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Court Closures and Responses Due to COVID-19

Updated June 2, 2020

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Alabama

Updated May 26, 2020

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

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

Northern District of Alabama

  1. Judges will determine when it is appropriate to hold in-person hearings on a case-by-case basis;
  2. Hearings will be conducted remotely through the end of the national emergency unless it is necessary to be held in-person.

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;
  7. Bankruptcy hearings will be held by telephone through May 31, 2020.

Southern District of Alabama

  1. Effective May 4, 2020, all those on the Courthouse premises must wear a mask.  Effective May 18, 2020, before being allowed to enter the Courthouse, all persons must submit to a COVID-19 screening.

Supreme Court of Alabama

The Supreme Court of Alabama issued an April 30, 2020 Order extending the state of emergency for the Judicial Branch through May 15, 2020.  Effective May 1, 2020, all officials in the appellate, circuit, district, juvenile, municipal and probate courts are authorized to prepare their offices and courtrooms for in-person proceedings.  All deadlines previously set to expire April 30, 2020 are extended to May 15, 2020. 

The Deadlines in the Supreme Court’s Administrative Orders set to expire on April 16, 17 or 20, 2020 are extended through April 30, 2020.

  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.

State Courts

Pursuant to a May 13, 2020 Order:

  1. In person hearings in the circuit courts, district courts, juvenile courts, municipal courts and probate courts are authorized to recommence after May 15, 2020;
  2. Jury trials will remain suspended until September 14, 2020;
  3. The restriction of in-person court proceedings is extended to August 15, 2020.

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Alaska

Updated June 2, 2020

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

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

District of Alaska

  1. All criminal trials scheduled before July 6, 2020 are continued.  All trial specific deadlines in criminal cases scheduled to begin before July 6 are continued, however pretrial deadlines remain in effect;
  2. All civil jury trials scheduled to commence prior to July 6, 2020 are continued.  Parties are encouraged to consider alternative avenues for resolution.  All jury trial-specific deadlines in matters scheduled to begin before July 6, 2020 are vacated;
  3. All individuals over two years old must wear a face mask or covering in common areas of the courthouse.

State Courts

  1. Grand jury and non-jury proceedings in criminal and civil matters may resume June 1, 2020 and conducted with social distancing and other safety measures;
  2. Jury trials are suspended until at least July 6, 2020.

Pursuant to an April 24, 2020 statewide order:

  1. All trial court proceedings are suspended through May 31, 2020, except priority hearings;
  2. All parties on civil matters should appear by telephone or videoconference;
  3. Filing deadlines in all matters were extended to May 1, 2020;
  4. Grand jury and jury trials are suspended through May 31, 2020.

Pursuant to an April 20, 2020 Order:

  1. Clerk’s offices are to accept filings via fax or email;
  2. The filing party may sign documents with an electronic signature or “s/name/”.

Pursuant to an April 3, 2020 Order:

  1. All trial court proceedings and civil marriage ceremonies are suspended through May 21, 2020, except priority hearings identified in the Special Order of the Chief Justice;
  2. All attorneys, parties and witnesses shall appear via telephone or video conferences on all civil matters;
  3. In criminal matters, attorneys, defendants, witnesses and other participants are required to appear via telephone or video conference;
  4. Parties are authorized to file documents via email or mail in all case types and attorneys are authorized to sign a document by typing “s/[name]/” on the signature line.  Parties can provide necessary notarized documents at a later time;
  5. Filings should be made electronically to the greatest degree practical;
  6. Civil Rule 5 service should be made electronically;
  7. Filing deadlines are extended to May 1, 2020 in pending suspended cases;
  8. Grand juries and jury trials are suspended through May 31, 2020;
  9. Hearings in other civil matters and appeals are suspended and time standards for civil cases and appeals are enlarged.

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Arizona

Updated June 2, 2020

District of Arizona

  1. The partial closure of the Flagstaff Courthouse remains in effect through June 30, 2020.  Jury trials in the Courthouse are postponed through July 1, 2020;
  2. The Yuma Courthouse has limited authorization to conduct proceedings through June 30, 2020;
  3. As of June 1, 2020, the moratorium on hearings and on jury and other trials in the Tucson and Phoenix Courthouses was partially lifted;
  4. Grand Jury proceedings in the Phoenix and Tucson Courthouses will not begin prior to June 16 in Phoenix and June 17, 2020.

State Courts

  1. Jury trials may not commence before June 15, 2020.

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Arkansas

Updated May 15, 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 and criminal jury trials and grand jury proceedings scheduled prior to May 29, 2020 are postponed;
  2. Further postponements will be handled by presiding judges.

As of April 17, 2020:

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

Western District of Arkansas

  1. All civil and criminal trials scheduled to begin before June 1, 2020 are continued;
  2. Grand jury proceedings are continued.

Supreme Court

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

State Courts

  1. Beginning Monday May 18, 2020, state courts may resume conducting in-person hearings with certain safety measures in place;
  2. Summonses to participate in jury panels are suspended until June 30, 2020.;
  3. Specific cancellations of the Circuit and District Courts are provided on the judiciary’s website.

As of April 23, 2020:

  1. The suspension of all in-person proceedings in appellate, circuit and district courts shall be extended through May 15, 2020;
  2. All previously announced suspensions and extensions remain in effect.

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California

Updated June 2, 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. There will be no civil or criminal jury trials until after June 1, 2020;
  2. All filing deadlines remain in place;
  3. Hearings by video and telephonic conference may be held by individual Judges;
  4. In person meetings of grand juries is suspended through June 1, 2020;
  5. Appearances will be by telephone in all matters through June 1, 2020 in the bankruptcy court.

Eastern District of California

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to commence before June 15, 2020 are postponed.

Northern District of California

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

Southern District of California

  1. Beginning June 1, 2020, Judges within their discretion may conduct in person proceedings in certain criminal matters.

Statewide Order

Pursuant to a March 30, 2020 Statewide Order:

  1. Superior courts are authorized to implement orders:
    1. That extend the time period in Section 859b of the Penal Code for holding a preliminary exam of the defendant’s right to release to no more than 30 days;
    2. That extend the time period in Section 825 of the Penal Code within when a defendant charged with a felony must be taken before a magistrate to not more than 7 days;
    3. That extend the time period provided in Section 1382 of the Penal Code for holding a criminal trial  by no more than 60 days from the last date on which the statutory deadline otherwise would have expired;
    4. Extend the time period provided in Sections 583.310 and 583.320 of the Code of Civil Procedure to bring an action to trial by no more than 6 days from the date in which the statutory deadline would have expired;
  2. The 60-day continuance of jury trials is to be calculated from the date in which the trial was set or extended, whichever is longer;
  3. Any rule in the CA Rules of Court to the extent such rule would prevent a court from using technology to conduct judicial proceedings and court operations remotely.

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

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

Alameda

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

Contra Costa

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

Los Angeles

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

Marin

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

Nevada

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

Orange

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

Placer

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

San Diego

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

San Francisco

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

San Bernardino

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

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Colorado

Updated June 2, 2020

District of Colorado

  1. Pursuant to a May 6, 2020 Order, all civil and criminal trials scheduled to begin through July 6, 2020 are continued;
  2. All grand jury proceedings are suspended through June 19, 2020;
  3. When possible, hearings will be held remotely.

State Courts

Pursuant to a May 5, 2020 Colorado Supreme Court Order, no jury trials will begin prior to July 6, 2020. 

  1. All jury calls are suspended through June 1, 2020, with the exception of certain criminal trials pursuant to the speedy trial deadline;
  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 May 20, 2020

District of Connecticut

  1. Pursuant to a May 19, 2020 Order, all civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to commence on or before September 1, 2020 are continued.

Supreme Court

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

State Courts

  1. Supreme Court arguments will be held via videoconference on June 1, June 3, June 5, June 10, June 12, and June 22, 2020;
  2. Appellate Court arguments will be held via videoconference on June 15, June 17, June 19, June 29, and July 1, 2020.

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Delaware

Updated June 2, 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. All civil and criminal jury selections and trials set to begin prior to June 30, 2020 are continued;
  2. All deadlines set by the Federal or Local Rules, Court Order, or scheduling order remain in effect;
  3. The period of May 27 through June 30, 2020 is excluded under the Speedy Trial Act.

Supreme Court

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

Bankruptcy Courts

  1. All non time-sensitive proceedings are paused until at least May 18, 2020;
  2. All court hearings held prior to May 18, 2020 will be conducted via telephone or video conference, unless otherwise ordered.

Through April 30, 2020:

  1. All Court hearings that are not time sensitive are continued to a date to be determined by the presiding Judge on or after May 1, 2020;
  2. The presiding Judge will determine whether a court hearing is time sensitive;
  3. All Court hearing held prior to May 1, 2020 are to be conducted telephonically and/or via video conference.

State Courts

  1. Delaware Court facilities are closed to the public until June 13, 2020.
  2. Deadlines in Court rules or state or local statutes and ordinances set to expire between March 23 and May 14, 2020 are extended through June 1, 2020, subject to exceptions;
  3. Statutes of limitations and statutes of repose that would expire during March 23 through May 14, 2020 are extended through June 1, 2020.

Chancery Court

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

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Florida

Updated June 2, 2020

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

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

Middle District of Florida

  1. 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

  1. All jury trials scheduled to occur between May 1 and June 30, 2020 are continued;
  2. All trial specific deadlines in criminal cases scheduled to begin before July 1, 2020 are continued.

Southern District of Florida

  1. All jury trials scheduled to start on or before March 30, 2020 are postponed until July 6, 2020;
  2. Trial-specific deadlines in criminal cases scheduled to begin prior to July 6, 2020 are postponed until further notice;
  3. Grand jury sessions are postponed until July 6, 2020.

Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida

Pursuant to a May 29, 2020 Order:

  1. Public access to Court facilities are permitted for “mission-critical matters,” that require in-person appearance in the interest of justice;
  2. Court proceedings that can be conducted remotely via telephone or video technology should continue to take place.

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

Pursuant to a May 4, 2020 Supreme Court of Florida Order:

  1. All rules of procedure, court orders and opinions applicable to court proceedings that limit or prohibit the use of communication equipment for conducting proceedings by remote means;
  2. All time periods involving the speedy trial procedure in criminal and juvenile court proceedings shall remain suspended through the close of business on July 6, 2020;
  3. The suspension of all grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials is extended through July 2, 2020.

As of April 6, 2020 through May 29, 2020:

  1. To the extent feasible, he chief judges are directed to take all necessary steps to facilitate conducting proceedings with the use of technology;
  2. All rules, orders and opinions applicable to court proceedings that limit or prohibit the use of communication equipment for conducting proceedings by remote electronic means remain suspended;
  3. Notaries and other persons qualified to administer an oath in Florida may swear a witness remotely by audio-video technology.  An out of state witness may consent to being put under oath via remote technology;
  4. All rules of procedure, court orders, and opinions applicable to remote testimony, depositions and other legal testimony, that limit or prohibit the use of audio-video technology remains suspended;
  5. All grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings and criminal and civil jury trials remain suspended;
  6. All circuit and county courts will continue to perform essential court proceedings;
  7. Chief judges will continue to review cases and court events for non-essential or critical proceedings and the communications technology resources available in order to issue directives to respective judges of the court;
  8. All time periods involving the speedy trial procedure in criminal and juvenile court proceedings will remain suspended through June 1, 2020.

As of April 1, 2020, the deadline for chief judges to report their circuits progress on implementation of judicial electronic filing to the Florida Courts is extended to August 1, 2020.

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 June 2, 2020

Northern District of Georgia

  1. Grand jury proceedings may be held beginning June 1, 2020 and summons may be issued prior to July 3, 2020 to prospective jurors for proceedings scheduled to begin July 3, 2020.

Middle District of Georgia

  1. All criminal hearings are cancelled through July 13, 2020, subject to exceptions including initial appearances, arraignments and detention hearings.

Southern District of Georgia

  1. Criminal jury trials may be postponed until May 31, 2020.

Georgia Supreme Court

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

2. The Order further granted relief from the following:

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

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

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

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

State Courts

  1. Pursuant to a May 4, 2020 Order, the Chief Justice extended the statewide judicial emergency until June 12, 2020. As such, all criminal and civil jury trials will continue to be suspended, and courts will be barred from summoning and impaneling new trial and grand juries;
  2. On April 21, 2020, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an order concerning a workgroup on the continuity of court operations and proceedings during and after COVID-19, available here.

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 April 22, 2020

District of Hawaii

As of April 16, 2020:

  1. All civil and criminal trials scheduled to begin before June 15, 2020 are continued;
  2. Regarding criminal trials set to commence before June 15, 2020, assigned judges will make appropriate findings an enter an order pursuant to the Speedy Trial Act accordingly;
  3. Civil hearings scheduled before June 15, 2020 will either be conducted telephonically or taken off the Court’s calendar.

State Courts

  1. All civil, criminal and family court trials are postponed through May 29, 2020.

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Idaho

Updated April 28, 2020

District of Idaho

  1. All grand juries are suspended through May 31, 2020;
  2. Civil and criminal petit jury selections and trials scheduled to commence no through May 31, 2020 are continued;
  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

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

Pursuant to a Supreme Court Order and effective May 1, 2020:

  1. No jury trials will be held on criminal matters prior to August 3, 2020;
  2. No jury trials will be held on civil matters prior to October 5, 2020;
  3. All other court proceedings are presumptively to be held remotely.

As of April 21, 2020:

  1. Regarding the extension of emergency reduction in court services and limitation of access to court facilities, the time for filing or doing any other thing in any court is extended until May 1, 2020.

As of April 14, 2020, the Supreme Court of Idaho Ordered:

  1. The calling of jury panels until after April 22, 2020 and no jury trials shall commence before June 1, 2020;
  2. If a deadline was set by a Court order or rule and the last day for filing any document, holding a hearing or conducting another matter in any court in any court falls on or between March 26 and April 22, 2020 when the courts reduce operations, the time for filing or conducting other matters are extended until April 23, 2020, including the filing of responsive pleadings, notices of appeal an petitions for post-conviction relief;
  3. If a earing is scheduled to occur during the effective date of the April 14, 2020 Order, it will be reset by the Judge to occur after April 22, 2020.

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Illinois

Updated June 2, 2020

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

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

Central District of Illinois

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin before May 30, 2020 are continued;
  2. All civil hearings will be conducted by telephone or video teleconference.

Northern District of Illinois

Pursuant to a May 26, 2020 Order:

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

Southern District of Illinois

  1. Through August 1, 2020, access to the deferral courthouses in East St. Louis and Benton will be limited;
  2. Through July 5, 2020, the courthouses in East St. Louis and Benton will be closed to the public;
  3. Filings will continue to be processed in civil and criminal cases via CM/ ECF through July 5, 2020;
  4. No civil jury trials will occur prior to August 1, 2020;
  5. Between June 1 and July 5, 2020, all other civil matters, including bench trials, hearings and settlement conferences may be scheduled as necessary for in-court appearances;
  6. Only essential proceedings will occur between June 1 and July 5, 2020;
  7. No criminal jury trials will occur before August 1, 2020;
  8. All change of plea and sentencing hearings will be set for a date after July 5, 2020;
  9. All grand jury sessions in this district set through June 8, 2020 are suspended. 

State Courts

  1. The Supreme Court of Illinois issued an Order noting that the protections enumerated in the CARES act are extended through July 25, 2020;
  2. On May 20, 2020, the Supreme Court issued Guidelines for resuming Judicial Branch operations effective June 1, 2020, available here - https://courts.illinois.gov/Administrative/covid/052020_SC_GL.pdf;
  3. The Supreme Court noted that Chief Judges of each circuit may continue trials until further order.

Supreme Court

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

Appellate Court

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

Appellate Court, Second District

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

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

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

Appellate Court, Fourth District

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

Appellate Court, Fifth District

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

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

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

1st Circuit, Pope County

All civil matters are postponed until further notice.

1st Circuit, Union County

The following cases are postponed until further notice:

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

5th Circuit, Clark County

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

5th Circuit, Edgar County

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

5th Circuit, Vermillion County

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

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

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

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

7th Circuit, Greene County

All civil jury trials are postponed.

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

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

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

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

12th Circuit, Will County

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

13th Circuit, Lasalle, Bureau and Gruny Counties

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

15th Circuit

Trials are continued until further notice.

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

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

16th Circuit, Kane County

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

17th Circuit, Counties of Boone and Winnebago

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

18th Circuit, DuPage County

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

19th Circuit, Lake County

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

23rd Circuit

Court proceedings are limited to essential court functions.

Champaign County

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

Cook County

As of May 28, 2020:

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

Pursuant to a May 1, 2020 Order:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cumberland County

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

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

Jersey County

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

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

Madison County

In civil jury and non-jury cases assigned to Judges Ruth, Smith, Threlkeld or Dugan:

  1. No civil jury trials will be conducted until August 1, 2020.  Trials set to begin prior to this date are continued;
  2. Arbitration hearings will be conducted via Zoom;
  3. Motions that are to be heard prior to August 1, 2020 will be conducted remotely via telephone or video conference;
  4. After August 1, 2020, motion hearings may be held remotely or in-person at the discretion of the judge;
  5. Case management conferences scheduled in May, June and July are cancelled;

Madison County Asbestos Docket

Effective April 20, 2020:

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

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

As of April 20, 2020:

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

St. Clair County

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

Vermilion County

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

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Indiana

Updated May 26, 2020

Northern District of Indiana

  1. All jury trials scheduled to begin prior to July 1, 2020 are continued and will be rescheduled;
  2. Grand juries in the district are suspended until after June 9, 2020.

Southern District of Indiana

  1. All jury trials are postponed through June 20, 2020;
  2. Civil court proceedings may be conducted remotely at the judge's discretion;
  3. No in-person proceedings will be held through June 15, 2020, with exceptions for emergency circumstances.

State Courts

  1. The Indiana Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals suspended in-person filing through the rotunda drop box through June 14, 2020.

Supreme Court

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

Clark Circuit Courts

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

Delaware Circuit & Superior and Muncie City Court

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

Indianapolis, Terre Haute and New Albany Divisions

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

Harrison Circuit & Superior Courts

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

Lake Circuit & Superior Courts

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

Lawrence Circuit & Superior Courts

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

Marion Circuit & Superior Courts

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

Switzerland Circuit

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

Wayne Circuit & Superior Courts

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

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Iowa

Updated April 28, 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

Pursuant to an April 28, 2020 Order:

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to commence on or before May 31, 2020 are continued;
  2. The Court is making preparations for the resumption of jury trials beginning June 1, 2020;
  3. All grand jury proceedings scheduled after May 11, 2020 shall proceed as scheduled.

As of April 8, 2020:

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to start on or before May 11, 2020 are continued;
  2. All grand jury proceedings through May 11, 2020 are continued.

Southern District of Iowa

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials set through July 6, 2020 are continued. Summonses for persons to participate in jury panels are suspended through June 30, 2020.
  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.

Pursuant to an April 6, 2020 Order, the new dates for the resumption of non-emergency court proceedings are:

  1. June 1, 2020 for criminal non-jury matters;
  2. June 15, 2020 for civil matters;
  3. July 13, 2020 for criminal jury matters;
  4. August 3, 2020 for civil jury matters.

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Kansas

Updated May 13, 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;
  4. The Court issued a protocol for the reopening of the Byron White Courthouse, available here, https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/clerk/BWCH%20Reopening%20Protocol.pdf.

District of Kansas

  1. The Court advised that most hearings are being held by telephone or video conference and may not be held in the courtroom.

State Courts

  1. The Supreme Court of Kansas issued two Orders on May 1, 2020 providing that all statutes of limitation and time standards of deadlines applying to conduct of judicial proceedings are suspended until further notice.

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Kentucky

Updated May 29, 2020

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

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

Eastern District of Kentucky

  1. 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;
  11. All civil and criminal trials are continued through May 17, 2020;
  12. Periods of exclusion will be from March 16 through May 17, 2020, subject to intervening orders.

Western District of Kentucky

As of April 17, 2020:

  1. All civil and criminal trials scheduled to begin by May 29, 2020 are continued;
  2. All-trial specific deadlines in criminal cases scheduled to begin by May 29, 2020 are continued;
  3. All grand jury proceedings are continued through May 29, 2020;
  4. All hearings in criminal cases scheduled to occur on or before May 29, 2020 are continued, generally;
  5. All in-person hearings in civil cases scheduled through May 29, 2020 are vacated.

State Courts

Pursuant to a May 19, 2020 Order effective June 1, 2020:

  1. Jury trials are postponed no sooner than August 1, 2020 and in-custody criminal trials will take priority;
  2. Grand jury proceedings may resume upon June 1, 2020.

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Louisiana

Updated May 6, 2020

Eastern District of Louisiana

Pursuant to an April 24, 2020 Order:

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials suspended until May 1, 2020 are further suspended until August 1, 2020;
  2. All grand jury proceedings are suspended until August 1, 2020.

Middle District of Louisiana

  1. All civil and criminal trials are postponed to a date after June 30, 2020
  2. All in-court civil evidentiary hearings and other in-court hearings and proceedings required personal appearances in the District and Bankruptcy Court set between May 1 and June 20, 2020 are postpone;
  3. In-court re-arraignments and sentencing hearings set between May 1, and June 30, 2020 are postponed;
  4. No in-person filings will be accepted through June 30, 2020;

Western District of Louisiana

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin through July 1, 2020 are continued;
  2. All other hearings, conferences and/or proceedings are subject to the discretion of the judge.

State Courts

  1. The prohibition on in-person proceedings are extended until May 18, 2020;
  2. All filings due between March 12 and May 15, 2020 will be considered timely filed if filed no later than May 18, 2020;
  3. Civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to start before June 30, 2020 are postponed.

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 May 15, 2020

First Circuit Court of Appeals

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

District of Maine

  1. Civil, criminal and bankruptcy proceedings scheduled prior to June 5, 2020 are postponed;
  2. All filing deadlines in all cases that fall between March 16 and June 5, 2020 are extended by 84 days, unless otherwise indicated;
  3. Statutes of limitations are not tolled.

Superior & District Courts

Effective March 30, 2020:

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

State Courts

Pursuant to a May 13, 2020 Order:

  1. The prior orders issued in March 2020 extending deadlines will expire on May 31, 2020. Any deadlines that occurred, or will occur, on or before this will continue to be subject to the 49-day extension, but any deadlines that occur on or after June 1, 2020 will not be extended.

Pursuant to a May 5, 2020 Order from the Administrative Office of the Courts:

  1. All members of the public who enter any courthouse must wear a mask;
  2. Al civil and criminal jury trials are deferred until after June 30, 2020;
  3. Grand jury sessions will not be held until after June 30, 2020.

An April 14, 2020 Order of the State of Maine Judicial Branch provided the following:

  1. No jury trials will be conducted in April and May 2020;
  2. All medical malpractice proceedings are suspended along with all deadlines associated therewith;
  3. Through May 1, 2020, the following types of cases will not be scheduled or heard:
    1. Eviction, landlord/tenant
    2. Disclosures
    3. Foreclosures
    4. Small Claims
    5. Medical Malpractice
    6. Family matters
    7. Contested adoptions
    8. Juvenile matters, unless the juvenile is detailed
    9. Criminal matters, except for an incarcerated defendant
    10. All nonjury civil matters
    11. All actions to recover personal property
    12. All Violations Bureau hearings
  4. All jury matters, civil and criminal, and grand jury proceedings are postponed until after May 29, 2020.

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Maryland

Updated May 29, 2020

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. As of May 11, 2020, the Powell Courthouse remains closed to the public.

District of Maryland

  1. All civil and criminal jury selections scheduled to begin before June 5, 2020;
  2. All nonemergency proceedings are postponed through June 5, 2020;
  3. All filing deadlines between March 16 and June 5, 2020 are extended by 84 days, not including statutes of limitation or discovery in civil cases;
  4. Misdemeanor, traffic and petty offense proceedings scheduled through May 3, 2020 are postponed until further notice.

District of Maryland, Southern Division in Greenbelt

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

Court of Appeals

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

State Courts

  1. All courts are closed to the public except for emergencies and other matters through June 5, 2020;
  2. Information regarding Court responses from individual county courts is available here.

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Massachusetts

Updated May 26, 2020

First Circuit Court of Appeals

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

Massachusetts District Court

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.

Statewide Order

As of April 27, 2020:

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

Appeals Court

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

State Courts

Information regarding court closures on specific district or superior courts is available on the judiciary’s website here.

The Supreme Court of Massachusetts issued a May 26, 2020 Order providing the following effective June 1, 2020:

  1. Until July 1, 2020, courts of the Commonwealth are open to conduct emergency and non-emergency court business;
  2. In-person proceedings will be conducted only where entry to a courthouse is required to address emergency matters that cannot be resolved virtually;
  3. Civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to commence in state courts through September 4, 2020 are continued to a date no earlier than September 8, 2020;
  4. All bench trials in civil and criminal cases set to start through June 30, 2020 are continued to a date no earlier than July 1, 2020;
  5. All civil statutes of limitations are tolled from March 17 through June 30, 2020;
  6. All criminal statutes of limitations are tolled from March 17 through August 31, 2020.

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Michigan

Updated May 29, 2020

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

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

Eastern District of Michigan

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

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

Supreme Court

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

Third Judicial Circuit, Criminal Division

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

State Courts

  1. All jury trials are adjourned until June 22, 2020.

As of April 7, 2020, the Supreme Court issued an Order providing:

  1. Courts are authorized to conduct proceedings remotely using two-way interactive videoconferencing technology or other remote. All judges in are required to make a good faith effort to conduct proceedings remotely whenever possible;
  2. Standards and guidelines for using digital technology is available here.

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Minnesota

Updated May 22, 2020

District of Minnesota

  1. Civil and criminal jury trials and trial-specific deadlines are postponed through July 5, 2020;
  2. Civil and criminal hearings that cannot be conducted remotely are also postponed through July 5, 2020.

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

Pursuant to a May 1, 2020 Administrative Order of the Supreme Court of Minnesota:

  1. No jury trials will commence prior to June 1, 2020;
  2. Other than grand juries that were empaneled as of March 23, 2020, no proceedings will commence prior to June 1, 2020
  3. In adult criminal matters, unless they can be conducted remotely, all proceedings, subject to exceptions, will be suspended until May 18, 2020.

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Missouri

Updated May 26, 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 and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin before July 6, 2020 are postponed.

Western District of Missouri

As of April 20, 2020:

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

State Courts

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

St. Louis Circuit City Court

As of March 24, 2020 through May 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 May 17, 2020 is suspended and all jury trials scheduled for the weeks are to be rescheduled.

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Mississippi

Updated May 13, 2020

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

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

Northern District of Mississippi

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

Southern District of Mississippi

  • All nonessential matters set for a hearing or trial through May 31, 2020 are postponed;
  • The Court issued a video conferencing plan on March 26, 2020, here.

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

Pursuant to a May 7, 2020 Order, in counties with two or fewer reported deaths attributed to COVID-19, Courts my issue summons to jurors returnable on or after May 18, 2020.  Judges in said counties have the discretion to postpone jury trials through June 12, 2020.

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Montana

Updated May 29, 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. All five courthouses have moved to Phase 2 of the Resumption Plan as of May 18, 2020.

State Courts

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

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Nebraska

Updated May 29, 2020

District of Nebraska

  1. Civil and criminal matters scheduled for a jury trial through July 3, 2020 are continued;
  2. Grand jury proceedings through June 12, 2020 are continued.

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 May 13, 2020

District of Nevada

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

State Courts

  1. The Court of Appeals and Supreme Court will hold oral argument by video conference on May 27, 2020, and June 1, 2020, respectively.

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New Hampshire

Updated May 29, 2020

First Circuit Court of Appeals

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

District of New Hampshire

  1. The Court extended the continuance of jury trials, grand jury proceedings, mediations and non-court related events until July 1, 2020. The court will continue to conduct civil and criminal hearings by video and telephonic hearings, or in-person in the discretion of the presiding judge.

State Courts

  1. Regarding Supreme Court proceedings, through June 15, 2020, or the last day of the judicial emergency, the Court will be open on a restricted basis.  In person proceedings are suspended through June 15, 2020;
  2. Regarding proceedings in Superior Courts, all courts will continue to accept electronic signatures.  In-person proceedings will remain suspended through June 15, 20202 and jury trials and grand jury proceedings will remain suspended until further notice;
  3. Circuit Courts will also remain open on a restricted basis through June 15, 2020.

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New Jersey

Updated May 29, 2020

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

Third Circuit Court of Appeals

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

District of New Jersey

  1. All civil and criminal jury selections and trials scheduled to begin before August 31, 2020 are continued;
  2. Judges may hold proceedings at their discretion and are encouraged to conduct the same remotely;
  3. No new grand juries will be empaneled until further notice.

State Courts

Principles and protocols for virtual court operations during the pandemic are available here.

  1. Pursuant to a May 31, 2020 Order, jury trials and selections remain suspended;
  2. The suspension of depositions and appearances of healthcare professionals is extended through June 14, 2020;
  3. Most other adjustments, including most discovery and tolling provisions, will conclude after May 31, 2020

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 May 29, 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;
  3. The Court issued a protocol for the reopening of the Byron White Courthouse, available here, https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/clerk/BWCH%20Reopening%20Protocol.pdf.

District of New Mexico

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled through July 6, 2020 are continued;
  2. All individuals entering courthouse facilities must wear a face mask.

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. The suspension of civil and criminal jury trials is extended to May 29, 2020;
  2. 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 May 26, 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

Pursuant to an April 21, 2020 Order:

  1. All civil and criminal petit jury selections and trials scheduled to commence between April 27 and June 15, 2020, and all grand jury selections scheduled before June 15, 2020 are continued;
  2. Compliance with trial-specific deadlines will be at the discretion of the assigned judge;
  3. The time for a preliminary hearing in all criminal matters pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 5. 1 on or between April 27, 2020 and June 15, 2020 is extended no later than 60 days after the initial appearance of the defendant.

Northern District of New York

  1. All civil and criminal jury selections and trials, including for grand juries, scheduled to begin through June 15, 2020 are postponed;
  2. Other criminal matters before magistrate judges will continue to take place as usual.

Western District of New York

Pursuant to a May 13, 2020 Order:

  1. All criminal jury trials scheduled to start through June 15, 2020 before any district or magistrate judge in any courthouse is continued;
  2. All grand jury selections are continued until June 15, 2020;
  3. All criminal proceedings may be adjourned until June 15, 2020;
  4. All civil jury trials are continued until June 15, 2020.

Southern District of New York

  1. All jury calls are suspended until June 1, 2020;
  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.

As of April 13, 2020:

  1. The Moynihan Courthouse will be become the locus of activity in the Southern District of New York and will only hear urgent criminal matters;
  2. All jury calls have been suspended and no jury trial, either civil or criminal, can be held until at least June 1, 2020.

Appellate Courts

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

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

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

3rd, 4th and 6th Judicial Districts

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

New York City Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL)

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

Bankruptcy court

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

State Courts

Starting May 27, 2020, courts will gradually resume in-person operations in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties.  On May 28, 2020, courts in Ulster  and Sullivan counties will resume in-person operations. On May 29, 2020, courts in Nassau and Suffolk counties will gradually reopen. 

Beginning May 25, 2020, e-filing through NYSCEF, including new non-essential matters, will be restored in counties of the state that have not yet met the benchmarks required to participate in regional reopening. These counties include: New York City counties; Nassau; Suffolk; Dutchess; Orange; Putnam; Rockland; Sullivan; Ulster; Westchester.

Courthouses in the following counties resume in-person courthouse operations:

  1. On May 18, 2020, the counties of Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates, Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie will resume in-person functions;
  2. On May 20, 2020, the counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties will resume in-person operations.

Pursuant to a May 1, 2020 Order by the Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts, beginning May 4, 2020:

  1. Digital copies of the following may be filed in pending matters in all courts through NYSCEF, the UCS electronic document delivery system or other document delivery methods that are approved: motions, cross-motions, responses, replies and applications (including post-judgment applications), notices of appeal and cross-appeal; stipulations of discontinuance, stipulations of adjournment and other stipulations; notes of issue; and other papers that the Chief Administrative Judge may direct;
  2. Documents filed through the Electronic Document Delivery System are to be served by electronic means, including e-mail and fax;
  3. Problem-solving courts may conduct virtual court conferences with counsel, court staff, service providers and clients, where practicable;
  4. Judges may refer matters for virtual alternative dispute resolution;
  5. Courts may not request for working copies in paper format.

Pursuant to an April 30, 2020 memorandum to all trial court justices and judges, beginning May 4, 2020:

  1. New motions, responsive papers to previously fled motions and other applications, including post-judgment applications, may be filed electronically in pending matters through e-filing or a new electronic document delivery system where e-filing is unavailable;
  2. Problem-solving courts may conduct virtual court conferences with counsel, court staff and services providers via Sky for Business;
  3. Judges can resume the referral of matters for alternative dispute resolution;
  4. Notices of appeal may be filed electronically.

Effective April 13, 2020:

  1. Trial Courts will address the following matters through remote or virtual court operations and offices:
    1. Courts will review their docket of pending cases in order to assess cases that can be advanced or resolved through remote conferencing.  Courts can schedule and hold conferences at their discretion and where appropriate at the request of the parties;
    2. Courts are to decide motions that have been fully submitted in pending matters;
    3. Courts are to maintain availability during normal court hours in order to resolve ad hoc discovery disputes and similar matters not requiring filing papers;
  2. Courts are to conduct video teleconferences via Skype for Business;
  3. No new nonessential matters may be filed until further notice and additional papers may not be filed in pending nonessential matters;
  4. Courts may file orders in essential and nonessential matters, as appropriate.

On April 13, 2020, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks announced that the temporary “virtual court” model is expanded beyond essential and emergency matters. The Court system expanded its focus to include pending tort, asbestos, commercial, matrimonial, trusts and estates, felony, family and other cases, however the existing ban on the filing of new “non-essential” matters will remain in effect. 

Pursuant to the Order, Judges will begin remotely scheduling and conducting conferences and hearings to address discovery disputes and other outstanding issues, advancing progress and facilitating resolution in criminal and civil matters.  The proceedings will be heard virtually via video or telephone and administrative court staff assisting judges will use Skype or other platforms.

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 May 29, 2020

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. As of May 11, 2020, the Powell Courthouse remains closed to the public.

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. On April 28, 2020, the District amended its standing order providing that all deadlines in all cases are not extended and remain in effect. All civil jury trials set to begin before June 8, 2020 are continued. All criminal proceedings on all cases are continued until after June 8, 2020.

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

  1. Regarding filing deadlines:
    1. Filings in civil cases that were due through June, 2020 1 will be deemed timely filed if filed before the close of business on June 1, 2020;
    2. Filings in criminal matters are extended to July 31, 2020;
    3. Filings due pursuant to a statute of limitation or statute of repose are extended to July 31,2020;
  2. All non-emergent court matters are postponed after June 1, 2020;
  3. No jury trials will be held until after July 31, 2020.

Appellate Courts

There are no current extensions.

District and Superior Courts

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

North Carolina Business Court

Pursuant to an April 14, 2020 Order:

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

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North Dakota

Updated May 22, 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

  1. All jury trials scheduled through July 3, 2020 are continued;
  2. All trial-specific deadlines in criminal cases are continued;
  3. Grand jury proceedings will resume in June.

State Courts

Specific county court responses to COVID-19 can be found on the judiciary’s website.

  1. All state jury trials are suspended until after July 1, 2020;
  2. Non-jury proceedings may be held to the extent possible;
  3. 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 May 29, 2020

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

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

Pursuant to an April 23, 2020 Order:

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

Northern District of Ohio

Pursuant to a May 22, 2020 Order effective through July 31, 2020:

  1. All courthouses in the district are closed to the public;
  2. The use of face masks is required for all individuals in a courthouse;
  3. Jury trials in civil and criminal cases will commence on a date to be announced, but no earlier than August 2020, however the use of videoconference and teleconference will continue;
  4. Grand jury proceedings will proceed if absolutely necessary.

Southern District of Ohio

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

Supreme Court

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

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 May 29, 2020

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. 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;
  2. The Court issued a protocol for the reopening of the Byron White Courthouse, available here, https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/clerk/BWCH%20Reopening%20Protocol.pdf.

Eastern District of Oklahoma

Jury trials and naturalization proceedings are continued through July 6, 2020. Grand Jury sessions will resume June 9, 2020 with precautionary screening, social distancing and personal protective equipment measures.

Northern District of Oklahoma

Pursuant to a May 28, 2020 Order and effective through June 30, 2020:

  1. All civil hearings and trials scheduled through June 20, 2020 are continued, however all scheduling deadlines remain in effect;
  2. All criminal hearings and trials scheduled through June 30, 2020 are continued;
  3. All Court-ordered settlement conferences scheduled on or before June 30, 2020 are continued;
  4. Grand jury proceedings will resume effective June 1, 2020;
  5. All court visitors are required to wear masks.

Western District of Oklahoma

As of April 20, 2020:

  1. All grand jury sessions and trials are postponed until after June 1, 2020;
  2. Most civil hearings will be conducted via telephone;
  3. In-person proceedings are suspended until may 11, 2020 for those detained at the Grady County law Enforcement Center.

State Courts

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials are rescheduled on the next available jury docket after July 31, 2020;
  2. Beginning May 16, 2020, all rules, procedures and deadlines in any civil, juvenile or criminal case shall be enforced;
  3. All civil and criminal non-jury hearings and other matters may be set after May 16, 2020.

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Oregon

Updated May 29, 2020

District of Oregon

  1. Civil and criminal jury selections and trials scheduled to begin before June 1, 2020 are postponed;
  2. Grand jury proceedings scheduled before that date are postpone;
  3. Other civil and criminal matters scheduled for in-court appearances prior to June 1, 2020 are postponed unless they can be resolved remotely or without oral argument.

State Courts

Beginning June 1, 2020, circuit, appellate and tax courts in judicial districts approved to move to Phase One opening may operate with “Level 2” restrictions as outlined in the Chief Justice’s May 15, 2020 Order, available here - https://www.courts.oregon.gov/rules/ORAP/CJO%2020-016_Order-Imposing-Level-2-and-Level-3-Restrictions-on-Court-Operations.pdf.

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Pennsylvania

Updated May 29, 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

Pursuant to an April 10, 2020 Order:

  1. All civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials schedule to begin on or before May 31, 2020 are continued;
  2. No grand jury selections will occur on or before May 31, 2020 and impaneled grand juries will not meet during this time.

Middle District of Pennsylvania

  1. All hearings and proceedings in civil and criminal matters within 60 days of the March 13, 2020 Order were continued. This was extended through May 31, 2020.
  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

As of April 16, 2020:

  1. All civil and criminal jury selections and trials scheduled to begin on or before June 12, 2020 are continued;
  2. All trial-specific or other deadlines in all civil and criminal cases remain in effect unless modified by another Order.

Statewide Order

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

State Courts

On April 28, 2020, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts issued an Order providing that:

  1. The suspension of time calculations and deadlines outlined in the Court’s previous Orders will end May 11, 2020;
  2. Depositions of and required appearances for doctors, nurses, or other healthcare professionals involved in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic are suspended through June 1, 2020.

As of April 1, 2020:

  1. The temporary closures of Pennsylvania state courts to the public remains in place through April 30, 3030;
  2. President Judges are authorized to declare judicial emergencies in their judicial districts through May 31,, 2020 of for part of that period;
  3. All time calculations for the purposes of time computation relevant to court cases or other judicial business and time deadlines are suspended through April 30, 2020;
  4. Any legal papers or pleadings which are required to be filed between Mach 19 and April 30, 2020 will be deemed timely filed if they are filed by May 1, 2020, or later as permitted by the appellate or local court in questions;
  5. The list of essential functions of courts to include acceptance of praecipe for a writ of summon purposes of tolling a statute of limitations, is in effect through April 30, 2020;
  6. The Supreme Court encouraged the use of advanced communication technology to conduct court proceedings subject to constitutional limitations.

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

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

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

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

Pennsylvania Judicial Center in Harrisburg

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

First Judicial District

Pursuant to a May 15, 2020 Order:

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

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Rhode Island

Updated May 29, 2020

First Circuit Court of Appeals

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

District of Rhode Island

  1. All criminal trials scheduled to begin prior to August 1, 2020 are continued;
  2. All civil trials are continued to a date no earlier than August 1, 2020;
  3. A trial judge may schedule a bench trial with the consent of the parties to be conducted remotely;
  4. In-person bench trials may be recommended after June 1, 2020;
  5. Non-emergency in person hearings that cannot be conducted remotely can recommence after June 1, 2020.

State Courts

  1. All civil and criminal trials scheduled through August 1, 2020 are continued;
  2. A trial judge may schedule a bench trial provided that it is conduced remotely.  In-person bench trials may be recommenced after June 1, 2020;
  3. Court swill continued to conduct remote hearings and conferences;
  4. All filing deadlines that would have expired through May 17, 2020 were extended through May 29, 2020.

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South Carolina

Updated May 29, 2020

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. As of May 11, 2020, the Powell Courthouse remains closed to the public.

District of South Carolina

  1. All civil and criminal jury selections, trials and roster meetings to commence through July 5, 2020 are continued;
  2. All grand jury proceedings scheduled through July 5, 2020 are continued;
  3. Existing deadlines in civil cases, whether set by Court or FRCP, are NOT further extended;
  4. All civil matter scheduled for in-court appearances through July 5, 2020 are continued unless they can be held remotely or handled without a hearing.

State Courts

  1. All jury selections and jury trials in criminal and civil cases are continued;
  2. The presiding judge for scheduling matters may authorize a non-jury trial if the parties consent or in emergency circumstances, which must be found to be able to proceed by the Chief Judge. The trial must proceed in a manner to minimize the risk such as limiting the persons present in the courtroom or using remote communication technology to avoid the need for a physical appearance of all or some of the parties;
  3. A hearing on a motion or other matter may be conducted using remote communication technology;
  4. IF a judge determines that a motion is without merit, it will be denied without waiting for any return or other response from the opposing party.  In all other matter except those where a motion is made on an ex parte basis, a ruling will not be made until the opposing part response.  A trial judge can decide not to hold a hearing when the judge determines the motion may be readily decided without further input.  Consent motion should be decided without a hearing;
  5. Preliminary hearings in criminal cases will not e conducted until further notice;
  6. Any oath necessary during a hearing, trial or other matter to be conducted using remote communication technology may be administered by the same remote communication;
  7. All deadlines under existing scheduling orders are extended by 45 days as of the March 30, 2020 Order;
  8. The due dates for all trial court filings due on or after the effective date of the Order is extended for 30 days;
  9. If a party was to take a certain action on or after Mach 13, 2020 and failed to do so, that procedural default is forgiven and the action required can be taken within 30 days from the March 30, 2020 Order;
  10. Counsel may agree to further extension of time pursuant to Rule 6(b) of the SCRCP without permission of the Court;
  11. To the extend possible, courthouses should remain open to accept filings and payments;
  12. A lawyer may sign documents using "s/[typed name of lawyer]," a signature stamp, or a scanned or other electronic version of a signature;
  13. If a statute, court rule or other provision of law requires an affidavit to be filed in an action, the requirement of an affidavit may be satisfied by a signed certification stating, "I certify that the foregoing statements made by me are true.  I am aware that if any of the foregoing statements made by me are willfully false, I am subject to punishment by contempt”;
  14. Regarding approval of settlement agreements, consent orders, temporary orders and final orders without a hearing, regardless of whether filed or heard prior to or after the declaration of the public health emergency, may be issued without a hearing.

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.

As of April 24, 2020, for the period between May 4 and June 12, 2020:

  1. All status conferences, pre-trial hearings and pre-trial motions may be conducted remotely;
  2. Judges will return to handling as much of the previously scheduled dockets within their circuit as is practical.

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 April 10, 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

Pursuant to an April 8, 2020 Order:

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to commence before July 6, 2020 are continued;
  2. Non-jury proceedings may proceed as scheduled at the discretion of the presiding judge and telephone or video conferencing are encouraged to be used;
  3. Grand jury proceedings involving more than 10 people present in any one room and no less than 6-feet apart from one another are continued until July 6, 2020;
  4. Deadlines established in civil cases remain in place, although the Court is receptive to motions from parties to extend deadlines due to the disruption caused by the pandemic.

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 May 29, 2020

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

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

Pursuant to an April 23, 2020 Order:

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

Eastern District of Tennessee

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials set to begin before May 30, 2020 are continued.

Middle District of Tennessee

  1. Criminal jury selections and trials scheduled to begin through June 30, 2020 are continued;
  2. It is anticipated that some civil jury trials will proceed as scheduled for some civil jury selections and trials set to begin through June 30, 2020;
  3. All grandy jury proceedings scheduled through June 30, 2020 are continued.

Western District of Tennessee

  1. As of April 22, 2020, civil and criminal proceedings, other than certain criminal proceedings presided over by magistrate judges, are continued until after May 30, 2020.

State and Local Courts

Pursuant to a May 27, 2020 Tennessee Supreme Court Order:

  1. The suspension of jury trials will remain in effect through July 3, 2020.  Any such trial commenced after this day must comply with social distancing requirements;
  2. Courts will continue to conduct as much business as possible by means other than in-person court proceedings;
  3. Deadlines set to expire through May 31, 2020 are extended through June 5, 2020.

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Texas

Updated May 29, 2020

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

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

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.

As of April 22, 2020:

  1. The grand jury may convene for one day in Tyler Texas on May 20, 2020;
  2. The General Order concerning emergency procedures is extended to be effective through May 31, 2020.

Northern District of Texas

  1. All civil and criminal bench and jury trials scheduled to begin through May 31, 2020 are postponed;
  2. Grand jury proceedings may resume.

Southern District of Texas

  1. Jury trials and grand jury proceedings in the Brownsville Division are postponed through June 1, 2020;
  2. Civil and criminal jury trials in the Victoria and Corpus Christi divisions are postponed through June 30, 2020;
  3. Civil and criminal jury trials in the Houston and Galveston divisions are postponed until July 6, 2020.

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. All civil and criminal bench and jury trials scheduled to begin on any date through June 30, 2020 are continued;
  2. All grand jury proceedings through June 30, 2020 are continued and related deadlines are suspended and tolled.

Statewide Order

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

State Courts

  1. State courts may begin holding nonessential in-person hearings as of June 1, 2020 as long as they abide by the guidelines released by the Texas Office of Court Administration.

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‚Äč.

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 May 13, 2020

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. 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;
  2. The Court issued a protocol for the reopening of the Byron White Courthouse, available here, https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/clerk/BWCH%20Reopening%20Protocol.pdf.

District of Utah

  1. All civil and criminal jury trials are postponed through June 15, 2020;
  2. Trial-related deadlines in criminal matters for trials set to begin prior to June 15, 2020 are postponed;
  3. Grand jury proceedings are suspended through June 15, 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 May 22, 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. No civil or criminal trials will be scheduled before September 1, 2020;
  2. In-person hearings in criminal and civil cases may resume on a limited basis in courthouses in Burlington after May 25, 2020 and in Rutland after June 8, 2020.

State Courts

Effective June 1, 2020:

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

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

Pursuant to an April 13, 2020 Court Order:

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

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Virginia

Updated May 29, 2020

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. As of May 11, 2020, the Powell Courthouse remains closed to the public.

Eastern District of Virginia

Effective June 11, 2020:

  1. In-person proceedings will no longer be strictly limited to “critical or emergency proceedings” and matters will resume with necessary social distancing safeguards.  Judges will continue to use remote procedures to the greatest extent possible;
  2. Grand juries may be utilized again beginning on June 11, 2020;
  3. No civil jury trials will be conducted until further notice;
  4. New grand juries will not be empaneled before July 7, 2020;
  5. No criminal jury trials will be conducted prior to July 7, 2020.

Western District of Virginia

  1. In-person civil, criminal and bankruptcy proceedings set to begin on or before June 10, 2020 are postponed;
  2. Civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to take place on or before June 10, 2020 are postponed.

State Courts

  1. The Court of Appeals will conduct arguments via remote means through June 30, 2020;
  2. Pursuant to May 12, 2020 Supreme Court Order, all courts may hear in-person non-emergency matters if they determine it is safe to do so, and if they comply with the guidance for transitioning from emergency to routine operations.

Pursuant to a May 6, 2020 Supreme Court Order:

  1. For all cases in district in circuit courts, that statutes of limitations and all other case-related deadlines, excluding discovery deadlines, shall continue through June 7, 2020;
  2. In all civil cases, tolling of deadlines and obligation will terminate as of May 18, 2020;
  3. All courts may hear in-person non-emergency matters effective May 18, 2020.

Pursuant to an April 22, 2020 Order of the Supreme Court, the declaration of judicial emergency was extended through May 17, 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 May 29, 2020

District of District of Columbia

  1. US District and Bankruptcy Courts will remain open with limited operations;
  2. All civil and criminal petit jury selections and trials scheduled to begin before August 1, 2020 are continued;
  3. Criminal jury trials are postponed until at least August 1, 2020;
  4. Oher proceedings other than criminal trials scheduled to occur before July 15, 2020 are postponed and may be held via video conference;
  5. The Court anticipates the possibility of resuming grand jury sessions the week of June 15, 2020.

D.C. Superior Court

  1. The Courts is holding hearings in the following types of cases:
    1. Civil temporary restraining orders, pretrial, motions, status hearings and scheduling conferences;
    2. Criminal adult arraignment, bond reviews, mental health observations and competency hearings, mental health evidentiary hearings, detained preliminary hearings, detained status hearings and non-evidentiary hearings in other criminal cases;
    3. Certain domestic violence, family and probate court matters;
  2. All non-emergency matters scheduled through June 19, 2020 will be rescheduled;
  3. Emergency matters will be heard as scheduled by the court.

D.C. Court of Appeals

  1. Oral arguments via video conference will begin on May 26, 2020.

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Washington

Updated May 26, 2020

Eastern District of Washington

As of May 11, 2020:

  1. All grand jury sessions through May 31, 2020 are vacated;
  2. Through May 31, 2020, the Clerk’s office will not be physically available to the public.

Western District of Washington

  1. All in-person civil and criminal hearings and trial dates scheduled to commence on before August 3, 2020 are postponed;
  2. Remote conferences may be conducted by individual judges;
  3. All grand jury proceedings scheduled before August 3, 2020 are postponed.

State Courts

  1. Civil jury trials are suspended July 6, 2020;
  2. Nonemergency civil matters may be postponed until after June 1, 2020;
  3. Criminal jury trials are postponed until July 6, 2020.

King County Superior Court

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

Snohomish County Superior Court

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

Pierce County Courts and Tacoma Municipal Courts

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

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West Virginia

Updated May 29, 2020

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

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. As of May 11, 2020, the Powell Courthouse remains closed to the public.

Northern District of West Virginia

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

Southern District of West Virginia

  1. All civil and criminal petit jury selections and trials scheduled through June 30, 2020 are continued.

State Courts

Pursuant to a May 6, 2020 Supreme Court of Appeals Administrative Order:

  1. In-person hearings may commence on or after May 18, 2020;
  2. Grand jury proceedings may commence on or after June 15, 2020;
  3. Jury trials may commence on or after June 29, 2020.

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Wisconsin

Updated May 29, 2020

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

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

Eastern District of Wisconsin

Pursuant to a May 28, 2020 Order:

  1. Grand jury proceedings are continued to a date after June 15, 2020;
  2. All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin before July 1, 2020 are continued.

Western District of Wisconsin

  1. The Court has extended the suspension of jury trials through June 30, 2020.

State Courts

  1. Orders regarding appellate court operations and addressed tolling deadlines were suspended as of May 22, 2020.  The Supreme Court of Wisconsin issued a Final Report of the Courts COVID-19 Task Force concerning how to resume in-person court operations in a safe manner, available here - https://www.wicourts.gov/news/docs/taskforcefinalreport.pdf.

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Wyoming

Updated May 22, 2020

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

  1. 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;
  2. The Court issued a protocol for the reopening of the Byron White Courthouse, available here, https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/clerk/BWCH%20Reopening%20Protocol.pdf.

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

The Wyoming Supreme Court has extended the duration of emergency procedural orders to August 3, 2020. As such, no jury trials will be conducted prior to August 3, 2020. All in-person proceedings in Circuit and District Courts should be suspended through August 3, 2020. 

Pursuant to a May 15, 2020 Order:

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

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

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

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