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Last Updated January 15, 2021 at 8:00AM AM EST

Paul Hastings created this webpage to provide publicly available information on modifications to access and scheduling by courts and administrative agencies important to our clients.

This page is organized into 5 sections as follows:

United States District Courts

United States Courts of Appeals

United States Supreme Court

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United States District Courts

 

The stay of the unexpired deadlines and briefing schedules in civil cases originally entered on March 17, 2020 is terminated. District and magistrate judges are free to reinstate the stay or some version of a stay based upon the circumstances of their individual cases. All other provisions of the March 17, 2020 General Order, unless previously modified, remain in full force and effect.

The prohibition of conducting hearings and conferences in the courthouses originally entered into on March 17, 2020 is terminated. The judges will individually determine when it is appropriate to conduct such in-person hearings on a case-by-case basis.

Under the CARES Act review, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing and when not available telephonic when video conferencing is not available under a various criminal case events listed in the order. Except as otherwise mentioned in the order, any statutory or rules-based requirements or deadlines are not tolled or otherwise affected, including but not limited to, statutes of limitations and deadlines for filing appeals. The CARES Act is authorized to continue through March 2, 2021.

The Northern District of Alabama has prohibited access to the courtroom for anyone who has traveled to a high-risk country within the past fourteen days, resides or had close contact with someone who has traveled to a high-risk country within the past fourteen days, been asked to self-quarantine, or been diagnosed with or had contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. All visitors (employees and non-employees) are required to wear a face covering to enter the building.

Public Access to all court hearings in criminal cases are to be broadcast from Jury Assembly Room on the 1st floor.

The General Order authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act.

Anyone who has traveled to a high-risk country within the past fourteen days, resides or had close contact with someone who has traveled to a high-risk country within the past fourteen days, been asked to self-quarantine, or been diagnosed with or had contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 must notify the Court Security Officers upon entering the courthouse. Additionally all persons entering the courthouse are required to wear a mask.

All civil and criminal jury trials are continued for 30 days from March 17, 2020 until further order of the court. Magistrate Judges will conduct initial appearances, arraignments, and detention hearings telephonically or by video conference. All grand jury proceedings are continued for 30 days. Judges may exercise their discretion to consider case-by-case exceptions to any of the procedures in the order. The Order authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. The CARES Act is authorized under March 14, 2021.

Access to the courthouses is restricted to judges, court staff, and members of the media, and visitors who have official business with court.

Individuals who have been diagnosed with or who have come into known contact with a person with COVID-19 or who have been asked to self-quarantine or who are experiencing flu like symptoms may not enter the courthouse and shall not submit any paper copies of any filings. They should instead contact the Clerk’s Office.

Effective November 23, 2020, the court will hold most proceedings via video or teleconference. Individual judges may order certain hearings to proceed in-person, of necessary, with proper restrictions such as social distancing within the courtrooms and wearing personal protective equipment.

All civil and criminal jury trials are continued until at least March 1, 2021. If parties must file physical documents, they may do so in drop boxes located in the lobby of each court facility. All criminal proceedings and trial-specific deadlines scheduled to begin on or before March 1, 2020 are continued pending further order of the judge. Judges may issue other orders concerning future continuances as necessary and appropriate. All grand jury proceedings scheduled to occur before December 17, 2020 are continued pending further order of the Court.

If proceedings must be held, attendees shall practice social distancing. The court has authorized the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. To provide criminal defendants greater access, the Court may schedule hearings outside of normal business hours, including evenings and weekends. The CARE Act is extended through April 23, 2021.

All persons seeking access to, or operating within, the courthouses are required to wear a face-covering or mask at all times while in the public spaces or common areas. A face shield is not a substitute for masks.

All grand jury proceedings are suspended until further notice.

General Order 20-36 extends the authorization provided in GO 20-18 to conduct various proceedings by video and audio via the CARES Act up until December 21, 2020. It also extends partial closure of the Flagstaff courthouse (GO 20-16, GO, 20-19, GO20-25, and GO 20-26) until further notice, extends moratorium on jury trials at Flagstaff courthouse until further notice, and extends limited authorization to conduct proceedings at the Yuma courthouse.

The Yuma Courthouse will remain closed to the public through June 30, 2020.

All criminal and civil jury trials not presently begun but scheduled either for the month of January and February shall be postponed until further notice, except those deemed necessary by the court.. Such necessary matters include initial appearances, arraignments, preliminary and detention hearings, changes of plea, sentencings, and necessary revocation hearings. Individual judges may hold hearings in civil matters, as they deem necessary in the safest manner possible. Hearings deemed necessary by the Court will be scheduled and conducted by video teleconference or telephone to the extent possible.

As of June 1, 2020, the moratorium on hearings and on jury and other trials in the Tucson and Phoenix Courthouses is partially lifted. Only those jury trials, whether criminal or civil, set forth as Exhibits A and B to General Order 20-26 will occur in June and July in the Tucson and Phoenix Courthouses. All jury trials are to proceed according to the requirements set forth in General Order 20-26.

General Order 20-18 authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. The CARES Act authorization is extended through March 21, 2021.

Court continuances in the Tucson division shall remain in effect through March 29 and will be subject to further continuance. Court proceedings in Yuma, which involve fewer than 10 participants, including court staff may resume if necessary.

Drop boxes have been placed near the entrances of the courthouses for those wishing to make in-person filings; otherwise, the Clerk’s Offices are closed to the public.

All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled through March 23, 2021 are continued pending further notice. Criminal defendants seeking an exception to this order may do so. Absent a presiding Judge’s determination of necessity, all civil proceedings, miscellaneous hearings, conferences, settlement hearings, and the like will be conducted by video or teleconference. Bench trial in civil and criminal cases are to be done so by telephone or video conference when practical.

The court has authorized the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. The CARES Act is authorized through March 23, 2021.

If an attorney or party reasonably suspects that a scheduled hearing, trial or deposition may involve contact with someone who has been infected with COVID-19, or has been in contact with someone who may be infected with COVID-19 within the past fourteen days, the attorney or party must give notice to all parties and the court. After providing notice, the parties must promptly meet and confer by telephone about the best way to conduct proceedings. The court has cancelled all optional large-scale public events scheduled at court facilities in April.

All civil and criminal trials (bench and jury) are continued and will be rescheduled to a date after February 1, 2021. Criminal matters such as initial appearances, arraignments, detention hearings and the issuance of search warrants shall continue to take place as scheduled or by video conference at the discretion of the presiding judge. All civil hearings and other court proceedings, including settlement conferences will take place as scheduled or by video conference at the discretion of the presiding judge. All grand jury proceedings are continued until February 1, 2021. The orders do not affect the consideration of civil and criminal motions that can be resolved without oral argument or handled by telephone or video conference. The courthouses remain open but with the reduced business hours of 9 am to 3:30 pm.

Order 2020-2 restricts courthouse access to anyone who has traveled within the past fourteen days to a high-risk country, including all of Europe (except Great Britain), resides or has had close contact with anyone who has visited any of those countries within the past fourteen days, has been asked to self-quarantine, has been diagnosed with or had direct contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or has apparent symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, severe cough or shortness of breath. All individuals entering the courthouse must wear a mask or face covering.

Order 2020-3 authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act.

Per Order 21-002, the Central District of California has activated its Continuity of Operations (“COOP”) Plan, and Order 20-179 is extended through and including January 29, 2021. All courthouses of the Central District of California will be closed to the public except for hearings on criminal duty matters. No in-person hearings will go forward except for hearings on criminal duty matters. In civil cases, all appearances will be by telephone or video conference. Jury trials remain suspended.

Per the COVID-19 notice on the court’s site regarding activation of the COOP, until further notice, all district judges and magistrate judges do not require mandatory chambers copies during the pandemic. Any judge can require chambers copies in a particular case if desired. The chambers copies shall be mailed to the judge via Fed Ex. Chambers copies cannot be hand-delivered to the courthouse.

Per General Order No. 20-15, General Order No. 20-12 is withdrawn and the Southern Division’s Operations are governed by General Order No. 20-09. Per General Order No. 20-09, the Plan for Phased Resumption of Operations (“Reopening Plan”) is adopted. The Reopening Plan has three distinct phases, as follows: Phase 1 (return of certain staff to the courthouses to prepare for limited in-court hearings), which has ended; Phase 2 (reopening courthouses for limited in-court hearings), which began on June 22, 2020; and Phase 3 (resumption of jury trials), which will be implemented at a date to be determined. The court has adopted gating criteria that will be used to inform when the court transitions to Phase 3. The gating criteria is designed to determine local COVID-19 exposure risks based on 14-day trends of facility exposure, community spread, and community restrictions. Judges will determine when their chambers staff will return to work at the courthouses during each phase of reopening. The District Court Executive/Clerk of Court will determine when and which Clerk’s Office and Probation and Pretrial Services Office staff will return to the courthouses during each phase of reopening. Due to the recent surge in the Coronavirus cases in the Central District of California, until further notice, and except as set forth below, the courthouses will be closed to the public. Until further notice, no jury trials will be conducted in civil cases. All appearances in civil cases will be by telephone or video conference. However, individual judges, at their discretion, may offer bench trials by video conference in lieu of postponement.

Per the clerk’s notice on November 25 regarding the Southern Division’s operations, the Santa Ana Courthouse will be closed to the public, until further notice, and except as set forth in the notice. All appearances in civil cases will be by telephone or video conference. Jury trials remain suspended in civil and criminal cases until further notice. Individual judges, at their discretion, may offer bench trials in civil cases by video conference in lieu of postponement.

Per Order 20-078, all individuals, except those who are exempt, seeking entry to, or occupying, the United States Courthouses or Probation and Pretrial Services Offices in the Central District of California must wear face coverings in all spaces.

The court began enhanced entry screening services on July 20, 2020 in each courthouse. All individuals including judicial officers, employees, contractors, jurors, and members of the public, will be required to undergo screening in order to seek entry to a courthouse. The screening process will include a temperature check with a no contact thermometer and five health-screening questions.

Under General Order 618, until further notice, all courthouses in the district are closed to the public. Only persons having official court business as authorized by a judge of the District Court or the Bankruptcy Court, or a healthy building tenant having official business on behalf of a tenant agency, may enter courthouse property. The court will not call in jurors for service in civil or criminal jury trials until further notice.

All of the court’s civil matters will continue to be decided on the papers, or if the assigned judge believes a hearing is necessary, the hearing will be by telephone or videoconference. This applies to all matters including motion hearings, case management conferences, pretrial conferences and settlement conferences.

Pursuant to General Order 621, in all courthouses of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, face coverings must be worn in all public spaces including common areas, hallways, stairways, elevators, cafeterias, restrooms and parking facilities. Face coverings must also be worn in all private agency space where six feet of physical distancing between persons cannot be maintained.

Per the court’s site, due to recent state and local shelter-in-place orders the court will suspend all in-person, in-court proceedings at all Northern District of California courthouses. This suspension will remain in effect through January 10, 2021, with a planned resumption of some limited proceedings, if possible, on January 11, 2021.

Per General Order No. 72-6, jury trials and bench trials may proceed in accordance with the logistical considerations necessitated by the court’s safety protocols. Each judge will determine whether to hold a hearing or decide a civil matter on the papers. Hearings will be held via telephone or videoconference. This applies to motion hearings, case management conferences, pretrial conferences, settlement conferences, and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. All local rules requiring that a courtesy copy be provided to the chambers of the assigned judge are suspended pending further notice, unless a judge orders otherwise in a specific case. The requirement under Civil Local Rule 5-1(b) that a pro se party must request permission from the assigned judge to use the court’s Electronic Case Filing system is suspended pending further notice.

Per General Order No. 73, effective immediately and until further notice, only persons having official court business authorized by General Order No. 72-3 (or any amendment thereto or superseding order), or by a presiding judge of the court, may enter any Northern District of California courthouse property. “Official court business” shall include attorneys, parties, witnesses, or other persons who are required or permitted to attend a specific in-person court proceeding. Members of the press and public may observe proceedings by telephone or videoconference. Hard copy documents may be submitted by U.S. Mail to the San Francisco, Oakland, or San Jose courthouses. There will also be a drop box available for manual filing in the first floor lobby of the San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose courthouses. Before filing by mail or by drop box, alternatives such as Electronic Case Filing should be discussed with court staff. U.S. Mail and drop box filings will be picked up only intermittently.

Per General Order 75, any requirement that personnel in the United States Marshals Service assigned to the Northern District of California effect personal service of process under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(c)(3), 28 U.S.C. § 1915(d), or 28 U.S.C. § 1916, for any cases pending in the District or any other district is suspended until further order of the court. The order does not apply to service of process by mail, waivers of service under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(d), or service by electronic means, unless otherwise ordered by the Court.

The court has instituted safety protocols for visiting the courthouse. Only court staff, jurors, potential jurors, and persons who have been authorized by a judge or the Clerk of Court will be permitted to enter courthouse property. Members of the press and public may access proceedings by teleconference or videoconference only. All visitors (employees and non-employees) are required to wear a face covering to enter the building.

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  • Southern District of California Order No. 17 (Visitor Restrictions), Order No. 17-A (Visitor Restrictions), Order No. 18 (Suspension of Jury Trials and Other Proceedings), Order No. 18-A (Suspension of Personal Appearances and In-Person Filing in Civil Cases), Order No. 19 (CJA Panel Attorneys Interim Compensation), Order No. 20 (Emergency Use of Video and Telephonic Conference Technology in Certain Criminal Proceedings), Order No. 21 (Social Security Matters under 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) during the COVID-19 Public Emergency), Order No. 22 (Felony Criminal Sentencings during the COVID-19 Public Emergency), Order No. 23 (Administrative and Civil Forfeiture Proceedings during the COVID-19 Public Emergency), Order No. 24 (Extending Suspension of Jury Trials and Other Proceedings During the COVID-19 Public Emergency), General Order 729 (Proposed Local Rule Change), Order No. 25 (Face Coverings during the COVID-19 Public Emergency), Order No. 26 (Criminal Case Proceedings), Order No. 27 (Criminal Case Proceedings), Notice of Coronavirus Reopening Measures, Order No. 28 (Adopting Strategic Committee on Resumption of Regular Court Proceedings), Order No. 29 (Interim Safety Protocols For In-Person Court Proceedings), Order No. 30 (Proceedings During the COVID-19 Public Emergency), Order No. 31 (Extending COVID-19 Public Emergency Use of Video and Telephonic Conference Technology in Certain Criminal Proceedings), Order No. 32 (Extending Interim Safety Protocols For In-Person Court Proceedings), Order No. 31-A (Modifying COVID-19 Public Emergency Use of Video and Telephonic Conference Technology in Certain Criminal Proceedings), Order No. 31-B (Covid-19 Public Emergency Use of Video and Telephonic Conference Technology in Certain Criminal Proceedings), General Order 499-F (Plan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California Pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act), Order No. 34 (Proceedings During the COVID-19 Public Emergency), Order No. 35 (Extending Interim Safety Protocols For In-Person Court Proceedings), Order No. 36 (Adopting District Trial Reopening Plan), Order No. 40 (Proceedings During the COVID-19 Public Emergency), Order No. 41 (Proceedings During the COVID-19 Public Emergency), Order No. 42 (Extending Interim Safety Protocols for In-Person Court Proceedings), Order No. 43 (Extending Covid-19 Public Emergency Use Of Video And Telephonic Conference Technology In Certain Criminal Proceedings), Order No. 46 (Extending Interim Safety Protocols for In-Person Court Proceedings), Order No. 47 (Proceedings During the Covid-19 Public Emergency), Order No. 147-H (Adoption of a Jury Selection Plan (As Amended)), Order No. 49 (Extending Interim Safety Protocols for In-Person Court Proceedings), Order No. 50 (Proceedings during the COVID-19 Public Emergency), Order No. 52A (Renewed Suspension of Jury Trials and other In-Person Proceedings during COVID-19 Public Emergency (Revised)), Order No. 147-I (Adoption of a Jury Selection Plan (As Amended) and Proposed Local Rule Change), Order No. 52B (Extending Renewed Suspension of Jury Trials and Other In-Person Proceedings), and Order No. 52C (Extending Renewed Suspension of Jury Trials and Other In-Person Proceedings)

Order No. 52C extends prior Orders No. 52B and 52A until February 5, 2021. Per Order No. 52A, all jury and bench trials (including misdemeanor and petty offense cases) in civil and criminal cases in the Southern District of California in which a trial date was previously set are continued until January 11, 2021. New trial or status dates will be set in individual cases on or after January 11, 2021, unless this emergency order is extended. However, all previously set trial-specific deadlines relating to pending criminal cases, including those for filing motions in limine and jury instructions, exchanging exhibits, and providing notice of expert witnesses remain in effect. Individual district judges may continue trial-specific deadlines in civil cases at their discretion. New dates will be set in individual civil cases on or before January 11, 2021, unless the order is extended.

Further, pursuant to Order No. 52A, except for convening jury trials, individual district judges retain discretion, on a case by case basis, to schedule in-person criminal and civil proceedings, hold hearings, conferences, and bench trials, and otherwise take such actions as may be lawful and appropriate to ensure the fairness of the proceedings and preserve the rights of the parties. In doing so, judges must consider in each individual case whether convening an in-person hearing poses a threat to health and safety. Judges may conduct court proceedings by telephone or videoconferencing where practicable and consistent with the law. The Clerk's Office, United States Probation Office, United States Pretrial Services Office, and United States Bankruptcy Court will remain open pending further order of the court , although some usual operations may be temporarily suspended. The Edward J. Schwartz and James M. Carter & Judith N. Keep United States Courthouses in San Diego, and the United States Courthouse in El Centro will remain open for business, subject to the limitations of the order.

Order 25 states that all visitors entering all federal courthouses and U.S. Probation and U.S. Pretrial Services offices in the district must wear a face covering effective Friday, May 1, 2020, absent further order of the Court.

Order 27 authorizes judges to conduct in-person proceedings except jury trials in all civil cases, subject to known or expressed health and safety concerns.

Order 29 adopts safety protocols for in-person court proceedings. No person will be admitted to the court without a face covering or mask. Order 49 extends the safety protocols set forth in Order 29 until December 10, 2020 absent further order of the court.

Only persons with official court business are allowed to enter the courthouses through June 19, 2020.

Order 2020-4 authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002(b) of the CARES Act. The Act is reauthorized for an additional 90 days to March 24, 2021.

All civil and criminal trials scheduled to commence now through January 29, 2021 are continued, subject to further order of the presiding judicial officer, with the exception of certain pilot trials as authorized by the chief judge. To the extent practicable, judges will attempt to reschedule hearings or convert them to telephonic appearances in an effort to minimize the need to travel to court. All grand jury proceedings are suspended through January 29, 2021.

The Wayne Aspinall Federal Building in Grand Junction, the United States Courthouse in Grand Junction, and the Colorado Springs courtrooms are insufficient in size and cannot be configured to meet social distancing requirements. No civil or criminal trial requiring a jury of 10 or more jurors will be held at these courthouses. The Division 3 grand jury will not be convened until further notice.

Under Order 2020-1, the court has restricted courthouse access to anyone who have traveled to any high-risk country, including Europe (except Great Britain), within the past fourteen days, reside or had close contact with someone who has traveled to any of those countries within the past fourteen days, been asked to self-quarantine, has been diagnosed with or had direct contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or has apparent symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, severe cough, or shortness of breath.

All jury trials (and related jury selections) scheduled to commence prior to February

1, 2021, before any district or magistrate judge in any courthouse in the District of

Connecticut will be continued pending further order of the Court. Judges may schedule jury selections and trials to begin on or after February 1, 2021 in the hope that circumstances may permit them to proceed safely.

Pursuant to the CARES Act Authorization dated December 23, 2020, for 90 days, video and audio conferencing is permitted with consent of the defendant or juvenile for certain listed events including detention hearings under 3142 of title 18, United States Code, initial appearances under Rule 5 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, preliminary appearances under Rule 5.1 of eth Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and felony pleas under Rules 11 and 32 of Criminal Procedure.

The court continues to restrict courthouse access for those who have been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, has been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency, or has traveled to any of the high-risk countries. All persons entering any district courthouse must wear a mask.

Pursuant to General Order re COVID-19 Screening, the U.S. Marshals Service shall screen, or arrange for screening of, each detainee who is scheduled to appear in the district of Connecticut to determine his or her body temperature.

The COVID-19 General Order re Probation, Compliance Hearings & Attorney Admissions has suspended all compliance review hearings until further order of the court.

The District Court Clerk’s Office will not be open to the public, but operations will continue as detailed in the General Order.

Effective March 24, the Clerk’s Office will not be open to the public but will continue to provide service as detailed in the Order regarding “Restrictions on Access to Clerk’s Office.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office may conduct grand jury proceedings in person beginning May 18, 2020. Until further order of the Court, grand jury proceedings will take place only in the New Haven courthouse.

Pursuant to the General Order, the court authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act.

Counsel and self-represented parties do not need to provide courtesy copies to any judge’s chambers during such time as the court is operating under exigent circumstances created by COVID-19.

Criminal defendants will be entitled to consult with their attorneys via videoconference.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(a)(1), and (c), the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Connecticut is hereby appointed to represent any then-unrepresented defendant previously determined to have been entitled to appointment of counsel, or who was previously represented by retained counsel and is presently indigent, for purposes of issues relating to requests for early release.

Phase 2 Operations, Notice of Issuance of Jury Trial Restart Guidelines, Jury Trial Restart Guidelines for USDC-Delaware, and Notice (dated October 9)

The United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Delaware will begin to operate under Phase 2 of the District’s Re-Opening.

Visitors to the District or Bankruptcy Court are required to wear a mask or face covering when interacting with Court staff and in the public areas of Court facilities.

Per the Amended Standing Order dated June 25, the Court re-authorizes the use of video and teleconference technology in certain criminal proceedings.

Where a judge finds that obtaining an actual signature is impracticable or imprudent in light of the public health situation relating to COVID-19, any document may be signed electronically.

Grand jury sessions are suspended through May 22, 2020. All deadlines set by Federal or Local Rules or Court Order, including, but not limited to, scheduling orders in all civil and criminal cases, remain in effect unless modified by further Order of the Court or by Order of the assigned judicial officer. All judicial officers are encouraged to conduct proceedings, including ADR proceedings, by telephone or videoconferencing where practicable and as permitted by law, and to take reasonable measures to avoid the necessity of out-of-town travel of any litigant, witness, counsel or the public.

Per the court’s March 17 Standing Order, courthouse access is prohibited by anyone who is self-quarantined because of travel to a country or region with an outbreak of COVID-19, resides or had close contact with someone who has been advised to self-quarantine, been diagnosed with or had known contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness such as fever, severe cough or shortness of breath.

The District and Bankruptcy courts should be promptly informed if a practitioner who has appeared in court develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, or if a practitioner believes that a scheduled trial or in-person hearing requires the presence of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been in contact in the past fourteen days with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, the District Court and the Bankruptcy Court will conduct conferences and hearings telephonically when it is practicable and efficient to do so and will promptly consider any request to change a conference or hearing from being held in-person to via telephone.

The Bankruptcy Court will no longer accept hand delivery of any documents. The Interim Order specifies how (if at all) certain documents typically delivered via hand should be provided to the court.

Sealed criminal documents should be electronically submitted to the Court in PDF format, subject to the guidelines outlined in the March 18 Order. 

All currently scheduled change of pleas, sentencings, and supervised release violation hearings during the period from March 18 through April 30, 2020 are continued to no earlier than April 30, 2020.

The District Court has created an Electronic Civil Summons form (AO 440) for counsel to complete and use without requiring the Clerk to print, sign, seal, and handle the originals.

All existing filing deadlines (including deadlines that have been modified by any standing or case-specific order) for responses to §2254 petitions as of March 27 remain in effect. However, the deadline for filing the state court records related to those responses is extended through June 1, 2020. The assigned judicial officer may extend the June 1, 2020 deadline upon request for a COVID-19 related cause. During the COVID-19 outbreak, orders directing the Attorney General to respond to a §2254 petition will set the 45-day filing deadline for the response in accordance with the existing procedure delineated in the August 27, 2014 Standing Order Regarding E-Service in Habeas Corpus Cases. However, the deadline for filing the related state court records will be set for a later date (up to a maximum of 90 days) as determined by the assigned judicial officer.

Video conferencing is available as detailed in the Standing Order dated April 1.

Counsel providing representation under the CJA may submit interim vouchers for payment of fees and expenses for both attorneys and their service providers in any case, without the necessity of filing a Motion for an Order Allowing Interim Payments.

Per the Order 20-89 and 20-91, as amended by Order 20-93, all jury selections and trials are suspended and postponed until at least March 15, 2021. Per the Order 20-89, the Court remains in Phase 2 of its reopening plan and has not identified a date upon which it intends to transition to Phase 3. The time period from March 17, 2020 through March 15, 2021 is excluded under the Speedy Trial Act.

On Monday, September 14, 2020, the Court will enter Phase 2 of its Continuity of Operations Plan for the COVID-19 Pandemic. Under Phase 2, at the request of a party, a proceeding may be held in person if the presiding Judge deems an in-person proceeding to be necessary. Jury trial remain suspended until at least November 9, 2020.

Effective August 10, 2020, access to the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse and the William B. Bryant Annex will require that visitors take their temperature using a contactless temperature kiosk located at the 3rd Street entrance. A person with a temperature of 100.1 or higher will not be permitted to enter. If your temperature is above 100.1, please call the appropriate office for assistance.

Court of Appeals Clerk’s Office 202.216.7300

District & Bankruptcy Courts Clerk’s Office 202.354.3120

Probation Office 202.565.1300

Pretrial Services Agency 202.442.1000

Circuit Executive’s Office 202.216.7340

Per Order 20-68, all other in-person civil, criminal and bankruptcy proceedings in this Court, including court appearances, non-jury trials, hearings, settlement conferences, and misdemeanor, traffic and petty offense dockets, scheduled to occur before September 14, 2020 are postponed and will be scheduled for a later date, unless the presiding Judge in an individual case issues an order directing that a particular proceeding will be held by teleconference or videoconference on or before September 14, 2020. The additional time period form September 8 through November 9 is excluded under the Speedy Trial Act. The Court will begin to administer the oath of citizenship to small groups of applicants as needed beginning August 17, 2020, in full compliance with health and safety protocols.

Per the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) during the COVID-19 Pandemic dated July 15, the Court remains in Phase One, having entered this phase in mid-June. During Phase One, access to the Courthouse will remain limited. Clerk’s Office operations will remain limited and public counters closed. All jury trials will remain suspended. In-person court proceedings will remain suspended, unless urgent; video and audio conferencing of court proceedings will continue. Grand jury sessions will resume in limited fashion with appropriate precautions. Naturalization ceremonies remain postponed, although small naturalization ceremonies may be authorized if necessary. Attorney admissions ceremonies remain cancelled, with applications processed on the papers. Public health and safety restrictions and precautions will continue within the Courthouse facility. Cafeteria will remain closed.

Per the COOP, CJA Interim vouchers continue to be permitted in all pending matters (Order 20-12). Requirement of person service resumed on June 15 (USMS Process Service). Order 20-27 regarding certain statutory deadlines for administrative and civil judicial asset forfeiture has been given a blanket extension of 60 days.

Per Order 20-62, provisions of Standing Orders 20-29, 20-1, 20-6, and 20-11 pertaining to Court and Clerk’s Office operations and public access to proceedings remain in effect, and that the other provisions of Order 20-29 are superseded in the following respects. Grand jury sessions resumed as of the week of June 29 however, certain sessions have been cancelled due to the inability to obtain a quorum of grand jurors present. This Order does not toll any applicable statute of limitations. Provisions of Order 20-62 have been superseded by Order 20-68.

Per Order 20-29, the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia will remain open but with limited operations to support essential functions in criminal, civil, and bankruptcy matters in a manner to ensure public safety, public health and welfare. The operations of the Clerk’s Office are continuing but have been limited to support essential functions in criminal, civil, and bankruptcy matters. Attorney admission ceremonies scheduled through September 7, 2020 are cancelled. Petitions for admission to the bar of this Court will continue to be accepted via PACER and will be processed by the Motions Judge without the need for an in-person hearing.

Per Order 20-26, effective April 27, 2020, all persons visiting the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse and the William B. Bryant Annex (the “Courthouse”), including vendors, contractors, litigants, attorneys, and other members of the public, shall be required to wear a mask or face covering for their nose and mouth continuously during their visit to common or public areas of the courthouse. Any visitor seeking entry to the Courthouse without a mask or face covering shall be provided a mask by the Courts and, if no mask is available, the visitor will be asked to contact the office to be visited and determine whether alternate arrangements may be made to accomplish the business needs of the visitor without entry to the Courthouse. Members of the Court staff should and are requested to wear a mask or face covering when in the common or public areas of the courthouse and also in private work areas and non-public areas of the courthouse, such as non-public corridors and elevators, unless physical space permits sufficient distance of at least 6 feet from others. These restrictions will remain in place temporarily until further order of the Court.

Administrative Order 8:20-mc-25 authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. The authority under the CARES Act has been extended and additional 90 days through March 23, 2021.

Pensacola Division: The United States Courthouse and the Winston E. Arnow Federal Building is temporarily closed. Staff will be available by telephone, but the public intake counter will not be accessible

Tampa Courthouse: The July 9 Order supplements the March 13 Order regarding the restriction of visitors to US Courthouses in the Middle District. All visitors to the courthouse are required to wear a face covering or mask in any public or common area. Each presiding judge will determine who will wear a face covering in the judge’s courtroom or chambers. Also all visitors will conform to social distancing measures.

Jacksonville Division: All jury trials scheduled to begin before May 31, 2020 are pending further order of the Court. All trial specific deadlines in civil and criminal cases scheduled to begin before May 31, 2020 are continued pending further notice. Individual judges will continue to conduct hearings, conferences, and bench trials at their discretion and are encouraged to conduct court proceedings by telephone or video conference.

Fort Myers Division: All jury trials scheduled to begin before August 31, 2020 are pending further order of the Court. All trial specific deadlines in civil and criminal cases scheduled to begin before August 31, 2020 are continued pending further notice. Individual judges will continue to conduct hearings, conferences, and bench trials at their discretion and are encouraged to conduct court proceedings by telephone or video conference.

Orlando Division: All jury trials scheduled to begin before August 31, 2020 are continued pending further order of the court. All trial specific deadlines in criminal cases scheduled to begin before August 31, 2020 are continued pending further notice. Individual judges will continue to conduct hearings, conferences, and bench trials at their discretion and are encouraged to conduct court proceedings by telephone or video conference. All grand jury empanelment are postponed until further notice. All persons entering the courthouse must wear a facemask as all times and must maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet apart unless they are members of the same household. CARES Act authorization is extended until September 30, 2020.The court has placed restrictions on access to anyone persons who has traveled to certain countries, has been quarantined, diagnosed with COVID-19, or has been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Effective Monday, July27, 2020, the United States Courthouse and the Winston E. Arnow Federal Building, located in the Pensacola Division of the Court, will be reopened to the public.

All court locations are closed until further notice with the exception of those who are required to attend court hearings, trials, or other matters that require in-person attendance. All jury trails scheduled to occur before June 30, 2020 are continued until further order of the court. All trial specific deadlines in criminal cases scheduled to begin before July 1, 2020, are continued pending further order of the court. Individual judges may continue trial-specific deadlines in civil cases as necessary

The requirement to hold all initial appearances, detention hearings, and arraignments by video teleconference will no longer be required. Hearings and other appearances before the court may be held remotely by video or telephone conference or in-person at a courthouse, as determined appropriate by the assigned judge.

The court is denying entry to anyone who has visited a high-risk country in the past fourteen days, has had close contact with someone who has visited those countries in the past fourteen days, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, has been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed or has been asked to self-quarantine by any hospital or health agency. All persons entering the courthouse must wear a facemask as all times and must maintain a social distance of at least 6’ apart unless they are members of the same household.

All jury trials in the Southern District of Florida scheduled to begin on or after March 30, 2020, are continued until April 5, 2021 pending further order of the Court. All trial-specific deadlines in criminal cases scheduled to begin before January 4, 2021 are continued pending further order of the court. Individual judges may continue to hold hearings and bench trials at their discretion and are encouraged to conduct court proceedings by telephone or video conferencing.

All grand jury proceedings are continued until November 16, 2020 pending further order of the court. Two grand juries per week will be permitted to resume. All members of the grand jury will be partially sequestered while at the courthouse for their safety and protection.

Administrative Order 2020-23 (CARES Act) authorizes judges, with the defendants consent, to use video conferencing, or telephonic conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonable available for a list of specific events noted in the order. The CARES Act is extended, absent further order of the court or any individual judge from March 30, 2020 to March 7, 2021.

Administrative Order 2020-20 concerns the staffing of the court and a change in the hours of the public intake window.

Court security officers are screening people who enter the federal courthouse and denying entry to anyone who has recently visited a high-risk country, resides with or has had recent close contact with someone who has traveled to one of those countries, has been asked to self-quarantine, or has been diagnosed with or had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. All persons entering the courthouse must wear a facemask as all times and must maintain a social distance of at least 6’ apart unless they are members of the same household.

Per Standing Order 2020-01, all jury trials have been continued for 60 days from the date of the order. COVID-19 courthouse entry restrictions have been put in place in response to the coronavirus. Standing Order 2020-13 amends Standing Orders 2020-01, 2020-02, 2020-07, 2020-08, 2020-10, and 2020-12, and states that the jury trial moratorium is extended until February 28, 2021. All previous standing orders shall remain in effect unless they are inconsistent with Standing Order 2020-13.

To the extent possible with available technology, initial appearances, arraignments and detention hearings will be held remotely pursuant to the applicable rules and as directed by the judge assigned to the case.

Standing Order 2020-03 grants a judge the authority, with the consent of the defendant or a juvenile after the defendant or juvenile confers with counsel, to use video conferencing, or telephonic conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for a number of items listed in the order. Per Standing Order 2020-08, the provisions of Standing Order 2020-03 shall remain in effect until September 30, 2020.

Per Standing Order 2020-05, all grand jurors who are not excused shall report to the William A. Bootle Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse when summoned. Grand jurors will be divided among four courtrooms and distanced from one another within each courtroom.

Per Standing Order 20-09, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia will resume essential in-person, non-jury court proceedings at the discretion of the presiding judge beginning July 13, 2020. However, the Clerk’s Office shall remain closed for in-person business. Mask or other face coverings will be required when inside any courthouse in the Middle District of Georgia. Masks must be content neutral and may not express offensive or inappropriate content. Masks will be provided to entrants if necessary.

Per Amended Standing Order 2020-09, the following persons shall not enter any courthouse or U.S. Probation Office of the Middle District of Georgia without prior permission from the Chief Judge or his designee: (a) persons who have been diagnosed with, or had close contact with, anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the previous fourteen days; or (b) persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any healthcare provider within the previous fourteen days; or (c) persons who within the previous fourteen (14) days have been on a cruise, traveled outside of the U.S., or traveled to any area that has been declared in quarantine for COVID-19; or (d) persons with any symptom of COVID-19 identified by the CDC, including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. The clerk’s is working remotely. All persons seeking in-person assistance from the clerk’s office shall be provided with contact information so alternate arrangements can be made.

Per Amended Standing Order 2020-09, in-person attendance at court proceedings shall be limited to all counsel of record, criminal defendants, up to six visitors per criminal defendant, case agents, victims, parties to civil proceedings, and media representatives. If witnesses are anticipated, counsel shall coordinate the number and staggering of witnesses with the court in advance of the hearing. Masks or other face coverings that cover the mouth and nose must be worn by all persons in all public areas of court unit occupied space. Masks will be provided if necessary. Presiding judges shall establish the requirement for wearing masks for court proceedings in their courtrooms. Anyone denied entry due to these precautions, or anyone with a documented health condition that prevents the wearing of a mask or other face covering will be provided with contact information to contact the relevant court or other agency with whom they have business. The U.S. Marshal, his deputies, and court security officers shall deny entry to anyone attempting to enter in violation of this Order, and shall have the authority to remove anyone from a courthouse or U.S. Probation Office in the Middle District for failure to abide by this Order while in our facilities. Nothing in this order prevents hearings from being conducted remotely pursuant to the CARES Act with the consent of the Defendant and approval of the presiding judge.

The electronic case filing system for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (CM/ECF) will be unavailable from approximately 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 22nd for required maintenance. During this period, members of the bar and public will be unable to electronically file or view documents, view dockets, or use any of the functions of the Court’s CM/ECF system.

Per the Ninth Amendment to General Order 20-01 dated December 8, General Order 20-01 is further amended to extend the time periods specified therein through and including the date of February 28, 2021. While there will be no civil or criminal jury trials in any division of the Northern District of Georgia until after February 28, 2021, grand jury proceedings may continue to be held. Summons may be issued to prospective jurors for civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin after February 28, 2021. The time period of any continuance entered as a result of this Order shall be excluded under the Speedy Trial Act. The period of exclusion is from March 23, 2020 through and including February 28, 2021.

Per General Order 20-08, all employees, visitors, and contractors entering U.S. District Courthouses in Atlanta, Gainesville, Newnan, and Rome will: (1) review COVID-19 screening questions posted at the entrances to each courthouse; (2) not enter the courthouse in the event the visitor or employee answers yes to any of the screening questions; (3) observe social distancing while in a courthouse; (4) wear a face covering or mask (“mask”) that completely covers the wearer’s nose and mouth at all times while in the public areas of the courthouse unless the entrant is less than two years old. Each Judge may establish the mask policy for his or her chambers and courtroom for both court staff and all others. Visitors seeking entry to the courthouse who do not have a mask will be provided a mask. If a mask cannot be provided for any reason, the visitor will be provided the telephone number of the office he or she wishes to visit to explore alternatives to entering the courthouse. The U.S. Marshal, his Deputies, and the Court Security Officers shall enforce this Order and deny entry to those individuals not wearing a mask or failing to review the screening procedures.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the computer terminals at the Clerk’s Office intake counters designated for use by members of the public to review dockets in cases filed in the Northern District of Georgia temporarily are unavailable. You may review Court documents remotely by registering for a PACER account at https://www.pacer.gov/reg_pacer.html. If you need assistance with accessing court documents, you may call the Clerk’s Office at 404-215-1635.

The Sidney O. Smith Jr. Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Gainesville has re-opened. Entry to all federal courthouses in the Northern District of Georgia continues to be subject to the entry restrictions set forth in General Order 20-08.

General Order 20-07 temporarily closes the public counters in the Rome and Gainesville divisions until further notice. Members of the public may continue to file documents and make payments in both the Rome and Gainesville divisions by using a drop box provided outside of the clerk’s office in each division and following the posted instructions.

The court is denying entry to anyone who has traveled internationally in the past fourteen days, has had close contact with someone who has traveled internationally in the past fourteen days, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, has been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed or has been asked to self-quarantine by any hospital or health agency. Those denied entry may appear by teleconference with approval of the presiding judge.

All persons entering the Courthouses will be screened for a fever of 100.0 of higher. Also, all persons who enter the courthouse for official business are required to wear a face mask.

Online payments may only be made through this link. Drop off payments will only be accepted from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Augusta, Savannah, and Brunswick Courthouses. Instructions are located at the drop box station. Phone payments will only be processed Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call 912-650-4020, 912-280-1330, or 706-849-4400 to make any phone payments.

Beginning on June 15, 2020, the City of Augusta will close James Brown Blvd. between Telfair Street and Walton Way to thru traffic to allow for utility and sidewalk improvements. The closure is expected to last 60-90 days. Access to the main security gate of the Augusta Judicial Center on James Brown Blvd. will be from Telfair Street only.

Standing Order 005 provides judges in the district authority, with the consent of the defendant or a juvenile after consultation with counsel, to use video conferencing, or telephonic conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonable available, for certain items listed in the order.

Standing Order 004 restricts access to anyone who has been to or been in close contact with anyone who has been to a Level 3 country in the last 14 days; has been on a cruise in the last 14 days; has been diagnosed with, or has had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19; has been asked to self-quarantine by any hospital or health agency; or is exhibiting cold or flu symptoms.

Per Standing Order 20-18, the Governor of the State of Georgia has extended a public health state of emergency through August 10, 2020.

General Order 20-0013 (CARES Act) authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. General Order No. 20-0048 extends CARES Act authorization through March 22, 2021.

All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to being before February 5, 2121 are continued pending further order of the court. Individual judges may exercise discretion to continue trial-specific deadlines in civil cases and may continue to hold hearings, conferences, and bench trials. Judges are strongly encouraged to conduct court proceedings by telephone or video conferencing when practical. Grand jury proceedings will commence on December 1, 2020.

The court has placed restrictions on persons who have traveled to certain countries, been quarantined, diagnosed with COVID-19, or been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. General Order 20-0020 requires that any person, employee, or visitor to the courthouse to wear a mask or face covering when in common or public areas of the courthouse.

No jury trials, either civil or criminal, can be conducted in the courthouse prior to November 16, 2020.

The courthouse is open for non-jury matters. Each presiding judge will determine how to proceed with civil and criminal non-jury trials. The presiding judge may elect to proceed with a hearing by telephone or Zoom. Certain criminal proceedings that fall outside of the CARES Act Order will be conducted in court. The CARES Act is authorized through February 7, 2021. The General Guidelines for Jury Trials Commencing as of August 3, 2020 have detailed criteria that the judges will use to determine whether it is safe to conduct a particular jury trial will be issued prior to this date are to be provided in both civil and criminal matters unless specifically ordered by the presiding judge.

The court authorizes two grand jury sessions to be held per month through March 2021, with the appropriate mitigation measures in place. The March 30 Order authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. The CARES Act is authorized through February 7, 2021. The court restricts access to those who have visited a high-risk country within the past two weeks, have had contact with someone who has been in a high-risk country, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed or have been asked to self-quarantine. All persons entering the courthouse must wear a face mask as all times and must maintain a social distance of at least 6’ apart unless they are members of the same household.

The US District Court and Bankruptcy Court is closed to the public until May 11, 2020 except for essential hearings. The presiding judge will determine what is and is not essential. Video and telephonic means will be utilized to the extent possible. Persons in the court are to maintain a distance of 6 feet from one another.

All jury trials are suspended through January 31, 2021. For all civil cases all motions will be decided on the briefs unless all parties join in a request for a hearing. If granted the hearing will be conducted by video or telephone proceedings. All grand jury proceedings are suspended through December 31, 2020 and the period of filing an indictment has been extended an additional 30 days.

General Order No. 363 authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. Bankruptcy forms have been updated to reflect changes made by the CARES Act. The CARES Act authorization has been extended until March 22, 2021.

General Order 364 incorporate and supplements orders, 362 and 363 setting forth the procedure for any filing made pursuant to the Bail Reform Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3141 et seq., in response to COVID-19. All other motions regarding detention or release not based on COVID-19, will proceed in the regular course.

The court has restricted access to anyone experiencing shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms, fever, or coughing and sneezing as well as anyone who has visited a high-risk area.

On June 24, 2020, the court posted a notice that Clerk’s office in Pocatella, Idaho will remain closed until further notice due to a possible COVID exposure.

Pursuant to the Eighth Amended General Order 20-01, the directives issued in the Seventh Amended General Order 20-01 are extended until March 23, 2021. To limit the numbers of persons whose presence is required in the federal courthouses in Peoria, Springfield, Urbana and court operations in the Rock Island Division, temporarily relocated to Davenport, Iowa, all civil and criminal jury trials continue to be suspended and shall be rescheduled by the presiding judge to a date after March 23, 2021. All public gatherings, including Naturalization Ceremonies, at the federal courthouses in Peoria, Springfield and Urbana shall be suspended during the effective period of the Order, unless specifically authorized by the Chief Judge.

All persons seeking entry to the District’s courthouses must wear a face mask.

Pursuant to the Seventh Amended General Order 20-01, the federal courthouses in Peoria, Springfield, Urbana and court operations in the Rock Island Division, temporarily relocated to Davenport, Iowa, all civil and criminal jury trials are suspended and will be rescheduled by the presiding judge to a date after January 25, 2021. All public gatherings, including Naturalization Ceremonies, at the federal courthouses in Peoria, Springfield and Urbana are suspended during the effective period of the Order, unless specifically authorized by the Chief Judge.

Individuals without access to the Court’s electronic filing system may submit filings for District Court and Bankruptcy Court via United States Mail to the relevant divisional mailing address or to a drop box located in each location.

Anyone who is age 60 or over or who has a serious underlying health condition (such as immunodeficiency, heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes), has flu-like symptoms, or has been in any of the countries or regions designated as Level 3 by the CDC within the past fourteen days should contact the clerk’s office before coming to court.

Effective March 26 and until July 17, or further order, the court lifts restrictions prohibiting non-incarcerated pro se filers without CM/ECF accounts from filing documents via email and will temporarily accept filings from non-incarcerated pro se litigants via email, if those filings comply with guidelines detailed in Order 20-02.

Videoconferencing is available as detailed in Third Amended General Order 20-03.

Per the Ninth Amended General Order 20-0012 issued January 12, 2021, all civil and criminal jury trials are suspended until April 5, 2021. All civil hearings, including bench trials, shall be conducted by means of remote telephone or video conference unless an in-person hearing is required by law. The Court suspends Local Rule 5.2(f), which requires in many instances that paper courtesy copies of filings be delivered to the judge. No courtesy copies may be submitted for filings unless the parties receive case-specific requests for copies from the presiding judge. The Court suspends Local Rule 5.3(b), which otherwise requires that all motions be noticed for presentment. No motions may be noticed for in-person presentment; the presiding judge will notify parties of the need, if any, for a hearing by electronic means or in-court proceeding.

For the Bankruptcy Court, all court calls will be held remotely by electronic means. No personal appearances in court will be necessary or permitted, unless the judge orders otherwise. Attorneys must direct their clients not to appear in person at the courthouse. Any matter not subject to a deadline in the Bankruptcy Code or Bankruptcy Rules may be continued to another date by agreement of the parties. To obtain a continuance, the parties should contact chambers. Local Rule 9013-1(E)(1) governing presentment of motions in court is suspended. All motions will be heard remotely by electronic means, without personal appearances. Third Amended General Order 20-03 details procedures that apply to all motions noticed for presentment on or after October 13, 2020.

Effective May 27, all persons seeking entry to the courthouses must wear a face covering.

Pursuant to Sixth Administrative Order No. 266, until further order of the Court, all civil and criminal jury trials are cancelled and will be reset by the presiding judge. Civil and criminal bench trials may be conducted at the presiding judge’s discretion. Any bench trials currently schedule remain set, absent order of the presiding judge. Each judge has discretion to adjust his or her docket in the interest of safety and efficiency, and appropriate notices will be sent to counsel. The Clerk’s Offices in East St. Louis and Benton will continue operations, but will be closed to the public, subject to reopening as local conditions allow. Naturalization ceremonies will be conducted by the United States Customs and Immigration Service until further order of the Court.

Pursuant to Third Amended Administrative Order No. 268, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois will not conduct naturalization between now and March 1, 2021.

All persons seeking entry to courthouses must wear a face covering or mask.

The court has restricted access to the courthouse to anyone who has listed symptoms as well as persons who have been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days and persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital, or health agency within the last 14 days, or who are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 viral test.

Pursuant to Order 263, video conferencing is authorized.

Additional Courthouse restrictions and closures were implemented on April 1 through May 3 as detailed in Amended Order 261; criminal proceedings were altered on April 1 as detailed in Amended Order 262.

Administrative Order 265 details the procedures for inmates who wish to file for compassionate release.

All in person jury trials are continued until at least April 5, 2021. Jury trials conducted by video conference may proceed upon motion and/or Order of the presiding Judge.

In-person criminal plea and sentencing hearings will resume in all divisions beginning July 6, 2020. While single defendant criminal jury trials will resume in all divisions beginning July 20, 2020. The public may attend trials by remote viewing inside the courthouse and/or in the courtroom galleries. The CARES Act authorization has been extended an additional 90 days from December 16, 2020.

Other than jury trials, civil and criminal proceedings shall continue to proceed by telephone or video teleconference as ordered in any particular case. In all divisions, limited in-person criminal proceedings shall begin on June 15, 2020.

Given the ongoing health risks posed by the pandemic and the space limitations on the Court's ability to conduct all proceedings safely in person, parties are encouraged to consider conducting proceedings remotely as permitted by law and previous orders of the Court. In addition, parties are encouraged to conduct depositions remotely to the extent permitted by law.

All courthouses will open to the public beginning July 6, 2020. All visitors to all courthouses (employees and non-employees) are required to wear a face covering to enter the building and will be asked question regarding symptoms and exposure to COVID-19.

The court will begin conducting jury trials effective June 1, 2020. However, should any party desire a continuance of a jury trial scheduled on or after June 1, 2020, due to ongoing public health concerns, the presiding judge will give due consideration to such a motion. Order 20-AO-0003-P, which modified public hours for the court, will expire effective June 1, 2020.

All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to commence on or before May 31, 2020 are continued pending further order of the court. Non-jury proceedings, such as bench trials and hearings will proceed as scheduled unless continued, on a case-by-case basis, by the presiding judge. All deadlines established in civil cases remain in place, pending any case-specific adjustments to be made on motion from the parties or on the court’s own motion. All grand jury proceedings that are scheduled to appear after May 11, 2020 are to proceed as scheduled. The Order authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. The CARES Act is authorized through March 25, 2021.

The court has restricted access to anyone experiencing shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms, fever, or coughing and sneezing, as well as anyone who has visited a high-risk area. The public hours for court operations on regular business days at the Sioux City and Cedar Rapids courthouses is 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Face masks or shields must be worn at all times in the common areas of the courthouse.

All civil and criminal jury trials currently set until July 6, 2020 are continued pending further order. All civil and criminal jury trials currently set in the Central Division (only) of the Southern District of Iowa from now until September 8, 2020 are continued pending further order.

Public Administrative Order No. 20-AO-6-P authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. This court’s Public Administrative Order 20-AO-6-P dated March 29, 2020 is therefore continued in effect for cases filed in the Central Division of this court until September 8, 2020. Beginning July 1, 2020, that order is terminated for cases filed in the Western and Eastern Divisions of the court.

All visitors to all courthouses (employees and non-employees) are required to wear a face covering to enter the building and will be asked question regarding symptoms and exposure to COVID-19. All individuals must check their temperature upon entry to the courthouse at proximity temperature scanners located at the entrance.

All paper filings are to be placed in the drop box inside the court security station at the entrance of the Des Moines, Council Bluffs and Davenport courthouses. Payments should also be placed in the drop box or may make payments online through pay.gov.

Persons with an elevated risk of transmitting the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 shall not enter any Courthouse or Probation Office without prior permission from the Chief Judge.

All civil and criminal jury trials and all in-person hearings or bench trials schedule to commence now through February 15, 2021 are continued subject to further order of the court. Any existing grand jury may meet during this period subject to the discretion of the U.S. Attorney and the Court. Emergency in-person hearings may be conducted if determined necessary by the presiding judicial Officer.

The presiding judge has the discretion to conduct courtroom hearings in civil and criminal cases that do not involve custodial defendants or when the custodial defendant has waived appearance or is appearing remotely in the courtroom. Criminal cases in which the custodial defendant are to appear are determined by the senior active judge in consultation with Clerk of the Court after applying the three gating criteria identified in the Federal Judiciary COVID-19 Recovery Guidelines. All grand jury proceedings are suspended indefinitely until the national emergency ends or the when the Judicial Conference of the United States finds that the federal courts are no longer materially affected.

The court will take reasonable protective measures including but not limited to physical barriers, social distancing, requiring wearing of masks or face shields, and sanitizing of exposed areas between hearings. The presiding judge also has discretion, and is strongly encouraged to use video and teleconferencing in criminal hearings, and in civil hearings and trials.

The court has authorized the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. The CARES Act authorization is extended through March 9, 2021.

The Lexington courthouse is open is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), subject to all restrictions previously outlined in paragraphs 12 and 13 of General Order No. 20-03, and subject to intervening orders.

With specific exceptions, the court’s order continued civil and criminal trials scheduled to begin November 18, 2020, through January 15, 2021 are continued, subject to further order of the court. All trials currently in progress will be completed at the discretion of the presiding judge.

General Order 20-05, 20-07, 20-10 authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. The order is extended through March 19, 2021.

The court has restricted access to the courthouse to anyone who has travelled within the past fourteen days, resides or had close contact with someone who has traveled abroad or to a location with a known outbreak within the past fourteen days, has been asked to self-quarantine, has been diagnosed with or had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, has a fever, cough or shortness of breath, who has had to fly for the scheduled proceeding, or who would raise a reasonable concern of exposure.

All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin on or before February 26, 2021, are continued and shall be rescheduled by separate order of the presiding judge. No jury trial are to be scheduled to begin on or before February 26, 2021. All trial-specific deadlines in criminal cases scheduled for trial on or before February 26, 2021. , are continued pending further order of the Court. Individual judges may continue trial-specific deadlines in civil cases at their discretion. Each presiding judge retains the discretion to conduct hearings in-person or by way of video or telephone conferencing.

Due to the suspension of jury trials within the Western District, the petit jurors who were summoned to serve a two-month term of service in the Louisville division from November 2, 2020, to December 31, 2020, shall now serve an amended two-month term of service from January 4, 2021 to March 7, 2021.

All grand jury proceedings are continued through December 31, 2020. Because impaneling new grand jurors cannot be done without seriously jeopardizing public health and safety, including the health and safety of the prospective grand jurors, counsel, and Court staff, General Order 20-18 is vacated to the extent that it directs the Clerk to draw names of persons having the qualifications prescribed by law to serve as grand jurors in the Louisville and Bowling Green divisions beginning on December 1 and December 9, 2020, respectively.

General Order 2020-05 authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. The CARES Act authorization will remain in effect through March 24, 2021.

The following people are barred from entry into the courthouse: persons who have been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with coronavirus; persons with a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, flu-like symptoms, or other symptoms of respiratory illness; persons who have traveled to certain high risk countries in the past 14 days, or have come into close contact with anyone who has traveled to those countries within the past 14 days; and persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any health care provider or agency. All persons present during court proceedings shall wear a face covering.

Effective November 1, 2020, the Hale Boggs Federal Building located at 500 Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, which houses the United States District Court as well as the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, is open to the general public for limited purposes

All civil and criminal bench and jury trials scheduled to begin on any date from the date of the order until March 18, 2021 are continued to a date to be reset by each presiding judge. This continuance does not continue any pending deadlines other than the trial dates. Attorneys should contact the presiding judges in their continued cases if they seek to modify such other deadlines.

General Order 20-3 is effective March 23, 2020, and subject to the conditions General Order 20-2, and adjusts criminal proceedings before the Magistrate Judges so that court is only convened on Mondays and Fridays and, to the extent feasible, these twice-weekly court sessions will be conducted by videoconference, as long as the defendant consents to that procedure. The court will address requests to reschedule on a case-by-case basis.

General Order 20-4, 20-08, and 20-11 that authorized the CARES Act is extended until March 18, 2021.

All individuals entering the courthouse are required to wear face coverings and to maintain the appropriate social distance.

General Order 20-5 closes the Hale Boggs Federal building, which houses the District and Bankruptcy courts to the general public. Documents may be filed electronically, by U.S. Mail, or by facsimile.

Drop boxes are available at the courthouse for those who wish to submit paper documents. The Clerk’s office will not accept sealed documents on paper for filings. Sealed documents should be submitted by email to the court using encrypted “Send Securely” option on ones email. Non-sealed pleadings are to be submitted through CM/ECF.

Middle District of LouisianaOrder 2020-1, Order 2020-2, Order 2020-3 (amending Order 2020-1), Order 2020-5, Administrative Order 2020-4 (Response to CARES Act Legislation), Administrative Order No. 2020-5 (Curtailed Operations), Administrative Order No. 2020-6 (Supplemental Administrative Order re Criminal Case Operations), Administrative Order No. 2020-7 (Court Operations, – amends A.O. 2020-1, 2020-2, 2020-3 and 2020-5), General Order No. 2020-8 (Requests for Compassionate Release), and Administrative Order No. 2020-9 (Superseding Previous Pandemic Related Orders)

All civil and criminal trials (bench and jury) may be resumed and all scheduling is within the discretion of the presiding judge. All in-court civil evidentiary hearings and other in-court hearings and proceedings requiring personal appearances, on the dockets of the United States District Court and the United States Bankruptcy Court, may be resumed. In-court re-arraignments and sentencing hearings may be resumed within the sound discretion of the presiding Judge. All scheduling is within the sound discretion of the presiding Judge.

The authority to resume trials, hearings and other in-court proceedings does not in any way limit the discretion of the presiding Judge to conduct all or part of any proceedings by video conference or telephone conference as previously authorized by the Court and by the CARES Act, which is extended through December 30, 2020.

Order 2020-5 amends previous order and suspends prescriptive, preemptive and statute of limitation deadlines until April 30, 2020.

Order 2020-5 restricts access to categories of persons from entering the Russell B. Long Federal Building and the courthouse in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Order 2020-4 authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act.

All employees and persons having business in the Russell B. Long Courthouse and Federal Building are required to wear masks in any public s pace in the buildings, observe social distancing, and observe all posted signs and placards.

Both civil and criminal jury trials may resume on April 1, 2021. All bench trials, hearings, conferences, and or proceedings are subject to the discretion of the trial judge presiding over the case. Judges are still encouraged to utilize video conferencing and teleconferencing to the extent possible. Additionally, the First Supplemental order suspends public access to the Clerk Offices in Alexandria, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, and Shreveport. All court filings or correspondence may be time stamped and placed in the drop box.

The court is restricting access to courthouses for anyone who has visited a high-risk country in the last fourteen days, resides or had close contact with someone who has traveled to a high-risk country in the last fourteen days, has been diagnosed with or had contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or is exhibiting severe symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, excessive coughing, or extreme shortness of breath.

First Supplemental Order suspends public access to all Court Offices. Drop boxes are to be used for any court filings. Public access to the Clerk of the Court Offices in the Alexandria, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe and Shreveport Divisions may resume on January 4, 2021.

The Second Supplement Order applies to initial appearances and arraignments in the Lafayette courthouse for criminal defendants.

The Third Supplemental Order authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. The Seventh Supplemental Order continues the CARES Act through December 23, 2020.

In-court hearings in criminal and civil cases scheduled during the period December 14, 2020, through March 31, 2021, are continued. No in-court hearings will be scheduled during this period absent a judicial determination that an in-court hearing is required to address an emergency request involving a serious threat of immediate and irreparable injury, loss, or damage. All criminal and civil jury empanelment and trials scheduled to commence in the Bangor and Portland Divisions of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine are continued until the April 2021 Jury Term.

The 30-day time period for filing an indictment as to all criminal charges that cannot be heard and determined by a federal grand jury in the District of Maine must be tolled until either normal grand jury operations in this District resume and the allegations involving pre-indictment defendants can be considered, or until January 31, 2021, whichever comes first?

Under the CARES Act review, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing and when not available telephonic until March 14, 2021.

The Clerk’s Office have been reduced and the office is only open for document filing. Those filings documents must leave them at designative drop-off points in the court at the designated time. All persons entering the courthouse must wear a face mask as all times and must maintain a social distance of at least 6’ apart unless they are members of the same household.

Per Order 2021-01, the terms and restrictions of Standing Order 2020-20 are extended until February 26, 2021.

Per Order 2020-23, all grand jury meetings scheduled to occur from December 18, 2020 through January 18, 2021 are suspended.

Per Order 2020-21, the Court extends the duration of the restrictions set out in Standing Order 2020-20 through January 15, 2021.

Per Order 2020-20, effective November 16, 2020, all in-court hearings and proceedings in the District of Maryland are SUSPENDED. No members of the public and no counsel, parties, witnesses, or other court users may enter any U.S. Courthouse in the District of Maryland without prior permission from the Chief Judge, the Clerk of the District Court, or the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court. No members of the public may enter any U.S. Probation Office in the District of Maryland without prior permission from the Chief U.S. Probation Officer. Members of the public will retain access to drop boxes at the entrance of each Courthouse to deposit and date-stamp papers between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Court staff may continue to enter the Courthouses consistent with the instructions of their supervisors. These restrictions shall remain in place for a minimum of two weeks. The Court shall review the triggering criteria on a regular basis to determine whether conditions have sufficiently improved to support rescinding this Order and resuming some or all in-court operations. Effective November 16, 2020, the operations of U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland will REVERT to Phase 1 of the previously announced COVID-19 Recovery Guidelines; as to staffing and Probation Office activities, the Court will REVERT to Phase 2.

Per Order 2020-18, the following persons shall not enter any U.S. Courthouse or U.S. Probation Office in this District: (1) Persons who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or told to presume they have COVID-19 by a health professional within the last 14 days; (2) persons who have had contact in the last 14 days with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or told to presume they have COVID-19 by a health professional, unless the diagnosis was more than 14 days ago and the person diagnosed has been symptom-free for the past 72 hours; (3) persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any physician, hospital, or health agency; (4) person who have a temperature of 100.00 degrees or higher, as measured by the touchless thermometers at the entrance to each Courthouse, which all persons are required to use prior to entry; (5) persons who have had fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sort throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea within the last 14 days, unless the symptoms are attributable to another known condition; (6) persons who reside with someone who has had fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea within the last 14 days, unless the symptoms are attributable to another known condition; (7) persons who have returned from international travel or a cruise ship voyage within the past 14 days; and (8) persons who have been released from a federal, state or local jail, prison, or other correctional institution within the last 14 days, except those who are reporting to be fit with a location monitoring device or as otherwise ordered by the court.

Pursuant to Order 20-146, dated September 23, 2020, the Court will proceed into Phase Three at 8:30 AM on Monday, September 28, 2020.

The District Court issued Standing Order 2020-02 restricting access to courthouses and probation offices. Additionally, those who are scheduled to appear in court and who are over the age of 60 or who have severe underlying health conditions – such as immunodeficiency, heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes – regardless of age, should contact the court to reschedule.

Videoconferencing is available as detailed in Order 2020-06. See instructions for more information on how to remotely attend a public hearing. No court proceedings may be photographed, recorded, broadcast, or otherwise transmitted without the express permission of the Court.

The court remains open for emergency criminal, civil, and bankruptcy matters related to public safety, public health and welfare, and individual liberty. Electronic filing through CM/ECF remains available, and self-represented litigants may deposit and date-stamp papers in the drop boxes at each courthouse between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The court has issued a COVID-19 Pandemic Procedures Order exempting the conduct of discovery in civil cases from the suspension of deadlines set forth in Standing Order 2020-07, unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge, and provided the parties agree to continue and that the conduct of discovery does not involve conduct by counsel or the parties that would contravene public health orders or directives.

Per Third Amended Order 2020-10, all persons seeking entry to, or occupying, the United States Courthouses in Baltimore, Greenbelt, or Salisbury must wear a face covering or mask (“the mask”). The mask must completely conceal the wearer’s nose and mouth at all times and may not incorporate a one-way valve (typically a raised plastic cylinder about the size of a quarter on the front or side of the mask). Neither bandanas nor neck gaiters constitute appropriate masks under the terms of this Order. If the wearer is a court employee who is alone in a private office or workspace, which permits at least six feet of physical distance from other persons, the wearer may temporarily remove the mask. Any visitor seeking entry to the courthouse without a mask will be provided a mask by the court. If the court is unable to provide a mask for any reason, the visitor will be asked to contact by telephone the office to be visited to explore alternatives to entering the Courthouse. The United States Marshal, his Deputies, and the Court Security Officers shall enforce this Order and deny entry to those individuals not wearing a mask.

Per Order 2020-11, effective immediately, all civil and criminal petit jury selections and jury trials scheduled to commence through June 30, 2020, before any district or magistrate judge in any courthouse in the District of Maryland are postponed and continued. Some civil jury trials may commence on or after July 1, 2020, and some criminal jury trials may commence on or after August 1, 2020, in the discretion of individual judges of this Court. With the exception of the jury trials identified above, all civil and criminal hearings, trials, and proceedings in the U.S. district Court for the District of Maryland shall continue as presently scheduled, unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge. To the extent the parties jointly believe an existing schedule needs to be adjusted, they should submit their proposal to the presiding judge in writing. Due to the unavailability of a grand jury in this district, the 30-day time period for filing an indictment or an information is tolled as to each defendant during the time period March 16 through July 31, 2020.

Per Order 2020-11, all bankruptcy hearings, trials, and proceedings in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland currently scheduled to commence after June 5, 2020, shall continue as presently scheduled, unless otherwise ordered or rescheduled by the presiding judge. To the extent the parties jointly believe an existing schedule needs to be adjusted, they should submit their proposal to the presiding judge in writing. Furthermore, the provision of Order 2020-07, extending all filing deadlines originally set to fall between March 16, 2020 and June 5, 2020 by eighty-four (84) days, remains in effect without further extension, unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge in an individual case or by administrative order of the Bankruptcy Court. If counsel is unable to meet a filing deadline while remaining in full compliance with orders and public health guidance relating to COVID-19, counsel should seek an extension of time from the presiding judge. Existing discovery deadlines falling after June 5, 2020 will be enforced, unless otherwise extended by the presiding judge. In the District Court, civil discovery deadlines and procedures are addressed by separate order.

Per Order 2020-11, although physical access to the courthouses presently remains restricted, the court remains open for all filings and for proceedings that may occur by audio and/or video teleconference. The scheduling of naturalization and admission ceremonies and Central Violations Bureau proceedings will be addressed by separate order.

Per Order 2020-11, the Order does not toll any applicable statute of limitations. Further orders addressing court operations under the exigent circumstances created by COVID-19 will be entered as circumstances warrant. Standing Order 2020-07 is superseded by Order 2020-11, effective June 6.

Per the Updated Order 20-146 dated June 17, the court’s criteria for entering Phase Two have been satisfied, and the court is now prepared to enter Phase Two of its recovery process. Most proceedings will continue to be conducted virtually. The court may begin to schedule certain petit jury proceedings, with some restrictions, and grand jury proceedings will likely resume on a limited basis. Court offices will remain closed to the public, but members of the public may be admitted to the courthouses for the limited purpose of observing in-court proceedings. Consistent with Order 2020-10, all persons seeking entry to, or occupying, courthouses in this District must wear a face covering or masks at all times. All individuals present in the courthouses for any reason should continue to maintain at least six feet of physical distance from others. Elevators will remain limited to one occupant at a time. The court will proceed into Phase Two, effective at 8:30 a.m. on June 22, 2020. The court will being to assess gating criteria for entry into Phase Three, in which the court will further expand operations.

Per Amended Order 2020-16, dated September 2, a maximum of ten spectators may be physically present to observe any in-court proceeding in this District, unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge. Each party shall be permitted to designate no more than four such persons to be physically present in the courtroom. The two final seats shall be reserved for credentialed members of the press on a first-come, first-served basis, and if no members of the press are in attendance, to any member of the public on a first-come, first-served basis. All persons not permitted into the courtroom will be able to listen to any public in-court proceeding by dialing into a public telephone conference line available on the Court’s website. With respect to jury trials, because of severely limited space no members of the public or press will be permitted into the courtroom but will instead have the option of observing the proceedings on closed-circuit television from a separate courtroom or by dialing into the public telephone conference line. The order will remain in place temporarily until it is determined to be safe to rescind it.

Per Order 20-35, all persons entering the Courthouse and in the public spaces of the Courthouse, including the courtrooms, shall wear masks covering their nose and mouth. The only exceptions to that requirement are (a) for a witness testifying under oath, who will testify behind a clear acrylic barrier, or (b) where a judicial officer has made a specific temporary exception that the interest of justice, balanced against the public-health risk, requires such action for reasons provided on the record. All visitors entering the Courthouse (including attorneys, witnesses, parties, or members of the general public) must conduct a health self-assessment in advance of entry.

A person may not enter the Courthouse if he or she: (a) has a diagnosis of COVID-19;

(b) is experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 identified in the health self-assessment; (c) has been ordered by a public-health authority or medical professional to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19; or (d) to his or her knowledge, has been in “close contact” with someone with COVID-19.For these purposes, “close contact” is defined as “being within 6 feet of for at least 10-15 minutes while symptomatic or within 48 hours before symptom onset.”

On September 29, 2020, the District Court Clerk’s Office for the District of

Massachusetts will reopen our public counters. While the Clerk’s Office of the U.S.

District Court in each building remains open during regular business hours, the public

counters will open at 9 a.m. and close at 2 p.m. for in-person inquiries. Visitors to the

public counter must comply with occupancy and social distancing requirements.

General Order 20-31 supplants and modifies Orders 20-2, 20-13, and 20-21 to the extent the orders concern non-jury proceedings. The Court will begin to conduct in-person non-jury proceedings under limited circumstances: where (1) further delay may harm the interests of justice and (2) the law does not permit video proceedings or the requisite consents cannot be obtained. All participants in such proceedings appearing in person must conduct a health self-assessment.

Per the Public Notice dated July 7, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts approved Emergency Amendments to the Jury Plan. The amendments are effective as of June 22, and will remain in effect until cancelled by the court. The Clerk, upon individual request, and in consultation with the district judge assigned as the jury liaison, shall excuse the following classes of persons: (i) persons who have been diagnosed with, or tested positive for, COVID-19 (unless such a person has clinically recovered from the disease and has not had any symptoms for at least two weeks); (ii) persons who have one or more symptoms of COVID-19, as defined by the CDC; (iii) persons residing with, or directly caring for, persons identified in (i) and (ii); (iv) persons who may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, as defined by the CDC; (v) persons residing in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, assisted-care facilities, or veterans’ homes, and employees of such facilities; and (vi) physicians, nurses, physician’s assistants, and other health-care providers having direct contact with patients who have COVID-19. The Clerk may pose questions concerning health-related matters in addition to those imposed by the Jury Act, 28 U.S.C. §1861 et seq., when summoning prospective jurors. The Clerk may also pose follow-up or monitoring questions to ensure accurate information by the time of empanelment. Nothing in this paragraph shall be interpreted to infringe on the authority of any judge presiding in a jury trial to excuse a juror for cause.

Per the Public Notice dated July 7, the Clerk shall report to the Chief Judge, on a monthly basis, the demographic data of prospective jurors excused under the provisions of this amendment, including data concerning the specific reason they were excused. If the operation has a significant impact on the ability of the Court to empanel juries representing a fair cross-section of the community, the Chief Judge, with the concurrence of the Court, may impose reasonable limits on its operation, consistent with the need to protect public health and safety. These provisions shall take effect immediately, and shall continue until the Chief Judge, with the concurrence of the Court, has determined that they are not necessary to protect public health and safety.

Per Order 20-30, the Court will resume naturalization ceremonies beginning on July 13, in such numbers and under such circumstances, as the Chief Judge shall direct, provided that it can do so and reasonably protect public health and safety. The Court will continue to consider the requests of individuals in need of an expedited administration of a judicial oath of citizenship. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may conduct naturalization ceremonies in reasonably small numbers, and under circumstances that reasonably protect public health.

Per Order 20-29, effective June 29, all regularly scheduled grand jury proceedings are continued until at least August 31, 2020, pending further Order. The U.S. Attorney may schedule grand jury proceedings for emergency or essential matters. Grand jurors will continue their current and normal practice to call in each Friday after 5:00 p.m. to the number provided to them by the U.S. Attorney to receive the recorded message informing them whether or not they must appear for grand jury service the following week.

Per the Standing Order dated June 1, effective immediately, all persons using any public entrance of the Donohue Federal Building, or present in any public or common space of the courthouse, shall be required to wear a suitable mask or face covering in order to reduce the risk of the spread of the coronavirus. This Order applies to all employees of agencies and court units within the courthouse, and to attorneys, parties, witnesses, jurors, vendors, contractors, and other members of the public. Court security staff is authorized to enforce this Order, and to deny entry to or remove any non-compliant person. Each agency or court unit shall make its own determination as to whether masks or face coverings shall be required within their own non-public working spaces. Individual judicial officers may modify the requirements of this Order within the courtroom during a legal proceeding as justice may require.

Per General Order 20-21 (supplementing and modifying Orders 20-2 and 20-13), all jury trials scheduled to begin on or before September 8, 2020, are continued pending further order of the Court. All trial-specific deadlines in criminal cases scheduled to begin on or before September 8, 2020, are continued pending further order of the Court. Individual judges may continue trial-specific deadlines in civil cases in the exercise of their discretion.

Pursuant to General Order 20-19 (amending Orders 20-5 and 20-15), effective May 7, Magistrate Judges and Senior Judges in the District of Massachusetts may schedule and conduct mediations in civil proceedings in accordance with the normal practices of the Court. All such mediations shall occur only by video or telephone conference.

Pursuant to General Order 20-1, no one may access the courthouse who has traveled to a country with a CDC level two or level three travel advisory had contact with such travelers, or are displaying symptoms. This order will be implemented district-wide.

All attorney admission ceremonies are postponed until further notice.

For more information regarding criminal and civil proceedings before the court, call (617) 748-9152 or email media@mad.uscourts.gov.

In light of the continuing COVID-19 public health emergency, all civil hearings and most criminal hearings in the United States Eastern District of Michigan will be conducted either by teleconference or videoconference until at least July 6, 2020. Following recent guidance from the Judicial Conference of the United States, and under authority provided by the CARES Act, members of the press and public will be permitted to hear and/or observe telephonic and video hearings, free of charge, to the extent practicable. Any recording of a court proceeding held by video or teleconference, including “screen-shots” or other visual copying of a hearing, is absolutely prohibited. Violation of these prohibitions may result in sanctions, including removal of court-issued media credentials, restricted entry to future hearings, denial of entry to future hearings, or any other sanctions deemed necessary by the court. Members of the press and the public are also expected to mute their phones during telephonic hearings and to not disrupt proceedings in any manner. Local Rule 83.32(e)(2) also prohibits “taking photographs or video recordings in connection with any Judicial Proceeding… and the recording or broadcasting of Judicial Proceedings by radio or television or other means.”

The Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit was closed to the public March 25 and will remain close pending additional information.

The court has postponed all civil and criminal matters scheduled for in-court appearance before any district or magistrate judge. Case-by-case exceptions to the postponements may be ordered for non-jury matters at the discretion of the court after consultation with counsel. Criminal matters before magistrate judges shall continue to take place, and the order does not affect the court’s consideration of civil or criminal motions that can be resolved without oral argument or handled by telephone or videoconference.

Per Administrative Order 20-AO-034, effective immediately, grand jury proceedings in the Eastern District of Michigan are hereby resumed on a limited basis. All other provisions established in 20-AO-021 shall remain in effect until rescinded by the Court.

All future misdemeanor calls are postponed.

The court has restricted courthouse access for anyone who has symptoms, has been in close proximity to someone diagnosed or quarantined, or who has traveled to high-risk countries.

Videoconferencing may be used as detailed in 20-AO-027.

Per 20-AO-036, pro se filings may continue to be made by mail or by email to the Court by the following temporary procedures. First, Rule 3(d) of the Rules Governing §2255 Proceedings are extended to Pro Se Filers. If filing by mail, the postmark stamped on the envelope shall be the filing date. The Mailbox Rule will only apply to documents mailed to the following address:

Clerk’s Office

United States District Court

Theodore Levin US Courthouse

231 W. Lafayette Blvd.

Detroit, MI 48226

Second, filings from pro se litigants will be accepted temporarily by email. Documents must be submitted using the Pro Se Electronic Document Program Upload Program available on the Court’s Internet Website: http://www.mied.uscourts.gov. The filing date will be the date received by the Clerk’s Office. Third, documents submitted for filing by U.S. Postal Service mail or email to the Court must still be served on all parties in a case as required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 5.

Order 20-AO-038 outlines basic plan for the first phase to return the Court to normal operations. During the first phase, employees will return to the Court’s physical facilities gradually and in staggered shifts. Once the return process is in place and the Court is satisfied that in-person business can be conducted without seriously jeopardizing public health and safety, the Court will release its plan for reopening its physical facilities to the public. Throughout all phases of recovering, the Court will institute measures to protect those individuals at higher risk of complications should they contract COVID-10. Reasonable accommodations will be provided wherever possible for individuals and employees who: 1) are vulnerable individuals; 2) are caring for vulnerable individuals in their households; 3) rely solely on public transportation; or 4) have child care complications due to the closure of schools or daycare centers because of COVID-19.

Per Order 20-AO-038 (Revised), all courthouses of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan shall remain closed to the public until further order of the Court Only persons having official business authorized by this Administrative Order or by the Chief Judge (or a judicial officer to whom a particular case is assigned after consultation with the Chief Judge), may enter courthouse property. This restriction applies to all divisional locations. All mass public gatherings are suspended, including, but not limited to, naturalization ceremonies, group tours and visits, moot courts and mock trials, bar group meetings, and seminars. During this phase, naturalization ceremonies will be held at the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services building in Detroit. The use of face masks, cloth face coverings, or approved face shields is required for all individuals in a courthouse, unless otherwise directed by the Court or a courthouse official designated by the Chief Judge. The face covering must completely cover the wearer’s nose and mouth at all times. All visitors to the courthouses will be subject to questionnaire screenings and temperature checks at the courthouse entrances and will be denied admittance if they have a temperature in excess of 100.4º or do not pass a screening. Common areas where employees or the public congregate to interact will be closed. Physical distancing will be enforced in other public or common areas such as jury assembly, court entrances, intake, lobbies and reception areas by visible means to demark six-foot distances where practical. Elevator use is restricted to one occupant(s). Conference rooms may not be used unless social distancing measures are observed.

Per Order 20-AO-038 (Revised), criminal jury trials will commence on a date to be announced, and then only for critical criminal trials. Grand jury proceedings will proceed only when necessary and with the approval of the Chief Judge to minimize and ameliorate the transmission of COVID-19. Jury trials will commence on a date to be announced, but no earlier than the month of November 2020. In-court bench trials will commence on a date to be announced, but no earlier than the date the courthouse at the place of holding court is open to the public. Videoconferences and teleconferences will continue to be used for all oral arguments, pretrial conferences, and settlement conferences until it is determined that individuals may safely enter the building and appear in person. Public access to public/in-court proceedings will remain available. When in-person court proceedings are permitted, they will be limited to 10 people (including court staff), and in-person chambers proceedings will be limited to the number of people that permits the observance of the physical distancing requirement of six feet in all instances.

Per the Public Notice updated on May 15, the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan is continuously monitoring information and advice from the Administrative Offices of U.S. Courts, the Centers for Disease Control, and public health officials. As provided in Administrative Order No. 20-MS-037, beginning Monday, May 18, 2020, all Court facilities in the District will be open during regular business hours. Persons who are sick, who are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath, or who have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive person within the past 14 days should not enter the building. Although regular in-person hearings can and will be begin again on May 18, each Judicial officer continues to make case specific assessments regarding what matters can or should be postponed, or handled by phone, video-conference, or in other ways short of in-person hearings. Administrative Order 20-MS-030 remains in effect, as an option for certain matters.

The District Court will continue to make liberal use of non-traditional work strategies. Flu season health protocols are being regularly discussed and vigorously enforced with staff. The Court will also recommend use of appropriate face-coverings for persons inside a Court facility and necessarily in close proximity to others. Members of the public with business inside a Court facility must provide their own face coverings.

Administrative Order No. 20-MS-037 outlines the limited commencement of a phased-in reopening of court facilities. This limited access will by appointment only.

Each Judge continues to make case specific assessments regarding what can be postponed, or handled by phone, video-conference or in other ways short of in person hearings. The goal is to deliver justice without compromising health and safety. Recent experience with video-conferencing has been good, and the Court hopes to conduct as much business as possible using technology to avoid the need for in person appearances.  

The court authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. Authorization under the act is extended through June 29, 2021.

Under the CARES Act review, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing and when not available telephonic when video conferencing is not available under various criminal case events listed in the order. The CARES Act is authorized to continue until March 22, 2021.

Effective, Monday, November 30, 2020, all criminal proceedings, civil hearings, or civil trials that cannot be conducted using videoconferencing, or telephone conferencing if videoconferencing is not reasonably available, are continued until January 31, 2021, unless the presiding judge determines that an in-person hearing is necessary. Any jury trial currently in progress as of November 30, 2020 may continue through completion. No new civil or criminal jury trials may commence before February 1, 2021.

The Clerk’s Office remains closed but will continue to be staffed and mail will be received and processed. Electronic filings may still be made through the court’s electronic filing system.

Grand jury proceedings may only proceed after May 14, 2020 if safeguards are put into place. These may include appropriate social distancing and appearance by video conference.

The court is restricting access and prohibiting anyone who has visited high-risk countries within the past two weeks, has had contact with someone who has been in those countries, has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed, or has been asked to self-quarantine.

On June 24, 2020, General Order No. 15 updated guidance on remote access to public court hearings

All proceedings, civil and criminal, scheduled or typically undertaken in person should be continued or conducted by video or telephone conference to every extent possible. The court will conduct all bankruptcy hearings telephonically for which it is possible. Any attorney or party must notify the Court if anyone scheduled to appear, or who has recently appeared, has been in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19. If such notice given, the parties and the Court may confer reading whether videoconferencing, an alternative witness, counsel, or source, or a delay may be appropriate.

The CARES Act is extended through March 28, 2021.

Effective immediately, all civil jury trials and non-essential criminal jury trials are stayed until further notice. All other proceedings may proceed at the direction of the presiding judge. The court has ordered Special Order No. 11 extended until further notice.

This does not affect any other deadlines in those cases unless the presiding judge determines otherwise. The presiding judge shall have the sole discretion to determine whether a criminal matter is essential. Grand Juries may continue within the outlined limitations. All other in-court hearings and proceedings may go forward at the presiding judge’s discretion, including proceedings that involve the attendance of a detainee.

For all matters set for in-court proceedings and all bankruptcy matters, counsel must notify the judge and opposing counsel if anyone scheduled to attend has recently traveled abroad or to a location in the US with known outbreak, has symptoms or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, would be required to travel by air, or there is any other reason for concern of exposure. Anyone entering the courthouse must wear masks.

Judges are encouraged to use videoconference and teleconferencing to the extent possible to avoid unnecessary disruption in the cases. The CARES Act is reauthorized, allowing the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonable available for all events listed in Section 15002 of the Act.

All civil and criminal petit jury selections and trials are continued to March 14, 2021. The November 24, 2020 Order re. Courthouse Operations and Building Entry is extended through close of business March 12, 2021. All other civil and criminal matters will proceed remotely. The Eagleton Courthouse will be closed for in-person business through November 13, 2020 and the Clerk’s Office for the Limbaugh Courthouse will be closed for in-person business through November 17, 2020.

Civil and criminal jury trials may commence in the Southeastern Division on or after July 6, 2020 and in the Eastern Division on or after July 13, 2020. Only a very limited number of jury trials will begin due to the precautions necessary to commence a jury trial during a pandemic. All proceedings shall be conducted by means other than in-person meetings whenever possible by law and as directed by the presiding judge.

Under the CARES Act review, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing, and when video conferencing is not available, telephonic conferencing for various criminal case events listed in the order. The CARES Act is extended through February 19, 2021.

Public entry to all federal courthouses is open subject to a myriad of conditions outlined in November 24 order. These conditions include the need wear face masks and to observe social distancing except when necessary for the conducting of business. In order to be admitted beyond the main lobby all person much verify that they have not been asked to self-quarantine, have not been diagnosed with or had contact with any who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have an unexplained fever, cough or shortness of breath.

All civil and criminal trials and jury selections, all trial specific deadlines in criminal cases, and all grand jury proceedings scheduled to commence between December 1, 2020 and March 22, 2021 are continued. All cases set on the January 4 and February 8, 2021 Joint Criminal Jury Trial Dockets, where no motion for continuance is filed by the current trial setting, will be CONTINUED to the Joint Criminal Jury Trial Docket of March 22, 2021. Certain criminal matters will continue in the ordinary course. All non-emergency criminal and civil hearings are continued until March 22, 2021. Individual judges may continue to hold such conferences, and bench trial at their discretion and this order does not affect the Court’s consideration of criminal or civil motions that can be resolved without oral argument. All bankruptcy hearing and trials through January 4, 2021will be conducted by telephone or continued based on the discretion of the Judge.

Any person, employee, or visitor to the courthouse is required to wear a mask or face covering when in common or public areas of the courthouse.

Under the CARES Act review, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing, and when video conferencing is not available, telephonic conferencing for various criminal case events listed in the order. The CARES Act is extended through March 23, 2021.

The March 18 order suspends all required in-person ADR and allows for ADR to take place by any remote means agreed upon by the parties. The order allows parties to apply for relief to request continuances when necessary give the national response to COVID-19.

All individuals required to participate in mediation (including the mediator, counsel, clients, representatives, adjusters, etc.) will instead appear by telephone, videoconference, FaceTime, Skype or other live and interactive means.

All jury trials (criminal and civil) and associated final pretrial conferences through January 15, 2021, are vacated, to be reset by order of the presiding judge. No pending deadlines are vacated except for trial dates and final pretrial conferences. Individual judges may continue to hold non-jury proceedings, as they deem appropriate, on a case-by-case basis. The use of telephonic or video proceedings are encouraged to the extent possible. All grand jury proceedings scheduled through January 15, 2021, are vacated, unless otherwise ordered by the chief judge. The chief judge retains the discretion to convene a grand jury under exigent circumstances upon the motion of the United States Attorney.

The court authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. The authorization under the act is extended for an additional 90 days until March 14, 2021.

The following individuals will be permitted to enter the courthouse: members of the public with court-related business; counsel of record appearing for a calendared matter and any associated litigants, investigators or employees thereof; family members of a criminal defendant appearing before the court; contract court interpreters; contract court reporters; witnesses; and members of the press. A limited number of employees will report to the courthouse on any given day. All other employees will continue to work remotely. Civil and criminal hearings will proceed remotely or in person, depending on judicial preference, provided the current social distancing requirements can be met. Each person entering the courthouse must wear a face covering while in any public or common area of the building.

Continuance of Creditor’s Meetings will be suspended. Scheduled section 341 meetings will be continued but not held the courthouses. They will be conducted telephonically or by video conference.

All civil and criminal matters including jury trials presently scheduled for in-court appearance before any district, magistrate, or bankruptcy judge set to begin on or before January 31, 2021 are continued until further notice. Other in-court hearings shall remain scheduled unless continued, on a case-by-case basis, by the district, magistrate, or bankruptcy judge. As provided by General Order 2020-03, the parties shall promptly notify one another and the Court if they have cause to believe that any such hearing cannot be held in a manner consistent with public health guidelines.

Under General Order 2020-07, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing, and when video conferencing is not available, telephonic conferencing for various criminal case events listed in the order. The authorization is extended through March 23, 2021

Due to the unavailability of a grand jury, the 30-day time period for filing an indictment or information is tolled. Case progression deadlines in civil cases remain provisionally set, pending any case-specific adjustments to be made on motion from the parties or the court’s own motion.

All persons seeking entry to or occupying any Court facility are required to wear a face covering or mask in public spaces. Entry into the courthouse is restricted and individuals who have an elevated risk of transmitting COVID-19 will not be granted entry. The restrictions apply to those with symptoms, who have been in close proximity to someone diagnosed or quarantined, or who have traveled to high-risk countries.

Per the Third Amended Temporary General Order 2020-03, all jury trials will be postponed until further notice.

For members of the public who were recently at a courthouse in the District of Nevada and subsequently test positive for COVID-19, please review and follow this protocol.

Courthouse entrance protocols remain in effect. Therefore, persons who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, have had contact with COVID-19 positive individuals, or have symptoms of COVID-19 are not permitted to enter the Courthouses. Members of the public are encouraged, but not required, to wear face coverings during security screening and while they are in public areas of the Courthouses.

The public terminals located inside the intake areas at the Las Vegas and Reno courthouses are currently not available for records searches. Court records are available via PACER which provide electronic public access to court records. Additional information is available at https://www.pacer.gov. If you have additional questions about accessing court records, please call 702-464-5400 for the Clerk’s Office in Las Vegas and 775-686-5800 for the Clerk’s Office in Reno.

Public access to the Clerk’s Office will continue to be limited to ensure effective social distancing for the protection of employees and the public. The Intake window in the Clerk’s Office will continue to be closed to the public. Requirements for submitting paper copies for chambers pursuant to LR IC 2-2(g) is suspended while access to the Clerk’s Office is limited pursuant to this Order. However, each presiding judge may direct a party to submit courtesy copies directly to their chambers.

Per the Notice Regarding Temporary Suspension of Local Rule IC 2-1(c), the court has agreed to accept documents submitted for filing by email in further response to the challenges presented by COVID-19. Please see the Notice for requirements and a form to consent to receive notification of orders, notices, and other documents that are filed in your case by email.

Order 2020-05 authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act.

All naturalizations ceremonies are postponed.

Per Amended Order 2020-08, during court proceedings, including Grand Jury proceedings, everyone must wear a face covering unless the presiding judge orders otherwise. All employees of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada must wear face coverings during security screening and while they are in public areas of the Courthouses. Employees who have contact with members of the public outside of court proceedings as described above must wear face coverings during their interactions. The Court will provide face coverings for employees. Members of the public and employees of other tenants in the Courthouses must wear face coverings during security screening and while they are in public areas of the Courthouses. The face covering requirements established in this order do not apply to individuals who cannot wear a face covering due to a medical condition. Anyone who attempts to enter a Courthouse in violation of this Order will be denied entry.

The Rudman Courthouse or the Cleveland Federal Building restricts those you may enter. Those entering the courthouse must wear a face mask or covering in addition to other criteria listed in AO 20-33. The court will consider requests by the United States Attorney to convene the grand jury. The presiding judge has the discretion to reschedule those hearings to occur by teleconference, video conference, or in-court hearing. General Order 20-7 outlines the procedures for any out-of-court videoconference and telephonic hearings scheduled in accordance with General Order 20-5.

All civil and criminal jury trials, including pretrial conferences, scheduled to begin before October 1, 2020 are continued. All grand jury proceedings scheduled before May 1 are continued. All civil hearings and conferences scheduled to occur after July 1, 2020, shall remain as scheduled and conducted by teleconference or video conference. The judge has the discretion to continue any of those matters and/or reschedule for an in-court hearing.

All civil jury trials assigned to Chief Judge Landya McCafferty and Judge Joseph N. Laplante are continued unless a jury trial is requested by all parties to a case or ordered by the presiding judge. Also, pending further order, all scheduled in-person court sponsored/conducted mediations are continued. However, Judge Johnstone is available to conduct mediations on request by video conference.

Under Administrative Order 20-14, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing, and when video conferencing is not available, telephonic conferencing for various criminal case events listed in the order. This authorization under the CARES Act has been extended until March 15, 2021.

Attorneys and pro se parties may continue to file documents with the court electronically through CM/ECF, or in paper by using the outside filing depository behind the Cleveland Federal Building.

The court will conduct in-court proceedings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Attendance at hearings will be limited to no more than 10 people and each hearing will be video broadcast into an overflow courtroom where no more than 10 members of the public or media can be present.

The court has restricted courthouse access for those with symptoms, who have been in close proximity to someone diagnosed or quarantined, or who have traveled to high-risk countries. Counsel should inform the court and advise designated attendees that they may not attend the hearing if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, have had contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, have COVID-19 symptoms, are under an order to self –quarantine, or have been in contact with anyone from high risk countries. All persons are to wear a mask or face covering their noses and mouths.

Per Third Extension of Standing Order 2020-12, all civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials shall be continued to March 12, 2021, as detailed in the Order. Regarding criminal matters, the time period of March 16, 2020 through March 12, 2021 shall be “excluded time” under the Speedy Trial Act, as further detailed in the Order.

Per Standing Order 2020-17, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey is currently in Phase III of its Recovery Guidelines. In response to the resurgence of COVID-19, the Court has deemed it necessary to modify the Phase III Protocol of its Recovery Guidelines, to recommend the cessation of all in-person judicial proceedings, in both civil and criminal cases. Per Extension of Standing Order 2020-17, all in-person judicial proceedings in the District, in both civil and criminal cases, shall be suspended through January 31, 2021.

Per Extension of Standing Order 2020-11, pro hac vice fees are temporarily waived for out-of-state attorneys seeking pro hac vice admission in such immigration detainee habeas cases after they have paid the pro hac vice fee in at least one other immigration detainee habeas case through March 12, 2021.

All persons seeking entry to or occupying any Court facility in the District of New Jersey are required to wear a face covering or mask when in a community setting. The court is restricting courthouse access for those who have been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency, or reside or have had close contact with someone who has had close contact with someone who has been asked to self-quarantine. Anyone seeking entry will have their temperature taken.

Per the Notice dated March 25, the court provided dial-in instructions for remote hearings.

Per Order 2020-06, as amended, in accordance with the CARES Act, in lieu of personal appearance, and with the consent of the defendant after consultation with counsel, it is appropriate to use video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for certain events detailed in the orders. As of December 17, 2020, Amended Standing Order 2020-06 is extended for up to 90 days.

Per Order 2020-07, where a judge finds that obtaining an actual signature is impracticable or imprudent in light of the public health situation relating to COVID-19, any document may be signed electronically.

As detailed in Standing Order 2020-08, the Office of the Federal Public Defender is offering assistance to certain inmates who wish to file motions for compassionate release.

As detailed in Standing Order 2020-10, the procedure for filing habeas petitions for immediate release of immigration detainees has changed.

Anyone entering the court will be questioned to determine whether they have symptoms such as a cough, fever, or shortness of breath, have traveled outside the United States in the last thirty dates, or have been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19. If the answer to any question is “yes,” access will not be permitted.

All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to commence on or before April 10, 2020 are continued pending further Order. All trial-specific deadlines in criminal cases scheduled to begin before April 10, 2020 are continued pending further order of the Court. All grand jury proceedings are continued pending further order. The 30-day time period for filing an indictment is tolled as to each defendant until Order 20-MC-00004-9 terminates.

Per Order 2020-26, all criminal and civil jury selections and trials, and all in-person bench trials, are postponed and continued pending further Order of the Court. All such continued trials will be rescheduled by further Order of the Court. The time period from November 24, 2020 through January 19, 2021 is excluded under the Speedy Trial Act. The selection of all new grand juries may continue unless otherwise directed by further order of the court. All civil proceedings shall be conducted remotely by telephone or video conference.

Per Order 2020-22, the following persons shall not enter any of the courthouses in the Eastern District of New York: 1) Persons who have been advised to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency within the last 14 days; 2) persons who, within the last 14 days, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or told to presume they have COVID-10 by a health professional; 3) persons who have had close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or told to presume they have COVID-19 by a health professional, unless the diagnoses was more than 14 days ago and the person diagnosed has been symptom-free for the past 72 hours; 4) persons who have had, within the past 14 days, cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or extreme fatigue, unless the symptoms are attributable to another known condition; 5) persons who reside with someone who, within the last 14 days, has had cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or extreme fatigue, unless the symptoms are attributable to another known condition; 6) persons who have returned within the past 14 days from international travel, or a cruise ship or river voyage; 7) persons who have returned within the past 14 days from travel to a state that has a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19 that meets the criteria for required quarantine in New York State; and 8) persons who have been released from a federal, state or local jail, prison or other detention facility within the last 14 days, except those who are reporting to be fit with a location monitoring device.

Per Order 2020-22, while in the public areas of the courthouses, including the lobby, hallways, elevators, courtrooms, public counters, and restrooms, all persons must comply with the following rules. You must wear a face covering or mask that must completely conceal the wearer’s nose and mouth at all times. Court security personnel will have masks available for anyone appearing for court business without a mask. You must adhere to safe social distancing rules, by standing or sitting at least six feet away from other individuals. You must abide by markings on floors and benches indicating where you may stand or sit. If you are standing in line, you must keep six feet away from the person in front of you and behind you, unless you are taking care of a small child or assisting someone with special needs. You must abide by all health and hygiene signage throughout the courthouses, including signage regarding masks, social distancing, and occupancy restrictions. Anyone who fails or refuses to abide by any provision of this Order will be denied entry to the courthouse, and/or required to immediately leave the courthouse. These restrictions will remain in place until further Order of the Court.

Per Order 2020-20, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York will remain open, but with limited operations in both Brooklyn and Central Islip to support essential functions in criminal and civil matters, and in a manner to ensure the safety, healthy, and welfare of the public and court staff, and to promote the precautions set forth in both national and state orders. All civil and criminal petit jury selections and jury trials, and all new grand jury selections, scheduled before September 14, 2020, are continued pending further Order of the Court. Compliance with all trial-specific deadlines in civil and criminal cases shall be at the discretion of the assigned judges. Individual judges presiding over civil and criminal proceedings may take such actions consistent with this Order as may be lawful and appropriate. No in-person bench trials or evidentiary hearings may be scheduled without consultation with the Chief Judge. All Administrative Orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic shall continue in force and effect by their terms.

Per Order 2020-19-1, Order 2020-12 is hereby amended to further suspend, in all cases filed on or after March 18, 2020 and in which, under normal circumstances, the Court would, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(c), appoint the U.S. Marshal or a deputy marshal to make service, any requirement that the Marshal accomplish service nunc pro tunc from June 15, 2020 until further order of the Court. From April 27, 2020 until further order of the Court stating otherwise, is excluded from the 90-day period to accomplish service, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m), nunc pro tunc from June 15, 2020.

Video conferencing is available as detailed in Order 2020-13 and 2020-13-1.

Per Order 2020-14, the Wardens of MDC Brooklyn, MCC New York, and QDF will provide to the court, in writing, twice weekly, a status report concerning the incidence of infection of COVID-19 at each facility and the measures undertaken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within each facility.

Per Revised General Order #58, dated December 4, all civil and criminal (grand and petit) jury selections and jury trials scheduled to begin now through March 8, 2021 before any district or magistrate judge in any courthouse in the Northern District of New York may be continued unless otherwise directed by the presiding judge. Case-by-case exceptions to the postponements may be ordered at the discretion of the Court after consultation with counsel. The order does not affect the court’s consideration of civil or criminal motions that can be resolved without oral argument or handled by telephone or video conference. All mass public gatherings, other than court proceedings, are suspended at all courthouses and federal buildings in the district. This includes, but it not limited to group tours and visits, moot courts and mock trials, bar group meetings, seminars, and naturalization ceremonies. The Northern District of New York courthouses remain open for all other business. Staff in the Clerk’s office are available by telephone, mail will be received, and public counters remain open for filings. Electronic filings may still be made through the CM/ECF system. The public is encouraged to continue utilizing court services while following all applicable public health guidelines. This Order will remain in effect until March 8, 2021 unless otherwise revised or extended by the Court.

The court is restricting courthouse access for those who have been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency, or reside or have had close contact with someone who has had close contact with someone who has been asked to self-quarantine.

The court is allowing, until further notice, the filing of interim vouchers for compensation.

Per General Order #61, the following persons shall not enter any United States Courthouse in the Northern District of New York: (1) persons not wearing a mask or face covering; (2) persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital, or health agency; (3) persons who have been diagnosed with, or have had contact with, anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19; or (4) persons with fever, cough or shortness of breath. Visitors to the Court, including vendors, contractors, litigants, attorneys, and other members of the public, shall be required to wear a mask or a face covering when in the common or public areas of the courthouse. The requirement to wear facial masks/coverings in internal space will be determined by each agency or court unit. Visitors shall remain in designated public areas and failure to abide by these restrictions may result in their expulsion from the facility. Court security staff is authorized to enforce the above listed requirements and deny entry to or expel non-complying individuals.

Per First Amended Standing Order 20-MC-622, all jury trials scheduled for the period beginning January 19, 2021 and ending February 12, 2021 are adjourned. Bench trials and hearings with witnesses (civil or criminal) should be conducted remotely if at all possible.

Per Order M10-468, effective December 1, 2020, in-person operations in the Southern District of New York will be suspended until January 15, 2021.

Per the 2020 Phased Re-Entry Plan, during Phase IV, we will be at our “new normal.” It will not be quite like the “old normal,” in that some operations will continue to be performed remotely until we are sure that the pandemic is safely behind us. But all functions suspended at the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak will be reinstated, albeit on a limited basis.

During Phase III, jury trials will slowly begin to resume. All jury trials in both Foley Square and White Plains will be conducted in the large courtrooms (Courtrooms 23a, 23b, 24a, 24b, 26a, 26b in the Moynihan Courthouse; Courtrooms 110 and 318 in the Marshall Courthouse; and Courtrooms 218, 520 and 521 in the Brieant Courthouse.) All incarcerated defendants will be produced to courtrooms for all proceedings.

Per the SDNY Phase II Re-Entry, with respect to the Judicial Proceedings at the Marshall Courthouse, including some emergency matters, will continue to be held remotely and may be held on-site. Grand Jury matters are heard in the Marshall Courthouse and the Brieant Courthouse. Judicial Proceedings at the Brieant Courthouse, including some emergency matters, will continue to be held remotely and may be held on-site. Emergency civil applications may be made in White Plains directly to the assigned judge. During Phase III, jury trials will resume.

TROs must be filed in ECF (unless the application for TRO is being filed in conjunction with a new matter being filed under seal (see further below for instructions to file new matters under seal). TROs filed in ECF in pending matters will be handled by the assigned judge or referred to the Part I judge. Parties are directed to review the assigned judge’s individual practices for instructions on emergency filings and contacting chambers. For TROs filed in ECF contemporaneously with new matters, parties must bring the filing to the attention of the Clerk of Court by calling 212-805-0140 during the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM in order to expedite assignment of a judge. Parties will receive a notice of electronic filing when a judge has been assigned. Once a judge has been assigned, parties are directed to review the assigned judge’s individual practices for instructions on emergency filings and contacting chambers.

Per the SDNY COVID-19 Entry Questionnaire Guide, the media and general public have specific instructions for entering the Courthouse which consists of filling out the form located at https://app.certify.me/SDNYPublic.

Per the Press Release dated July 2, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) will reopen courthouses to the public, going to Phase II of the Phased Re-Entry Plan on July 6, 2020. All individuals seeking to enter an SDNY facility are subject to Standing Order M10-468.

Per the Fourth Amended Standing Order M10-468, the following persons may not enter any courthouse in the Southern District of New York: (1) persons who have been advised to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital, or health agency within the last 14 days; (2) persons who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or told to presume they have COVID-19 by a health professional within the last 14 days; (3) persons who have had contact in the last 14 days with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or told to presume they have COVID-19 by a health professional, unless the diagnosis was more than 14 days ago and the person diagnosed has been symptom-free for the past 72 hours; (4) persons who have had cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, or extreme fatigue within the last 14 days, unless the symptoms are attributable to another known condition; (5) persons who reside with someone who has had cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, or extreme fatigue within the last 14 days, unless the symptoms are attributable to another known condition; (6) persons who have returned from international travel, or a cruise ship or river voyage within the past 14 days; and (7) persons who have been released from a federal, state or local jail, prison or other correctional institution within the last 14 days, except those who are reporting to be fit with a location monitoring device.

Per the Fourth Amended Standing Order M10-468 and the 2020 Phased Re-Entry Plan, every visitor who comes to one of the courthouses of the SDNY for any reason must pass through the following entry screening process: (1) have their temperature taken – a person with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be permitted to enter; (2) answer screening questions about COVID-19 status and possible recent COVID-19 exposure; (3) wear a mask that covers the person’s nose and mouth; (4) apply hand sanitizer, which will be available at all courthouse entrances; (5) place items that need to be screened through an x-ray machine in a single-use plastic bag; and (6) place any electronic device that must be checked in a single-use plastic bag that will be handed to a Court Security Officer. While in the courthouse, all persons must: (1) wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in all public areas of the courthouse; (2) adhere to social distancing rules; and (3) abide by all health and hygiene signage.

Per Standing Order (M10-468), the Second Amended Standing Order, entered June 12, 2020, was allowed to expire on September 8, 2020 and is not presently being renewed. Applications for Speed Trial Act exclusions of time should be made to the presiding judge in any case in which such exclusions are warranted.

The use of video teleconferencing is authorized as detailed in Order 20-MC-176.

Per General Order, dated December 8, effective December 8, all civil and criminal jury trials are continued until February 24, 2021. All personal appearances are also continued unless the presiding judge deems a personal appearance essential. Appearances will be coordinated with the chambers staff and courtroom deputies assigned to a particular judge. Please contact chambers to determine the status of any matters you may have scheduled.

Due to the high volume of calls that the U.S. Courts are experiencing nationally, you may experience problems reaching the court by telephone. The courts are working with their vendor to address these problems.

Per the General Order, dated September 23, 2020, the following persons shall not enter any U.S. courthouse in the Western District of New York: (1) persons not wearing a mask or face covering; (2) persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency; (3) persons who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 who are not fully recovered; (4) persons who have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the preceding fourteen (14) days; or (5) persons with fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Court security staff shall inquire of all persons seeking entry to any courthouse whether they meet any of the above criteria for restricting visitors, and if so, deny their entry. Persons shall wear a mask or face covering while in public spaces of the courthouse unless otherwise directed by the Court. The U.S. Marshals Service may also deny entry to the courthouse to any person considered a risk to carry COVID-19. The General Order remains in effect until December 24, 2020.

Under the CARES Act review, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing and, when video conferencing is not available, telephonic conferencing for various criminal case events listed in the order. Access and connections to remote proceedings for the public and press shall be telephonic. This authorization expires on December 24, 2020, unless earlier terminated.

All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin on any date from now through May 1, 2020 are continued, to a date reset by each presiding judge. Grand jury matters will proceed pending further action by the court. Individual judges may hold in-person hearings and proceedings, but counsel may seek relief by appropriate motion. Parties are encouraged to participate in hearings and proceedings by telephone or video conference.

Standing Order 20-SO-7 authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. Authorization under the act has been extended until March 7, 2021.

The court is restricting courthouse access for those who have been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency, or reside or have had close contact with someone who has had close contact with someone who has been asked to self-quarantine. Attorneys who are unable to appear because of the restrictions are directed to contact their judge or the judge’s case manager. All individuals are required to wear a face covering that covers the wearer’s nose and mouth simultaneously in all public spaces, including courtrooms and security checkpoints, unless directed by the court otherwise.

The court remains open and all deadlines in all cases have not been extended and remain in effect unless specifically addressed by Standing Order 13. All civil jury trials scheduled to being before April 2, 2021 are continued and postponed under further order. The absence of an order in a specific case all criminal cases, including jury trials are continued to April 2, 2021. However, individual Judges may set cases for jury trial on a limited basis between now and April 2, 2021, if appropriate health guidance can be followed, and the schedule and procedure for such trials will be set by those Judges, whose orders will control those cases. Any proceeding to be held in court will be guided by the Court’s May 13, 2020 Standing Order 16, which sets out the conditions and limitations necessary to accommodate public health guidance.

Judges also are authorized to use video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. The act is extended through March 22, 2021.

The court is restricting courthouse access to only those who have official business and is requiring those that do to wear a face mask or face cloth. The following individual are not to enter the courthouse, those who have been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency, or reside or have had close contact with someone who has had close contact with someone who has been asked to self-quarantine. Attorneys who are unable to appear because of the restrictions are directed to contact their judge or the judge’s case manager.

The court issued further guidelines regarding entry into the courthouse including the requirement that all attorneys, vendors and visitors wear masks or face coverings in all common and public areas.

The courthouses will remain open subject to the limitation outlined in the Order dated June 9.

All criminal and civil jury trials may resume at the discretion of the judge, subject to courtroom availability, and the availability of a sufficient number of jurors. Hearings in criminal matters will be conducted within the discretion of the presiding judge and civil motion hearings may be conducted in the courthouse or via video teleconference as directed by the presiding judge.

The court has authorized the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act.

The court is restricting courthouse access for those who have been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency, or reside or have had close contact with someone who has had close contact with someone who has been asked to self-quarantine.

All criminal jury trials presently scheduled to start between October 27, 2020, and January 31, 2021, and all civil jury trials presently scheduled to start between October 27, 2020, and February 28, 2021 are continued. Trial specific deadlines in criminal cases are continued but all trial specific deadlines in civil cases remain. Attorneys may request modification to pleading-related and discovery-related deadlines as needed and individual judges may continue trial specific deadlines in civil cases per their discretion. Individual judges may also conduct proceedings by telephone or video conference when practical and consistent with the law. Grand jury proceedings in this District presently scheduled through December 31, 2020, are continued.

Judges are authorized to use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. The Act’s authorization remain in effect until December 25, 2020.

All visitors, employees, and contractors are required to wear face masks or face coverings as described in the CDC regulations in any common spaces of the Federal Buildings or courthouse.

The court is closed to the public except for scheduled appointments and is restricting courthouse access for those who have been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency, or reside or have had close contact with someone who has had close contact with someone who has been asked to self-quarantine.

All scheduled civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials scheduled before June 8, 2020 are continued until further notice. To the extent possible, all civil, criminal, and bankruptcy hearings are to be conducted by telephone or video conference as determined by the presiding judge. All grand jury proceedings are continued to June 15, 2020.

Order 20-00004 authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act.

Effective July 27, 2020, the court will resume regular business hours, which are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on legal holidays. The Clerk’s Office will resume accepting cash payments at the intake counter of the Gualo Rai Courthouse.

Court security will deny entry into the courthouse for anyone who has been diagnosed with or had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, has been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency, or resides or had close contact with someone who has had close contact with someone who has been asked to self-quarantine or anyone residing in the same household as the quarantined individual until the quarantined individual tests negative for COVID-19.

All courthouses are closed to the public until further notice.

No civil or criminal jury trial will be commenced until on or after April 5,, 2021. Any trial dates currently scheduled through April 5, 2021 are vacated. The use of telephone or video conferencing in non-jury trials will continue. Grand jury matters will proceed after consultation with the Chief Judge, being mindful of the status of the pandemic and public health recommendations.

Under the CARES Act review, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing, and when video conferencing is not available, telephonic conferencing for various criminal case events listed in the order. Authorization under the Act will remain in effect until March 17, 2021.

The court restricts courthouse access for anyone who has been diagnosed with or had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, has been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency, or resides or had close contact with someone who has had close contact with someone who has been asked to self-quarantine

The courthouses in each of the three cities (the Joseph P. Kinneary Courthouse (Columbus), the Potter Stewart Courthouse (Cincinnati), and the Walter H. Rice Courthouse (Dayton)) reopened to the public on June 1, 2020. The court will be open for some on-site proceedings at the discretion of the individual judicial officers, but the court will continue to make efforts to minimize the number of on-site court proceedings to protect the health and safety of staff and visitors.

All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled between November 25, 2020 and January 31, 2021 are continued until a future date to be set by the assigned judge, except for criminal defendants in custody, a jury trial prior to January 31, 2021 may proceed, only if a judge deems that it is absolutely necessary. Such proceedings will take place only in one of the six courtrooms (two at each location of Court) that has been outfitted with plexiglass shielding.

No grand jury proceedings will be conducted until and including March 1, 2021. All other in-court civil and criminal proceedings will only occur upon the determination of the assigned judge.

The court may continue to offer video/telephonic conferences as appropriate and at the discretion of the individual judges. Under the CARES Act review, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing, and, when video conferencing is not available, telephonic conferencing for various criminal case events listed in the order. The CARE Act is authorized to continue through January 17, 2021.

The court is restricting courthouse access for those who have been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency, or reside or have had close contact with someone who has had close contact with someone who has been asked to self-quarantine.

All jury trials, grand jury sessions, and naturalization ceremonies scheduled to commence through April 17, 2020 are continued.

Restricting access to anyone who traveled to (or who has had close contact with someone who traveled to) a foreign country within 14 days, anyone who has been diagnosed with or had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, has been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency, or who has symptoms.

All civil and criminal hearings and trials scheduled on or before January 31, 2021 are continued pending further order of the court. All other scheduling order deadlines, including discovery cut-off and all motion, response, and reply deadlines remain in effect. Telephonic hearings may be conducted at the discretion of the judge. Under the CARES Act review, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing and, when video conferencing is not available, telephonic conferencing for various criminal case events listed in the order. The CARES Act authorization is extended through March, 22, 2021. All those entering the courthouse will be required to wear face masks.

All grand jury proceedings will continue to be held.

The court is restricting access to anyone who traveled to (or who has had close contact with someone who traveled to) a foreign country within 14 days, has been diagnosed with or had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, has been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency, or has symptoms. All visitors will be required to wear a facemask and maintain social distancing. All visitors to the courthouse are required to wear masks.

The court will continue civil and criminal jury trials set on the February 2021 docket, to be reset by the presiding judge. In civil cases, trial related deadlines are not continued unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge. Trial related deadlines in criminal cases are continued and will be set by the presiding judge when the case is reset on a jury docket. The February 2, 2021 grand jury session is cancelled and the February 16, 2021 grand jury session will be held as scheduled, absent further order of the court.

Order 20-9.1 authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. Authorization under the Act will remain in effect for an additional 90 days.

The court is restricting courthouse access for those who have been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency, or reside or have had close contact with someone who has had close contact with someone who has been asked to self-quarantine. Visitors will be questions by courthouse security prior to being allowed to enter. If a person does not have specific judicial business or answers yes to any of the COVID-19 related questions, she will not be allowed into the courthouse without express authorization from the presiding Chief Judge.

The court has also put into place a quarantine protocol to be followed by all Judges and employees of the District Court. The protocol is outlined in General Order 20-28.

Attorneys, litigants, visitors or jurors should not attend court if they have been asked to self-quarantine, been diagnosed with or had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or have a fever, cough, or flu-like symptoms.

All civil and criminal jury selections, trials, and grand jury proceedings may proceed as long as they can be conducted in compliance with health advisories. All other civil and criminal matters scheduled for an in-court appearance may proceed as long as they can be conducted in compliance with health advisories. Where all parties and the presiding Judge agree to resolve the matters without argument or via telephone or video teleconferencing, hearings may be conducted remotely.

Under the CARES Act review, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing and, when video conferencing is not available, telephonic conferencing for various criminal case events listed in the order. The authorization of the Act will remain in effect until March 23, 2021.

Order 2020-5 closes all of the District Clerk’s offices. Staff will be available by telephone and filings will be process by CM/ECF, with drop boxes available in the lobbies of the Portland, Eugene, and Medford courthouses.

Pursuant to the Standing Order regarding the Seventh Extension of Adjustments to Court Operations, all civil jury selections and jury trials scheduled to begin on or before January 15, 2021, before any district or magistrate judge in any courthouse or Court location in this district are CONTINUED pending further Court order. All jury selections and jury trials impacted by this Standing Order will be rescheduled by the presiding judge. The additional time period from November 2, 2020, through January 15, 2021, shall be excluded under the Speedy Trial Act. Impaneled grand juries may continue to meet until December 7, 2020, with all health and safety precautions in place. Beginning December 7, 2020, impaneled grand juries shall not meet through January 15, 2021. Impaneled grand juries shall remain in session, and any subpoenas for ongoing and new investigations shall continue to be enforceable.

Individuals who need assistance with accessing court documents and are not able, or cannot afford, to use PACER.gov, should call (215) 597-7704 or email PAED_clerksoffice@paed.uscourts.gov for instructions about submitting an Application for Exemption to obtain a fee exemption. For more information, see the Order.

The court restricts any person from entering the courthouse if she has been advised to self-quarantine, resides with or had close contact with someone who has been advised to self-quarantine, has been diagnosed with or had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has symptoms of respiratory illness.

Per the Standing Order dated June 30, all arbitration hearings pursuant to Local Civil Rule 53.2 are continued pending further Court order.

Per the Standing Order regarding Use of Masks or Face Coverings in Public Areas of the Edward N. Cahn U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building dated June 19, all visitors to the Edward N. Cahn U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in Allentown, including vendors, contractors, litigants, attorneys, and other members of the public, shall be required to wear a mask or face covering that covers the wearer’s nose and mouth when entering the building and when in common or public areas of the building, unless the visitor cannot wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition. Visitors are expected to supply their own mask or face covering. Any visitor seeking entry to the courthouse without a mask or face covering will be provided a mask by the Court. This Order shall take effect on Monday, June 22, and shall remain in effect until amended or vacated. This Order shall be enforceable by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Court Security Officers.

Per the Standing Order regarding Use of Masks or Face Coverings, all visitors to the James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia, including vendors, contractors, litigants, attorneys, and other members of the public, shall be required to wear a mask or face covering that covers the wearer’s nose and mouth when entering the building and when in common or public areas of the Courthouse. Visitors are expected to supply their own mask or face covering. Any visitor seeking entry to the courthouse without a mask or face covering will be provided a mask by the Court. This Order shall take effect on June 1, 2020 and remain in effect until amended or vacated. This Order shall be enforceable by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Court Security Officers.

Per the Standing Order dated May 29, all jury selections and trials impacted by the Order will be rescheduled by the presiding judicial officer. All arbitration hearings pursuant to Local Civil Rule 53.2 scheduled to occur on or before June 30 are continued pending further court order. All public gatherings, other than court proceedings, are suspended at all courthouses and Court locations within the Eastern District of Pennsylvania pending further court order.

Per the Standing Order dated May 29, the restrictions on access to courthouses, Court locations, and Court offices in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania set forth in the Standing Orders issued on March 17, March 20, and April 10, shall remain in effect until further notice. Access to courthouses and other court locations is limited to judges, court personnel, and persons attending court proceedings or having other official business with the court. Persons otherwise authorized to enter are still prohibited from entering if: (1) because of exposure to COVID-19 or travel to a country or region with an outbreak of COVID-19, they have been advised to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital, or health agency; (2) they reside with or have had close contact with someone who has been advised to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital, or health agency; (3) they have been diagnosed with, or have had known contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19; or (4) they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness such as fever, severe cough, or shortness of breath.

Per the Standing Order dated May 29, all registered users of the CM/ECF system are required to electronically file any case-related documents that can be filed electronically. Paper filings are strongly discouraged.

Per the Notice dated June 2, due to restrictions currently in place, as set forth in the court’s Standing Order dated 2020, individuals seeking copy work are instructed to utilize PACER.gov to access court documents. If you need assistance with accessing court documents, call (215) 597-7704 or email PAED_Clerksoffice@paed.uscourts.gov. Note that services relating to copy work for documents that are not available to PACER.gov, as well as certified copies of such documents, are currently unavailable. To obtain certified copies of documents that are available on PACER.gov, send an email request to PAED_clerksoffice@paed.uscourts.gov. Payment by check or money order is required. Certified copies will be provided via email.

Per the Fifth Extension Order dated August 31, all civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials scheduled to begin before November 2, 2020, before any district or magistrate judge in any courthouse or Court location in this district are continued pending further Court order. Grand jury selections may resume in September 2020, if conditions allow and with appropriate health and safety precautions in place. Because grand jury selections will involve the same precautions as petit jury selections, grand jury selections will not be held on days when petit jury selections are occurring. Central Violations Bureau proceedings may resume in September 2020, if conditions allow and with appropriate health and safety precautions in place.

Standing Order 2020-34 extends the suspension of jury trials set forth in Standing Order 2020-19 until February 1, 2021.

Pursuant to Standing Order 2020-30, The Middle District of Pennsylvania shall immediately re-enter Phase One of the COVID-19 Recovery Guidelines adopted by this Court pursuant to Standing Order 2020-17.

Pursuant to Standing Order 2020-29, all civil and criminal case jury selections and civil and criminal case jury trials in the Middle District of Pennsylvania scheduled to begin before January 11, 2021 are continued pending further Order of the Court. The Court may issue further Orders concerning this or future general or specific continuances as may be deemed necessary and appropriate. All jury selections and trials affected by this Order will be reset by further Order of the assigned judicial officer.

The court restricts people from entering the courthouse if they have been advised to self-quarantine, resides with or had close contact with someone who has been advised to self-quarantine, has been diagnosed with or had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has symptoms of respiratory illness.

The Court presented the Middle District’s plan for the reinstitution of jury trials on Tuesday, July 28. The ZOOM presentation highlights the framework for the safe resumption of jury trials and addresses COVID-19 precautions and concerns. Chief Judge John E. Jones III, Federal Public Defender Heidi Freese, and U.S. Attorney David Freed present the district’s comprehensive plan which addresses all aspects of trial, from the scheduling of trials through jury deliberations. The presentation is shown here in its entirety for those who were unable to attend the live stream.

The Court has developed and amended the COVID-19 Recovery Guidelines in consultation with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology, and in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Administrative Office of the Courts published guidance. Per Standing Order 2020-17, the Middle District of Pennsylvania issues and adopts the COVID-19 Recovery Guidelines which provide guidance and policy effective during the various reopening phases to be instituted by the Court.

As of June 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania is now live on NextGen. Please follow the steps in the NextGen CM/ECF instructions or you will not be able to electronically file on or after June 29, 2020.

The findings and directives of General Order 20-01, as supplemented (see 20-01 (Supp.)) and extended (see General Order 20-10), are hereby extended through June 30, 2020. All hearings and proceedings in all civil and criminal matters within 60 days of June 30 2020, if they would involve the physical presence of counsel or any party or individual before the court, are continued. A hearing or proceeding that would otherwise be continued under Order 20-01 may be exempt under certain circumstances as detailed in the order.

Under the CARES Act review, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing and, when video conferencing is not available, telephonic conferencing for various criminal case events listed in the order.

Per Standing Order 20-9, if a judge finds that obtaining an actual signature is impracticable or imprudent in light of the public health situation relating to COVID-19, any document may be signed electronically.

Per Standing Order 20-14, members of the court staff shall wear a mask or face covering when in the common or public areas of the courthouse. Facial masks/coverings need not be worn in private work areas provided there is sufficient physical distancing from others. Visitors to the court, including vendors, contractors, litigants, attorneys, and other members of the public, shall be required to wear a mask or face covering when in the common or public areas of the courthouse. Any person seeking entry to the Courthouse without a mask or face covering shall be delayed by the Court Security Officers, who will inquire as to the office the person is visiting and the purpose. The Court Security Officers or the visitor shall then contact that office to determine whether the business needs can be handled other than by entry into the building. These requirements shall remain in effect until the Order is amended or vacated.

Order 2020-19 addresses the use of videoconferencing and teleconferences in criminal proceedings.

Per General Order 2020-20, the Middle District of Pennsylvania entered Phase Two of the reopening process on July 1, 2020. As of July 1, all judges, court staff, attorneys, and participants in mediations and settlement conferences conducted in the Middle District of Pennsylvania court facilities during Phase Two shall adhere to masking and social distancing protocols contained in the COVID-19 Recovery Guidelines. In-person attendance requirements for mediations and Settlement Conferences are waived during Phase Two. During this phase, requests to participate in mediations and settlement conferences telephonically or by other electronic means shall be granted liberally by the judge or mediator assigned to conduct the proceeding.

Per Standing Order 2020-21, effective July 28, all civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials in the Middle District of Pennsylvania scheduled to begin before August 17, 2020 are continued pending further Order of the Court. All jury selections and trials affected by this Order will be reset by further Order of the assigned judicial officer.

Per Standing Order 2020-22, effective August 17, 2020, jury trials scheduled in the Middle District of Pennsylvania may resume, provided: a) criminal jury trials are prioritized; b) only one trial at a time will be conducted at each vicinage; and c) proceedings are conducted as closely as practicable in accord with the guidance set forth in the Plan for the Reinstitution of Jury Proceedings, the contents of which are incorporated herein by reference, as well as this Court’s COVID-19 Recovery Guidelines, as adopted by Standing Order 20-17 as amended on July 9. Non-jury proceedings, such as bench trials and hearings, may proceed as scheduled at the discretion of the presiding judge. In civil cases, the parties are encouraged to utilize video conferencing when available. In civil cases, deadlines set by the presiding judge remain in effect, but the presiding judge will liberally grant motions to enlarge deadlines based on COVID-19 pandemic complications. All parties are encouraged to conduct discovery that avoids both unnecessary travel and personal contact via means including the use of all available technology, such as video and teleconferencing.

Pursuant to Order 2:20-MC-401-MHR, all grand jury sessions are suspended through January 4, 2021.

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania remains open for official business in all Divisions. The ECF system is not impacted and parties may continue to file electronically. Litigants and other parties without ECF access may send documents for filing by electronic mail to the Clerk’s Office at this address: intake2_pawd@pawd.uscourts.gov. Nothing in the order shall limit the right of any party or litigant to raise any matter by motion to the presiding judicial officer in the case.

Subject to the Orders, the Court remains open and is conducting necessary judicial business (using technology as appropriate) and is accepting filings and responding to inquiries. Only essential staff are in courthouses during business hours with the majority of staff teleworking.

Pursuant to Order 2:20-MC-394-MRH amended October 30, all civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials scheduled to begin before February 8, 2021, are continued pending further order. All trial-specific or other deadlines or scheduling orders in all civil and criminal cases remain in effect unless modified by further order. Aside from ordering a jury trial to begin on or before February 8, 2021, the judicial officer presiding over any action or proceeding may take such further actions consistent with this Order as may be lawful and appropriate to ensure the fairness of the proceedings and preserve the substantial rights of the parties. All judicial officers are encouraged to continue to conduct proceedings by telephone or video conferencing wherever in their judgment doing so is practicable in a given case and on terms as permitted by law, and to take reasonable measures to avoid the necessity of out-of-town travel of any litigant, counsel, or the public. Non-case related meetings and events scheduled to occur at a Court facility prior to February 8, 2021 shall be rescheduled to a later date via the appropriate Court office, unless otherwise authorized by the Court. The Clerk’s Office, Probation Office, and all other Court offices and services shall otherwise remain open subject to further Order of the Court. The Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court for this District shall enter such Orders as she deems appropriate for the conduct of that Court’s business.

Per Order 501-MRH, if a judge finds that obtaining an actual signature is impracticable or imprudent in light of the public health situation relating to COVID-19, any document may be signed electronically.

Order 426-MRH prohibits access to people who have traveled to high-risk countries within the past fourteen days, reside or have had close contact with someone who has traveled to one of the high-risk countries within the past fourteen days, have been asked to self-quarantine, or have been diagnosed with or had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.

Per Order 2:20-MC-593-MRH, visitors to the court, including vendors, contractors, litigants, attorneys, and other members of the public, shall be required to wear a mask or face covering when in the common or public areas of the courthouse. Any person seeking entry to the courthouse without a mask or face covering shall be delayed by the court Security Officers, who will inquire as to the office the person is visiting and the purpose. The Court Security Officers or the visitor will then contact that office to determine whether the business needs can be handled other than by entry into the building.

Per Order 2:20-MC-630, all obligations for counsel to deliver to individual Chambers paper “courtesy copies” of documents otherwise filed on the court’s CM/ECF docket are suspended and held in abeyance pending further order, or a further case-specific order of the assigned judicial officer in a particular matter that sets forth the specific method for the delivery and receipt of such courtesy copies. Order 2:20-MC-630 does not modify any filing or service deadlines or requirements under any statute, rule or order, or the obligation for filing and service via the court’s CM/ECF system.

Per Order 2:20-MC-394-MRH, all civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials in the Western District of Pennsylvania scheduled to begin before November 2, 2020 are continued pending further Order of the Court. All such continued jury selections and trials will be reset by further Order of the assigned judicial officer. All trial-specific or other deadlines in all civil and criminal cases remain in effect unless modified by further Order of the undersigned or by Order of the assigned judicial officer. The time period of March 13, 2020 through November 2, 2020 shall be “excluded time” under the Speedy Trial Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(7)(A). Non-case related meetings and events scheduled to occur at a Court facility prior to November 2, 2020 shall be rescheduled to a later date via the appropriate Court office, unless otherwise authorized by the Court. This order amends and updates the March 13, 2020, April 16, 2020, and the May 29, 2020 Orders.

All criminal petit jury trial selection and trials are continued to April 2021. Trials and all phases of trial from empanelment to deliberation in civil actions via the zoomgov.com platform until further notice. All grand jury proceedings are continued unless otherwise ordered by the Court and provided that all safety protocols established by the Task Force on Reopening the Court are satisfactory met.

The courthouse building at One Exchange Plaza and the portion of the John O. Pastore Building occupied by the Court is closed to the public until further notice. The presiding judge’s case manager will cancel all in person civil matters and will arrange hearings to be conducted telephonically. All grand jury proceedings and all ongoing criminal hearings will be continued. All criminal hearings are to take place telephonically unless the court is informed by counsel beforehand that the Defendant does not waive his/her appearance at a hearings, in which case the hearing will be continued.

Under the CARES Act review, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing and, when video conferencing is not available, telephonic conferencing for various criminal case events listed in the order. Authorization under the Act will remain in effect for an additional 90 days until March 30, 2020.

The government’s response to any emergency motion filed citing the COVID-19 pandemic as grounds for the relief sought shall be due on or before five (5) days from the service of the motion. Any reply is due on or before two (2) days from the service of any response but the court may act on a motion at any time without awaiting a response or a reply. The presiding judge may make exceptions to this order.

The District of Rhode Island is prohibiting access to people who have traveled to high-risk countries within the past fourteen days, reside or have had close contact with someone who has traveled to one of the high-risk countries within the past fourteen days, have been asked to self-quarantine, or have been diagnosed with or had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.

Per the Fifth Amended Standing Order 3:10-MC-00416-RBH, all civil and criminal jury selections, jury trials and roster meetings are continued until further order of the Court unless an individual Presiding Judge determines there is a need to go forward with a jury trial. All grand jury proceedings are continued, unless otherwise ordered by the Chief Judge. Existing deadlines in civil cases are not further extended by this Order. Any non-jury civil matters currently set, or to be set, shall not be continued, unless cancelled or rescheduled by the Presiding Judge. This Order does not toll any applicable statutes of limitation. Any non-jury civil matters currently set, or to be set, shall not be continued, unless cancelled or rescheduled by the Presiding Judge. The individual Presiding Judge has the discretion to decide whether to proceed with a hearing, without a hearing, reschedule the hearing for a later date, or address the matter via video or telephone conference, if practicable. Absent an order from the individual Presiding Judge, the matter will proceed as set. This order does not affect the Court’s consideration of civil or criminal motions that can be resolved without court appearance.

Due to inclement weather, the Charleston Courthouse will close at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3, 2020.

For those required to appear in court or who are called as jurors, the Department of State has issued Level 3 and 4 Travel Advisories for certain affected countries, such as China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. In the event that you have either visited a country or are exposed to someone who has recently been to a country where there is a travel advisory, or you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or you have been diagnosed with or have had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please contact the court before appearing. The Court will make reasonable accommodations and reschedule appearances and hearings as needed.

The Guide for Courthouse visitors summarizes critical considerations to take into account before visiting the courthouse and outlines what to expect upon arriving at the courthouse and how to conduct business in the courtroom. Before arriving at the courthouse, visitors should conduct a daily health self-assessment that includes a temperature check. Please see the Guide for self-assessment questions. Any person answering yes to any of the questions should consult with the Court before going to the courthouse. The Court will make reasonable accommodations and reschedule appearances and hearings as needed.

Per the Guide, upon arriving at the courthouse, visitors may enter the building for limited purposes of participating in or observing in-court proceedings or for delivering payments and pro se filings to the Court’s drop box. Anyone going into the courthouse must wear a face covering or mask. Visitors without one will be provided one by the Court as available. Everyone should continue to maintain a safe physical distance of six feet from others. Elevator capacity is temporarily reduced. Consistent reminders have been placed throughout each building.

Per the Guide, while in the courtroom, a face covering or mask must be worn at all times unless the wearer is speaking for the record. After each hearing, participants are asked to wipe down counsel tables and chairs, and change out microphone covers, using the supplies provided on each table. Some courtrooms have been outfitted with protective barriers and marked to indicate proper social distancing, and more are in the process of being outfitted and marked. Social distancing of at least six feet form others must be maintained. Meetings where appropriate social distancing may not be practical should be avoided. As recommended by the CDC, everyone should avoid touching his or her face, and should wash hands often and for at least 20 seconds to help prevent the spread of disease. Use hand sanitizer, especially after touching shared equipment or commonly touched points like door handles.

Per Amended Standing Order 3:20-MC-00175-RBH, the following persons shall not enter any federal courthouse in the District of South Carolina: (1) persons who have traveled internationally within the past 14 days; (2) persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital, or health agency; (3) persons who have been diagnosed with, or in the past 14 days have had contact with, anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19; (4) persons displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, loss of taste or smell, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. The U.S. Marshal, his Deputies, and the Court Security Officers shall deny entry to anyone attempting to enter in violation of this Order. Furthermore, if you have a scheduled appointment or you are otherwise required to appear at one of the courthouses in the District of South Carolina, and you are unable to appear because of the restrictions listed, you should proceed as follows: (1) if you are represented by an attorney, contact your attorney; (2) if you are an attorney, please contact the chambers directly; (3) if you are a juror, please contact the Jury Department at 803-253-3997; (4) for District Court matters, please contact the District Clerk’s Office; (5) for Bankruptcy Court platters, please consult www.scb.uscourts.gov or contact the Bankruptcy Court’s Office at 803-765-5436; (6) if you are scheduled to meet with a Probation Officer, please contact the Office of Probation and Pretrial Services. These restrictions will remain in place temporarily until it is determined that it is safe to remove them.

Per Standing Order 3:20-MC-00176-RBH, all persons seeking entry to, or occupying, any district courthouse, must wear a face covering or mask (“mask”). The mask must completely conceal the wearer’s nose and mouth at all times. During a court proceeding, the mask may be removed when the wearer is speaking for the record and at least six feet physical distancing is observed. Any person seeking entry to the courthouse without a mask will be provided a mask by the Court. If the court is unable to provide a mask for any reason, the visitor will be asked to contact by telephone the office to be visited to explore alternatives to entering the Courthouse. The United States Marshal, his Deputies, and the Court Security Officers shall enforce this Order and deny entry to those individuals not wearing a mask.

Public intake areas of all divisional Clerks’ Offices will be closed to the public in all court locations. ECF filings will continue. Pro se documents and payments by check or money order will continue to be accepted by U.S. mail.

Videoconferencing is available as detailed in Standing Order 3:20-MC-439.

Jury trials will resume as of January 25, 2021. However, if a judge is convinced that, due to COVID-19 spread in a particular division, there is an inability to safely call and retain an adequate cross-section of jurors, the judge may make a finding that the ends of justice served by continuing criminal jury trials outweigh the best interests of the public and any defendant's right to a speedy trial, and may exclude the periods of delay occasioned by such a continuance under the Speedy Trial Act pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(7)(A). Non- jury proceedings, such as bench trials and hearings may proceed as scheduled in the discretion of the presiding judge. All parties are encouraged to consider participation by telephone or video conference when the option is available. Grand jury proceedings may resume the week of January 25, 2021.

All deadlines in civil cases remain in place and parties are encouraged to consider alternate means to avoid unnecessary contact and travel. This includes telephone and video conferencing.

Order 20-4 suspends the policy for signed consents to accompany defense motions to continue trials in criminal cases.

CARES Act authorization is renewed through November 20, 2020 and reauthorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act.

The court restricts anyone from entering the courthouse if she or he has traveled to or been in contact with someone who has traveled to high-risk countries, has been diagnosed with or had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, has a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or has been asked to self-quarantine. Anyone unable to appear due to these restrictions should contact their attorney, as applicable, or the court. All entering the courthouse are required to wear masks and maintain social distancing of six feet or more.

Civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to commence through February 28, 2021 before any district or magistrate judge in any division of the Eastern District of Tennessee are CONTINUED. Unless the Court extends this district-wide continuance, limited criminal and civil jury trials may begin after March 1, 2021 in the discretion of the presiding judge. To the extent practicable, civil and criminal matters shall continue to be held via telephone or video conferencing as ordered by the presiding judge. If a matter is held via telephone or video conferencing, all participants shall attend remotely, unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge.

All grand jury proceedings in Greeneville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville will convene as directed by the court.

Under the CARES Act review, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing and, when video conferencing is not available, telephonic conferencing for various criminal case events listed in the order. The CARES Act has been extended until March 25, 2020.

The court restricts people from entering the courthouse if they have traveled to or been in contact with someone who has traveled to high-risk countries, been diagnosed with or had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or been asked to self-quarantine.

Standing Order 20-14 extends authorization for video or audio teleconferencing.

The court has adopted a phased approach to resume operations during the COVID-19 operations.

At the discretion of the presiding judge grand jury proceedings, criminal jury selections, and jury trials scheduled to begin December 1, 2020 through January 15, 2021, will proceed as scheduled and will not be automatically continued due to COVID-19. Criminal jury selection and jury trials begin December 14, 2020 through February 28, 2021 are continued pending further order of the presiding judge. Upon motion by the parties, if the presiding judge determines the facts and circumstances of a case are so unusual and extraordinary that the trial cannot be further delayed without serious harm to the interests of justice, the presiding judge, in conjunction with the Chief Judge, will determine whether the trial will proceed as scheduled. CARES Act authorization is continued through February 28, 2021. Civil jury selections and jury trials scheduled to begin now through February 28, 2021, will proceed as scheduled and will not be automatically continued due to COVID-19, because civil jury trials require fewer jurors, less security, and the ability to easily maintain social distancing. Individual judges may continue to hold hearings, conferences, and bench trials in the exercise of their discretion, subject to intervening orders of the judge assigned to the matter. Such court proceedings may be conducted by telephone or video conference where practicable and consistent with the law. However, the presiding judge has discretion to conduct pleas, sentencings or other proceedings in the normal fashion in person. All grand jury proceedings are continued through February 28, 2021

The court clarified that all deadlines previously established in both civil and criminal cases remain in full force and effect, absent further order by the presiding judge in the matter. The judges expect that counsel for all parties will continue to work diligently on cases to comply with established deadlines. If the parties cannot comply with an established deadline, normal procedures must be followed, and a motion must be filed. Regarding any criminal jury trial set before Judge Trauger, a motion for a change of plea hearing or motion to continue must be filed and acted upon before the trial will be removed from the court’s calendar.

The Middle District of Tennessee has restricted entry to the courthouse to those who have travelled to certain high risk areas, who reside or have close contact with someone who has travelled to certain high risk countries, who has been asked to self-quarantine, who has been diagnosed with or had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or who has a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. All persons in the public areas of the courthouse are required to maintain social distancing and wear masks.

The bankruptcy court has issued guidance that if an individual is required to appear in court and is experiencing any flu-like symptoms, a fever, or is coughing or sneezing, her attorney should contact the court before appearing.

All civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials scheduled to begin between January 15, 2021 and February 12, 2021 are continued until further notice. In-person court proceedings should be minimized using video and teleconferencing to the greatest extent possible.

All judges are encouraged to continue to conduct all other civil and criminal proceedings via video teleconferencing and telephone conferencing proceedings in accordance with the CARES Act, Administrative Order No. 2020-17, and all subsequent Administrative Orders addressing COVID-19 issues. Administrative Order 20-28 extends the CARES Act for an additional 90 days.

Empanelment of new grand juries is suspended through February 12, 2021 All other grand jury proceedings are suspended through November 30,, 2020, except in certain time sensitive cases where the statute of limitations will run and cases where an indictment is necessary to comply with the 30-day time limit.

All persons entering the courthouse proceedings are suspended through January 15, 2021. The presiding judge may authorize in-person proceedings on a case by case basis, which must adhere to protocols and procedures put into place for the safety of all. Everyone in the courtroom will wear a face covering over his or her mouth and nose, as recommended by the CDC. A judge may request that a participant remove a face covering for a limited purpose. Gloves may be worn but are not required. The USMS may require detainees to wear gloves. The CDC's recommended social distancing guidelines will be followed. The courtroom will be marked to indicate the distances to be kept between the participants. Because of the need to maintain social distancing among the participants, limited seating will be available for the public.

General Order 20-18 and 20-19, which expire April 30, 2021, facilitate use of the emergency procedures authorized by the CARES Act, including particularly the use of video and telephone conferencing for various criminal proceedings during the COVID-19 emergency, and pursuant to the mandate for same specified in the CARES Act, in the Beaumont and Sherman Divisions.

The Court has suspended the original notarized signature requirement for a period of ninety (90) calendar days from August 26, per Extended General Order 20-12.

General Order 20-11 extends certain deadlines for federal, state, and local agencies to commence forfeiture proceedings, and extends the 90-day deadline for the filing of a civil forfeiture complaint to 150 days, as detailed in the Order.

For civil and criminal cases assigned to Judge Barker, if any party or counsel finds that a hearing, trial, or deposition may cause a person to travel or act contrary to official guidance or precautions regarding the COVID-19 virus, the party or counsel shall request to postpone the relevant hearing, trial, or deposition or allow it by videoconference or other method. If the parties cannot reach an agreement, they may bring their request to the court.

Effective March 25, 2020, and until further order of the Court, pro se parties who wish to file legal pleadings may do so via U.S. Mail, email or fax.

Video conferencing is available as detailed in Order 20-06.

Per Judge Gilstrap’s Order, there will be no in-person depositions during the pandemic. Unless the Court determines good cause exists, no in-person hearings will be held for any case in which one of the parties has lead counsel (or, where applicable, intended witnesses) subject to a shelter-in-place order, stay-at-home order, no-travel order, or similar orders or advisories from government officials. For all other cases, any party desiring an in-person hearing must move for leave to appear in-person no less than fourteen (14) days prior to the scheduled hearing date. Parties are ordered to produce discovery in a form that can be reviewed remotely (e.g., by producing documents in electronic form).

Pursuant to Third Amended Special Order No. 13-9, dated December 11, 2020, use of video teleconferencing and telephone conferences is reauthorized for 90 days.

Per Special Order 13-18, all civil and criminal trials scheduled to be held through December 31, 2020, other than case number 4:19-cv-425 in the Fort Worth Division, are continued to a date after January I, 2021, to be reset by each presiding judge.

Amended Special Order 13-14 requires all persons to wear a mask when inside the courthouse.

Per the Second Amended Special Order 13-5, civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to be held in the Dallas Division between the date of this Order and July 31, 2020, are hereby continued.

Amended Special Order 13-9 authorizes video teleconferencing for criminal proceedings. Anyone who requires access to the court in the Graham B. Purcell, Jr., Post Office and Federal Building must have their nose and mouth covered with a close-fitting fabric or cloth mask.

Special Order 13-15 details standing rules for courtroom proceedings in the J. Marvin Jones Federal Building and Mary Lou Robinson Courthouse. Special Order 13-16 regards court operations for the Abilene, Lubbock, and San Angelo Divisions.

Order 13-11 extends all continuances under Special Order Nos. 13-5 and 13-6 through May 31, 2020, except as otherwise specified. Per Amended Special Order 13-5, all civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin on any date through July 17, 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. Attorneys should contact the presiding judges in their continued cases if they seek to modify such other deadlines.

Anyone entering the Earle Cabell Federal Building or Eldon B. Mahon Courthouse must wear a mask or other face covering. The court has advised that those who are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, shortness of breath, have a fever, or are coughing or sneezing, have traveled within the last fourteen days to any of the countries for which the CDC has issued a Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Notice, or have had close contact with someone who has traveled to one of these countries within the last fourteen days, or have been asked to self-quarantine by any hospital or health agency or have been diagnosed with or had close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past fourteen days should not enter the courthouse.

Videoconferencing is available as detailed in Order 13-9.

Defendants who have been ordered to voluntarily surrender to the Bureau of Prisons before May 1, 2020 are granted an extension of time to report as detailed in Order 13-10.

B-2020-09, B-2020-10, Order C-2020-4 and V-2020-1, Order C-2020-5 and V-2020-2, Order V-2020-03, Order V-2020-10, Order C-2020-06, Order C-2020-07, C-2020-8, C-2020-10, C-2020-11, C-2020-12, Special Order C-2020-13, C-2020-15, C-2020-16, C-2020-19, C-2020-20, Order C-2020-21, Order C-2020-22, Special Order C-2020-23, Special Order C-2020-25, Order V-2020-04, V-2020-05, V-2020-08, Order V-2020-09, Order H-2020-6, Order H-2020-7, Order 2020-8, Order H-2020-09, Order H-2020-10, Order H-2020-11, Order H-2020-12, Order H-2020-13, Order H-2020-14, Order H-2020-15, Special Order H-2020-16, H-2020-17, Order H-2020-18, H-2020-19, H-2020-20, H-2020-21, H-2020-22, H-2020-23, H-2021-01, Special Order H-2020-24, Order G-2020-1, G-2020-02, Order L-2020-3, Order L-2020-4, Order L-2020-5, Order L-2020-6, Order L-2020-7, L-2020-8, L-2020-9, L-2020-10, L-2020-11, L-2020-12, L-2020-13, Special Order L-2020-14, Special Order L-2021-1, Order M-2020-1, Order M-2020-2, Order M-2020-3, Order M-2020-05, M-2020-6, M-2020-7, M-2020-8, M-2020-9, Special Order M-2020-10, Special Order M-2021-1, Bankruptcy Order 2020-4, Bankruptcy Emergency Order, General Order 2020-3, General Order 2020-4, General Order 2020-5, General Order 2020-06, General Order 2020-7, General Order 2020-10, General Order 2020-11, General Order 20-19, General Order 2020-20, Remote Proceedings in Corpus Christi Division, Service of Process Notice, Bankruptcy General Order 2020-20, Remote Proceedings in Corpus Christi Division, Service of Process Notice, Service of Process Notice, General Order 2020-28, and Third Supplemental Order No. 2020-27

Service on the United States Attorney in civil cases shall be via email and US mail. The emergency accommodation expires June 30, 2021.

The Reynaldo G. Garza – Filemon B. Vela U.S. Courthouse in Brownsville, Texas will be closed to the public beginning December 14, 2020 until further notice.

Per General Orders 2020-10, 2020-11, 2020-19, 2020-27, and 2020-28 video and audio conferencing in criminal proceedings is authorized under the CARES Act. General Order 2020-20 allows for remote appearances by defendants if counseled waiver is given on the record and General Order 2020-28 clarifies the type of signature required for such waiver.

In several divisions, the court’s exclusive authority to administer the oath of allegiance to new citizens is temporarily waived.

For all federal seizures of property that occurred or will occur in the Southern District of Texas between February 3 and April 30, 2020, the deadline established by 18 U.S.C. § 983(a)(1)(A)(i) for the seizing agency to commence administrative forfeiture proceedings against such property shall be and hereby is extended for a period of 60 days.

In the Laredo division, all jury trials (criminal and civil) scheduled to begin before February 5, 2021, are continued, to a date to be reset by each presiding judge. Those continuances do not affect any deadlines other than the jury trial dates.

In the Victoria Division, Jury trials (criminal and civil) scheduled to begin through January 31, 2021, are continued to a date to be reset by each presiding judge, with a limited exception listed in Order V-2020-10. Those continuances do not affect any deadlines other than the jury trial dates. Attorneys should contact the presiding judges in their cases if they want to modify other deadlines. Any events involving the Court that are not case-specific, including continuing legal education courses, public tours, administration of oaths to attorneys, and naturalization ceremonies conducted by the Court, scheduled to occur between this date and January 31, 2021, are canceled. They will be rescheduled as appropriate.

In the McAllen division, all jury trials (criminal and civil) scheduled to begin from November 2 through December 31are continued to a date to be reset by each presiding judge, with the limited exception of those referenced in paragraph 6 of Special Order M-2020-10. Those continuances do not affect any deadlines other than the jury trial dates. Any events involving the Court that are not case-specific, including continuing legal education courses, public tours, administration of oaths to attorneys, and naturalization ceremonies conducted by the Court, scheduled to occur between this date and February 28, 2021, are canceled. They will be rescheduled as appropriate.

In the Houston and Galveston divisions, jury trials (criminal and civil) scheduled to begin from this date until January 19, 2021, are continued, to a date to be reset by each presiding judge. Individual judges may continue to hold bench trials, in-person hearings, sentencing proceedings, scheduling conferences, and other court proceedings. Counsel may seek relief by appropriate requests or motions. The use of telephone or video conferencing in these proceedings is encouraged when feasible, deemed appropriate by the presiding judge, and permitted by legal and technology constraints. Any in-person events involving the court that are not case-specific, including continuing legal-education courses, public tours, and naturalization ceremonies conducted by the court, scheduled to occur before January 19, 2021, are canceled. They will be rescheduled as appropriate.

In Corpus Christi division, all jury trials (criminal and civil) scheduled to begin before January 31, 2021, are continued to a date to be reset by each presiding judge, with limited exceptions listed in the Order. Those continuances do not affect any deadlines other than the jury trial dates.

By special order, several divisions including Corpus Christi, Brownsville, and Galveston have restricted courthouse access to anyone who visited Level 3 countries in the past two weeks, had close contact with someone who has visited those countries in the past two weeks, has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed, has been asked to self-quarantine or who is experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath from visiting certain district courthouses.

Service on the United States Attorney in civil cases shall be via email and US mail, with a copy of any summons, complaint or emergency motion emailed to USATXS.CivilNotice@usdoj.gov and a paper copy mailed to the Civil Process Clerk, United States Attorney’s Office, 1000 Louisiana St., Suite 2300, Houston, Texas 77002. Hand delivery may not be accepted. This emergency accommodation expires December 31, 2020.

As of March 24, the Bankruptcy Court for the Brownsville, Galveston, and Houston Divisions has invoked the Protocol for Emergency Public Health or Safety Conditions as set forth in Bankruptcy General Order 2020-4.

All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin through January 31, 2021, are continued to a date to be reset by each Presiding Judge. Civil and criminal bench trials may proceed provided all safety provisions are considered. Grand Juries will continue in every division as determined and scheduled by the United States Attorney's Office.

Currently, all hearings for civil cases in the Waco division will continue as scheduled but will occur telephonically. Bench and jury trials will resume in Waco as early as September 1, 2020. Access to the Courthouse will be restricted per the June 24 Order.

The San Antonio Division has increased its utilization of telephones and video teleconferencing for court hearings, as detailed in the July 15 Order.

Under the CARES Act, and as detailed in the June 23 Order, videoconferencing and telephonic conferencing is available for certain matters with appropriate consent.

The district-wide April 27 Order extends certain statutory deadlines for administrative and civil forfeiture proceedings.

Effective March 24, any sentencing for which the pre-sentence report calculates the bottom of the Guidelines range as 21 months’ imprisonment of more shall be continued to a date after May 1, 2020.

Access to the Albert Armendariz United States Courthouse is further limited per El Paso’s Supplemental Standing Order no. 2, Order dated June 25, Fourth Supplemental Standing Order 2 dated July 28, Fifth Supplemental Standing Order dated August 13, and Sixth Supplemental Order dated August 21.

For all criminal proceedings in Waco, other than sentencings, no immediate family members of a defendant will be allowed access to the courthouse or courtroom.

Video conferencing is available as detailed in the General Order dated March 30.

Access to the United States Courthouse in Austin, Texas will be restricted per the Orders dated April 3, April 27, May 11, 2020, June 24, 2020, July 16, 2020, and August 26. No one will be permitted entry unless wearing an adequate mask.

Access to the United States Courthouse in San Antonio, Texas will be restricted per the Orders dated April 6, April 16, and June 25, 2020.

Access to the United States Courthouse in Midland, Pecos, and Alpine, Texas will be restricted per the Orders dated April 7, 2020, May 6, 2020, and June 11, 2020.

Regarding Markman hearings in Waco, the court will consider reasonable adjustments to scheduling. Prior to contacting the court, the parties must first have met-and-conferred abut proposed changes.

The court restricts people from entering the courthouse if they have traveled to or been in contact with someone who has traveled to high-risk countries within the last 14 days, been diagnosed with or had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or been asked to self-quarantine.

All civil and criminal jury trials are continued through February 1, 2021 are continued pending further order of the court. Criminal jury trials already underway shall continue. All trial-related deadlines in criminal trials scheduled to begin trial before February 1, 2021 are continued, subject to case-specific orders entered by the judge. All currently scheduled hearings in criminal cases are continued, absent an agreement to proceed via means that do not require personal appearance at the courthouse. Individual judges may continue trial-related deadlines in civil cases at their discretion.

Grand jury proceedings may continue on a week to week basis as conditions permit. The 30-day time period for filing an indictment is tolled as to each defendant until Order 20-029 terminates.

General Order 20-010 discusses attorney-client privilege preservation during electronic communication and other issues specific to criminal proceedings.

General Order 20-011 authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. General Order 20-2020 extends the application of the CARES Act an additional 90 days, through March 28, 2021.

District of Vermont - Order 84, Order 87 (Clerk’s Office Operations), General Order 88 (Remote Hearings by Video and Telephone Conferencing), General Order 89 (Court Operations – supersedes General Order 86), General Order 90 (Plan for the Resumption of Certain Court Operations), Notice (Face Mask/Coverings), General Order 91 (Authorizing the Attorney General or Designee to Conduct Naturalization Ceremonies), General Order 92 (Extending Use of Video and Telephone Conferencing Pursuant to General Order 88), General Order 94 (Extends CARES Act), and General Order #95 (Procedures for the Filing, Service and Management of Highly Sensitive Documents)

The courthouse is open for visits by attorneys and members of public. All persons within the courthouse are to wear masks while in public spaces except as outlines in the General Order 90. The court continues to restrict people from entering the courthouse if they have traveled to or been in contact with someone who has traveled to high-risk countries within the last 14 days, been diagnosed with or had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or been asked to self-quarantine.

Except as ordered by the presiding judge in a particular case, no civil or criminal trials will be scheduled before September 1, 2020. The presiding judge retains discretion to schedule a trial before that date. All grand jury proceedings are postponed until May 21, 2020. At the judgment and discretion of individual judges, in-person hearings in criminal and civil cases may resume on a limited basis in Burlington after May 25, 2020 and in Rutland after June 8, 2020. Order No. 89 does not affect the consideration of civil or criminal motions that can be resolved without oral argument or handled by telephone conference call. Parties can request an in-person motion hearing if required in the case of a preliminary injunction, and these requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Under the CARES Act review, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing, and when video conferencing is not available, telephonic conferencing for various criminal case events listed in the order. CARES Act authorization has been extended until March 26, 2021.

Manual filings with the court are to be made in a lock box located in the entrance lobby of each courthouse.

Per General Order 2020-22, November 16, 2020, all criminal jury trials are hereby suspended for a period of two months, absent further Order from this Court, with criminal jury trials to resume on January 19, 2021.

Per General Order 2020-17, the Court has determined that the current data supports removing the entry restrictions associated with domestic travel within the United States. The Court has endeavored to clarify the entrance restrictions for those that are sick or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. The entrance restrictions are subject to appropriate exceptions made on a case-by-case basis by the Senior Active Judge for the Alexandria and Richmond Divisions, and the Chief Judge of the Court for the Norfolk and Newport News Divisions.

Per General Order 2020-17, no person shall enter the Alexandria, Newport News, Norfolk, or Richmond Courthouses if she has, within the past two weeks: (1) traveled internationally; (2) been diagnosed with COVID-19, or had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19; (3) been directed to quarantine or isolate; (4) experienced a fever or chills, persistent cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, or other flu-like symptoms; or (5) resided with, or been in close contact with, any person in the above-mentioned categories. Anyone attempting to enter in violation of these protocols will be denied entry unless a case-specific exception is granted by the Senior Active Judge or the Chief Judge of the Court. While inside the courthouse: (1) to the extent possible, maintain six feet of distance from all other individuals; and (2) all individuals are required to wear a face covering or mask while in common areas unless it is medically unsafe for them to do so and they obtain permission from the Senior Active Judge or the Chief Judge of the Court. Any person who does not comply with these requirements will be denied entry and/or subject to removal from the Courthouse. If you are unable to appear for a Court proceedings, or any other matter, because of the restrictions stated above, please see the Courthouse-specific notices in Order 2020-17 for contact information.

Per General Order 2020-16, the Court will take the following actions as part of its phased expansion of operations. First, consistent with General Order 2020-12, effective June 11, 2020, in-person proceedings will no longer be strictly limited to “critical or emergency proceedings.” However, judges will continue to use video- and tele-conferencing to the greatest extent possible for both civil proceedings and criminal proceedings authorized by the CARES Act. Second, face coverings will be required to be worn in all common areas of the Courthouses and social distancing of at least six feet shall be maintained whenever possible (as per General Orders 2020-14 and 2020-15). Third, all Court units, chambers, and building tenants are encouraged to request that any Courthouse visitors with whom they communicate, to include probationers, attorneys, litigants, witnesses, jurors, and guests, conduct a health self-assessment before entering the Courthouses and avoid appearing and contact the appropriate office/chambers if sick. Fourth, no criminal jury trials shall be conducted prior to Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Fifth, grand juries may be utilized again in all Divisions of this Court beginning on June 11, 2020, as long as the proceedings are conducted with the same procedural safeguards and strict social distancing is implemented. Sixth, no civil jury trials shall be conducted until further notice. Seventh, naturalization ceremonies will continue to be postponed. Eighth, consistent with General Order 2020-4, all non-case related outside events, tours, and other gatherings in the Courthouses continue to be postponed until further notice. General Order 2020-16 also includes a detailed explanation to provide further transparency and clarity regarding the dates selected for the staged resumption of live proceedings and bench trials, criminal jury trials, and then civil jury trials. Please see pages 5-17 of General Order 2020-16 for the detailed explanation.

Per General Order 2020-15, beginning on May 26, 2020, the U.S. Courthouse in Newport News will be reopened to the public and employees for limited operations consistent with the other Courthouses in the District. Upon reopening, a drop-box, with a nearby telephone line to the Clerk’s office, will be available for in-person filings at the U.S. Courthouse in Newport News, as detailed in 2020-08.

Per General Order 2020-09, pursuant to Section 15002(b)(1) of the CARES Act legislation, the order authorized the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 12002(b) of the legislation.

Per General Order 2020-08, the Clerk’s Office counters that are typically available to the public are closed until further notice, effective Monday, March 30, 2020. Members of the public will retain access to the drop boxes at or near the entrances of each of the courthouses to deposit filings during business hours.

To minimize person-to-person contact, drop boxes have been installed at the Norfolk, Alexandria, Richmond, and Newport News courthouses.

The court has issued general orders providing for temporary, emergency video and teleconferencing for civil and criminal hearings, including the use of Zoomgov remote videoconferencing, when appropriate.

The court’s public terminals are not currently available and use of an online PACER account is required at this time to access court records. Depending on the volume of information accessed, your PACER account usage may be free as total access fees of under $30 per quarter are automatically waived. Please contact PACER at www.pacer.gov or 1-800-676-6865 for registration information and fee exemption request provisions.

Per Standing Order 2020-10 and 2020-14, the Court postponed all civil and criminal jury trials until March 1, 2021.

Per Standing Order No. 2020-21, all in-person federal court hearings scheduled in the Poff Federal Building in Roanoke, Virginia are postponed until Monday, November 9, 2020.

In connection with all pending Court appearances, you are asked to notify the Court if you or anyone planning to join you at the courthouse has symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or if you or the person joining you have been exposed within the past 14 days to individuals who may have COVID-19 coronavirus. This will enable the Court to reschedule an appearance that might otherwise risk spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Per Order 2020-3 (Sixth Amended), the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia is temporarily suspending all naturalization ceremonies scheduled to be performed in this district on or before March 31, 2021. During this period, the Attorney General of the United States, acting through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), may administer the Oath of Allegiance to all applicants for naturalization residing in the Western District of Virginia.

Per the Amended Order dated July 10 (supplementing prior orders and amending Orders 2020-10 and 2020-14), the court has determined to postpone the resumption of criminal jury trials in this district until August 31, 2020. This is the same date presently set for resumption of civil jury trials. Standing Order 2020-10 is amended to extent to August 31, 2020 so as to exclude the period prior to August 31, 2020 from Speedy Trial Act calculations.

Per Order 2020-14, the Western District of Virginia will enter Phase I of the court’s Reopening Plan on June 29, 2020. The court will implement the following precautions as part of Phase I. First, all entrants to a courthouse in the Western District of Virginia are required to wear a face covering or masks that covers the wearer’s nose and mouth continuously when in public spaces, including hallways, entrance foyers, and courtrooms. Face coverings are required for all authorized visitors and other persons having business with the court. Counsel, parties, participants, and courtroom staff shall wear face masks or face coverings during in-person court proceedings unless otherwise directed by the court, as well as while they are in any public spaces within the building. A face covering will be made available for anyone seeking entry to the courthouse who does not have one. A face covering is not required for children under 10 years of age or for persons whose health condition prohibits wearing a face covering. Second, social distancing of at least six feet shall be maintained whenever possible throughout a Western District of Virginia courthouse. Third, all individuals entering a Western District of Virginia courthouse should conduct a health self-assessment. If an individual exhibits signs of COVID-19 infection per CDC guidance, the individual should stay home. Vulnerable individuals are specifically encouraged to consider the necessity of entering the courthouse.

Fourth, the following persons may not enter a Western District of Virginia courthouse: (1) persons who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not been advised to discontinue isolation by any physician, hospital or health agency; (2) persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by a physician, hospital, or health agency and have not been advised to discontinue self-quarantine; (3) persons who have had contact within the last 14 days with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or asked to self-quarantine by any physician, hospital, or health agency; (4) persons who have traveled within the last 14 days either internationally or to areas heavily infected with coronavirus; and (5) persons with apparent symptoms of COVID-19, including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, unusual fatigue, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste of smell, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. Fifth, all appropriate areas of the courtroom will be cleaned and sanitized between hearings.

Per Order 2020-14, the court will further implement the following changes to court operations as part of Phase I. Effective June 29, 2020, in-person proceedings may be resumed throughout the district. Depending on local circumstances of each Division and the discretion of the presiding judge, the following in-person proceedings may resume on June 29, 2020: civil and criminal bench trials, other civil and criminal hearings, and misdemeanor, traffic, and petty offense proceedings. The court will conduct video and teleconference hearings to the maximum extent possible and strong encourages parties to continue to consent to and participate in video and teleconference hearings. Grand juries may begin to be utilized in all Divisions by June 11, 2020. While Clerk’s Office intake stations will remain closed throughout Phase I, documents may be filed with the Clerk electronically, by mail or in the secure drop boxes located in the lobby of the Western District’s courthouses. All naturalization ceremonies and non-case related outside events, tours, and other gatherings are postponed until further notice.

Adopted to supplement, and not supersede, Order 2020-4, Order 2020-6 restricts public access to the Poff Federal Building, permitting only members of the public having business with the United States District Court.

Per Order 2020-12, the court authorizes the use of appropriate teleconference services in this district to allow members of the public and press to access a toll-free telephone line to remotely listen to the live audio-stream of civil and criminal court proceedings that are conducted remotely during the judicial emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the exception of court personnel, any person remotely participating in, or listening to, a remote court proceeding may not record, or cause to be recorded, any such proceeding. Violations may result in sanctions, restricted access to future hearings, denial of entry to future hearings, and any other sanctions deemed necessary by the court. During the judicial emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the requirement that Pretrial Services Reports be returned to the probation officer at the conclusion of a judicial proceeding is temporarily suspended. Counsel is required to maintain the confidentiality of Pretrial Services Reports and may not disclose them to others.

Courthouses currently are closed to the public.

The court offices and courtrooms on the fifth, seventh, eighth and ninth floors of the United States Courthouse in Spokane, Washington, the courthouse floors of the

United States Courthouse in Richland Washington, and the United States Courthouse in Yakima, Washington, will be closed to the public through January 31, 2021, with the exception of essential in-person hearings and functions, which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the presiding judge. All Spokane and Yakima grand jury sessions through January 31, 2021, shall proceed as scheduled. The period between November 24, 2020 and January 31, 2021 may be excluded from Speed Trial Act calculations. The Clerk’s Office in Spokane, Richland and Yakima will not be physically accessible to the public through January 31, 2021, but will remain open. Naturalization Ceremonies are cancelled through January 31, 2021.

Per General Order 20-101-11 (amending some aspects of Orders 20-101-4 through 10) dated September 23, 2020, effective immediately, all Yakima grand jury sessions through November 30, 2020 are vacated. Since June 1, the Clerk’s Office in Spokane has been open and physically accessible to the public. Effective November 2, 2020, the Clerk’s Offices in Yakima and Richland, Washington will be open and physically accessible to the public. Staff will be available by telephone, mail will be received, and new filings will be processed. Those seeking to make in-person filings or payments are directed to leave materials in the designated drop-boxes at the Court Security Office locations in the entryway of each courthouse. The Court encourages electronic filings through the CM/ECF filing system, use of the electronic payment system, and use of mail and delivery services. The Clerk’s Office is not closed, it is operation, and you may contact the office by telephone during business hours. Naturalization ceremonies are cancelled through November 30, 2020. Attendees of in-court proceedings are encouraged to wear masks, social distance, and follow public health advisories. This Order does not pertain to bankruptcy proceedings.

Per FSC Order 20-12, the public safety measures established through FSC Order 20-01 and extended through 20-02, 20-03, 20-06, 20-07, 20-08, 20-09, 20-10, and 20-11 are extended through October 31, 2020. The U.S. Courthouse in Yakima, Washington (the William O. Douglas Federal Building) will remain closed to the public through October 31, 2020, absent further amendment or extension to this Order.

Per the Richland Courthouse and Federal Building Order 20-08, the public safety measures established through the Richland Courthouse and Federal Building Order 20-01 and extended through 20-07 are further extended through October 31, 2020. The U.S. Courthouse in Richland, Washington will remained closed to the public through October 31. This Order does not apply to the rest of the Richland Federal Building.

Per General Order No. 20-101-4, all associated case management deadlines related to those affected civil and criminal cases are suspended, subject to orders from the presiding judge in each of those cases. Excepted from this General Order are essential Magistrate Judge hearings and functions that will be evaluated on a case by case basis at the discretion of the presiding Magistrate Judge after consultation with counsel. This order does not pertain to bankruptcy proceedings.

The Spokane Federal Courthouse is now open to the public. The court floors of the Richland Federal Courthouse are closed to the public through July 31, 2020.

All non-case related events scheduled to be held in the District’s courthouses are postponed pending further order of the Court. Physical access to urgent in-person proceedings scheduled at this time will be limited to parties, counsel, witnesses, and victims.

Effective immediately, the audio content of hearings held in the Eastern District of Washington throughout the COVID-19 pandemic event will be available in real-time to members of the press and public via a dedicated teleconference line. This access will be free of charge. Dial-in information will be available on PACER via the docket for each scheduled case. Hearing content provided in such manner must NOT be recorded or rebroadcast.

Per General Order 20-04, all persons seeking entry to, or occupying, the William O. Douglas Federal Building in Yakima, Washington must wear a mask. The mask, when worn, must completely conceal the wearer’s nose and mouth at all times. The Clerk of Court may provide masks for visitors required to attend court hearings, but all other visitors are to provide their own masks. The U.S. Marshal, his Deputies, and the Court Security Officers shall enforce this Order by denying entry to those individuals not wearing a mask and removing individuals who gain entry to the courthouse then remove their masks in violation of this Order. Social distancing measures will be enforced to the greatest extent practicable in all public areas of the William O. Douglas Federal Building.

Pursuant to General Order 18-20, all District Court civil and criminal in-person hearings and trials in these Courthouses scheduled to occur before March 31, 2021, are continued pending a future general order from this Court or the order of an individual judge consistent with the procedures set forth in General Order 15-20.

Per General Order 14-20, the procedures established by General Orders 02- 20 and 03-20 will be continued until January 1, 2021, except as stated below. All District Court civil and criminal in-person hearings and trials in these Courthouses scheduled to occur before January 1, 2021, are continued pending a future general order from this Court or the order of an individual judge consistent with the following procedures. Remote video proceedings are permitted in civil cases, including jury trials with jurors participating remotely. Courthouse lobbies will remain open for the public to use drop boxes to deposit documents for filing and payments for the District Clerk’s Office. Individuals may enter the courthouses to conduct official business provided they have scheduled appointments or notifications to do so.

Per General Order 13-20, the procedures established by Order 02-20 and 03-20 will be continued until October 5, 2020. All District Court civil and criminal in-person hearings and trials in these Courthouses scheduled to occur before October 5, 2020 are continued pending a future general order form this Court. The Bankruptcy Court will continue with scheduled non-evidentiary hearings telephonically as posted on the Bankruptcy Court’s website and announced by the individual judges and may conduct evidentiary hearings and trials by video/telephonic conferences. Individual judges may proceed with a very limited number of in-person hearings in felony criminal proceedings (e.g. evidentiary hearings, bench trials, and sentencings) by issuing orders on a case-by-case basis so long as such orders address the above public health concerns. Courthouse lobbies will remain open for the public to use drop boxes to deposit documents for filing and payments for the District Clerk’s Office. The Court further ORDERS the continuation of the following procedural changes: In order to limit the physical exchange of documents, signatures on documents in civil and criminal proceedings conducted remotely will not be required. Instead, the Court will make a record that the document has been reviewed and authorized by the signatory and is fully binding. Such documents include, but are not limited to the following: a.) Financial affidavits. 28 U.S.C. 1746; b.) CJA Appointments; c.) Consents to proceed before a magistrate judge; d.) Appearance bonds/Orders of release; e.) Plea agreements; f.) Jury verdicts; and g.) Judgments. Additionally, Local Civil Rule 32 continues to include among the definitions of “Unavailable Witness” in FRCP 32(4)(C) the following: “concern about personal health risks from exposure to the COVID-19 virus.” Other General Orders addressing particular COVID-19 issues have not expired and need not be modified at this time.

Per General Order 11-20, a limited number of people may enter the courthouses to conduct official business provided they have scheduled appointments or notifications to do so. The Court continues to successfully conduct civil and criminal proceedings via video conference and teleconference. Counsel in civil cases are strongly encouraged to confer with each other and work with the Court to use such procedures to avoid a significant delay before in-person proceedings can resume.

General Order 10-20 is being issued to add to the Court’s safety procedures in conjunction with General Order 08-20. Per General Order 10-20, the following additional procedures will now be implemented. Updated COVID-19 screening questions will be posted at the entrances to the Seattle and Tacoma Courthouses. Most individuals who review these questions will understand when it is wise, from a public health standpoint, to voluntarily not enter the building. However, Court Security Officers are authorized to ask if an individual has read and answered any of the screening questions in the affirmative, and to deny entry to persons who cannot satisfactorily answer these screening questions and who therefore pose a significant risk of spreading the Coronavirus to the public. Face coverings or masks can include homemade or factory-made fabric masks as well as scarves or bandanas that cover the mouth and nose with two layers of fabric. Wearing a clear plastic face shield without a face covering or mask does not satisfy the above requirements. Attorneys who appear for court and grand jury proceedings shall wear a mask and a face shield when not speaking during court proceedings. Attorneys may lower their mask when speaking during court proceedings. Persons who are not wearing a face covering or mask at entry and who decline a Court provided mask will be denied entry unless they state that a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability prevents them from safely wearing a mask. Medical documentation is not required. Those making such a declaration will not be required to wear a mask and will instead be offered a clear plastic face shield. Persons who decline this face shield will be asked to step outside to telephone the office to be visited to discuss options for their entry to the Courthouse. If arrangements cannot be made, the Court Security Officers are authorized to deny entry. Individuals with disabilities who foresee an issue with these procedures are advised to contact the Clerk’s Office for the appropriate Courthouse to make arrangements in advance.

Per General Order 08-20, all persons over two years of age seeking entry to, or occupying, the Seattle and Tacoma Courthouses are required to wear a face covering or mask at all times unless otherwise directed by the court or a courthouse official. The face covering must completely conceal the wearer’s nose and mouth at all times. Any visitor seeking entry to the courthouse without a face covering or mask will be provided a mask by the court. If the court is unable to provide a mask for any reason, the visitor will be asked to contact by telephone the office to be visited to explore alternatives to entering the courthouse. The Court Security Officers shall enforce this order and deny entry to those individuals not wearing a face covering or mask. Other General Orders addressing particular COVID-19 issues have not expired and need not be modified at this time.

The Clerk’s Office windows are closed to the public. Staff are still available by phone during regular business hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The court’s electronic filing system continues to be available 24/7 and may be used by anyone who has registered with the court.

All non-case related events scheduled to be held prior to August 3, 2020 in the District’s courthouses are postponed pending further order of the Court.

Until further notice the Wheeling, Martinsburg, and Elkins Courthouses, as well as all related offices are temporarily closed to allow for sanitation and deep cleaning following possible COVID-19 exposures.

Under the CARES Act review, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing and, when video conferencing is not available, telephonic conferencing for various criminal case events listed in the order. Authorization under the Act is extended until March 8, 2021.

All persons entering any courthouse in the district is required to wear a face-covering, shield, or mask. The presiding judge in any courtroom may authorize the removal of the mask if and when necessary to facilitate communication during the proceedings. Persons may be denied entry to the courthouse the have symptoms, have been diagnosed with or in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, have been asked to self-quarantine, or has recently visited high-risk areas.

Order 3.20-MC-21 restricts courthouse access to visitors who have symptoms, have been diagnosed with or in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, have been asked to self-quarantine, or have recently visited China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, or Iran.

All petit civil and criminal jury proceedings are continued until further notice. Grand jury meetings currently scheduled for the remainder of the month of December are continued until further notice. Starting September 21, 2020, all other civil and criminal proceedings may be conducted in-person in the discretion of the presiding judicial officer provided that the in-person proceeding is conducted in a manner that complies with social distancing and other safety guidelines.

Under General Order #4, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing, and when video conferencing is not available, telephonic conferencing for various criminal case events listed in the order. The CARES Act is extended for an additional 90 days until March 20, 2020.

The courthouse is closed to the public and only those who are scheduled to appear can enter. The court also restricts courthouse access and does not allow anyone who has symptoms, has been diagnosed with or in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, has been asked to self-quarantine, or has recently visited high-risk areas. Drop boxes have been provided should a party wish to file print copies with the Clerk’s office. All persons seeking entry to the courthouses must wear a face covering.

Eastern District of WisconsinOrder 20-2, Order 20-3, Public Notice (Paper Filings & Payments), Order 20-4 (Building Closure), General Order 20-6 (CARES Act), General Order 20-8 (Order Granting Extensions of Time in Prisoner Cases involving the Department of Justice), General Order 20-9 (Court Operations – extends General Order 20-2 and reaffirms General Orders 20-6 and 20-8), General Order 20-10 (Court Operations – Grand Jury Proceeding), General Order 20-11 (Court Operations – extends G.O. 20-2, amended G.O. 20-2, 20-3, 20-4, 20-5 and 20-9, reaffirms G.O. 20-6 and 20-8), General Order 20-12 (Court Operations – Grand Jury Proceedings), General Order 20-15 (Face Coverings), General Order 20-17 (Extending Authorization for Conducting Certain Criminal Hearings by Video Teleconference or Telephone Conference under the CARES Act), Notice (New Resources for Remote Depositions – Form Stipulation and Proposed Order), General Order 2020-18 (Court Operations), General Order (Huntington Division – Allowing Courthouse Open to the General Public with Entry Restrictions re Face Masks) dated July 1, General Order 2020-19 (Extending CARES Act), and General Order 20-22 (Extending CARES Act)

General Order 2020-21 allows portions of prior general orders regarding the COVID-19 CARES Act and extends the provisions related to the CARES Act for 90 days unless terminated earlier.

General Order 2020-18 allows portions of prior general orders regarding the COVID-19 virus public emergency to lapse, modifies others and extends others. Counsel should read the order in its entirety.

All civil and criminal jury trials, all petty offense (CVB) hearings and all criminal hearings where the defendant does not consent to proceed by videoconference or telephone conference will LAPSE. Starting July 2, 2020, judges may resume scheduling such trials and hearings in person.

The CARES Act order authorizes judges, with the defendants consent, to use video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonable available for a list of specific events noted in the order. CARES Act authorization is extended through December 22, 2020.

All persons seeking entry to the courthouse must wear a face covering or mask and observe social distancing. Visitors with symptoms, who have been in contact with someone diagnosed with or being evaluated for COVID-19, or who have recently visited an area subject to quarantine because of COVID-19.

Filings will continue to be processed in civil and criminal cases via CM-ECF system and by mail. Drop boxes have been placed in the courthouse lobby for paper documents.

The courthouse will continue to be closed to the general public through January 31 2021. The court will continue to conduct as many proceedings as possible by telephone and video conference.

All civil and criminal jury trials have been suspended through January 31, 2021. Specific orders will be issued in affected civil cases, but pretrial deadlines remain in place. Litigants can request relief from a specific deadlines with a motion explaining the circumstances that warrant relief.

Administrative Order 363 authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. The application of the CARES Act is extended through March 23, 2021.

All persons seeking entry to the courthouses must wear a face covering.

District of WyomingOrder 20-01, Memorandum, General Order No. 20-02, General Order 2020-03 (Video and Teleconferences in Criminal Proceedings), General Order No. 20-4 (Granting Authorization for Public Access to Open Court Proceedings), General Order No. 20-5 (Compassionate Release under Section 603(b) of the First Step Act of 2018), General Order No. 20-6 (Restrictions on Courthouse Entry), General Order No. 20-7 (Extending Deadlines in Certain Pending Administrative Forfeiture Proceedings), and Notice to the Bar dated May 20, General Order 20-08 (Extending and Reauthorizing Video or Telephone for Criminal Procedures), Court Protocol for Criminal Trials dated July 22, General Order No. 20-10 (Extending and Reauthorizing Video and Teleconferences in Criminal Proceedings under the CARES Act), General Order No. 20-05-A (Compassionate Release under Section 603(b) of the First Step Act of 2018), General Order No. 20-11 (In the Matter of Filing Motions in Criminal Matters), and General Order No. 20-15 (Extending and Reauthorizing CARES Act)

In-person hearings are scheduled to resume on June 1, 2020. Masks are required to be worn by all counsel, parties, witnesses, and members of the public. During trials and hearings all parties are to maintain social distance. Additional guidance can be found in the May 20 Notice to the Bar.

All civil trials schedule prior to June 1, 2020 are vacated, along with any final pretrial conference and associated deadlines. All other civil case deadlines, unassociated with the trial date and final pretrial conference remains in place subject to modification by the Court upon request of counsel.

Under the CARES Act review, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing, and when video conferencing is not available, telephonic conferencing for various criminal case events listed in the order. The application of the CARES Act is extended until March 17, 2021.

All in-person hearings scheduled in civil cases between March 20 and May 31 are to be held by telephone, video conference or other reliable electronic means.

Restrictions on visitors asked to self-quarantine, who have been diagnosed with or in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, if they have fevers cough, or shortness of breath, or if they have recently traveled to high-risk areas.

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Oral arguments will be held by video conference during the court’s October/November 2020 session. Given the continued public health restrictions and limits on public access to the courthouse, the court will also provide live audio access to such arguments. Public access to live audio of the court’s October/November 2020 court session will be available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiq_Kg0zEPrjMFK_s-KP5_g/. After the end of each day's arguments, audio recordings of each argument will be available on the court’s website.

The court is temporarily suspending the requirement in Local Rule 25.0(b)(1)(c) that appendices to briefs must be filed only in paper form. For the duration of this suspension, all parties who are represented by counsel shall tender the appendix electronically, through the court's electronic filing system. After the appendix is accepted for filing, the court may set a deadline for paper copies of the appendix. No other rules, including those relating to the form or substance of an appendix, service requirements, or the handling of appendices to be filed under seal, are impacted by this suspension

The Clerk’s Office will not accept in-person case filings at its intake window, until further notice. Those filing a paper document at the Moakley Courthouse should use the drop-box located on the first floor by the main entrance.

On October 1, 2020, the Court will begin using a new electronic case management system, called the Appellate Case Management System (ACMS) for the filing of Petitions for Review from Board of Immigration Appeals decisions. All new cases must be filed in ACMS. Cases commenced with the filing of a Petition for Review prior to October 1, 2020 will continue to be processed in CM/ECF until further notice. All filings in a case commenced prior to October 1, 2020 must be made in CM/ECF.

On August 24, 2020, the Court of Appeals will reduce to three, from six, the number of paper copies of briefs that must be filed in each appeal. In addition, a party represented by counsel must now file three copies of the appendix, unless the case is proceeding on the original record without an appendix.

On July 1, 2020, the Court of Appeals will resume requiring that parties file paper copies of briefs, appendices and documents that exceed 50 pages in length pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and the Court’s Local Rules.

Regarding briefs, appendices and documents longer than 50 pages that were, or will be, filed between March 26 and June 30, 2020, paper copies will be due no later than July 10, 2020, if the case is currently pending. Click here for Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann's order.

As of March 16, 2020, the regular argued appeals and motion calendars will be heard as scheduled. If a litigant who is scheduled to argue wants to appear in person, they may do so or they may appear via telephone. All filing dates and other deadlines set out in the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Second Circuit’s Local Rules and the Court’s orders are extended or tolled for 21 days, effective March 16 through May 17, 2020 (though individual judges or panels may direct the parties to comply with different filing dates). Applying the 21-day extension, filings and deadlines that were originally due between March 16 and May 17, 2020 are now due beginning April 6 and ending June 5, 2020. The courthouse is closed to any individual who does not have business with the court.

An attorney or pro se party scheduled to argue is directed to contact the Clerk of Court at if she or he has visited one of the high-risk countries within the last fourteen days, been in close contact with someone who has visited a high-risk country within the last fourteen days, been asked to self-quarantine, been diagnosed with COVID-19 or been in contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, or has a verifiable health condition, specifically chronic lung disease, cancer, diabetes, heart disease or a weakened immune system.

Effective March 23, 2020 and until the COVID-19 crisis passes, the court will hear all oral arguments using a teleconference platform and all oral arguments will be livestreamed.

The Court is now accepting Original Proceedings through CM/ECF. Appellate ECF filers may electronically submit Petitions for Review, Petitions for Writ of Mandamus, Applications and Cross Applications for Enforcement of an Agency Order, Second or Successive §2254 or §2255 Petitions, and Petitions for Permission to Appeal. Supporting documents along with related motions may also be submitted as part of the process.

Oral arguments will continue, pending further order of the court. Parties may file a motion requesting appearance by audio conference. The majority of the Clerk’s Office will be working remotely, and there will be a reduced number of staff in the office on a daily basis. The 3-day time limits for requesting a verbal extension under 3rd Cir. L.A.R. 31.4 shall be relaxed until the Clerk’s office resumes normal operations. The filing of paper copies of briefs and appendices is deferred pending further direction of the Court.

Oral arguments continue as scheduled. The merits panel will determine the manner of argument. The Court is currently holding in person argument and using Zoom for Government and audioconferencing for remote appearances. Parties may file a motion requesting to appear remotely.

The Clerk’s Office is accepting case filings from non-electronic filers by email. Counsel and parties who are registered CM/ECF filers should continue to submit case filings through the Court’s CM/ECF system

Counsel and pro se litigants who need to file a new original proceeding, such as a Petition for Review, a Petition for Writ of Mandamus or Prohibition, or a Motion for Leave to File a Second or Successive Habeas Petition may send the documents in PDF format to the Clerk for filing via email addressed to emergency_motions@ca3.uscourts.gov.

Litigants who cannot file through the Court’s CM/ECF system may also submit documents for filing in PDF format by email addressed to emergency_motions@ca3.uscourts.gov.

The court will not hold in-person oral arguments during its January 25-29, 2021, argument session. Cases scheduled for argument during that session will be heard as directed by the panel assigned to the case. Counsel will receive further notice from the court regarding proceedings in their case.

The court will not hold in-person oral arguments during its December 7-11, 2020, argument session. Cases scheduled for argument during that session will be heard by videoconference or teleconference as directed by the panel assigned to the case. Counsel will receive further notice from the court regarding proceedings in their case.

The court will not hold in-person oral arguments during its October 27-30, 2020, argument session. Cases identified for pre-argument review for the October 27-30, 2020, session will be scheduled for argument by video-conference or teleconference, submitted on the briefs, or continued to a later session, at the direction of the panels in each case. Counsel will receive further notice from the court regarding proceedings in their case.

The schedule of remote oral arguments will be posted at this link:
https://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/oral-argument/remote-oral-arguments

All people seeking entrance to the Lewis Powell Courthouse Complex must wear a mask and observe other procedures as detailed in the Access Notice dated June 1.

Attorneys should file documents through CM/ECF (File a Document or Submit New Case). The court suspends the requirement of paper copies of formal briefs and appendices pending further notice.

The Powell Courthouse is closed and papers to be filed with the court may be stamped and filed in the lobby.

The court is scheduling cases for remote oral argument via video-conference or teleconference.

The court will conduct both video and in-person arguments during the January session, scheduled from January 5-7, 2021. The Clerk will contact counsel in each case and advise how the panel will proceed, including whether panels will use video or audio conferences as permitted by General Order 3, COVID-19. If audio or video conference is conducted, the Clerk will post a link permitting the public to listen to a live feed of the arguments. The updated calendar is available at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/clerk/calendar/int-cal.htm.

Oral argument recording are available at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/oral-argument-information/oral-argument-recordings. The court has authorized panels to conduct oral arguments using video-conferencing technology or by means of audioconferencing. This authorization extends to regularly scheduled oral argument panels and to special hearings. The court will, when feasible, provide real-time public access to the audio-only portion of oral arguments that are conducted using video-conferencing technology or by means of audioconferencing.

The John Minor Wisdom Building is closed to the public, beginning Monday, March 16, continuing until further notice. The Clerk’s Office for the F. Edward Hebert Building will be closed to the public. All requirements to file paper copies are suspended until further notice. All current deadlines remain in effect, except for those regarding the production of paper copies. The mail operations of the Clerk’s office are suspended pending further notice.

Pro se litigants are permitted to email filings to the court. A pro se litigant should save the pleading as a PDF document and email it to: pro_se@ca5.uscourts.gov. On March 24, the court approved a 30-day extension for filings by pro se litigants who do not file using CM/ECF. On May 5, the Court extended deadlines in appeals filed by incarcerated pro se filers by an additional 30 days. That order does not extend the time to file a notice of appeal or a petition for review. Deadlines for attorneys and non-incarcerated pro se filers remain in effect, however, extensions with justification may be requested from the Clerk’s Office following normal procedures and rules.

The Potter Stewart Courthouse in Cincinnati is closed temporarily to the public. The clerk’s office continues to process all electronically received documents, but due to the closure the court will not be able to process incoming mail or accept deliveries until further notice. The court will also see delays and disruption to outgoing mail.

Per the court’s notice on December 16, 2020, the court will hold all oral arguments for the January 2021 court session remotely, either by video or telephone. There will be no arguments held in person in Cincinnati during the month of January 2021. The clerk’s office will contact counsel to schedule arguments and provide details as early as possible.

The Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference has been rescheduled to take place June 16 – June 18, 2021, at the Hilton Downtown Cleveland Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio.

Per the order on November 10, the Seventh Circuit will continue to operate under its Continuity of Operations Plan activated by Chief Judge Diane P. Wood on March 18. On March 18, the Seventh Circuit activated its Continuity of Operations Plan to maintain emergency operations for the Court of Appeals until the termination of the order. The court will operate with a reduced staff, but remain open for business.

The March 31, 2020, order suspending the paper copy requirements set forth in F.R.A.P. 30(a)(3), C.R. 31(b) and C.R. 40(b) is vacated and the requirements in those rules are once again in effect.

All persons seeking entry to the courthouses must wear a face covering.

Access to both the Eagleton Courthouse and the Burger Courthouse remains limited. Both the St. Louis and the St. Paul clerk’s offices remain closed to the public in the interests of public and staff safety. Staff are working in the office and remotely and can assist with any questions or case inquiries. Paper copies of documents may not be hand-delivered to either clerk’s office.

Paper briefs and appendices are still required. All paper briefs and appendices should be mailed to the St. Louis Clerk’s Office.

Oral argument sessions scheduled for December 14-18, 2020; January 11-15, 2021; February 15-19, 2021 and March 15-19, 2021 will be conducted by videoconference, rather than in person. The videoconferences will be conducted using the Microsoft Teams application. The clerk’s office will contact all counsel whose cases are scheduled for these sessions to confirm counsel’s ability to participate and to review the procedures to be followed in the videoconference oral arguments.

Until further notice, the Ninth Circuit’s courthouses remain closed to the public. Attorneys and parties who have access to CM/ECF are strongly encouraged to use it for everything, including new petitions for review and original proceedings. Because the court has limited staff available in the courthouses to answer phone calls, it continues to accept and encourage that queries be sent by email (questions@ca9.uscourts.gov).

Arguments continue to be conducted as scheduled, with all judges and counsel appearing remotely by video or telephone. The court expects fully remote hearings to continue at least through August 2020, and it will post an update if and when that changes. Panels will continue to exercise their discretion under the rules to submit cases without argument; to postpone argument to a later date; or to hold argument via telephone or video.

Because the national response to the pandemic has disrupted services of all kinds, the court will continue to extend non-jurisdictional filing dates as needed, but will now require a motion and a showing of cause pursuant to Circuit Rule 31-2.2. The Ninth Circuit’s notice on June 29 encourages one to use Form 14 in lieu of a written motion, or one may request a Streamlined Extension if eligible. As of July 1, 2020, the court will no longer grant automatic extensions of time based solely on a notice.

The Ninth Circuit has adopted new rules effective December 1, 2020, including significant revisions to rules governing excerpts of record and oversized briefs.

The Tenth Circuit Clerk’s Office is operating on maximum telework status. The Tenth Circuit strongly encourages all inquiries to be submitted via email. Responses to phone messages may be delayed.

On June 15, 2020, the Byron White United States Courthouse reopened only to members of the public who had pending business with the court (e.g., a case- or other business-related need to enter the courthouse). Unless the court orders otherwise, the pending-business restriction will expire on July 1, 2020, and the courthouse will reopen to the general public at that time. Until further notice, anyone who wishes to enter the courthouse must comply with the building-access restrictions set forth in the Byron White Reopening Protocol.

Effective July 1, 2020, the requirement for parties to submit paper copies of briefs, appendices, and petitions for rehearing en banc will be reinstated. Paper copies will be required for all briefs, appendices, and petitions for rehearing en banc filed on or after July 1, 2020. Paper copies of briefs and appendices filed from March 17, 2020 through June 30, 2020 may be required via separate orders issued in individual cases. Counsel and parties who wish to file documents or submit paper copies in person are strongly encouraged to use the Clerk’s Office drop box located just inside the front door of the courthouse.

The court’s announcement on November 30 states that changes to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure take effect December 1, 2020, and changes to the 10th Circuit local rules take effect January 1, 2021.

Per General Order No. 46, General Order No. 44 is vacated. Access to the Elbert P. Tuttle Courthouse and John C. Godbold Federal Building (court facilities) is restricted to judges, court staff, members of the media, vendors, and visitors having official business with the court. Visitors and unaccompanied vendors must use the Forsyth street entrance at the Tuttle Courthouse or the Poplar street entrance at the Godbold Federal Building. All court visitors and unaccompanied vendors must use only these two designated entrances and must comply with screening procedures. Signs will be posted to guide individuals through the screening process. Individuals who meet certain specified criteria in the order are restricted from being allowed access to court facilities. All individuals entering court facilities must wear a mask or face covering. Individuals delivering required filings, pleadings, and briefs must use the drop box inside the entrance to the Godfold Federal Building on Poplar Street between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on business days. Parties who have filed their briefs and appendices through CM/ECF will temporarily not be required to file paper copies of briefs and appendices should that party file a notice stating they are unable to comply with the requirements but will do so at a future date to be established by the court.

Attorneys may now submit applications to appear pro hac vice and payments through PACER.

The Eleventh Circuit has posed the December 1, 2020 revisions to the Eleventh Circuit Rules.

Effective August 10, 2020, access to the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse and the William B. Bryant Annex will require that visitors take their temperature using a contactless temperature kiosk located at the 3rd Street entrance. A person with a temperature of 100.1 or higher will not be permitted to enter. If your temperature is above 100.1, please call the appropriate office for assistance.

Court of Appeals Clerk’s Office 202.216.7300

District & Bankruptcy Courts Clerk’s Office 202.354.3120

Probation Office 202.565.1300

Pretrial Services Agency 202.442.1000

Circuit Executive’s Office 202.216.7340

On March 17, 2020, the Court of Appeals suspended all in-person oral arguments pending further order of the court. Each panel scheduled to hear argument on a particular day will determine for each scheduled case whether: (i) Argument in the scheduled case or cases will proceed by teleconference; (ii) Argument in the scheduled case or cases will be postponed until a later date; or (iii) The scheduled case or cases will be decided without oral argument. On September 4, 2020, the Court of Appeals ordered the prior March 17 Order regarding in-person oral arguments remain suspended until further ordered.

The Court of Appeals is limiting access to the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse and the William B. Bryant Annex to “judges, court staff, members of the media, and visitors with official business with the courts” as of March 13. The court has asked that anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, has had contact with someone has been diagnosed, has been asked to self-quarantine or is experiencing flu-like symptoms not to enter the courthouse.

Per Standing Order 20-26 and the Notice dated April 28, effective Monday, April 27, 2020, all persons visiting the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse and William B. Bryant Annex (“the Courthouse”), including vendors, contractors, litigants, attorneys, and other members of the public, shall be required to wear a mask or face covering for their nose and mouth continuously during their visit to common or public areas of the Courthouse. Any visitor seeking entry to the Courthouse without a mask or face covering shall be provided a mask by the Courts and, if no mask is available, the visitor will be asked to contact the office to be visited and determine whether alternate arrangements may be made to accomplish the business needs of the visitor without entry to the Courthouse. Members of the Court staff should and are requested to wear a mask or face covering when in the common or public areas of the courthouse and also in private work areas and non-public areas of the courthouse, such as non-public corridors and elevators, unless physical space permits sufficient distance of at least 6 feet from others. These restrictions will remain in place temporarily until further order of the Court.

Per Standing Order 20-3, the requirement to file paper copies of briefs and appendices is no longer deferred. Paper copies of briefs and appendices that have already been filed electronically are now due on or before Thursday, July 2, 2020. Paper copies of briefs and appendices that are filed electronically between June 22 and June 29 are due on or before July 2. Paper copies of briefs and appendices that are filed electronically on or after June 30 are due in normal course. The remainder of the Standing Order filed on April 1 remains in effect.

Administrative Order No. 20-06 has been amended to extend the access restrictions and procedures in the joint order dated June 26, 2020 (Administrative Order No. 20-04) through January 24, 2021.

Administrative Order No. 20-5 has been amended to extend the access restrictions and procedures in the joint order dated June 26, 2020 (Administrative Order No. 20-4) until October 19, 2020. The Clerk’s office will be inaccessible for submitting paper filings, mail and courier deliveries, and night box submissions on Friday, August 28. Submissions due on August 28 will be considered timely if received on Monday, August 31.

Access to the Howard T. Markey National Courts Building is restricted until September 14, 2020. Requests for access will be handled on a case-by-case basis when submitted in writing at least 24 hours ahead of time. Requests for access relating to Federal Circuit business or spaces within the National Courts Building may be submitted in writing to the Clerk's Office at chiefdeputyclerk@cafc.uscourt.gov

In-person arguments have been suspended until further notice. Cases set for argument after the June 2020 session will be argued telephonically unless counsel is notified by separate order that oral argument is unnecessary.

The Federal Circuit will hold all oral arguments telephonically during the court’s June 2020 session. Public access information for live audio of the court’s June 2020 court session will be available by 9:00 a.m. (Eastern) each day of argument on the court’s website at http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/public-access-arguments. After the end of each day’s arguments, audio recordings of each argument will be available on the court’s website.

Effective March 16, 2020 at noon eastern, the Federal Circuit has restricted public access so that, on scheduled argument and hearing days, only (a) arguing counsel and parties with a scheduled in-person hearing and (b) credentialed members of the press will be permitted in the National Courts Building. All members of the public will be prohibited from entering the National Courts Building unless pre-authorized by court staff and then only as necessary to conduct or to support essential functions. Individuals who have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus, who have had known contact with a person with the COVID-19 virus, who have been asked to self-quarantine, or who are experiencing flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, shortness of breath, or cough) may not enter the courthouse.

All cases scheduled for argument during the April 2020 sitting will now be conducted by telephonic conference and no in-person hearings will be held. Parties in all cases previously advised that in-person argument will receive an updated notice in their respective cases. The court will continue to release same-day audio for all arguments on its website (available at http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/oral-argument-recordings).

Per the order dated March 20, the court implemented additional temporary modifications to court operations, including suspending the filing of certain paper copies, establishing modified filing and service procedures for parties appearing pro se, authorizing changes to how the Clerk's Office provides assistance to the public, and providing additional guidance to counsel concerning the scheduling of future court hearings. The Clerk’s Office will be reducing public assistance by phone as of Monday, March 23, 2020. Instead, members of the public are asked to contact the Clerk’s Office by email using one of two new email addresses. For inquiries about pending cases, contact casequestions@cafc.uscourts.gov.

On March 27, the Court issued guidance on how counsel may accomplish service outside of CM/ECF, which is most frequently required when serving pro se parties or confidential materials.

The court has authorized live audio access to all arguments during the April 2020 session. By 9 a.m. (EDT) the morning of each day of argument, the Clerk’s Office will post on its website dial-in numbers that members of the media and the public can use to access the live audio of each panel scheduled for argument that day. Public access information for live audio of the court's April 2020 Court Session will be available at this link by 9:00 a.m. (EDT) each day of argument. 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will hold all oral arguments telephonically during the court’s May 2020 session. Given the continued public health restrictions and limits on public access to the courthouse, the court will also provide live audio access to such arguments, with access information available by 9:00 a.m. (Eastern) each day of argument on the court’s website.

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United States Supreme Court

The Supreme Court Building is closed to the public until further notice. The building will remain open for official business.

Although case filing deadlines have not been extended generally under Rule 30.1, the Court has issued an order addressing the extension of many filing deadlines. The Court has also issued the April 15 Order modifying the requirements concerning the filing of paper documents.

The Court will hear all oral arguments scheduled for the January session by telephone conference, following the same format used for the previous teleconference arguments. In keeping with public health guidance in response to COVID-19, the Justices and counsel will all participate remotely.

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Other Courts and Administrative Agencies

Per Press Release 20-326, dated March 17, 2020, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division adopted a series of temporary changes to its civil merger investigation processes. For mergers currently pending or that may be proposed, the Antitrust Division is requesting from merging parties an additional 30 days to timing agreements to complete its review of transactions after the parties have complied with document requests. If circumstances require, the Division may revisit its timing agreements with merging parties in light of further developments. The Antitrust Division will conduct all meetings by phone or video conference (where possible), absent extenuating circumstances. All scheduled depositions temporarily will be postponed and will be rescheduled using secure videoconferencing capabilities.

The Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission issued a joint statement detailing an expedited antitrust procedure and providing guidance for collaborations of businesses working to protect the health and public safety of Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On June 1, The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”), Chief Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) issued an Administrative Order and Notice, 2020-MIS-00008, extending indefinitely the moratorium on in-person hearings scheduled to expire on July 24, 2020.

Per Administrative Order and Notice 2020-MIS-00008, until further notice, OALJ hearings will be conducted by telephone or video, unless the presiding ALJ grants, based on compelling reasons, a party’s motion for a hearing where persons are in the same physical location. All previously scheduled hearings are automatically converted to a telephone or video hearing and will convene on the same time and date as originally scheduled, unless ordered otherwise by the presiding ALJ. The parties will be notified of the type of hearing and the appropriate dial-in information by separate order issued by the presiding ALJ, as well as the procedures for filing pre-hearing submissions and exhibits. When the parties agree that an evidentiary hearing is not needed, they may move for a decision based on stipulations of fact or a stipulated record.

Beginning April 29, 2020, the Office of Administrative Law Judges piloted a streamlined procedure for processing subpoena requests in Longshore and Defense Base Act cases entirely via email. Effective September 1, 2020, this streamlined procedure will be the default process for requesting subpoenas for all case types. The OALJ website asks to refer to the Subpoenas page for instructions and updated forms.

The Chief ALJ's Administrative Order and Notice tolling and suspending procedural deadlines lapsed at the close of business on Monday, June 1, 2020. Beginning Tuesday, June 2, 2020, procedural deadlines will be applied based on applicable regulation or order of the presiding ALJ.

Per Supplemental Administrative Order and Notice 2020-MIS-00006, until further notice, OALJ will continue to accept filings via email at the email box of the district office at which the case is pending. Instructions and requirements for filing via email are found on the OALJ website.

On April 16, 2020, the Chief ALJ issued Administrative Notice 2020-MIS-00007, which provided information on how OALJ will resume service of orders and decisions. Where email addresses are available, OALJ will use electronic service on the parties, attorneys and/or non-attorney representative.

Receipt of U.S. Postal Service mail and UPS deliveries is limited in OALJ’s offices in Cincinnati, OH, Covington, LA, Newport News, VA, and Pittsburgh, PA. Receipt of mail in OALJ’s Boston, MA, Cherry Hill, NJ, San Francisco, CA, and Washington, DC offices may be delayed. In order to ensure timely receipt of filings, the OALJ’s site encourages parties to file by email.

Per Administrative Notice 2021- MIS-00001, on Monday, December 7, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor is launching its new eFile/eServe System (“EFS”) for use by the public in adjudications before the OALJ and the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (“BALCA”), and before the Administrative Review Board (“ARB”), the Benefits Review Board (“BRB”), and the Employee Compensation Appeals Board (“ECAB”). This is a “soft-launch,” meaning that using EFS will be voluntary. It provides a new and improved method for e-filing and e-service during the pandemic, and going forward. OALJ encourages parties to use EFS for e-filing and e-service.

Until further notice, parties will be permitted to e-file with OALJ and with BALCA using either EFS; the e-mail system stood up by OALJ in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; or conventional means, such as regular or express mail, courier service, hand delivery, or facsimile transmission. Parties should consult with the ARB, BRB and ECAB on requirements for filing with those agencies.

The EPA issued a temporary policy regarding EPA enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The EPA selected August 31, 2020, as the termination date for the temporary enforcement policy.

The EPA’s website for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance Documents for Field Activities includes documents designed to supplement existing guidance to help analyze COVID-19 risk and determine necessary actions to minimize COVID-19 risk. The Interim EPA COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for Field Activities represent an integrated set of safety and health guidance that provide timely and consistent information for employees conducting field activities. The Job Hazard Analysis (“JHA”) for COVID-19 is a supplement to the standard JHA that has been previously completed for typical work activities and is to be used to establish the level of COVID-19 risk.

The FCC is not allowing visitors into its facilities, absent special permission from the Office of Managing Director.

Per Order DA-20-562, effective upon publication in the Federal Register, hand-carried documents are to be filed at the Commission’s office located at 9050 Junction Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701. After COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, this will be the only location where hand-carried paper filings for the Commission will be accepted. At that time, the filing window for hand-carried documents will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Commission will not accept hand-carried filings outside of those hours.

The Commission issued the public notice, Procedures for Filing Requests for Waiver, Reduction, Deferral and Installment Payment of FY 2020 Regulatory Fees, to streamline the waiver process procedures to make it easier for licensees to file waivers.

On August 20, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) extended through January 29, 2021, two pandemic emergency-related waivers that were to expire September 1. First, the Commission voted to approve an extension of the waiver of notarization and in-person meeting requirements in open access tariffs. This extends the temporary waivers the Commission approved April 2. Second, the FERC Office of the Secretary issued a notice extending a waiver of regulations requiring that filings with the Commission be notarized or supported by sworn declarations. The Secretary originally issued this waiver April 2, and extended it May 8.

Per the FERC’s News Release on May 8, the headquarters building remains closed to the public and is now closed to all FERC staff and contractors until further notice. The FERC is not able to accept deliveries by mail, to include hard copies of filings, until further notice. The process for submitting electronic filings with the Commission is unchanged. The public is strongly encouraged to continue to submit filings and submissions electronically, through the Commission’s eFiling application.

The Commission issued an order on April 17 granting the NERC’s motion to defer the implementation dates of certain Reliability Standards.

On May 20, the FERC issued a notice extending the effective date of Order No. 860.

The Commission is operating and will continue to fulfill all statutory obligations. FERC offices at 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC, are closed to the public; minimal staff are on site. All Commission employees are authorized to telework and are available via email and phone. Staff are teleconferencing, and are canceling or postponing in-person meetings.

Hearings are now being held remotely pursuant to the Notice of Remote Hearings issued by Chief Judge Cintron on April 23. Settlement conferences are being conducted by telephone and oral arguments are being heard via WebEx.

As of July 6, The Federal Trade Commission has issued orders in four administrative litigation proceedings that will allow the public to access the proceedings via telephone or live streaming. The four proceedings are Axon Enterprise and Safariland; Peabody Energy-Arch Coal; Thomas Jefferson University; and Altria Group/JUUL Labs.

The Premerger Notification Office has stopped accepting hard copy and DVD submission and have put into place a temporary e-filing system. While the system is in place, early termination will not be granted for any filing. Unplanned visitor access to FTC facilities is suspended. Parties should assume that meetings will be held remotely, rather than in-person, until further notice.

The Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission issued a joint statement detailing an expedited antitrust procedure and providing guidance for collaborations of businesses working to protect the health and public safety of Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced the formation of an internal, cross-divisional COVID-19 Market Monitoring Group. This temporary, senior-level group will assist the Commission and its various divisions and offices in (1) Commission and staff actions and analysis related to the effects of COVID-19 on markets, issuers, and investors—including its Main Street investors, and (2) responding to requests for information, analysis and assistance from fellow regulators and other public sector partners.

Pursuant to the Updated Division of Trading and Markets Staff Statement Regarding Requirements for Certain Paper Submissions in Light of COVID-19 Concerns dated June 18, 2020, staff will not recommend the Commission take enforcement action with respect to any failure to comply with the paper format submission requirement or manual signature requirement of the Impacted Paper Submissions under the circumstances listed in the staff statement. Further pursuant to the staff statement, staff will also not recommend that the Commission take enforcement action with respect to any failure to comply with notarization requirements applicable to the Impacted Paper Submissions or in the electronic filings of, as updated, Form BD (and any amendments to such form) and broker-dealer annual reports required under paragraph (d) of Rule 17a-5, under the conditions listed in the staff statement.

Per Release No. 10767, the SEC ordered that pursuant to Rule of Practice 100(c)1 and pending further order of the Commission, all parties in proceedings initiated by an order instituting proceedings, the filing of a petition for review of an initial decision by a hearing officer, the filing of an application for review of a self-regulatory organization determination, or the filing of an application for review of a determination by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, shall to the extent possible submit all filings to the Commission by sending them to the Commission electronically.

The SEC’s website states that the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) remains fully operational nationwide. The OCIE has moved to conducting examinations off-site through correspondence, unless it is absolutely necessary to be on-site. The OCIE is working with registrants to address the timing of its requests, availability of registrant personnel, and other matters to minimize disruption.

The agency has now transitioned to a full telework posture with limited exceptions. A majority of SEC staff began teleworking on Tuesday, March 10, and the agency has remained fully operational during this transition, which is expected to last at least until January 31, 2021. Several Divisions and Offices have released statements to inform market participants and others about their operating status and how best to engage with staff during this time.

On September 16, the USPTO announced a collaborative deferred-fee provisional patent application pilot program for inventions that combat COVID-19.

On June 15, the USPTO announced the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Program for certain trademark and service mark applications, which allows COVID-19-related trademark applications to be advanced out of turn and immediately assigned for examination. On June 30, the USPTO launched a related webpage, where applicants can find additional resources and information about the program.

As detailed in the June 29 notice, the USPTO has extended from July 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020, the time for small and micro entities to pay certain patent-related fees that would otherwise have been due on or after March 27, 2020. The small and micro entity fees eligible for an extension until September 30, 2020, include: basic filing fees, issue fees, maintenance fees, and other fees as set forth in the June 29 notice. 

As detailed in the June 15 press release, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new COVID-19 prioritized examination program for certain trademark and service mark applicationsAs detailed in the June 11 notice, the USPTO is extending the time period for petitioning for certain rights of priority or benefit in a patent application and waiving the associated petition fee. The relief extends the two-month time-period for restoring the right of priority to or benefit of a foreign or provisional application for any non-provisional application due to be filed on or after March 27, 2020, but on or before July 30, 2020.

As detailed in the May 29 Notice, the USPTO will permit patentees to file initial patent term extension applications that meet certain criteria via EFS-Web or Patent Center.

The USPTO further extended the time to file certain patent- and trademark-related documents and to pay certain required fees, as detailed in the May 27 News Briefs.

Under a new pilot program, the USPTO will grant requests for prioritized examination to patent applicants that qualify for small or micro entity status without payment of the typical fees associated with other prioritized examination, and attempt to reach a final disposition of applications within six months, provided that the applicant responds promptly to USPTO communications. The USPTO has launched a related webpage with additional information.

The USPTO will temporarily permit the filing of plant patent applications and follow-on documents via the USPTO patent electronic filing systems (EFS-Web or Patent Center) until further notice. Only registered users of the USPTO patent electronic filing systems may file follow-on documents into existing applications via the USPTO patent electronic filing systems.

All USPTO offices will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. USPTO offices will remain open for employees, contractors, and those with access badges. Unless otherwise notified, USPTO operations will continue without interruption. Patent and trademark application deadlines and other deadlines are not extended. Those with official business with the USPTO should reach out to their points of contact with any questions or through the contact information available on the USPTO website

Until further notice, examiner and examining attorney interviews, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) oral hearings, and other similar in-person meetings with parties and stakeholders scheduled to take place at USPTO offices on or after Friday, March 13, 2020 will be conducted remotely by video or telephone.

The USPTO is waiving petition fees in certain situations for customers impacted by the coronavirus. The USPTO is also waiving the requirements of 37 CFR 1.4(e)(1) and (2) for an original handwritten signature for certain correspondence with the Office of Enrollment and Discipline and certain payments by credit card.

Press Release 20-05 extends certain patent and trademark-related filing deadlines, as detailed in the associated Patent and Trademark Notices. As detailed in the April 28 News Brief, some deadlines have been extended to June 1, and are also detailed in the updated Patent and Trademark Notices.

Commission employees will continue teleworking, except as required for necessary mission activities that require them to work in the USITC Building.

The USITC Building is closed to the public until further notice or until Phase Three. The Secretary’s Office will only accept electronic filings.

The commission has ordered Administrative Law Judges to postpone any Section 337 hearings until the Agency enters Phase Three. All discovery will continue and essential outside participation by staff will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Until Phase Three, no in-person preliminary phase Title VII (antidumping and countervailing duty) staff conferences will be held for new and ongoing investigations. All Title VII votes will be conducted by notation. Until Phase Three, final phase Title VII investigations, five-year (sunset) reviews, and those held under Section 332 and Section 131 will not be held in person, and, instead, interested parties will be invited to answer written questions issued by the commission with certified responses.

All scheduled in-person group meetings, seminars, and conferences are cancelled or postponed until further notice or until the Agency enters Phase Three.

The United States Tax Court building remains closed to visitors but is receiving and processing mail and deliveries. To accommodate continuing uncertainties relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, and until further notice, Court proceedings will be conducted remotely.

Per the June 24 News Release, the Clerk’s Office will accept hand-delivered documents between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

Per Administrative Order 2020-02, the Tax Court adopted procedures for conducting Court proceedings remotely.

The Tax Court’s website advises that if you previously sent a document to the Court and it was returned to you, resend the document to the Court as soon as possible. Please include with your resubmission a copy of the original envelope or container in which the document was first sent. You should retain a copy of any document sent to the Court.

As of November, about two dozen U.S. district courts have posted orders that suspend jury trials or grand jury proceedings, and scale back other courthouse activities in response to a sharp nationwide rise in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has a plan for dealing with the spreading coronavirus, which include maintaining “essential elements of prevention and maintaining essential services.” They are allowing the individual federal courts to coordinate with local authorities and to issue orders accordingly.

The Judicial Conference of the United States has temporarily approved the use of video and teleconferencing for certain criminal proceedings and access via teleconferencing for civil proceedings during the COVID-19 national emergency.

The Judicial Council has launched the Pandemic Continuity of Operations Working Group, which will quickly collect best practices and publish a framework to help the state's 58 superior courts address interrupted services.

The Judicial Council approved a revision to Emergency Rule 9 regarding the statutes of limitations for filing civil cases during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to clarify that the emergency rule also applies to “statutes of repose.”

For all emergency actions in criminal, civil and juvenile justice matters taken by the judicial branch, please see the link above.

The Judicial Council approved temporary emergency rule 12, requiring attorneys to electronically serve notices and documents in all general civil actions and family and probate proceedings. The rule will stay in effect through 90 days after the Governor declares that the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic is lifted, or when amended or repealed by the council.

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Various State Courts

In-person oral argument is suspended. Counsel will appear remotely via video, telephone conference, or other electronic means. All oral argument sessions will be held in the court's San Francisco courtroom. While oral argument sessions will continue to be open to the public, seating will be strictly limited to keep appropriate distancing. The court has ordered additional procedures for future oral arguments in their second order and third order. The Supreme Court of California has published its Oral Argument Calendar for 2021, which highlights the weeks currently reserved for oral argument sessions in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles and includes the dates for the court’s weekly conferences and court holidays for 2021.

In light of the California Supreme Court’s amendment of the “Supreme Court Rules Regarding Electronic Filing,” rule 2, until further notice, all documents (including briefs) must be filed electronically on the “TrueFiling” platform, and paper copies should not be submitted. Under rule 4(a), pro per parties and trial courts remain exempt from mandatory electronic filing. Likewise, under rule 6 any party may seek to be excused from mandatory electronic filing.

Per the Memorandum re Civil, Family, and Probate Cases During the Covid-19 Closure Period, updated October 19, the court recently resumed holding jury trials in asbestos preference cases. In addition, court trials may be conducted remotely via videoconference. The court will provide additional procedural information to parties and counsel conducting remote court trials.

The court started limited remote-appearance hearings the week of April 20, 2020. Effective May 11, 2020, the court began taking requests for reservation numbers for any motion via email to the department clerk. Details, including the full list of matters that will be heard, are set forth in emergency Local Rule 1.8a. All hearings will be via remote technology; no in-person hearings will be held at the court. The court will determine the manner of hearing, which may include video or telephonic means. Please see emergency Local Rule 1.8b for details.

Effective May 11, 2020, each civil department will have a specific day and time period each week for hearings, and previously scheduled hearings may be reset as necessary to the applicable department day and time. Hearings will be limited as set forth in emergency Local Rule 1.8a. If the matter relates to a motion permitted by Emergency Rule 1.8a or a case management conference, the court will issue a tentative ruling (“TR”). If the TR is contested (see Local Rule 3.30(d)), the matter will be heard. The hearing date and time may be at a later date than the date the motion was scheduled for. If an emergency request has been filed, the Court will determine whether a hearing is required and inform the parties.

Per the Press Release, dated January 11, 2021, the court will limit court access through January 29, 2021. Public access will be limited, with exception to criminal preliminary and other evidentiary hearing witnesses, attorneys, defendants, and victims in matters with time not waived. Jury trials are suspended, with the exception to criminal preliminary and other evidentiary hearings with time not waived. Additionally, all court records offices will be closed.

Per the court’s notice on December 4, the court will enact a limited court closure effective Monday, December 7, 2020, and until further notice. The court will be closed to the public. Exceptions are criminal preliminary hearing witnesses, attorneys, and defendants in matters with time not waived. Masks are required for entry. Jury trials are suspended. Criminal preliminary hearings with time not waived will proceed. The court will notify you of reset hearings. If your matter is to be reset, the court will notify you of the new date, with hearings to be by Zoom or CourtCall. Instructions and links for Zoom/CourtCall, public access to audio streaming where available, and court calendars may be found on the court’s Court Calendar webpage.

Per the court’s Seventh Amended Emergency Local Rules: Civil (“Seventh Amended Emergency Local Rules”), all hearings will be conducted by CourtCall until further notice. The court will permit filings each day via drop box, excluding weekends and court holidays. Two separate drop boxes will be provided at the Main Street entrance to the Wakefield Taylor Building, at 725 Court St., Martinez. The clerk’s office is open but subject to social distancing restrictions; the court encourages parties to use the drop boxes.

The Seventh Amended Emergency Local Rules states that the civil department has resumed a normal hearing schedule. Most civil matters will be heard via CourtCall, under the procedures set forth in Section 5 and subject to the exceptions in Section 4.

The court has issued new emergency rules that affect all cases.

Per the General Order, dated January 8, 2021, all civil unlimited mandatory settlement conferences, trial readiness hearings, and jury trials scheduled to occur from Monday, January 11, 2021, through Friday, February 12, 2021, inclusive will be rescheduled to occur on later dates in 2021 and 2022 with the exception of the re-scheduled Trial Setting Conferences set for 9:00 a.m. in Department 503 on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Per the court’s general order on December 10, all matters set for jury trial on the criminal calendar are ordered continued twenty (20) court days, on a rolling basis, from their currently set court date. In progress jury trials may continue at the discretion of the presiding trial judge. All civil unlimited mandatory settlement conferences, trial readiness hearings and jury trials scheduled to occur from Friday, December 11, 2020 through Monday, January 11, 2021, inclusive, will be rescheduled to occur on later dates in 2021 and 2022. All of these cases will be re-noticed for Trial Setting Conferences to be held in Department 503 on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Appearance by CourtCall is strongly encouraged. The new settlement conference, trial readiness, and trial dates will be assigned at that time based upon a case-by-case assessment.

Pursuant to the April 6 Order regarding courthouse entry, until further notice, access to any and all courthouses is restricted to those authorized persons required to appear in person for a court hearing, including judges, court commissioners, court staff, and other authorized persons such as parties, their attorneys, and witnesses subpoenaed to testify.

Pursuant to the May 8 Release, the court requires that all persons entering a Fresno County courthouse wear a facial covering. Failure to wear a facial covering is grounds for denial of entry.

Per General Order 2020-GEN-025, in the interest of enforcing social distancing and to reduce the number of people in courthouses, access to courthouses is restricted at all times to judicial officers, court staff, co-lessees, Judicial Council staff, vendors, jurors, mediators, authorized persons (which includes, but is not limited to, news media representatives and news reporters), attorneys, litigants and witnesses with matters on calendars, and individuals with confirmed appointments. In the interest of enforcing social distancing and reducing the number of people in courthouses, effective Monday, November 30, 2020, members of the public, not otherwise referenced above, who wish to attend a court proceeding may do so upon advance request and at the discretion of the judicial officer presiding over the matter.

Per General Order 2020-GEN-023, in the interest of safeguarding the well-being of court users and enforcing social distancing, persons seeking services from the clerk's office, court support services, and/or the Self-Help Centers must have a prescheduled appointment. In furtherance of Executive Order N-33-20, paragraph 4, subpart (b), and as required by the California Rules of Court, Emergency Rule 12, the court orders all parties who use electronic filing to accept electronic service, except in those circumstances when personal service is required by law or where any of the parties are self-represented. Parties and counsel are strongly urged to avoid in-person appearances and make use of technology to appear remotely whenever possible.

Further pursuant to General Order 2020-GEN-023, except as noted in the order, all non-jury and jury trials, except small claims and traffic trials, unless statutorily required, including in limited and general civil, mental health, and probate scheduled from October 9, 2020 to November 6, 2020, inclusive, are continued until further notice. All pre-trial dates for trials that are continued pursuant to this paragraph are also continued consistent with the new trial date. Certain unlawful detainer jury and non-jury trials resumed on October 5, 2020. In addition, civil jury trials in preference cases under Code of Civil Procedure section 36 that can be tried in compliance with social distancing protocols resumed on October 5, 2 2020. Non-jury trials in any other preference cases also resumed as of October 5, 2020.All other civil non-jury trials may resume on or after November 16, 2020. All non-preference civil jury trials may commence on or after January 4, 2021.

Per the September 9 News Release, effective September 14, attorneys may opt for a higher tier of subscription services available from the court’s new Advanced Attorney Portal for exclusive access to enhanced features to save time and help manage remote courtroom appearances.

General Order 2020-GEN-007 allows the court to extend statutory deadlines and implement, where possible, the use of technology.

Per the court’s news release on June 2, attorneys and self-represented litigants will have the option to make audio or video appearances in Los Angeles County courtrooms by using the Court’s new LACourtConnect technology that will provide a secure, safe and convenient way to attend hearings remotely. LACourtConnect will be first available in Civil Settlements and Probate matters on calendar the week of June 22 and thereafter. Throughout the rest of the summer, LACourtConnect will launch in phases for all Limited Civil, Unlimited Civil and Complex, Family Law, and Traffic courtrooms. Future notices will provide specific implementation dates.

Per General Order 2020-GEN-026, persons seeking services from the clerk’s office, court support services, and/or the Self-Help Centers must have a prescheduled appointment. For telephone or video assistance, or to schedule an appointment, the telephone number for each courthouse is listed at the courthouse entry and posted on the Court’s website.

Per General Order 2020-GEN-016-02, all persons entering any courthouse or courtroom should wear a face mask over their nose and mouth at all times within public areas of the courthouse or courtroom. Face masks with valves should not be used.

Per Administrative Order No. 20/28, new civil and probate in-person bench trials and jury trials are suspended through January 29, 2021.

Per the Fourth Amended Administrative Order No. 20/06, the court resumed processing all civil matters effective May 26, 2020. Trial dates for all trials scheduled to begin as of March 17, 2020 forward were rescheduled approximately 25 weeks from the scheduled trial date prior to the closure, with notice to all parties. All other Civil Limited, Unlimited, and Complex hearings set as of March 17, 2020 forward, including law and motion matters, were rescheduled approximately 13 weeks from the scheduled hearing date prior to the closure, with notice to all parties. Hearings resumed the week of June 15, 2020. Per the Second Amendment to Fourth Amended Administrative Order No. 20/06, pursuant to California Rule of Court 3.720 (6) and Local Emergency Rule 1, no case management conference hearings will be heard for new cases filed through March 31, 2021.

Per the notice dated August 28, effective Friday, October 30, 2020, and excluding judicial holidays, the regular Friday hours for the clerk’s offices in the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, will be from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Commencing October 30, 2020, the clerk’s offices at every branch of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, will be closed after 12:00 p.m. on Fridays for the transaction of court business except for requests made at the Central or Lamoreaux Justice Centers for domestic violence temporary restraining orders, elder abuse temporary restraining orders, and civil harassment temporary restraining orders. In addition, limited clerk’s office services will be available in juvenile court for justice partners, as needed to meet legal deadlines. Court hours will remain unchanged for all other Court services.

Per the court’s order on May 26, anyone who has been diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19 is prohibited from entering the court, and shall instead be required to strictly adhere to the isolation and testing requirements detailed in the May 22, 2020 order issued by the County of Orange Health Officer. Anyone who knows they have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19, is prohibited from entering the court. Such individuals will not be permitted to enter the court until they have self-quarantined for a period of 14 days from the last date they were in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed or likely to have COVID-19, or tested negative after coming in close contact with a person that has been diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19.

Per Second Amended Administrative Order No. 20/16, all members of the public entering a court building or wherever the court is conducting official court business including law enforcement, attorneys, parties, and vendors must wear face coverings for the purpose of covering their mouth and nose at all times in the public areas of any court building, including courtrooms, or wherever the court is conducting official business.

Per Administrative Order 2020-60, the Hemet Court, Moreno Valley Court, and the Temecula Court are closed to the public until further notice.

Per the court’s site, the court clerk’s offices for civil matters are closed for in-person filings except for temporary civil harassment restraining orders, other types of temporary civil restraining orders, requests to renew restraining orders, ex parte applications, stipulations, and inspection and abatement warrants. These documents can be filed at the Banning Justice Center, Blythe Courthouse, Palm Springs Courthouse, Riverside Historic Courthouse and Southwest Justice Center. Customers may file civil documents online via the eSubmit Document Submission Portal, by U.S. Mail or by placement in a drop box at one of the court facilities listed on the court’s site.

Pursuant to General Order 2020-75, all new jury trials are suspended through January 29, 2021.

Per the court’s website, unlimited and complex civil court and jury trials will be scheduled at Trial Setting Conference (“TSC”) hearings only. Litigants that would like to seek priority on a trial date may either stipulate or file an ex parte to shorten the time on the TSC. The court will not accept stipulations to set trial dates.

Per General Order 2020-60, all courthouses within the County of Riverside shall be closed on the third Friday of each month. Riverside Superior Court clerk’s office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. until further notice.

Per General Order 2020-42, no person will be permitted to enter a courthouse or other court facility if that person is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. Per General Order 2020-67, all persons entering any courthouse or courtroom shall wear a facial covering at all times within public areas and shared work spaces.

Per General Order 2020-72, access to courthouses, courtrooms, clerk's offices, and public areas is restricted to judicial officers, court staff, persons seeking or participating in emergency services, and persons required or permitted to appear for scheduled proceedings. Access to in-person court proceedings is limited to summoned jurors, parties, their attorneys, witnesses subpoenaed to testify, one support person statutorily permitted to accompany a person seeking a temporary restraining order, and other authorized persons.

Per the court’s News Release, dated January 8, 2021, the temporary suspension of the court’s jury trials and jury service is extended until January 29, 2021.

Per the court’s amended notice on January 5, 2021, long-cause civil trials, including jury trials, will resume commencing January 4, 2021. Pursuant to the court’s COVID-19 Trial Setting Process (“TSP”), implemented in August 2020, the court continues to require that all cases have a Mandatory Settlement Conference in Department 59 prior to trial unless the case has been exempted under Local Rule 2.80. If the court has not been previously advised that a case has resolved prior to its trial date, counsel will be required to advise Department 47 no sooner than ten (10) court days prior to the assigned trial date and no later than 4:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before the trial date whether the case will be proceeding to trial and whether a jury is confirmed using the Civil Trial Readiness Notification link found on the Sacramento Superior Court website. Parties will appear remotely via Zoom on the day set for trial in Department 47, the matter will be assigned for trial to an open trial department, pre-assigned to a trial department, or trailed. Although the court will endeavor to make the trial assignment as soon as possible, in light of the reduced number of trials that can be accommodated, civil jury trials may be trailed or continued. Once the matter is assigned to a trial department, in addition to filing any pleadings, the attorneys shall submit a courtesy copy of any in liming motions electronically with the assigned trial department prior to the pretrial conference hearing. Parties shall then deliver the originals of any in limine motions directly to the trial department on the first day of trial.

Per the court’s public notice on November 18, the court’s current services are detailed and outlined on the COVID-19 webpage by division at the following link: https://www.saccourt.ca.gov/general/coronavirus.aspx. Filing counters and clerk’s offices remain closed. There are limited “in-person” hearings being held at this time. Only those persons with court hearings in specified criminal actions or any matter authorized under the resumption of expanded services orders shall enter a Sacramento Superior Court facility on the day of the hearing.

Civil matters including civil harassment restraining orders, gun violence restraining orders, petitions for compromise of claims of minors with accompanying applications for appointment of guardian ad litem, complex civil case management, writ of mandate, civil law and motion, Presiding Judge Law and Motion, TSP, Orders of Examination and voluntary settlement conferences have commenced with the use of remote hearings. All hearings will be conducted remotely via the interactive video conferencing application Zoom or by Court Call.

Per the September 21 Order, all persons must wear face coverings when inside the courthouse, entering the courthouse or when in line to enter the courthouse. This applies to any Sacramento Superior Court facility.

Per the December 4 Public Notice, effective Monday, December 7, there will be no new jury trials started until the new Stay-at-Home orders expire. Jury trials already in process will continue.

The Second Amended General Order Limiting Filing at Clerk’s Office and Requiring Filing of Certain Case Types by Alternative Methods orders that beginning December 8, 2020 and continuing until further notice, the only documents that will be accepted for over-the-counter filing at the clerk’s office filing windows are those listed in the order. Any document or transaction that is not listed must be submitted by drop box, mail, facsimile, or through online options.

Per the December 14 Press Release, effective on January 6, 2021, the Big Bear Courthouse will change its hours of operation to the first Wednesday of each month, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will continue providing remote hearings for misdemeanor modifications and traffic infractions, along with services provided by the clerk’s office.

Per the December 16 General Order, effective January 4, 2021, and continuing until further notice, all clerk’s offices will reduce public service hours of operation on court days from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to 8:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.

The December 4 Public Notice regarding visitor protocols lists visitor restrictions.

All judicial officers, court employees, members of the public, members of the media, vendors, justice partners, law enforcement personnel, and any other person entering into any courthouse must wear a face covering at all times while in and on the courthouse premises.

Per the court’s website, to schedule an ex parte hearing for cases assigned to a Civil Independent Calendar department, you must call the calendar clerk for the department in which your case is assigned; for Non-Independent Calendar departments, you must call the Civil Business Office in the location to which your case is assigned. If you want to have an informal discovery conference related to an ongoing discovery dispute either for a motion that was previously set on calendar, or for a new discovery dispute, you should contact the independent calendar clerk for the department to which your case is assigned to set an ex parte hearing to discuss your discovery matter and obtain a referral. All informal discovery conference requests require approval from the independent calendar judge to whom your case is assigned. The independent calendar judge to whom your case is assigned can hear your informal discovery conference, or you may ask and/or be referred to one of the overflow civil judges assigned to informal discovery conferences. In preparation for an informal discovery conference, the parties shall each electronically file a brief no more than five pages in length, outlining the areas in dispute at least five days before the informal discovery conference. If the discovery dispute does not resolve informally, the parties’ attorneys may stipulate to a dispositive hearing following the informal discovery conference by using the Stipulation for Discovery Determination Following Informal Discovery Conference Form.

Per Order No. 010121-41, the Superior Court of San Diego County, Local Rules, rule 2.5.8 is suspended as to all civil cases until further notice. All parties are directed to review the COVID-19 page on the court’s website for the process by which remote appearances will be conducted for all civil cases.

Per Order No. 010121-44, all in-custody criminal jury trials will have priority over out-of-custody criminal and other case type jury trials until further order of the court. Until the court orders otherwise, all courtrooms available for jury trials will be used to conduct in-custody criminal jury trials.

Per Order No. 010121-45, all persons, including court staff and judicial officers, who enter, or are in line to enter, any court facility must wear a face covering consistent with the requirements of the California Department of Public Health Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings issued on November 16, 2020.

Per Order No. 010121-39, access to any and all courthouses, courtrooms, business offices, and public areas shall be restricted at all times to persons with court business if such services are being provided in person.

The San Francisco Superior Court is closing the Civil Clerk’s Office effective December 7, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For all law and motion matters, the court will post tentative rulings and follow the procedures set forth in San Francisco County Superior Court Local Rule 8.3 et seq. All hearings will be conducted remotely by CourtCall or by videoconference. No in-person appearances will be permitted. The moving party should confer with all other parties before scheduling and noticing a hearing, then may e-file and notice the hearing in accordance with Code of Civil Procedure section 1005 or other applicable requirements. The moving party need not obtain a hearing date or reservation number before filing the motion. Hearings are conducted via Zoom Videoconferencing, please see the Law and Motion webpage for further information.

The Complex Litigation Departments will continue scheduling telephonic conferences. Please continue to file opposition and reply briefs on the previously agreed upon schedule. If counsel need a continuance on their briefing deadlines, they shall meet and confer to adjust any briefing schedules, and then email the court on their agreed upon deadlines. Counsel should continue to meet and confer to prepare the statement and file these statements on the day their hearing would have occurred. Based on the filed statements, the court will set further dates.

The Civil Filings Office is closed until further notice. Filers are encouraged to electronically file, mail in their filings or use the drop boxes located in the lobby of the Civic Center Courthouse. There are no document pick-up boxes. The filer must include copies and a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive returned filings.

Where possible, courtroom proceedings will proceed via CourtCall or by another videoconferencing application. Please check the Court’s website at www.sfsuperiorcourt.org for the most recent updates regarding court operations. In addition, please use the Court website’s Online Services to access the most recent updates in your case.

Per the January 12 Calendar Memo, the court reissues and extends its December 16 Tenth Court Emergency Response Calendar Memo Order to curtail court calendars, suspend all criminal trials, and suspend all civil jury trials through February 4, 2021.

Per Order No. 18, all civil jury trials are suspended through January 8, 2021. All civil court trials except for unlawful detainer court trials are suspended through December 31, 2020. All LPS trials are suspended through January 8, 2021. This order suspending trials does not apply to trials which are currently in session.

Per the clerk’s office announcement, San Mateo Superior Court, Redwood City and South San Francisco Clerk's Offices are closed to the public, effective Monday, December 14, 2020. As an exception, the Redwood City Clerk's Office will process Emergency Ex Parte, Domestic Violence and all Temporary Restraining Order Petitions, and Civil Ex Partes.

Per the notice on the court’s site, the San Mateo Superior Court requires that all attorneys electronically file into civil, complex civil and small claims cases.

Per Order Number 11, no individual who (a) has tested positive for COVID-19 or displays any symptoms of a COVID-19 infection as identified by the CDC; or (b) has been exposed within the past two (2) weeks to another person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or displays any symptoms of a COVID-19 infection as identified by the CDC, may enter a courtroom. Any individual who physically enters a courtroom must wear a facemask. Any individual who physically enters a courtroom must check in with court staff.

All civil jury trials scheduled between March 17, 2020 through October 2020 are vacated. Civil jury trials and their mandatory settlement conferences originally scheduled during this period have been re-scheduled to a trial setting conference. Discovery deadlines will be re-set with the new trial date. The court will provide notice of the trial setting conference date. When normal operations resume, the court will set new trial dates for all affected civil cases, taking into consideration the original trial date, the exigency of the subject matter, and any statutory priority.

Mandatory settlement conferences for civil non-jury trials scheduled between March 17, 2020 and July 22, 2020 were vacated and re-scheduled to a Trial Setting Conference. The court sent notices of the Trial Setting Conference date.

All civil law and motion matters scheduled resumed on May 19, 2020.

Beginning, August 17, 2020, the daily office and telephone hours at the courthouses in San Jose and Santa Clara will be 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Friday. The Self-Help Center and Restraining Order Help Center office hours are reduced to 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. In addition, the business offices at the courthouses in Palo Alto and Morgan Hill will be closed until further notice. Business previously conducted in Palo Alto and Morgan Hill will be conducted in San Jose at the Hall of Justice located at 190 W. Hedding Street, San Jose 95110.

Pursuant to the court’s November 3 general order, all persons, including court staff and judicial officers, who enter the courthouses must wear a face covering in public and shared work spaces. Any person who refuses to wear the required face covering in compliance with this order may be ordered excluded from the courthouse for failure to comply with the order.

Pursuant to the court’s December 1 general order, access to any and all courthouses is restricted to persons appearing in person for a court hearing, which generally includes and be limited to parties, their attorneys, witnesses subpoenaed to testify and jurors. Additionally, persons appearing to submit a pleading in person for filing with the court may enter only to place the pleading in the drop box and must leave afterward. Also, persons seeking assistance with the following will be permitted to enter the Family Justice Center Courthouse and will be permitted access to the SelfHelp Center/Restraining Order Help Center: Pleadings related to the prevention of domestic violence, gun violence, civil harassment, elder or dependent abuse, workplace violence, school violence and juvenile dependency restraining orders; pleadings requesting emergency child custody and visitation orders or child safety issues; Pleadings requesting emergency guardianships; and pleadings related to evictions, restricted to emergencies.

Pursuant to Government Code §68106, the Superior Court of California, County of Ventura, is providing sixty (60) days’ notice of limited operation days. The majority of the courtrooms and all of the clerk’s offices will be closed to mitigate the impact of employee furlough days on court operations on the following days: September 30, 2020, October 21, 2020, November 18 & 25, 2020, December 16, 23, 24, 30 & 31, 2020, January 15, 2021, February 11, 2021, March 10 & 17, 2021, April 21, 2021, May 5 & 19, 2021, June 9 & 23, 2021. These days are not court holidays, so statutory deadlines will not be extended.

Per Administrative Order 20.20, the court is planning to resume many services on June 15, 2020. Access to any and all courthouses, courtrooms, clerk's offices, self-help centers and public areas shall be restricted at all times to judges, commissioners, court staff, persons seeking or participating in emergency services, persons required or permitted to appear for scheduled hearings or trials, persons with a scheduled appointment for the clerk's offices or self-help centers and other authorized persons. Beginning June 15, 2020, access to any and all court proceedings shall be limited to summoned jurors, parties, their attorneys, witnesses subpoenaed to testify, one support person statutorily permitted to accompany a person seeing a temporary restraining order and other authorized persons. The court’s Civil Reopening Plan states all future trial dates (i.e. on or after June 15, 2020) are vacated; without further notice, a trial setting conference will be heard in the assigned courtroom on the same date and time formerly set for trial.

Per Administrative Order 20.29, all Mandatory Settlement Conferences in civil cases, which are/were scheduled at a Trial Setting Conference held after re-opening on June 5, 2020, will be conducted remotely through the Zoom platform, as authorized by California Rules of Court, Emergency rule 3. The order incorporates therein and makes part of the order the “Mandatory Settlement Conferences Conducted Remotely” plan and “Remote Mandatory Settlement Conference Procedures Acknowledgement of Receipt and Stipulation” emergency form, which are both available on the court’s website and remain in effect until further notice.

Per Administrative Order 20.38, all persons entering any courthouse, courtroom or other court facility shall wear a face mask that fits securely and snugly over his or her nose and mouth at all times within public areas of the courthouse or courtroom. A face mask with a valve shall not be used.

The court has implemented Public Health Safety Measures. Signage is posted at each entrance of the Ventura Superior Court locations in Ventura, Oxnard and Simi to inform all visitors that they must not enter the courthouse if they have a cough or fever, wear a face covering in all public areas of the courthouse at all times, maintain a minimum distance of six-feet from other people, and not shake hands or engage in any physical contact unless unavoidable or necessary.

The court is operating remotely, with few staff at the courthouse. The court continues to receive correspondence and filings both via paper and electronically.

The Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, will conduct oral argument via videoconference using BlueJeans. Counsel participating in oral argument will receive a specific emailed invitation to the appropriate oral argument.

The court is operating remotely with reduced staff present at the court. Questions directed to the clerk’s office should be made via e-mail.

The Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District will be holding videoconference or telephonic oral argument for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. The courtroom will be closed to the public.

The court has posted revised guidelines for telephonic oral argument. The court will conduct oral argument by videoconference using the BlueJeans Events application. Those participating in oral argument will receive a specific emailed invitation to the appropriate session of oral argument.

The court is operating remotely, with few staff at the courthouse. The court continues to receive correspondence and filings both via paper and electronically. Access to the court by phone is limited.

All in-person oral argument sessions in the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Divisions One, are suspended. Counsel who choose to present oral argument must do so telephonically.

The Clerk’s Offices in the Fourth District remain open but are unable to answer in-person questions at this time. For all paper filings including emergency writs, if papers cannot be filed electronically, the drop-box located in the Clerk’s Office lobby may be utilized in order to minimize in-person contact in light of COVID-19.

In-person oral argument sessions are suspended. Telephonic appearances can be arranged at CourtCall.com.

The clerk's office window is currently closed. However, court operations are functional. Oral argument sessions are being conducted telephonically.

Oral argument will be conducted by telephonic appearance until further order of the court. Court proceedings will be open to the public and members of the press telephonically.

Beginning with the December 7, 2020 calendar, arguable motions will resume printing on Short Calendar 02 (Property/Foreclosure) in addition to non-arguable motions that have printed since the October 13, 2020 calendar. All motions will be available for marking during the marking period.

The suspension of the requirements and deadlines in Section 3-2 and Section 17-30 concerning defaults, enacted by the judges on June 26, 2020, to be effective from March 24, 2020, and concerning civil matters has been removed, effective September 22, until further notice.

Effective September 20, 2020, the Court will begin to act on defaults and nonsuits in civil (including housing and small claims) and family matters, after giving notice, where possible, of the resumption of the entry of defaults and default judgments to parties against whom a default or default judgment may enter. If you have not filed an Appearance, an Answer or other responsive pleading, or you have not complied with a court order for which you can be defaulted, a default may enter against you on or after September 20, 2020.

Beginning with the October 26, 2020 calendar, Short Calendar 01 (civil arguable matters) will resume, and all motions printing on the calendar can be marked during the marking period.

Beginning with the September 8, 2020 calendar, Short Calendar 03 (Special Proceedings/PJR) will resume in addition to Short Calendar 10 (Non-arguable calendar) and all Indical calendars. All motions on Short Calendar 3 that are marked “take papers” will be ruled on by the Court on the papers. Motions marked “ready” will be scheduled for a remote hearing at a later date.

Beginning with the October 13, 2020 short calendar, non-arguable motions will print to civil Short Calendar 02 (Property/Foreclosure) and will be available for a “take papers” marking during the marking period. Arguable motions will not print to Short Calendar 02 at this time.

All foreclosure sales scheduled prior to October 3, 2020 are cancelled. Collection of the 2020 client security fund fee has been suspended until further notice. Attorneys will be notified once suspension of the rule has been lifted and a new due date for the 2020 fee has been established. All Judgments of Strict Foreclosure entered in matters with law days prior to October 6, 2020 are opened by the Court for the sole purpose of extending the Law Day in those matters to October 6, 2020. The court, as of July 20, ordered an immediate stay on all evictions and ejections through September 1, 2020. Beginning September 2, there is no further stay ordered on the issuance or service of an execution following judgment on non-residential evictions, evictions for serious nuisance, and residential nonpayment evictions for nonpayment of rent on or before February 29, 2020, or for evictions where the landlord has a bona fide intention to use the dwelling as the landlord’s principal residence.

Changes to procedures regarding foreclosures and evictions are detailed in Foreclosure Notices 1, 2, and 3.

Connecticut’s Supreme and Appellate Courts are hearing oral arguments remotely. As detailed in the May 28 notice, the Court has expanded its remote capabilities.

The court has expanded its protocols regarding criminal matters to accommodate the use of video conferencing, as detailed in the May 13 Notice.

As detailed in the May 14 Notice, the process for a Self-Represented Party to be approved to E-File their documents has been simplified so that a party no longer needs to print the request and bring or mail it to a courthouse to verify their identity. Instead, they can email the documents that verify their identity to a centralized e-mail.

Effective May 18, the Judicial Branch will resume its daily schedule of civil pre-trials, trial management conferences, and status conferences. These events will be conducted remotely, either by video link or telephone. Participating lawyers will receive an e-mail with a link providing access to the event immediately prior.

In family court, effective May 11, family pre-trials and status conferences will be held telephonically.

Effective with the May 18, 2020 calendars, arguable motions marked take papers on all initial calendars ruled on by the court. Matters marked ready will be marked off by the court and must be reclaimed.

As detailed in the April 30 Press Advisory, parties who have an agreement may have their family court cases resolved without having to come to court.

All jury service is suspended until further notice.

Pursuant to Executive Order 7NNN, no person is permitted to enter a Judicial Branch courthouse or facility without covering his or her mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering.

Judges will rule on certain civil non-arguable short calendar matters that have been marked take papers. Starting with the May 4, 2020 calendar, civil non-arguable short calendars will print, and if marked take papers, judges will rule on those motions on the papers. Calendars that will print include SC 10 and non-arguable motions on all Indical calendars assigned to a specific judge under the Individual Calendaring Program. Arguable motions that may require a hearing will not print at this time.

As of March 26, entrance to courthouses is limited to individuals who are 1) Filing or have a hearing for a Temporary Restraining Order; 2) Filing or have a hearing for a Civil Protection Order; 3) Filing or have a hearing on an Ex Parte motion; or 4) are involved in a criminal arraignment or other criminal proceeding.

The courts will schedule and hear only those matters identified as “Priority 1 Business Functions,” as detailed in the Court’s March 18 Notice. One building in each of the 13 Judicial Districts will be designated as the location at which only Priority 1 functions (as defined in the Continuity of Operations Plan) will be handled. With the exception of jury trials already in progress and criminal jury trials necessitated by the filing and granting of a speedy trial motion, all jury trials, civil and criminal, are suspended.

Effective March 30, 2020, and until further notice, the Judicial Branch’s Support Enforcement Services (SES) offices are closing statewide due to the COVID-19 crisis. The call center also will be closed effective March 30, 2020, until further notice.

All deadlines contained in Civil Scheduling Agreements and Case Management Orders are suspended until such time as Judicial Branch operations are fully restored.

A Governor’s Executive Order temporarily eliminates the requirement that applicants seeking a temporary restraining order must swear under oath that the statement is true and eliminates the need for a notary public or other authority to take the applicant’s oath, while still legally obligating the applicant to make true statements.

The six operating Superior Courts are accepting non-priority 1 civil and family filings.

Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 15, the judicial emergency for all State courts and their facilities in Delaware is extended for another 30 days effective January 4, 2021.

As detailed in Administrative Order No. 13, Delaware courts will continue to operate under Phase 2 of the Reopening Plan as set forth in Administrative Order No. 7.

The use of face masks and coverings is required in court facilities.

All oral arguments scheduled through the end of May 2020 before the Supreme Court of Delaware are cancelled. The Court will decide all March, April, and May appeals without argument unless a motion is filed no later than March 27, 2020 requesting oral argument and stating concisely why oral argument is required, and the position of opposing counsel.

Supreme Court Rule 10(d), which requires the filing of paper copies of briefs and appendices with the Court, is suspended. Lawyers shall not submit paper copies of any documents that have been electronically filed with the Court.

Except as set forth in 10 Del. C.§ 2007(c), deadlines in court rules or state or local statutes and ordinances applicable to the judiciary that expire between March 23 and May 14, 2020 are extended through June 1, 2020. Statutes of limitations and statutes of repose that would otherwise expire during the period between March 23 and May 14, 2020 are extended through June 1, 2020. Deadlines, statutes of limitations, and statutes of repose that are not set to expire between March 23 and May 14, 2020 are not extended or tolled by this order. Deadlines imposed by court order continue to remain in place but may be extended, consistent with court practices, for good cause shown, including a COVID-19 related cause.

Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 15, the judicial emergency for all State courts and their facilities in Delaware is extended for another 30 days effective January 4, 2021.

As detailed in Administrative Order No. 13, Delaware courts will continue to operate under Phase 2 of the Reopening Plan as set forth in Administrative Order No. 7.

On March 16, the Delaware Court of Chancery ordered that all hearings and trials shall be conducted only by telephonic or other electronic means. The order states that if it is not practicable to conduct a hearing or trial in this manner in the judgment of the presiding judicial officer, the hearing or trial shall be continued. A party may request by motion that the Court conduct a hearing in-person.

Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 15, the judicial emergency for all State courts and their facilities in Delaware is extended for another 30 days effective January 4, 2021.

As detailed in Administrative Order No. 13, Delaware courts will continue to operate under Phase 2 of the Reopening Plan as set forth in Administrative Order No. 7.

On March 27, the Court issued a statement regarding scheduling, procedures, and remote video access.

Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 15, the judicial emergency for all State courts and their facilities in Delaware is extended for another 30 days effective January 4, 2021.

As detailed in Administrative Order No. 13, Delaware courts will continue to operate under Phase 2 of the Reopening Plan as set forth in Administrative Order No. 7.

All civil jury trials are suspended through and including May 29, 2020. Trials scheduled to begin between April 15 and May 29, 2020 will be rescheduled by the assigned judge as early as reasonably practicable. All pretrial conferences are postponed.

Per Standing Order 6, criminal jury trials are suspended through May 14. All Grand Jury proceedings, Criminal Case Reviews, Suppression hearings, Criminal motions that do not relate to a change in the custody status of the defendant, the filing of and responses to Rule 61 motions, sentencing (unless the parties represent to the Court that it may affect the custody status of the defendant), and criminal trials are suspended and stayed until May 14, 2020, subject to further review.

Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 15, the judicial emergency for all State courts and their facilities in Delaware is extended for another 30 days effective January 4, 2021.

As detailed in Administrative Order No. 13, Delaware courts will continue to operate under Phase 2 of the Reopening Plan as set forth in Administrative Order No. 7.

Pursuant to Justice of the Peace Court Standing Order No. 6, dated December 14, 2020, for Justice of the Peace Court, all criminal locations will restrict the scheduling of in-person proceedings except for emergency proceedings or by approval of a judicial officer. Criminal locations will continue to employ alternatives to in-person appearances, such as virtual appearances. As of December 2, 2020, in-person civil proceedings are suspended in favor of virtual proceedings; in-person proceedings may be held for emergency proceedings or other limited purposes, as detailed in the order.

Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 15, the judicial emergency for all State courts and their facilities in Delaware is extended for another 30 days effective January 4, 2021.

As detailed in Administrative Order No. 13, Delaware courts will continue to operate under Phase 2 of the Reopening Plan as set forth in Administrative Order No. 7.

As of March 23, Delaware Family Court will continue to handle emergency and essential hearings. Specifically, Family Court will continue to address emergency requests for Protection from Abuse Orders and emergency child welfare, custody, visitation, and guardianship matters. Family Court also anticipates conducting limited adult criminal and juvenile delinquency matters. To the fullest extent possible, all necessary hearings will be held telephonically.

Per the Tenth Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency, the Ninth Order Declaring Statewide Judicial Emergency, which would have expired on Friday, January 8, 2021 is further extended until Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Per the Order Modifying the Ninth Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency, all jury trials not already in progress, including in-person proceedings to select jurors, are prohibited; this suspension of in-person jury trial proceedings is anticipated to continue until at least February. Jury trials in progress as of the date of this order may continue to conclusion at the discretion of the assigned judge.

Per the Eighth Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency dated November 9, 2020, the Order is further extended until Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. All Georgia Courts shall continue to operate under the restrictions set forth in that Order as extended. The provisions of this order below are identical to the October 10 extension order except for Section I and VII, which has been revised. The suspension of jury trials shall remain in effect and until further order, all courts are prohibited from summoning new trial jurors and from conducting criminal or civil jury trials.

The Chief Judge of each superior court, in his or her discretion after consulting with the District Attorney, may resume grand jury proceedings in person or remotely (where consistent with law), if doing so can be done safely and in compliance with public health guidance based on local conditions.

Per the Seventh Order, The Chief Judge of each trial court is authorized, in his or her discretion, to summon new trial jurors and to resume jury trials. Deadlines for jury trial proceedings (including statutory speedy trial demands), deadlines for grand jury proceedings, and deadlines calculated by reference to the date of a civil or criminal jury trial or grand jury proceeding shall remain suspended and tolled.

Per the Fifth Order, all courts should continue to use and increase the use of technology to conduct remote judicial proceedings as a safer alternative to in-person proceedings, unless required by law to be in person or unless it is not practicable for technical or other reasons for persons participating in the proceeding to participate remotely. Courts should understand and utilize the authority provided and clarified by the emergency amendments made to court rules on videoconferences and teleconferences. Courts may compel the participation of litigants, lawyers, witnesses, and other essential personnel in remote judicial proceedings, where allowed by court rules. Such proceedings, however, must be consistent with public health guidance, must not impose undue burdens on participants, and must not be prohibited by the requirements of the U.S. or Georgia constitutions or applicable statutes or court rules. In civil, criminal, juvenile, and administrative proceedings, litigants may expressly consent in the record to remote proceedings not otherwise authorized and affirmatively waive otherwise applicable legal requirements. Courts have discretion to conduct in-person judicial proceedings, but only in compliance with public health guidance and with the requirements of the United States and Georgia constitutions and applicable statutes and court rules. No court may compel the attendance of any person for a court proceeding if the court proceeding or the court facility in which it is to be held is not in compliance with this order. Courts are also prohibited from compelling in-person participation in any court-imposed alternative dispute resolution session that is to be conducted in a manner inconsistent with applicable public health guidelines. Nothing in the Order as extended and modified limits the authority of the Chief Judge of a superior court judicial circuit to add to the restrictions imposed, if such restrictions are constitutional, necessitated by local conditions, and to the extent possible ensure that courthouses or properly designated alternative facilities remain accessible to carry out essential judicial functions. However, no court may disregard the restrictions imposed by the Order as extended and modified.

Per the Georgia Court Reopening Guide, certain general practices are to be applied to all courts and adjusted where necessary to meet the unique needs of each court. The Reopening Guide outlines the following seven policies to meet the challenges of resuming operations in the wake of the public health emergency caused by COVID-19: 1) general infection control measures; 2) provide notice to the public of increased health and safety measures; 3) provide healthy and safe access to the courtroom; 4) maintain a healthy and safe courtroom; 5) healthy and safe court employees; 6) healthy and safe jurors and potential jurors; and 7) healthy and safe inmates and detainees. Please see the Georgia Court Reopening Guide for more information.

Per the Guidance on Grand Jury Proceedings dated May 11, the provision in the Second Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency authorizes a district attorney, upon his or her own initiative or at the request of the foreperson of an existing jury, to assemble an existing grand jury if the district attorney: (1) determines that it is necessary for the grand jury to consider a matter that is essential to the administrative of justice, the public health and welfare, the continuity of government, or the maintenance of civil order; (2) determines that a delay of such consideration by the grand jury until after the resumption of regular jury proceedings would pose a substantial risk of harm to the public interest; and (3) determines that after consultation with the chief judge of the superior court and the sheriff that the grand jury can be assembled safely and in compliance with all applicable public health guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the county public health department, including any guidelines for social distancing and the use of personal protective equipment. This provision is intended to be a limited exception to the general stay of all grand jury proceedings, and it is not intended to authorize an assembly of a granny jury to consider routine bills of indictment and other unexceptional matters.

Per the April 9, 2020 Extension Order, any purported requirements under the laws of Georgia that a notarial act performed pursuant to Chapter 17 of Title 45 of the Official Code of Georgia must occur in the physical presence of the notary public is suspended, and may be performed remotely if certain requirements are met.

On behalf of the Supreme Court of Georgia, Chief Justice Harold D. Melton asks that all attorneys, parties, and visitors to the Nathan Deal Judicial Center who have a fever or symptoms of a respiratory illness, or who have been exposed to a person with coronavirus, flu, or any other communicable disease, to reschedule their hearings, tours, or appointments. In addition, the Court asks that all visitors routinely follow the best practices for preventing the spread of infectious disease.

The Council of Superior Court Judges has drafted an amendment to Uniform Superior Court Rule 9.1 that would authorize civil non-jury trials to be conducted by video conference. This rule would remain in effect for 180 days past the expiration of the Chief Justice’s Judicial Emergency Declaration and any extensions or modifications thereto.

Per the Notice dated May 20, effective May 28, parties in pending cases will have the same amount of time to submit their filings as they had remaining at the time the March 14 emergency order went into effect. Parties will be required to submit a “Certificate of Timeliness” with each filing to show the calculation of the new filing deadline. Parties may file a motion for reconsideration or seek extensions of time for good cause related to the pandemic or otherwise. Second, a specific order will be issued in almost all new cases docketed in the court on or after May 28, 2020, directing that normal deadlines under the court’s rules will be in effect and will not be subject to tolling or extension under the emergency order, although parties may seek extensions of time for good cause related to the pandemic or otherwise.

Per Rule 11.1, effective May 28, for appeals, petitions for certiorari, applications, motions, disciplinary proceedings, and other proceedings for which any filing deadlines have been suspended by any order declaring a statewide judicial emergency, as extended by subsequent orders, or by a local judicial emergency order entered by the chief judge of a superior court, parties shall, when submitting any filing so affected, attach to the end of such a filing a separate “Certificate of Timeliness.” Such certificate shall not be counted toward the applicable page limitation, and shall state the following: (a) the date the filing was due before the deadline for the filing was suspended (without regard to any non-emergency-related extensions previously granted, and without the application of OCGA §1-3-1(d)(3) where the filing deadline would have fallen on a weekend or legal holiday; (b) the number of days that remained before the date specified in (a), as of suspension of the deadline; and (c) that the filing being submitted is timely because it is being filed within the number of days calculated under (b), counting from the date the suspension is lifted (subject to OCGA §1-3-1(d)(3) if this new filing deadline falls on a weekend or legal holiday). In the event a party’s filing deadline has been affected by any local judicial emergency order entered by the chief judge of a superior court or by any case-specific trial court order, a copy of each such order shall be attached to the party’s Certificate of Timeliness. This rule will expire in 180 days unless extended.

As detailed in General Administrative Order 20-9 (which supersedes Law Division General Administrative Orders 20-6, 20-7 and 20-8), in the circuit court of Cook County, Illinois Law Division, all jury trial dates set from March 17, 2020 through June 30, 2021, are converted to “Trial Setting” dates. The setting of jury cases for trial is suspended until such time as jury trials can safely resume, given public health directives. When jury trial settings can safely be resumed, a minimum of 60-days’ notice will be sent to all parties and counsel of record, providing the date jury trial settings will resume, and the date, time and manner of the court call setting new jury trial dates.

Additionally, pursuant to General Administrative Order 20-9, in the circuit court of Cook County, Illinois Law Division, non-jury cases set for trial between March 17, 2020 and July 6, 2020, assigned to the Commercial Calendars, Individual Calendar, or Tax & Miscellaneous Calendars, may be reset for non-jury trial at the discretion of the assigned judges. Any non-jury trials should be conducted remotely, using Zoom or other remote video methods. Non-jury cases set for trial after July 6, 2020, assigned to the Commercial, Individual or Tax & Miscellaneous Calendars, may be reset for non-jury trial at the discretion of the assigned judges. Any non-jury trials should be conducted remotely, using Zoom or other remote video methods.

For civil matters, circuits may choose to utilize remote jury selection consistent with the guidelines established by the Court Operations During COVID-19 Task Force, and adopted by the Court on October 27, 2020, available at: http://illinoiscourts.gov/CircuitCourt/Remote_Jury_Information.asp

Certain orders have been vacated per the Supreme Court’s August 28 Order.

Masks or face coverings should be worn at all times while in the courthouse unless the person is (1) otherwise instructed by court personnel; (2) under the age of 2; or (3) incapacitated, having trouble breathing, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. If available, masks should be provided to individuals who do not have them.

Effective June 4, the court’s corrected order of April 29, 2020 regarding Illinois Courts Response to COVID-19 Emergency/Impact On Discovery is amended to add a committee comment concerning the temporary amendment of paragraph (h)(3) of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 206 as detailed in the June 4 Order regarding discovery.

The Supreme Court’s May 22 Order details changes to procedures in eviction hearings.

Effective June 1, 2020, the court’s order of March 17, 2020, is modified so that each circuit may return to hearing court matters, whether in person or remotely, according to a schedule to be adopted for each county by the chief judge in each circuit. The circuit courts shall continue, to the extent possible, to allow for appropriate social distancing and attempt to reduce the number of persons appearing personally for court appearances.

The Supreme Court’s April 29 Order modifies paragraph (h) of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 206 regarding remote depositions.

The Illinois Supreme Court will hold oral arguments via the Zoom videoconference platform when it hears cases in May.

Several courts have updated their procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as detailed on the judiciary’s Information page.

The court’s March 20 Order and April 3 Order are amended as follows: The Chief Judges of each circuit may continue trials until further order of this court. The continuances occasioned by this Order serve the ends of justice and outweigh the best interests of the public and defendants in a speedy trial. Therefore, such continuances shall be excluded from speedy trial computations contained in section 103-5 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 (725 ILCS 5/103-5 (West 2018)) and section 5-601 of the Illinois Juvenile Court Act (705 ILCS 405/5-601 (West 2018)). Statutory time restrictions in section 103-5 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 and section 5-601 of the Juvenile Court Act shall be tolled until further order of this Court.

As detailed in the court’s April 7 Order, the Chief Judges of each circuit may continue trials until further order of this court. Statutory time restrictions in section 103-5 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 and section 5-601 of the Juvenile Court Act shall be tolled until further order of this court.

The court’s April 24 Order affects certain Post-Judgment Proceedings against garnishees or citation respondents.

All jury trials set to commence as of November 16, 2020 and that are scheduled to begin before February 1, 2021 shall be continued to a date no earlier than February 1, 2021. The court, parties, and attorneys are strongly encouraged to conduct civil court business when feasible using videoconference and telephone. District Courts may conduct civil nonjury trials by video conference or telephone with the parties consent. All grand jury proceedings is suspended until February 1, 2021.

The court has temporarily amended the Iowa Rule of Electronic Procedure to allow a person in civil court to sign documents electronically.

On Monday, November 30, the Maryland Courts returned to Phase II of the Maryland Judiciary’s reopening plan. During Phase II, Clerks’ offices in the District Court of Maryland and circuit courts throughout the state will remain open to the public for emergency purposes and by appointment for other matters.

Per the Order Clarifying COVID-19 Health Measures, effective immediately and for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency period: (a) in all courthouses and judicial facilities, masks or face coverings shall be worn at all times, including court proceedings, except as noted in (e), (f), and (g), by all judges, Judiciary personnel, and any other person over the age of 2 years, with masks and face coverings to cover both the nose and mouth completely; (b) in instances in which members of the public of personnel arrive at a courthouse or judicial facility without an adequate face covering or mask, they shall be provided with a disposal mask, if available, or given alternative means for remote access, if appropriate and possible, (c) barriers, including clear personal barrier shields, are not a substitute for masks or face covers and shall not fulfill the masking requirement in (a); (d) social distancing of six feet or more shall be maintained throughout the courthouses and judicial facilities, including offices and courtrooms, but will not be a substitute for the masking requirement; (e) with appropriate social distancing, masks or face coverings may be lowered to eat, drink, or take oral or nasal medications, but shall be replaced upon completion; (f) throughout courtroom proceedings, all participants shall wear masks or face coverings as required in (a) unless, for good cause shown, the presiding judge or magistrate may require any participant, when speaking, to use a disposable mask or wear a personal barrier shield in lieu of a mask to ensure that the participant can be heard, with due consideration given to social distancing and other public health guidelines; (g) where judiciary personnel are assigned to single-occupancy enclosed offices, masks may be lowered when the occupant is alone and the door is closed; however masks shall be worn as described in (a) when any other person enters the office or the occupant leaves the office; and (h) where judiciary personnel are assigned to common area workspaces, including cubicles, masks shall be worn as described in (a). Any person who does not comply with this emergency order shall be subject to removal from the courthouse or judicial facility and disciplinary action as appropriate. This Order shall be modified as appropriate. This order shall not be construed to prohibit additional health measures that have been or may be adopted in compliance with new or enhanced guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Maryland Department of Health, and local health departments.

On July 20, the Maryland courts have moved into Phase 3 of the Maryland Judiciary’s reopening plan. Clerk’s offices in both the District Court of Maryland and circuit courts have reopened throughout the state. In Phase III, courts will schedule and hold a broader range of matters, including certain non-jury trials in the District Court and attorney disciplinary matters in the circuit courts, with limited in-person services to be offered as determined by the administrative judge and posted electronically and in the court facility. Court and clerk activities shall proceed with continued restrictions to limit the concentration of individuals and allow social distancing.

Until further notice, the courts will continue using technology for remote proceedings, either by video or telephone, but please note that this will vary by court location. The courts are requiring any individual, including employees, seeking access to a courthouse or court office location to: 1) answer a set of screening questions; 2) be subject to temperature checks; 3) wear a facial covering or mask; and 4) practice social distancing.

To facilitate filing papers with the Court of Appeals through Phase IV of the Progressive Resumption of Full Function of Judiciary Operations Previously Restricted Due to the COVID-19 Emergency for non-e-fliers in MDEC cases and filers in appeals from non-MDEC jurisdictions, the Clerk is providing two alternative means of filing papers in the Court of Appeals: (1) e-filing through the MDEC system, or (2) drop box at the basement entrance of the Courts of Appeal building.

All attorneys and self-represented litigants who are or become registered users are permitted to file petitions for writ of certiorari, briefs, motions and other papers via the MDEC system in all appeals regardless of which circuit court the appeal comes from. This includes Baltimore City, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County.

The Court of Appeals has placed a drop box at the front entrance of the Courts of Appeal building. All filings being delivered to the Court of Appeals in paper form may be placed in the drop box for filing. For the duration of this emergency, the date of filing will be considered the previous business day. In addition to the drop box, filers may continue to file via U.S. mail, and the date of filing will be considered the date a mailed filing has been postmarked.

Per the Amended Administrative Order dated May 1, 2020 (rescinding the Administrative Orders dated March 20 and April 14), courts are authorized to conduct remote proceedings using communication platforms consistent with the Administrative Order dated June 18, 2018. The requirement for approval of the State Court Administrator for communications platforms being utilized for remote proceedings is waived during the COVID-19 emergency. The court shall notify all participants necessary to the proceeding. Proceedings shall be on the record using existing capacity or, to the extent necessary, the capacity offered in the communication platforms utilized.

Per the Administrative Order dated May 1, the application of time standards shall be suspended for cases reaching a conclusion in the circuit courts and the District Court of Maryland from March 16, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Per the Revised Policy on Interim Orders, the commissioners shall provide a notice with all paperwork to petitioners and respondents advising them that the court may contact them with a different hearing date. Administrative Judges, or a Judge designated by the Administrative Judge, have the discretion to review each Interim Order. Commissioners are encouraged to request as much contact information from the parties as possible as any temporary hearings may occur remotely via video, audio or electronic means. Commissioners are encouraged to provide an explanatory cover sheet to petitioners to assist in explaining the status of the courts and any potential delay in hearing dates. Furthermore, courts will notify the parties of any scheduled hearing date through any means available. If the courts continue to function only on a limited basis as of June 8, 2020, further advice will be given.

Per the Administrative Order dated May 18, all other cases previously designated by the Court to be argued in the June Session of the 2019 Term, but not yet scheduled are designated to be heard in the September Session of the 2020 Term. All cases which have been previously designated by the Court to be heard in the September Session of the 2020 Term, but not yet scheduled are designated to be heard in the October Session of the 2020 Term. Furthermore, all cases that have been previously designated by the Court to be heard in the October Session of the 2020 Term, but not yet scheduled are designated to be heard in the November Session of the 2020 Term. Finally, the court will entertain requests pursuant to Maryland Rule 8-523(a)(2) by parties involved in cases that have either been postponed or rescheduled by this Order to submit those appeals for consideration on brief.

Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on June 5, the Maryland courts began implementing their reopening plan, which guides courts across the state of Maryland. There are five phases in the plan and each phase will represent an increase in the level of activity within each courthouse and court office. The general public, members of the media, and attorneys should reference the COVID-19 webpages for the latest information on individual court operations.

The courts are requiring any individual seeking access to a courthouse or court office location to: 1) answer a set of screening questions; 2) be subject to temperature checks; 3) wear a facial covering or mask; and 4) practice social distancing.

Per the Administrative Order as amended on June 3, on August 31, 2020, jurisdictions shall proceed to Phase IV, where courts will resume non-jury trials and contested hearings in criminal, civil, family, and juvenile matters. On October 5, 2020, jurisdictions shall proceed to Phase V, where courts will resume full operations, including jury trials.

Per the Administrative Order as amended on June 3, through the end of Phase IV, the courts are authorized to conduct remote proceedings using communication platforms, consistent with the Administrative Order dated June 18, 2018, and the Amended Administrative Order dated May 1, 2020. Regardless of Phase, this Administrative Order permits and encourages the courts’ consideration or resolution of: 1) matters that can be addressed without a hearing; or 2) matters requiring a hearing or trial, to the extent that an individual court has the capacity to hear such matters, either in person or on a remote basis, with access to the public as justice requires.

Per the Revised Communication dated June 3, effective immediately, no District Court shall process Affidavit Judgments until such time as the District Court is authorized to expand emergency operations. Any Affidavit Judgment entered on a case with a trial date or affidavit judgment date of March 16, 2020 or after shall be vacated by the court. A motion to vacate judgment filed regarding an Affidavit Judgment entered by the court during this time shall be treated as an emergency matter and heard by the Court in an expedited manner. When the District Court is authorized to expand emergency operations, such cases will be scheduled for affidavit judgment with notice to all parties.

Per the Amended Order Lifting the Statewide Suspension of Jury Trials and Resuming Grand Juries dated June 3, grand juries, previously having been suspended, may resume at the discretion of the administrative judge or his or her designee. New grand juries may be empaneled as necessary. Grand juries that are currently convened may be extended by the administrative judge pursuant to an administrative order. All civil jury trials scheduled to begin on or after March 16, having been suspended on an emergency basis, shall resume, with trial dates to be scheduled beginning October 5, and thereafter, consisted with the Amended Resumption Order. Any previously scheduled jury trial beginning October 5 and December 31 may be maintained at the discretion of the administrative judge in the court in which the trial is scheduled.

Per the Fourth Updated Order, dated September 17, 2020, replacing the Third the Third Updated Order, dated June 24, 2020, Courthouses will continue to be physically open to the public for certain purposes, as generally outlined in this Order, and operated with diligent regard for the health and safety of court users and personnel, in accordance with protocols established by the Trial Court or the relevant appellate court, as applicable. To limit the number of persons entering courthouses, all courts will continue to conduct most court business virtually (i.e., by telephone, videoconference, email, or comparable means, or through the electronic filing system), in both civil and criminal cases. In cases with one or more self-represented litigants (SRLs) where a court is scheduling a videoconference, courts will recognize the possibility that SRLs may have limited access to the technology needed to conduct videoconferences or limited experience with it, and will either assist the SRL in being able to conduct a videoconference or offer an alternative to videoconferencing for the virtual hearing.

Trial Court departments shall continue to conduct in-person proceedings in emergency and non-emergency matters that either can be handled more effectively or efficiently in person, or cannot be handled virtually because a virtual proceeding is not practicable or would be inconsistent with the protection of constitutional rights. Each Trial Court department shall post notices to the "Court System Response to COVID-19" webpage (https://www.mass.gov/guides/court-system-response-to-covid-19) (COVID-19 webpage) (see paragraph 16) that provide clear department-wide guidance to the public and members of the bar identifying the categories of matters that it will address in person. Courts will conduct all other emergency and non-emergency matters virtually, except as provided in the paragraph below.

The Chief Justice of a Trial Court department, after consultation with the Chief Justice of the Trial Court, for reasons of public health and safety may order that a court division or location conduct all business virtually and/or may transfer some or all in-person matters to specified courts within the department. If any such action is taken, the applicable Trial Court department shall post notices to the COVID-19 webpage (see paragraph 16) that provide clear guidance to the public and members of the bar.

Entry into a courthouse is limited to personnel who work in the courthouse and persons who are present for one or more of the following purposes: attending in-person court proceedings (see paragraph 5); conducting in-person business with a clerk's, register's, or recorder's office (see paragraph 6); reporting for jury service (see paragraphs 9 and 13); meeting with a probation officer or probation staff person; or conducting business at other offices that are open to the public and housed in the courthouse.

All court clerks', registers', and recorder's offices will be physically open to the public to conduct court business. To continue to limit the number of persons entering courthouses, clerks', registers', and recorder’s offices will still endeavor to conduct business virtually to the extent possible.

No jury trials, in either criminal or civil cases, shall be conducted in Massachusetts state courts until on or after October 23, 2020, at which time courts shall resume in-person trials on a limited basis, in general accordance with the recommendations for Phase 1 contained in the report issued by the Jury Management Advisory Committee (JMAC) on July 31, 2020, as clarified by the memorandum issued by the JMAC on September 1, 2020. Specific provisions regarding limitations of the number of jurors and other jury related restrictions in civil cases during Phase 1 is further detailed in the order.

Per the Memorandum dated August 7, the Virtual Courtroom Task Force was formed in March 2020 in response to court closures due to the coronavirus pandemic and the spread of COVID-19. The Virtual Courtroom Standards and Guidelines, as recently amended have been posted to the Virtual Courtrooms webpage. Please click the link for more information and documents.

Pursuant to Prior SJC Orders, all jury trials scheduled to commence in Massachusetts state courts at any time from March 14, 2020, through September 4, 2020, were continued to a date no earlier than September 8, 2020. Civil bench trials may be conducted virtually in the discretion of the trial judge.

Unless otherwise ordered by the applicable court, all orders in a particular case that were issued prior to March 17, 2020, after an adversarial hearing (or the opportunity for an adversarial hearing), that enjoined or otherwise restrained or prohibited a party from taking some act or engaging in some conduct until a date at any time from March 17, 2020, through August 31, 2020, shall remain in effect until the matter is rescheduled and heard on a date on or before October 13, 2020.

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Travel Form, all individuals over the age of 18 and unaccompanied minors entering Massachusetts, who are not coming from a COVID lower-risk state and do not fall within certain, limited exemptions, must complete this form upon or prior to entry to the state. To determine whether you are required to complete this form, please review the list of exemptions here. Failure to submit a completed Massachusetts Travel Form, when required, or failure to comply with the quarantine requirement, if applicable, may result in a $500 fine per day.

All individuals arriving in Massachusetts by any means or mode, including Massachusetts residents who have left the state for anything more than transitory travel, are covered by the Massachusetts travel rule. Accordingly, even travelers not required to complete the form should act in compliance with the rule. The rule requires that you MUST quarantine for 14 days unless you: (1) are coming from a lower-risk state or (2) can produce, on request, proof of negative test result for COVID-19 from a test administered on a sample taken no longer than 72 hours before your arrival in Massachusetts, or (3) meet the exemption criteria.

Per the Third Order regarding Public Access to State Courthouses and Court Facilities (repealing the July 7 Order), effective August 3, the following persons shall not enter or remain in any courthouse: (1) persons not wearing a mask or cloth face covering as set forth in §6. Visitors should go to the courthouse with their own mask or face covering; (2) persons who have tested positive for, or been clinically diagnosed with, COVID-19 within the last 14 days; (3) persons who are currently experiencing, or have experienced within the last three days, symptoms of COVID-19; (4) persons who have been advised to self-quarantine by a doctor or other health care provider or a public health agency within the last 14 days; (5) persons who are required to quarantine under the Governor’s Order Instituting a Mandatory 14 Day Quarantine Requirement for Travelers Arriving in Massachusetts (COVID-19 Order No. 45) or any updates of that order; (6) persons who reside with someone who has tested positive for, or been clinically diagnosed with, COVID-19 within the last 14 days; (7) persons who reside with someone who has tested positive for, or been clinically diagnosed with, COVID-19 within the last 14 days; (8) persons awaiting COVID-19 test results after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or having been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, and persons who reside with someone who is awaiting such COVID-19 test results; and (8) persons who fail or refuse to engage in the screening process.

Furthermore, all persons seeking entry to a courthouse will be subject to a screening process that may include: (1) answering questions designed to determine whether the person is prohibited from entering a courthouse. Any person whose answer(s) indicate that s/he falls into one of the categories listed above will not be permitted to enter; (2) having their temperature taken. A person with a temperature reading of 100 degrees or higher will not be permitted to enter the courthouse. While in the courthouse, all persons must comply with the following rules. All persons over the age of two are required to wear masks or cloth face coverings that cover their nose and mouth at all times. Visitors should go to the courthouse with their own mask or face covering. All persons must engage in physical distancing, by standing or sitting at least six feet away from other individuals whenever practicable and abiding by markings on floors and benches indicating places to stand or sit. The presiding judge or clerk-magistrate may modify these rules in a courtroom or hearing room during a judicial proceeding as justice requires.

Moreover, all persons are strongly encouraged to engage in frequent hand-washing and/or frequent application of hand sanitizer while in a courthouse. All persons are encouraged to bring their own pen with them to court for completing and signing pleadings and other documents.

The Order regarding Remote Depositions authorizes remote attendance at depositions in civil cases without stipulation or court order. Any deposition taken in a civil case pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. 30 and 30A, and pursuant to Court Department rules and standing orders, may be conducted remotely. Neither a stipulation of the parties nor a court order is required. The desire of counsel, a part, or a deponent to appear in person shall not alone be sufficient grounds to quash a notice for a remote deposition or to refuse to make a witness available for a remote deposition. A remote deposition may be conducted by a video-conferencing platform, or by another means agreed to by the parties. An officer or other person before whom the deposition is to be taken is authorized to administer oaths and take testimony without being in the presence of the deponent, so long as the officer or other person before whom the deposition is to be taken can both see and hear the deponent for purposes of positively identifying the deponent. Any person who views or listens to a remote deposition, at any time during the deposition, shall be identified for the record. A remote deposition shall be considered taken in the county and at the place where the deponent is located. Depositions may be conducted by telephone by leave of court or by written stipulation of all parties under Mass. R. Civ. P. 30(b)(7). Where an audio-visual recording of a deposition is conducted pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. 30A, although the court reporter may be in a remote location, the operator/videographer must be physically present with the witness unless otherwise agreed to by the parties.

Per the Memorandum dated August 7, the Virtual Courtroom Task Force was formed in March 2020 in response to court closures due to the coronavirus pandemic and the spread of COVID-19. The Virtual Courtroom Standards and Guidelines, as recently amended have been posted to the Virtual Courtrooms webpage. Please click the link for more information and documents.

Per the Memorandum dated July 28, Executive Order 2020-158 temporarily suspends the strict requirements of the Michigan Law on Notarial Acts through August 31, 2020, and permits the notarization of documents outside the physical presence of a notary or required witnesses within certain parameters.

Per Order 2020-19, Order 2020-2 is rescinded, with the expectation that courts shall continue to process those cases listed as essential functions in addition to other cases as court return to full capacity under the terms of Order 2020-13. Courts that have progressed to Phase 3 shall begin holding jury trials using trial standards approved by the State Court Administrative Office. Courts that are not yet at Phase 3 may proceed with jury trials upon approval from the State Court Administrative Office. Courts must continue to provide a method or methods for filers to submit pleadings other than by personal appearance at the court. Courts shall continue to expand the use of remote participation technology as much as possible. To enable the greatest participation possible for judicial officers, Order 2012-7 is suspended until further order of the Court.

Per Order 2020-19, the time deadlines in rules regarding post judgment motions filed in the trial court (including motions for appointment of appellate counsel) as well as circuit court appeals and appeals of agency determinations are extended for 76 days, consistent with Order 2020-16.

Per Order 2020-19, Order 2020-13 has generated some confusion. To clarify that the form for collecting information (but not the information itself if it is contained elsewhere in a public portion of the file) is nonpublic, Order 2020-13 is amended as follows: The contact information form used under this administrative order to collect the information shall be confidential.

Per the Memo regarding the CESF Grant, the Michigan State Police (MSP) recently posted a $4.5 million Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) grant for eligible trial courts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Per the Return to Full Capacity Guide, readiness to enter each phase is dependent on whether gating criteria have been satisfied. In consultation with local health professionals, courts will determine whether criteria involving exposure or symptoms in the court facility, number of community cases, and local health system capacity have been met. Before entering any phase, courts must demonstrate that all of the following criteria have been satisfied. First, no COVID-19 confirmed or suspected cases in the court facility have occurred within a 14-day period; or confirmed or suspected cases have occurred in the court facility, but deep cleaning of exposed areas and applicable employee self-quarantine actions have been taken. Second, there is a downward trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period; or there is a downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period (flat or increasing volume of test). Third, there is a rescission of local and state restrictive movement and/or shelter-in-place orders and local and regional health care facilities are able to treat all patients without crisis care. For all phases, courts should still ensure that appropriate policies are in place, direct employees too self-monitor for indicative symptoms, implement policies and procedures for workforce contact tracing, monitor the status of public infrastructure, and work with the regional administrator as the court plans to move into each phase of expanded operations. The courts must continue to practice good hygiene, and people who feel sick should stay home. Each court must utilize screening procedures that identify the presence of COVID-19 symptoms, COVID-19 exposure, and international travel.

The Michigan Supreme Court has the authority to direct trial courts to “adhere to the phased return of operations as determined by policy guidelines established by the State Court Administrative Office” pursuant to 1963 Const., Art VI, Sec. 4.

As courts return to full capacity service, they will pass through phases as they meet certain criteria. At each phase, the court must submit a local administrative order (“LAO”) for approval. The list of LAOs, by county and court, reflects the phase a particular court is at, and allows you to access the court’s LAO by clicking on the LAO number, e.g., 2020-04J.

Trial courts are ordered to limit access to courtrooms and other spaces to no more than 10 persons, including staff, and to practice social distancing and limit court activity to only essential functions, as detailed in the March 18 Order 2020-2.

As detailed in Order 2020-6, the Court authorizes judicial officers to conduct proceedings remotely (whether physically present in the courtroom or elsewhere) using two-way interactive videoconferencing technology or other remote participation tools.

Deadlines for numerous reporting requirements are suspended as detailed in the Memorandum dated April 8, with exceptions for drunk driving reimbursement and jury fees.

Per Order 2020-13, a court may collect contact information, including mobile phone numbers and email addresses, from any party or witness to a case to facilitate scheduling of and participation in remote hearings or to facilitate case processing. A court may collect the information using a SCAO-approved form. An email address for an attorney must be the same address as the one on file with the State Bar of Michigan. This order is effective until further order of the Court. For more information on which forms to use and for assistance with completing the forms, please refer to the Memo re Order 2020-13 – Collections of Contact Information, and Notice of Remote Hearings.

Per the Memorandum dated April 29, courts are allowed to affix their seal to electronic document, including summonses, warrants, and judgments of sentence.

Per the Memorandum dated May 5, friends of the court (FOCs) have requested a list of mandated functions FOC offices perform to ensure they can make plans to address those functions. FOC office have also requested a more concise list of mandated functions they can share with their funding unit to ensure they remain funded. For more information, please see FOC Mandated Duty Checklist and FOC Abbreviated Mandatory Checklist.

Per Order 2020-14, on order of the Court, pursuant to 1963 Const., Art. VI, Sec. 4, courts must adhere to the phased return to operations as determined by policy guidelines established by the State Court Administrative Office. Such policies will include but may not be limited to: continued use and expansion of remote hearings; continued limited access to courtrooms and other spaces; and limited in-person court activity to essential functions that cannot be conducted remotely.

Per Order 2020-16, effective June 8, 2020, Order 2020-4 that tolled the filing deadlines in the Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals is rescinded, and the periods for all filings, jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional, in those Courts shall resume. For time periods that started before 2020-4 took effect, the filers shall have the same number of days to submit their filings on June 8, 2020, as they had when the tolling went into effect. For filings with time periods that did not begin to run because of the tolling period, the filers shall have the full periods for filing beginning on June 8, 2020.

Per Order 2020-18, effective June 20, 2020, Order 2020-3 is rescinded, and the computation of time for those filings shall resume. For time periods that started before Order 2020-3 took effect, the filers shall have the same number of days to submit their filings on June 20, 2020, as they had when the exclusion went into effect on March 23, 2020. For filings with time periods that did not begin to run because of the exclusion period, the filers shall have the full periods for filing beginning on June 20, 2020. Staff Comment – note that although the order regarding computation of days entered on March 23, 2020, it excluded any day that fell during the State of Emergency declared by the Governor related to COVID-19, which order was issued on March 10, 2020. Thus, the practical effect of Order 2020-3 was to enable filers to exclude days beginning March 10, 2020. This timing is consistent with the executive orders entered by the Governor regarding the tolling of statutes of limitation.

Pursuant to an Order, dated January 7, 2021, for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and until further Order, virtual civil jury trials are authorized during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as set forth in the Order. The Court may modify the protocols for conducting virtual civil jury trials based on updated public health recommendations, including recommended changes in occupancy limits for indoor gatherings. Consent to proceed remotely will be required during Phase 1 (starting in a limited number of vicinages on or after February 1, 2021, as detailed in the Order). Consent to proceed remotely will not be required during Phase 2 (starting statewide on or after April 5, 2021) because of the expected length of the continued dire public health threat posed by COVID-19.

Pursuant to an Order, dated November 16, 2020, the Supreme Court suspended new in-person jury trials and in-person grand jury sessions. Pursuant to a Notice, dated November 17, 2020, courts at all levels will continue to follow a remote first approach to court proceedings.

Pursuant to a Notice, dated December 8, 2020, the Supreme Court of New Jersey has reinstated the suspension of requirements for healthcare professionals involved in responding to COVID-19 to appear for depositions or court proceedings, except for appearances and depositions (i) that are requested by the doctor, nurse, or healthcare professional; or (ii) that are for matters related to COVID-19.

Megan’s Law proceedings should be conducted remotely by video or telephone for public safety and notification to the public about sex offenders. Directive 16-20 details guidance for judges to consider when deciding which Megan’s Law proceedings can be handled remotely by video or telephone during this COVID-19 crisis.

By Order dated May 14, 2020, the Supreme Court authorized empaneled grand juries to reconvene in a virtual (video) format, subject to modified protocols. The pilot program will begin in Mercer and Bergen Counties.

On May 5, 2020, the Supreme Court confirmed that the Judiciary Electronic Document Submission (JEDS) system launched in early April is an approved electronic filing system, and that all documents submitted through JEDS are filed upon receipt and deemed electronically signed. Attorneys are required to file in eCourts where eCourts is available, as detailed in the Supreme Court’s May 11 notice.

The Supreme Court issued a May 4 order temporarily allowing attorneys licensed in another United States jurisdiction to provide needed pro bono legal services to individuals and small businesses affected by the public health crisis.

The Supreme Court has approved updated Guidelines on Media Access and Electronic Devices in the Courts, as detailed in the April 28 Notice to the Bar. Directive No. 12-20 implements the Supreme Court’s April 20, 2020 Order and establishes guiding principles for when and how remote court events will be conducted during the COVID-19 crisis.

As of April 27, 2020, remote proceedings in the Municipal Courts may be conducted with the consent of all parties. Effective May 11, 2020, with appropriate notice to the parties,

Municipal Court sessions can resume in individual Municipal Courts. Sessions may proceed by video or phone. Municipal Court sessions will resume to the extent possible based on facilities, technology, and other resources.

Most discovery deadlines in Civil and Family matters generally are extended through May 10, 2020, with lengthier extensions only in specific areas.

The April 24 Omnibus Order continues the suspension of petit and grand juries through May 31, 2020.

All court proceedings will continue to be conducted remotely using video and/or phone options to the greatest extent possible. Some court matters will proceed remotely only with the consent of all parties.

As detailed in the April 15 Notice, certain deadlines have been extended and certain time periods have been tolled.

Beginning April 27, all counties will begin scheduling arbitrations, which will be conducted remotely.

The New Jersey Judiciary has expanded its court filing system to better accommodate attorneys and self-represented litigants.

The Judiciary has closed court buildings to the public and adjusted the operations of court offices to reduce the risk of exposure to or transmission of the virus.

As of March 25, the provisions of Rule 1:6-4 are relaxed and supplemented so as to eliminate the requirement that, in addition to filing all Civil motion papers, orders to show cause, and orders, attorneys must also simultaneously submit to the judge a copy of all motion papers. The requirement of submitting paper “courtesy copies” of motion papers to the judge is modified so as to suspend the requirement of submitting courtesy copies in Civil matters so long as the total submission (including appendices and attachments) does not exceed 25 pages. Where the submission is more than 25 pages, courtesy copies still must be mailed or delivered to the court and postmarked within two days of the electronic filing.

On March 12, the judiciary suspended all reporting for petit jury service, stating that no new civil or criminal jury trials will be conducted until further notice. The notice states the judiciary is continuing ongoing jury trials.

As of March 18, 2020 and until further notice, there are no in-person Superior Court and Tax Court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing trials). As many matters as possible (including case management conferences, motions, and hearings) will be handled by telephone or video conference.

In the Supreme Court, all grand jury empanelment dates, including for State Grand Jury, are postponed, and new notices will be issued rescheduling grand jury selection for a date after April 26, 2020. All current grand jury sessions, including for State Grand Jury, are cancelled. In Supreme Court civil matters, the provisions of Rules 4:24- l(a), 4:24- l(c), 4:46- 1, and 4:36-3 are relaxed and supplemented to permit the extension of discovery deadlines through April 26, 2020.

As of March 18, 2020 and until further notice, there are no in-person Superior Court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing trials).

On March 24, 2020, as detailed in the Release notice, certain county jail inmates were to be ordered released.

Per the March 24 Order and as of that date, the Supreme Court has approved interim procedures, including enabling parties to submit certain emergent applications (that cannot be filed electronically) by email.

By Order dated March 27, the Supreme Court affirmed, continued, or supplemented certain provisions established by prior orders.

On Monday, August 10th, grand juries resumed hearing cases in New York City. They join the other 57 Counties outside of New York City that began hearing cases on July 13th.

Per Executive Order 206, Governor Cuomo finds that an imminent disaster exists due to Tropical Storm Isaias, and declares a State Disaster Emergency effective August 5, 2020, within the territorial boundaries of the counties of Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Westchester, and contiguous counties. This Order shall be in effect until September 4, 2020.

Per the Memo dated June 30, commencing July 6, visitors to any Unified Court System facility will be required to submit to temperature screening and questioning upon entry into the facility and prior to magnetometer and x-ray security screening. The number and location of screening stations shall be determined by the local command. A uniformed officer shall take the visitor’s temperature by infrared thermometer without physical contact to the visitor. The officer will ask whether, within the last 14 days, the visitor (1) has had fever, cough, shortness of breath or any flu-like symptoms; (2) has tested positive for COVID-19 (or been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19); or (3) has returned from travel abroad or from a state covered by Executive Order 205. If the visitor’s registered temperature is less than 100.0ºF, and the visitor answers “no” to the questions, the visitor shall be permitted to proceed to the magnetometer/x-ray machine.

Per the Memo dated June 30, if a visitor’s registered temperature is equal to or greater than 100.0ºF, or the visitor answers “yes” to any of the questions, the visitor shall be asked for the following information for the court’s records: (a) visitor’s full name; (b) case name, index number, and judge; and (c) reason for court visit. The visitor shall not be obligated to provide this information. The visitor shall then be instructed (1) to leave the court facility immediately; (2) if a represented party, to notify her/his attorney of the incident; and (3) if an unrepresented party, to contact the clerk’s office (at a number provided) and seek further instructions. Similar instructions should be provided if the visitor is a witness, attorney, or other necessary participant on a matter on that day’s calendar. Whenever a court visitor registers a temperature of 100.0ºF or higher or answers “yes” to a screening question, uniformed personnel shall maintain a record of the information described above (if voluntarily provided by the visitor), together with a brief description of follow-up events. This daily record shall be filed as a single unusual occurrence report (UOR) at the close of each day. Uniformed personnel shall wear appropriate PPE (face mask, face shield, disposable gloves) when taking temperatures of court visitors; and shall dispose of gloves and perform hand hygiene following the taking of visitors’ temperatures and prior to performing other duties. The thermometer shall be maintained in a secure location, shall be cleaned periodically, and shall be wiped immediately with an alcohol cleaning pad whenever it physically touches a court visitor during use. Thermometer batteries shall be checked and replaced periodically by local command.

Per Administrative Order AO/121/20, effective June 10, in courts and case types approved for electronic filing through NYSCEF, represented parties must commence new matters or proceed in pending matters exclusively by electronic filing through NYSCEF, and must file and serve papers in such matters (other than service of commencement documents) by electronic means through NYSCEF or, where permitted under NYSCEF court rules, by mail. Unrepresented parties must file, serve and be served in such matters by non-electronic means unless they expressly opt in to participate in NYSCEF. To the extent that NYSCEF electronic filing in unavailable in courts or case types in the trial courts, represented parties must commence new matters exclusively by mail, except where otherwise authorized by the Chief Administrative Judge. Following commencement of a new matter, and in pending matters, represented parties must file papers through the Unified Court System’s EDDS or by mail, and must serve papers by electronic means or by mail. Unrepresented parties must file, serve, and be served in such matters by non-electronic means unless they provide written notification to the court and all parties that they wish to file, serve, and be served electronically. This order shall not affect procedures for the filing and service of papers in essential matters. The court shall not request working copies of documents in paper format.

Commencing with the April 2020 Term and until further notice, all calendared matters will be heard on submission or oral argument by appearance through Skype.

In the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the Second Judicial Department, all perfection, filing, and other deadlines set forth in any order of that Court, the Practice Rules of the Appellate Division (22 NYCRR part 1250), the Rules of Practice of that court (22 NYCRR part 670), or Electronic Filing Rules of the Appellate Division (22 NYCRR part 1245), are suspended indefinitely and until further directive. All motions and applications for an extension of time to perfect or file that are pending as of March 17, 2020, are adjourned pending further directive of the Court. All other pending motions are adjourned without date until further directive of the Court.

The New York State Court system has also issued Q&A Guidance for Joining Skype Calls with the Court.

Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.17 directs that anyone “who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance,” effective 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020. Pursuant to this Order, for the safety of all court users and court personnel, all people who enter courthouses must wear a mask or face covering while inside the courthouse. Persons without such a mask or face covering will not be permitted to enter.

Per Administrative Order AO/87/20, documents filed through the EDDS system shall be served by electronic means. Problem-solving courts may conduct virtual court conferences with counsel, court staff, service providers, and, where practicable, clients. Judges may refer matters for virtual alternative dispute resolution, including to neutrals on court-established panels, community dispute resolution centers, and ADR-dedicated court staff. The court shall not request working copies of documents in paper format.

Per the Supreme Court of the State of New York’s Order in the Matter of the Rescission of Temporary Suspension Order dated May 8, the Court’s March 17 order temporarily suspending perfection, filing and other deadlines set forth by Court order or practice rules is rescinded. The deadlines for the remaining 2020 terms of the Court are reinstated. The deadline for the filing of responding and reply papers that have not yet been filed on motions which were returnable between March 16, 2020 and May 4, 2020, is now May 22, 2020. Furthermore, the parties shall comply with any other filing deadlines set by the Clerk of the Court or her designee, or by order of this Court, in the manner so directed or ordered. Finally, the requirement that hard copy briefs, records, appendices and motions be filed continues to be suspended until further directive of the Supreme Court of New York.

Per Administrative Order AO/98/20, the Unified Court System Program for the consensual/voluntary and mandatory use of electronic means for the filing and service of documents (“e-filing”) is continued and extended as follows – all civil matters in Supreme Court in all counties listed in Exhibit A shall, unless approved for mandatory (or mandatory in part) electronic filing by prior administrative order, henceforth be accepted for consensual/voluntary electronic filing. Mandatory (and mandatory in part) electronic filing shall continue in those counties as authorized in AO/245/19.

Per the Notice – NY’s Surrogate’s Courts’ Action for COVID-Related Cases dated May 15, the following actions are being implemented by the New York County Surrogate’s Court, effective May 18, 2020. The court is addressing all essential matters as well as certain non-essential matters. Most operations are being handled virtually or remotely. All urgent and essential matters, as well as all uncontested matters (in which waivers and consents have been fully executed and for which no citation need be issued), are being accepted for filing. Parties with urgent matters may contact the Chief Clerk’s Office at dsanabri@nycourts.gov or at (917) 509-7218, or they may contact the court attorney-referee to whom the matter has been assigned, if any. Only essential personnel will be in the courthouse. No one should visit the courthouse without first contacting the Chief Clerk’s Office.

Per the Notice dated May 15, until further notice, petitions and other papers must be filed by mail (USPS or any express mail service) or, if authorized by court personnel, by electronic mail at NYSURRFILING@nycourts.gov. Please provide your contact information, including an email address, with your filing. If papers are brought to the courthouse in person after consultation with the Chief Clerk’s Office, they are to be left in a box outside Room 303. Court personnel may contact petitioners or their counsel as needed once filed papers are reviewed. Court attorney-referees may contact the parties in a matter for a conference, which will be conducted virtually.

Per Administrative Order AO/115/20 dated May 28, notwithstanding the terms of any prior administrative order, in the counties and on the dates set forth in Exhibit A, in courts and case types approved for electronic filing through the New York State Courts Electronic Filing System (NYSCEF), represented parties must commence new matters or proceed in pending matters exclusively by electronic filing through NYSCEF, and must file and serve papers in such matters (other than service of commencement documents) by electronic means through NYSCEF or, where permitted under NYSCEF court rules, by mail. Unrepresented parties must file, serve and be served in such matters by non-electronic means unless they expressly opt in to participate in NYSCEF.

Per AO/115/20, to the extent that NYSCEF electronic filing is unavailable in courts or case types in the counties and on the date set forth in Exhibit B, represented parties in pending matters may submit for filing digital copies of (1) motions, crossmotions, responses, replies and applications, (2) notices of appeal and crossappeal, (3) stipulations of discontinuance, stipulations of adjournment, and other stipulations; (4) notes of issue, and (5) such other papers as the Chief Administrative Judge may direct, to courts and clerical officers of the Unified Court System (including County Clerks acting as clerks of court) through EDDS or such other document delivery method as the Chief Administrative Judge shall approve. This order shall not affect procedures for the filing and service of essential matters, and, on the dates that it becomes effective, supersedes administrative orders AO/87/20 (pars. A-C) and AO/114/20.

Per Order Nos. 531 and 532, the general, statewide judicial emergency declared and maintained via the Court’s Orders on March 16, March 18, March 24, April 1, and April 28 shall cease as of June 1, 2020. Those Orders shall expire according to their own terms. Intermediate appellate courts have issued various administrative orders, and nearly all local courts have utilized the procedures specified in Rule of Judicial Administration 1952 and/or this Court’s prior Orders to declare local emergencies. Those order remain in full force and effect. Extant administrative orders issued by the intermediate courts and local emergency orders and directives, including any provisions of these affecting time calculations or deadlines, shall remain in full force and effect until they expire or are rescinded.

For more information, contact your local court or visit their website.

Per the March 19 Order, the April 30, 2020 CLE compliance deadline applicable to Compliance Group 1 is extended to August 31, 2020. All other 2020 annual compliance deadlines remain unchanged and on standard schedule.

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