Those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have symptoms or possible exposure are barred from entering any courtroom.

Eastern District of Tennessee

  1. Civil and criminal jury trials set to commence on or before April 24, 2020 are postponed;
  2. Oral arguments will be conducted remotely when possible;
  3. Grand jury proceedings in Greeneville and Chattanooga are suspended through April 24, 2020;
  4. Misdemeanor, petty offense and traffic dockets scheduled through April 24, 2020 are adjourned.

Middle District of Tennessee

Civil and criminal jury selections that were scheduled to begin March 17 through March 30 are postponed. All grand jury proceedings scheduled to take place between March 17 and April 30 are postponed, as are related deadlines.

Western District of Tennessee

  1. Civil judicial proceedings currently scheduled are postponed until after April 17, 2020;
  2. Criminal proceedings that in which in-person appearances are not required are postponed until subsequent to April 17, 2020;
  3. Civil and criminal jury selections and trials scheduled to commence on or before April 17, 2020 are postponed. Grand juries previously selected will not meet until subsequent to April 17, 2020;
  4. The federal courthouse at 111 S. Highland Ave. in Jackson is closed to the public until further notice.

State  and Local Courts

  1. All in-person proceedings are suspended through April 30, 2020, with certain exceptions including bond-related matters for criminal defendants, plea agreements for the incarcerated, civil and criminal jury trials that were in progress as of March 13, 2020 and proceedings regarding abuse, emergency child custody orders, petitions for temporary injunctive relief, emergency mental health orders, emergency protection of elderly or vulnerable people and proceedings related to COVID-19.
  2. Deadlines, including statutes of limitations, orders of protection and temporary injunctions, that expire between March 13 and May 5, 2020 are extended through May 6, 2020.

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Texas

Updated March 31, 2020

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Counsel impacted by coronavirus may request extensions.

Eastern District of Texas

  1. Criminal and civil jury trials scheduled to begin on any date from this date through May 1, 2020, are continued, to a date to be reset by each presiding judge. Those continuances do not continue any pending deadlines other than the trial dates.
  2. Attorneys should contact the presiding judges in their impacted cases if they seek to modify such other deadlines.
  3. As a result of an individual with a presumptive positive diagnosis for the COVID-19 who visited the Plano Courthouse on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Plano Courthouse for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas is closed until April 1, 2020.
  4. Parties not represented by an attorney (pro se) may file legal pleadings via U.S. Mail, email or fax through May 1, 2020, unless the Order is extended.  Consequently, pro se parties will not be permitted to enter courthouse facilities while this order is in effect.
  5. Under the CARES Act, the Court permits the conduct of certain criminal proceedings by video or audio conference. This authorization is effective for 90 days unless earlier terminated.

Northern District of Texas

  1. All civil and criminal bench and jury trials scheduled to begin through May 1, 2020 are postponed until further notice, however the postponement does not include other deadlines besides the trial date.
  2. Although the courthouses are open, you should not come to the courthouse if you have flu-like symptoms, traveled to countries within the past 14 days for which the CDC has issued a level 3 or 2 notice, have been self-quarantined, or had close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
  3. Under the CARES Act, the Court permits the conduct of certain criminal proceedings by video or audio conference. This authorization is effective for 90 days unless earlier terminated.

Southern District of Texas

  1. The counties of Galveston and Harris are under shelter-in-place order, however the courts are exempt;
  2. The court clerk’s office will have a much reduced staff.  Docketing and most other tasks will be handled remotely;
  3. Bankruptcy judges agreed to conduct most hearings telephonically or via video conference;
  4. A March 24, 2020 Order by Chief Judge David R. Jones providing that the requirement that attorney’s seeking approval of fixed fee meet in person with their clients is modified for cases filed between March 23, 2020 through May 31, 2020. Preference should be given to a video conference alternative;
  5. Houston/ Galveston civil and criminal jury trials are deferred through May 1, 2020;
  6. Other deadlines and settings remain in place pending further notice.

Under the CARES Act, the Court permits the conduct of certain criminal proceedings by video or audio conference.

Certain Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure allow for consent or waiver of certain rights by defendant but require the consent or waiver to be in writing. The Court orders:

  1. When a judge finds that obtaining an actual signature is impracticable or imprudent, any document may be signed electronically
  2. When a defendant’s signature is called for, either defense counsel or the presiding judge may sign on the defendant’s behalf if the defendant, after an opportunity to consult with counsel, consents on the record.

Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Victoria, Houston, Galveston and McAllen Divisions

  1. The following individuals may not enter the courthouse: Anyone who travelled or who reside/ had close contact with someone who travelled to countries in the last 14 days covered by the Level 3 Travel Health Notice from the CDC on COVID-19; individuals who have been asked to self-quarantine; individuals diagnosed with, or who have had contact with those diagnosed with COVID-19; individuals with a fever, cough or shortness of breath.
  2. Both Galveston and Harris Counties are under a shelter-in-place order effective Tuesday, March 24, at 11:59 p.m. The courts are exempt and will continue to operate. However, the courts will minimize the need to require anyone from deviating from those orders. This includes deferring any non-essential in-court appearances or having them occur by telephone conference or video conference.

Laredo Division

  1. Any sessions scheduled in the Grand Jury Division through May 1, 2020 are continued and any related deadlines are suspended and tolled, including statute of limitations, through May 1, 2020;
  2. Unless parties are notified otherwise, guilty plea proceedings set to take place after March 23, 2020 through May 1, 2020 are continued and will be scheduled by the presiding judge. 

Bankruptcy Court

  1. The bankruptcy judges have agreed to conduct most hearings by telephone or video conference, rather than bring attorneys or their clients into the courthouses.
  2. The Court’s requirement that filing attorneys receive and maintain “wet signature” copies of documents is modified for the period of March 19, 2020 through May 31, 2020 in that signatures of debtors/ attorneys/ affiants/ declarants may be received and maintained in “wet signature form” or electronically signed by using commercially available electronic signing technology that: (1) maintains an audit trail that allows the filing attorney to obtain identification of the signer’s computer/ device from the commercial provider; or (b) complies with the requirements of the U.S. ESIGN Act;
  3. Chapter 13 debtors that have suffered a substantial adverse effect due to the public health crisis may seek a temporary reduction in plan payments through May 31, 2020;
  4. Beginning June 1, 2020, debtors must resume remitting full monthly payments and, unless otherwise provided in a proposed modification, debtors must cure any arrearages from the period of March 1, 2020 through May 21, 2020 and no later than December 31, 2020;
  5. Debtors must retain documents that show the reasonableness of reduced payments, which must be presented on demand by the Chapter 13 trustee or Court;
  6. The debtor must maintain a certain level of payments to avoid default;
  7. The Court may adjust dates pursuant to the March 19, 2020 Order as circumstances warrant;
  8. Debtor’s counsel will be paid $150.00 as a fixed fee for assisting clients under this procedure.

Western District of Texas

  1. The Courts of the Western District of Texas is closed, except for procedures as the Magistrate Judge or Presiding District Judge may direct, including through use of video technology.
  2. All settings in any civil or criminal matter currently scheduled before May 1, 2020, are cancelled pending further order of the court, with the exception of please, sentencings, and criminal matters before Magistrate Judges.
  3. All deadlines in a scheduling order, other than a trial date, shall remain in effect unless modified by the assigned Judge.
  4. Under the CARES Act, the Court permits the conduct of certain criminal proceedings by video or audio conference. This authorization is effective for 90 days unless earlier terminated.

State Courts

All emergency orders expire on May 8, 2020 unless extended by the Chief Justice.

  1. Emergency Order 2: Clarifies that child possession schedules establishing access to a child under a court-ordered possession schedule are not affected by the school’s closure that arises from an epidemic or pandemic and that the original published school schedule controls.
  2. Emergency Order 3: Modifies Emergency Order 1, prohibits judges from conducting non-essential proceedings in person contrary to local, state, or national directives, whichever is most restrictive, regarding maximum group size.
  3. Emergency Order 4: Prohibits a trial, hearing, or other proceeding in an eviction to recover possession of residential property under Chapter 24 of the Property Code and Rule 510 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure until after April 19, 2020.
  4. Emergency Order 5: All deadlines, whether prescribed by statute, rule, or order, related to attorney professional disciplinary and disability proceedings are tolled.
  5. Emergency Order 7: Clarifies possession schedules in Suits Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (SAPCR). For purposes of determining a person’s right to possession of and access to a child under a court-ordered possession schedule, the existing trial court order shall control in all instances. Possession of and access to a child shall not be affected by any shelter-in-place order or other order restricting movement issued by a governmental entity​.

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 March 30, 2020

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

The Court will assess all cases set for argument in April and May 2020. Cases will be argued telephonically, submitted on the briefs or reset for in-person oral argument at a later date. The Court will notify counsel of its determination.

District of Utah

  1. Civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to commence prior to May 1, 2020 are postponed;
  2. All trial-related deadlines in criminal trials set to commence before May 1, 2020 are postponed, however criminal trials already underway as of March 16, 2020 will continue;
  3. Judges are authorized to postpone trial-related deadlines in civil matters at their discretion;
  4. All grand jury proceedings are suspended through May 1, 2020.

State Courts

  1. The Supreme Court issued an updated administrative order providing that all on-essential hearings are postponed and courthouses are to remain open to accept filings;
  2. Regarding district and justice courts, protective orders, stalking injunction requests and pleadings may be filed by email (without a wet signature).  All criminal and civil jury trails have been ordered postponed until after June 1, 2020;
  3. Regarding justice courts, hearings in matters involving defendants who are not in custody and charged with violations of the traffic code, except in matters in which the defendant is charged with reckless driving or driving under the influence, are continued until after Oct. 1, 2020;
  4. Regarding appellate courts, the Utah Supreme Court and Court of Appeals will determine which cases will be scheduled for oral argument;
  5. Responses from individual county courts can be found on the judiciary’s website. - https://www.utcourts.gov/alerts/

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Vermont

Updated March 30, 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. Civil and criminal matters set for in-person court appearances are postponed until further notice;
  2. All grand jury proceedings are postponed until April 23, 2020.
  3. The Burlington courthouse will remain open to support the hearings of  the District and Bankruptcy courts and operate with limited staff and resources;
  4. The District Court Clerk’s Offices are closed to the public.

State Courts

  1. The courts will schedule and hear only the following cases:
    • Vermont Rule of Criminal Procedure 5 hearings and arraignments of defendants in custody by video when possible;
    • Arraignments for those cited for domestic assault
    • Change-of-plea hearings, in the judge’s discretion
    • Motions for review of bail for defendants in custody
    • Requests for search warrants, if electronic means are unavailable
    • Criminal competency, when the initial evaluation demonstrates incompetence and related hospitalization hearings
    • Juvenile temporary care hearings
    • Emergency motions to suspend parent-child contact in juvenile and domestic cases
    • Mental-health hearings considering involuntary hospitalization and/or medication
    • Probate hearings concerning emergency guardianship or DNR petitions
    • Habeas Corpus petitions
    • Final hearings in stalking and relief of abuse proceedings, and hearings requesting a final order after denial of an ex parte request
    • Temporary emergency hearings on injunctive relief, based upon the judge’s discretion;
    • Emergency landlord-tenant hearings, based upon the judge’s discretion;
    • Proceedings related to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  2. In matter that are not suspended, parties are to appear in all non-evidentiary proceedings remotely by telephone;
  3. In Superior Court divisions and units where electronic filing is not permitted, parties may file documents with the court via email, subject to the requirements outlined in the Court’s order.

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Virginia

Updated March 31, 2020

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

The court temporarily suspended the oral argument requirement for published opinions and any cases calendared for oral argument in April 2020 but not presented at oral argument may be decided by published opinion with consent of the panel.

Eastern District of Virginia

  1. The Clerk’s Office counters are closed to the public until further notice;
  2. The public may use the drop boxes during hours when the courthouses are open to the public.

Western District of Virginia

  1. Naturalization ceremonies are postponed in all divisions until May 31, 2020.
  2. Misdemeanor, traffic and petty offense dockets scheduled on or before April 30, 2020 are postponed;

State Courts

  1. The Supreme Court and Rose Lafoon Building in Richmond are closed to the public until further notice;
  2. Court of Appeals filings filed in a Circuit Court are extended by 21 days, as of March 16, 2020;
  3. The Court of Appeals will conduct oral arguments remotely through June 30, 2020.

As of March 27, 2020, the Supreme Court entered the following Order effective April 6 through April 26, 2020:

  1. The courts and clerks’ offices will remain operational and provide services required by law;
  2. All applicable deadlines, time schedules and filing requirements, including applicable statutes of limitations, are tolled and extended;
  3. All courts shall implement the following measures, absent specific exceptions:
    1. Continue civil, traffic and criminal matters and jury trials, except emergency matters;
    2. Matters heard or considered by the Court will be determined by the presiding judge as to whether it is urgent and must be heard;
    3. The court’s determination that a criminal matter must be heard in order to avail violating a defendant’s right to a speedy trial must be made by the respective judge on a base-by-case basis;
    4. The Court must give precedence on the docket to emergency matters as defined by the Order;
    5. All maters that a court hears pursuant to the Order must be conducted by two-way electronic audio and visual communication, to the extent authorized by law;
    6. Courtroom attendance must be limited in any matters that cannot be continued to attorneys, parties, necessary witnesses, interpreters, court personnel, court reporters, bailiffs, and necessary individuals as deemed by the judge;
    7. The court should excuse or postpone jury service for jurors who are in a high-risk category as defined by the CDC for jury trials that cannot be continued.

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Washington, D.C.

Updated March 30, 2020

Federal Courts

  1. Federal civil and criminal jury trials have been postponed beginning March 17, 2020 through May 11, 2020;
  2. Other proceedings are postponed until April 17, 2020.

D.C. Superior Court

  1. All clerk’s offices are operating in a remote status with no staff on-site;
  2. All emergency hearings will be conducted by the judge remotely;
  3. All weekend inn jail provisions of sentences in criminal matters are suspended until June 5, 2020;
  4. All misdemeanor bench warrants, except for bench warrants issued in misdemeanor sex offense and indecent exposure cases, are suspended until May 15, 2020.
  5. The Court has four courtrooms operating to hear the following, most of which are to be conducted remotely: adult arraignments and presentments; family court emergencies, neglect and juvenile initial hearings; criminal and domestic violence emergencies and civil, probate and tax emergencies. 

D.C. Court of Appeals

There will be no oral arguments through May 31, 2020.  The court will address emergency matters. Parties are to efile or email filings to [email protected]

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Washington

Updated March 31, 2020

Eastern District of Washington

  1. All hearings in civil and criminal matters scheduled for in-court appearances through April 14, 2020 are vacated and all related case management deadlines are suspended, pending further Orders from the presiding judge;
  2. Hearings in civil and criminal matters scheduled for telephonic appearances or hearings set without oral argument are unaffected;
  3. Magistrate Judge hearings and functions are to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis;
  4. All non-case related events, are postponed pending further order of the Court;
  5. The Bankruptcy Court must be contacted directly for guidance on bankruptcy proceedings.

Western District of Washington

  1. The Clerk’s office windows are closed to the public;
  2. Documents and payments may be dropped off at the United States Courthouses, be sent by U.S. postal mail;
  3. New case documents may be emailed;
  4. All CVB matters are postponed until after June 1, 2020;
  5. Emergency filings should follow the established procedures outlined on the Court’s website;
  6. Civil hearings are postponed until after June 1, 2020 unless otherwise indicated by the presiding judge.  Most hearings held will be telephonically;
  7. Selective criminal proceedings, including initial appearances, will be held at the courthouse, via video or telephonically, on an as-needed basis;
  8. All jury trials are postponed until after June 1, 2020. 
  9. All non-case related events scheduled prior to July 1, 2020 are postponed;
  10. Archival records requests are suspended.

State Courts

  1. Civil jury trials are suspended until after April 24, 2020, however trials already in session can proceed or may be postponed at the discretion of the presiding judge or by agreement of the parties;
  2. Non-emergency civil matters are postponed until after April 24, 2020;
  3. Emergency matters must be held remotely, if possible;
  4. Criminal jury trials are postponed until after April 24, 2020, however criminal trials already in session can continue if public health measures are strictly observed, but are permitted to be postponed if the defendant agrees.

King County Superior Court

  1. All civil trials, except for dependency and ITA cases, scheduled between March 16 and June 8, 2020 are stricken and will be rescheduled on a date on or subsequent to June 8, 2020;
  2. A new trial date for all civil trials where the date was stricken will be reset, however prior to April 10, 2020, the parties can either submit an agree-to order for a new trial date or file a motion to set a new date;
  3. The Court will prioritize assignments, criminal trials, dependency trials and certain family law matters when it is able to resume jury trials;
  4. All civil motions shall be heard without oral argument unless otherwise indicted by the presiding judge.  The parties may request oral argument.  If the Court requests oral argument, it will be done by remote means;
  5. The Court altered the time limits in LCR 7(b), and the moving party shall serve and file all motion documents no later than nine court days before the date that the party wises for the motion to be considered.  Opposition papers should be filed no later than 4:30 pm four court dates before the motion is considered.  Optional strict replies must be filed and served no later than 4:30 pm two court dates before the hearing;
  6. The requirement of oral argument in LCR 56 and LCR 7(b)(4)(B) is waived;
  7. Supplemental proceedings are suspended until after April 24, 2020;
  8. Motions for default, default judgment and requests for entry of judgment and order to pay on writs of garnishment will be denied without prejudice while public health advisories are in effect, except when an order in family law directs that a writ of garnishment is permitted;
  9. All hearings in the ex parte department are to be conducted telephonically.  The moving party shall provide notice of necessity to appear by phone to all parties.  Judicial officer’s working copies must be submitted timely in order for the motion to be heard;
  10. Superior Court Civil Arbitration hearings will be conducted telephonically;
  11. The time for a full hearing on newly-filed or expiring civil protection, restraining or anti-harassment orders ma be extended for up to 28 days.

Snohomish County Superior Court

All criminal jury trials are postponed until April 24, and all civil jury trials are postponed until at least June 1. Anyone with symptoms is prohibited from visiting any courtroom or program office. The number of cases that will be confirmed on any court commissioner calendar is capped at 10.

Pierce County Courts and Tacoma Municipal Courts

All jury trials, except those already in progress, are postponed until April 24. Bench trials will remain an option, and nonjury trials are not affected. Anyone scheduled to appear for a criminal proceeding between March 16 and April 24 must still show up to court.

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West Virginia

Updated March 31, 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

The court temporarily suspended the oral argument requirement for published opinions and any cases calendared for oral argument in April 2020 but not presented at oral argument may be decided by published opinion with consent of the panel.

Southern District of West Virginia

Civil and criminal jury trials and grand jury proceedings are postponed.

State Courts

The West Virginia Supreme Court declared a judicial emergency from March 23, 2020 through April 10, 2020 in all 55 counties. As such, the following changes are in effect:

1.    Emergency proceedings required to protect the health or safety of the community will be held, preferably via video conferencing or telephonically, and will not be delated or extended, which include matters regarding:

a.    Domestic violence;
b.    Child abuse and neglect upon initial removal of the child or where there is an imminent threat to a child’s health or safety;
c.    Infant guardianship;
d.    Physical custody cases involving an imminent threat to a child’s health or safety;
e.    Juvenile detention or placement in state custody;
f.    Initial criminal appearances;
g.    Bond hearings;
h.    Search warrants;
i.    Criminal preliminary hearings;
j.    Mental hygiene; and 
k.    Matters related to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

2.    All proceedings scheduled to occur and acts required to be done during the emergency period of March 23, 2020 through April 10, 2020 are stayed, to be rescheduled by the presiding Judge;

3.    Deadlines within the court rules, statutes, ordinances, administrative rules or otherwise that will expire between March 23, 2020 and April 10, 2020 are extended to April 11, 2020, however deadlines relating to the above-mentioned emergency matters remain in effect;

4.    Deadlines, statutes of limitations and statutes of repose that will expire between March 23, 2020 and April 10, 2020 are extended to April 11, 2020;

5.    If technology can be utilized, such as video conferencing or telephonic proceedings, and such utilization does not infringe upon Constitutional rights of a party, the technology should be used in emergency matters to eliminate in-person hearings/ proceedings. 

6.    Oral arguments scheduled for March 17 through 25 are continued generally. 

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Wisconsin

Updated March 31, 2020

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Matters scheduled for oral argument through the end of April will have telephonic oral arguments. The Chicago courtroom is closed to the public. Parties may waive oral argument by filing a joint motion.

Eastern District of Wisconsin

  1. Civil and criminal jury trials set to commence before May 1, 2020 are adjourned;
  2. Petty offense, reentry court and grand jury proceedings are postponed;
  3. Civil hearings are to be conducted remotely.

Western District of Wisconsin

As of March 24, 2020, all jury trials are suspended through May 18, 2020. All in-person hearings are rescheduled until after May 18, 2020, subject to exceptions warranted in extraordinary circumstances.

State Courts

  1. Civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to start prior to May 22, 2020 are postponed and will be rescheduled by the assigned judge. Proceedings in-person within the Appellate and Circuit courts are suspended through April 30, 2020, subject to exceptions.
  2. The Supreme Court has temporarily ordered the remote administration of oaths at depositions by audio-visual means;
  3. On March 27, 2020, the Supreme Court accepted three new cases and acted to deny review in a number of other cases.

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Wyoming

Updated March 30, 2020

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

The Court will assess all cases set for argument in April and May 2020. Cases will be argued telephonically, submitted on the briefs or reset for in-person oral argument at a later date. The Court will notify counsel of its determination. 

District of Wyoming

  1. The Court will be open to the public during the hours of 10:00 am to 3:00 pm until April 6, 2020. 
  2. Judges are to conduct matters remotely if possible.

State Courts

  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.

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