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U.S. Court Closings, Cancellations and Restrictions Due to COVID-19

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Last Updated April 3, 2020 at 11:00 AM EST

In response to public health guidance related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), many U.S. courts (state and federal) and agencies are adjusting the way they operate.   Each court is making its own modifications under the circumstances and have included, among other things: closing courthouses, restricting courthouse access, continuing trials, cancelling non-case related activities, and rescheduling or permitting videoconferencing of oral arguments.

To keep our clients informed, Paul Hastings created this webpage with information from publicly-available sources regarding COVID-19-related restrictions in U.S. state and federal courts and agencies.  The date and time of the last update are indicated above.  The description provided for each court is only exemplary.  If you have a matter before a specific court or agency, we recommend that you read the entire linked communication, contact the court, and check their website and most recent orders for the most up-to-date information.

United States District Courts

  • Northern District of Alabama – Order, General Order March 17, 2020, and General Order 2020-03 (Authorizing Use of Video and Audio to Conduct Criminal Proceedings)

    All civil and criminal jury trials, and any other proceeding that requires jurors (grand or petit), are continued until further notice. All non-jury trials that are scheduled to commence are also continued pending order of the court. Additionally all unexpired discovery deadlines and depositions are stayed for 14 days. However, the judges are free to make exceptions to this stay in extraordinary circumstances.

    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 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.

  • Southern District of Alabama – Notice and General Order (Judiciary Video Teleconferencing for Criminal Proceedings)

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

    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.

    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.

  • Middle District of Alabama – Order GO-3910-02, General Order 3910-03, and General Order 3910-04 (Criminal Proceedings by Video or Audio Conference)

    All civil and criminal jury trials are continued for 30 day 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.

    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.

  • District of Alaska – Miscellaneous General Order 20-11 (Suspension of Court Proceedings –supersedes and replaces MGO 20-10)

    All civil jury trials and trial specific deadlines scheduled to begin on or before May 1, 2020 are continued pending further order of the assigned judge. Hearings scheduled between March 23 and May 1 will not go forward, except for emergency matters. 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 May 1, 2020 are continued pending further order of the judge. Judges may issue other orders concerning future continuances as necessary and appropriate.  If proceedings must be held, attendees shall practice social distancing. 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.

  • District of Arizona General Order 20-12, General Order 20-15 (supersedes General Order 20-13), General Order 20-16 (Court Operations in Flagstaff, Arizona),  General Order 20-17 (Continuing Court Operations), and General Order 20-18 (Authorized Hearings under the CARES Act)

    The Flagstaff Courthouse is closed to the public except for those proceedings that are deemed necessary. The closure will remain in effect March 23, 2020 through April 10, 2020.

    The court has ordered that all proceedings, except those court proceedings deemed necessary by the court, be continued until further order. 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.

    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.

    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.

  • Eastern District of Arkansas Administrative Order OneAdministrative Order Two, and Administrative Order Three (Court Operations)

    All civil jury trials scheduled between March 18, 2020 and April 30, 2020 are cancelled. All criminal jury trials scheduled between March 23 and April 30 are continued pending further notice.  Criminal defendants seeking an exception to this order may do so. The court will continue to hold hearings, conferences, and bench trial in civil and criminal cases, but these are to be done so by telephone or video conference when practical.   

    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.  

    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. And, 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 March and April.

  • Western District of ArkansasOrder 2020-1, Order 2020-2, Notice (Reduced Business Hours), and Order 2020-3

    Pursuant to Order 2020-1, all civil and criminal trials (bench and jury) are continued and will be rescheduled to a date after May 1, 2020.  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 further order.  Order 2020-1 does 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 reduced business hours, 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.

    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. 

  • Central District of California Announcement, General Order, 20-02 (Jury Trial and Other Proceedings), General Order 20-03 (Visitor Restrictions), Press Release March 19 (Activation of Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)), Order 20-042, Order 20-043 (Use of Video and Telephonic Conference Technology in Certain Criminal Proceedings), Order 20-044 (Suspension of Grand Juries), and COVID-19 Notice

                                                                                                            

    Effective March 23, 2020 through and including May 1, 2020, the Court has activated its COOP plan. Among other changes, all courthouses are closed to the public, except for hearings on criminal duty matters. In civil cases, no hearings will go forward, except for emergency time-sensitive matters that will proceed telephonically.

    Until further notice, all district and magistrate judges do not require mandatory chambers copies during the pandemic. Any judge can require a chambers copy in a particular case if desired. The chambers copy should be mailed to the judge via Fed Ex, not hand-delivered to the courthouse.

  • Eastern District of CaliforniaGeneral Order 610, General Order 611, General Order 612, Interpretation of General Order 612, General Order 613 (Temporary Procedures to Provide Pretrial Service Reports by Email to Assigned Counsel Who are Appearing Telephonically or by Video), and General Order 614 (Authorizing Video-Teleconferencing for Criminal Proceeding under Section 15002 of the CARES Act)

    Under General Order 612, all courthouses in the district are closed to the public through May 1, 2020. 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.

    All of the court’s civil matters will 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.

    Under General Order 611, the court will not call in jurors for service in civil or criminal jury trials until May 1, 2020. All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin during this time period are continued pending further order of the court. Please refer to the order for more changes and information. 

  • Northern District of CaliforniaGeneral Order No. 72, General Order No. 73, Notice regarding COVID-19 and General Orders 72 and 73, March 23 Notice re Press and Public Access to Court Hearings, Amended General Order No. 73, Notice re Santa Rita Jail, General Order 74 (Temporary Use of Teleconferencing, Videoconferencing, and Other Procedures in Criminal Matters Pursuant to the CARES Act), General Order 75, and Notice from Judge Chhabria

    No civil or criminal jury trial will begin before May 1, 2020 and any trial dates currently scheduled during that period are vacated.  Civil matters will be decided on papers or, if a hearing is necessary, the hearing will be by telephone or videoconference.  Initial appearances and other criminal proceedings before the magistrate judge will continue but will be consolidated and such proceedings for all divisions will be conducted in San Francisco and, when possible, by telephone or videoconference.  All grand jury proceedings are suspended until May 1, 2020.

    Pursuant to Amended General Order No. 73, the San Jose, Oakland, and Eureka-McKinleyville courthouses are entirely closed to the general public from Thursday, March 26, 2020 until May 1, 2020.  All essential court proceedings will be consolidated and relocated to the San Francisco Courthouse from March 26, 2020 until May 1, 2020. Only people who have official court business authorized by General Order No. 72 or by a presiding judge may enter the San Francisco Courthouse property.

    On March 23, the court announced that hearings held by teleconference will be conducted on a conference call line that will be available to members of the press and public free of charge, to the extent practicable.  Dial-in information will be available on each case’s docket on PACER.

    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.

    Specific Notice for Matters before Judge Chhabria: General Order 72 applies. At least until May 1, all civil hearings and conferences will either be continued, submitted, or conducted telephonically. The same is true of all criminal hearings and conferences, unless an in-person hearing is an absolute necessity. Filing deadlines in all cases remain in place, but parties are free to seek extensions if circumstances require. The parties should make all efforts to submit continuance requests in accordance with Local Rules 7-12 and 7-13, but, if circumstances created by the pandemic prevent them from doing so they may submit the request by email.

  • Southern District of California Order No. 17, Order No. 18, Order 18-A, Order 19, and Order 20 (Emergency Use of Video and Telephonic Conference Technology in Certain Criminal Proceedings)

    All jury trials in civil and criminal cases are continued until April 16, 2020. New trial or status dates will be set in individual cases on or before April 16, 2020, unless the emergency suspension of trials is extended. Order 18-A amends paragraph 4 of Order 18, indicating that documents are not to be filed in person at the courthouse, personal appearances are excused unless ordered to appear after the date of the Order, and counsel and parties should not come to the courthouse or send others to the courthouse to file or submit documents that can be mailed or filed electronically.

    The court has restricted access to anyone who has traveled to any country for which the CDC has issued Level 2 or 3 travel health notices within the past fourteen days, resides or had close contact with someone who has traveled to any of those countries within  the past fourteen days, has travelled to a quarantined area in the United States within the past fourteen days, been asked to self-quarantine, been diagnosed with or had 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.

    Order 20 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.

  • District of ColoradoOrder 2020-1 (Visitor Restrictions) and General Order 2020-3 (Court Operations – supersedes General Order 2020-2)

    Pursuant to Order 2020-3, all civil and criminal trials are continued, until further notice, through May 1, 2020. All grand jury proceedings are suspended through May 1, 2020.  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. 

    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.

  • District of ConnecticutGeneral Order (Restriction On Visitors), General Order (Court Operations Under The Exigent Circumstances Created By COVID-19), General Order re COVID-19 Screening, COVID-19 General Order re Probation, Compliance Hearings & Attorney Admissions, COVID-19 Order re Court Matters, General Order No. 2 (Bankruptcy Court), Restrictions on Access to Clerk’s Office, General Order (Jury Continuation) dated March 24, General Order (Hearing Continuation) dated March 24, General Order (CARES Act), Courtesy Copies, and Superseding General Order

    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.

    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.”

    Effective March 24 and through May 15, 2020, all civil and criminal (grand and petit) jury selections and jury trials scheduled to commence from March 24 through May 15, 2020 are continued pending further order. Sitting grand juries are suspended through May 15, 2020.

    Effective March 24, all in-court (in-person) civil and criminal proceedings scheduled to commence on or before May 15, 2020, before any district or magistrate judge in any courthouse in the District of Connecticut shall be continued pending further order, with the exceptions noted in the General Order regarding hearing continuation.

    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.

    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.

  • District of Delaware, District Court and Bankruptcy CourtNotice, Interim Order (Cessation of Hand Deliveries to the Bankruptcy Court), Standing Order, Order (Filing of Sealed Criminal Documents), Standing Order dated March 18, Temporary Court Closure, Court Re-opening, AO 440, Order (Habeas Corpus), Standing Order, and Standing Order dated April 1

    The J. Caleb Boggs Courthouse and Federal Building has reopened as of 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020.

    Per the court’s March 17, 2020 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.  

    Subject to a Standing Order dated March 18, all civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials scheduled to begin before April 30, 2020 are continued pending further order.  Deadlines remain in effect unless modified.

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

    All grand juries are suspended through 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 April 1, 2020 Order.

  • District of D.C. Notice (Restricted Courthouse Access), Order 20-9 (Court Operations Standing Order), Order 20-12 (Interim Vouchers for Payments under the Criminal Justice Act), and Order 20-17 (Use of Video Teleconferencing and Teleconferencing for Certain Criminal and Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings), and Order 20-18 (Suspension of Service of Process by US Marshal)

    Access to the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse and the William B Bryant Annex is restricted to judges, court staff, members of the media, and visitors with official business with the courts. Individuals who have been diagnosed with or who have had known contact with a person with the COVID-19 virus or who have been asked to self-quarantine or who are experiencing flu-like symptoms should not enter the courthouse to conduct business.

    Among other changes, Standing Order No. 20-9 postponed and continued all civil and criminal petit jury selections and jury trials scheduled to commence March 17, 2020 through May 11, 2020, pending further order of the court.

    Per Order 20-18, any requirement that personnel in the U.S. Marshals Service assigned to the District of the District of Columbia 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 or June 15, 2020, whichever is earlier.

  • Middle District of Florida Order Concerning Jury Trials and Other Proceedings (Fort Myers Division), Order Concerning Jury Trials and Other Proceedings (Jacksonville Division), Memorandum (Jacksonville Division), Order Concerning Jury Trials and Other Proceedings (Orlando Division), Memorandum (Orlando Division), and Administrative Order 8:20-mc-25 (CARES Act)

    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.  

    Forty Myers and 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.

    Orlando Division:  All jury trials scheduled to begin before June 30, 2020 are continued pending further order of the court. All trial specific deadlines in criminal cases scheduled to begin before June 30, 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.

    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. 

  • Northern District of Florida Public Notice, Administrative Order (Court Operations),  Administrative Order (Conducting Initial Appearances, Detention Hearings and Arraignments), Administrative Order of March 23rd (Complete List of Measures Taken – Court Operations), and Administrative Order 4:95mc40111 (Authorization of Video and Telephone Conferencing)

    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.

    Administrative Order 4:95mc40111 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.

    Until further notice all initial appearances, detention hearings, and arraignments will be conducted via video conferencing. A defendant’s failure to object to this will be deemed as their consent.

    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.

  • Southern District of FloridaNotice, Administrative Order 2020-18,  Administrative Order 2020-20, Administrative Order 2020-21 (Jury Trials and Other Proceedings), Administrative Order 2020-22 (Grand Jury Sessions), and Administrative Order 2020-23 (CARES Act)

    Administrative Order 2020-23 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.

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

    Under Administrative Order 2020-21, all jury trials in the Southern District of Florida scheduled to begin on or after March 30, 2020, until April 27, 2020, are continued pending further order of the Court. All trial-specific deadlines in criminal cases scheduled to begin before April 27, 2020, 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.

    Grand jury proceedings are continued until April 27, 2020 pending further Order of the Court.

    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.

  • Middle District of Georgia Standing Order 2020-01, Standing Order 2020-02, and Standing Order 2020-03

    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 2020-02 amends Standing Order 2020-01, and states that from March 20, 2020 through May 16, 2020, unless ordered otherwise by the judge assigned to the particular case and based upon exceptional circumstances, all hearings in criminal cases are canceled, except for those listed in the order.

    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.

  • Northern District of GeorgiaNotice, Order 20-01, Order 20-02, Entry Restrictions, Rome Courthouse Re-Opening & Restrictions, Time Periods in General Order 20-01 Extended Through May 15, 2020, Order 20-01 Amended, Order 20-04 (Emergency Authorization of Video Teleconferencing and Telephone Conferencing in Criminal Proceedings), Order 20-05 (Authorization for CJA Panel Attorneys to Submit Interim Vouchers), and Order 20-06 (Authorization of Electronic Filing of Sealed Documents in Criminal Proceedings), and Temporary Procedures Now Available for Electronic Filing of Sealed Documents by Attorneys in Criminal Matters

    Consistent with General Order 20-03, the federal building located at 600 East First Street, Rome, GA, which houses the Court’s Rome division, has re-opened on March 24, 2020. In addition to the entry restrictions that apply to the entire district due to the COVID-19 pandemic, access to the Rome federal building is further restricted to judges, court staff and employees, those with offices or official responsibilities in the building, and members of the public with official business with the Court or any agency in the building including attorneys, witnesses, and family members required for Court hearings.

    Pursuant to Order 20-01, as of March 16, 2020, the court continued all jury trials (and trial-specific deadlines) for 30 days and no jurors will be summoned for civil or criminal jury trials for 30 days. The court amended General Order 20-01 to extend its specified 30-day time periods through and including May 15, 2020. Individual judges may continue to hold hearings, conferences and bench trials in the exercise of their discretion.  Consideration of civil or criminal motions that can be resolved without oral argument is not affected by Order 20-01. 

    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.

  • Southern District of Georgia Standing Order

    The court has restricted 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.

  • District Court of Guam General Order 20-0008 (Jury Trials and Other Proceedings), General Order 20-0009 (Visitor Restrictions),  General Order 20-0011 (Jury Trial and Other Proceedings and amends General Order 20-0008), General Order 20-0012 (Court Operations – amends and supersedes General Order No. 20-0011), General Order 20-0013 (CARES ACT Authorization for Video and Audio Conferencing in Criminal Proceedings), and General Order 20-0014 (Court Operations)

    General Order 20-0014 temporarily closes the court to the public through Monday, April 13, 2020, except as stated in General Order No. 20-0012.

    General Order 20-0013 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 March 20, 2020 the court will close to the public for fourteen (14) days.

    All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to being before April 26, 2020 are continued pending further order of the court. At their discretion individual judges may continue trail specific deadlines in civil cases and may continue to hold hearings, conferences, and bench trail. Judges are strongly encouraged to conduct court proceedings by telephone or video conferencing when practical.

    All grand jury sessions are continued until April 26, 2020. The U.S. Attorney may schedule grand jury proceedings for emergency and essential matters after consultation with the Chief Judge.  Fillings will continue to be processed via CM/ECF and those wishing to make paper filings can use the drop box located in the courthouse.

    The court has placed restrictions on persons who have traveled to certain countries, have been quarantined, diagnosed with COVID-19, or in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. 

  • District of Hawaii March 23, 2020 Temporary General Order (supersedes March 17, 2020 Temporary General Order) and March 30, 2020 Order (Authorizing Use of Telephonic Hearings Pursuant to the CARES Act)

    All civil and criminal trials scheduled between March 17, 2020 and May 3, 2020 are continued. All civil hearings, including settlement conferences, scheduled between the same time periods will either be conducted telephonically or taken off the court’s calendar. The judges retain their own discretion to determine that a particular hearing is essential or requires the parties to appear in court. Until further notice, no courtesy copies of filings are to be provided in both civil and criminal matters unless specifically ordered by the presiding judge.

    The March 30, 2020 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 court has restricted 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.

  • District of IdahoNotice,Press Release (Closure Pocatello Courthouse), General Order No. 362 (Court Operations – supersedes General Order 360), General Order No. 363 (Update on CARES Act Provisions for Criminal Proceedings), and General Order No. 364 (Filings Pursuant to Bail Reform Act)

    The US District Court and Bankruptcy Court is closed to the public until April 15, 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 and grand jury proceedings scheduled to begin on or before May 11, 2020 are continued until further notice. 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.

    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.  

    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. 

    The Pocatello Courthouse is closed for two weeks from March 23, 2020 to April 6, 2020.

  • Central District of IllinoisNotice (Restricting Access), Order, Amended General Order 20-01, General Order 20-02, and General Order 20-03

    As of March 13, 2020, the court has continued all civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin before May 18, 2020.  All civil hearings, including settlement conferences will be conducted by telephone or videoconference.  Hearings on the revocation of supervised release scheduled to begin before May 18, 2020 and sentencing hearings scheduled to begin before May 18, 2020 will be continued. Initial appearances and arraignments shall be conducted by video conference where practicable and with the consent of the defendant.

    The United States Courthouses located in Springfield and Urbana will be closed to the public, and court operations for the Rock Island Division, temporarily relocated in Davenport, will be closed to the public. All filings should be made electronically via CM/ECF.

    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, 2020, and until May 18, 2020, 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 Order 20-03.

  • Northern District of IllinoisGeneral Order 20-0012, General Order 20-03 (Bankruptcy Court), Order 20-0014 (Court Closures), and Second Amended General Order 20-0012

    In all civil cases, all deadlines, whether set by the court or by the Rules of Civil Procedure or Local Rules, are extended by 21 days from the current deadline set. Civil case hearings, trials, and settlement conferences scheduled from March 17, 2020 until April 3, 2020 are stricken from the calendar, to be re-set by the presiding judge on or after April 6, 2020.

    For the Bankruptcy Court, currently scheduled trials and evidentiary hearings may be continued to new dates, at the judge’s discretion. All court calls will be held telephonically. No personal appearances will be necessary or permitted, unless ordered by the judge.

    Effective March 20, 2020, the Clerk’s Office in the Stanley J. Roszkowski U.S. Courthouse in Rockford, Illinois and the Clerk’s Office at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago, Illinois, will be closed to public entry. Electronic filings may still be made through the CM/ECF system.

    Amended General Order 20-0012 extends by 21 days all deadlines, in all civil cases and Executive Committee matters, whether set by the court, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, or the Local Rules. The Second Amended General Order extends all deadlines in civil cases and Executive Committee matters by an additional 28 days, subject to exceptions as detailed in the Order.

    Civil case hearings, bench trials, and settlement conferences scheduled for on or before May 1, 2020 are stricken, to be re-set by the presiding judge to a date on or after May 4, 2020. Civil jury trials scheduled for on or before May 29, 2020 are stricken, to be re-set by the presiding judge to a date on or after June 1, 2020.

    The use of videoconferencing is authorized as detailed in Amended Order 20-0012.

  • Southern District of IllinoisOrder No. 261, Order 262 (Criminal Procedure), Notice (Restricting Courthouse Access), Order 263, Amended Order No. 261, and Amended Order No. 262

    The federal courthouses in East St. Louis and Benton will be closed until April 7 to all but essential personnel designated to perform essential functions.

    The court has restricted access to the courthouse to anyone who has traveled outside the United States 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, has had to fly for the scheduled proceeding, or would raise a reasonable concern of exposure.  

    All civil matters (including trials, hearings, and settlement conferences) scheduled for an in-court appearance are continued pending further order.  All grand jury proceedings will proceed.  Essential criminal proceedings where in-person attendance is constitutionally required will occur.  Judges will have the sole discretion to determine what other proceedings are essential and should go forward or whether videoconferencing or teleconferencing can be used. 

    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.

  • Southern District of IndianaGeneral Order dated March 20, 2020 (supersedes all previous General Orders) and General Order (Filing by Pro Se Litigants and Acceptance of Payments)

    All civil and criminal jury trial in all of the Court’s divisions are continued effective March 13, 2020 through May 1, 2020. All criminal court proceedings assigned. Unless otherwise ordered by the assigned judge, all other criminal proceedings will proceed as scheduled. The Court will continue to conduct all necessary hearings and other proceedings, as it deems proper, and will necessary witnesses to participate meaningfully upon written notice from counsel filed with the court.

    The Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Evansville, New Albany Divisions are closed to the public. Parties who which to file print documents should use the drop boxes located at each division’s courthouses.  Among other changes, the Southern District of Indiana has ordered all jury trials are continued though and including at least May 1, 2020.  Unless otherwise ordered by the assigned district or magistrate judge, all other civil court proceedings will proceed as scheduled. 

  • Northern District of IowaOrder 20-AO-0002-P, Order 20-AO-0003-P (Court Hours of Operation),  No. 20-AO-0004-PI (Procedures for Initial Arrests), and Public Administrative Order No. 20-AO-0004-P (Emergency Conditions under the CARES Act)

    All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to commence on or before April 24, 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. 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 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.

  • Southern District of Iowa Trial Order, Grand Jury Order, Payments Order (Paper Filings and Payments), Public Administrative Order No. 20-AO-6-P (CARES Act Provisions), and Public Administrative Order No. 20-AO-7-P (April 2020 Grand Jury)

    All civil and criminal jury trials currently set until May 4, 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.

    All grand jury proceeding already scheduled for April 2020 are canceled and all proceedings are suspended until May 4, 2020.

    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.

  • Eastern District of KentuckyGeneral Order 20-02, General Order 20-03,  General Order 20-05 (Court Operations), and General Order No. 20-06 (Court Operations – Lexington Courthouse)

    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 on or before May 1, 2020 for a minimum period of 30 days, subject to further orders of the court. All trials currently in progress shall be completed at the discretion of the presiding judge.

    All in person hearings in civil cases schedules through May 1, 2020 are continued generally, each assigned judge may exercise discretion and may hold such hearings by telephone, video conference, or other means that do not require personal appearance at the courthouse.

    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 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.  

  • Western District of KentuckyGeneral Order 20-02, Notice, General Order 20-03 (amending General Order 20-02),  General Order 2020-04 (Filings by Pro Se Litigants and Acceptance of Payments), General Order 2020-05 (Use of Video and Telephone Conferencing for Criminal Proceedings), and General Order 2020-7 (Public Availability of Transcripts for Certain Criminal Case Proceedings)

    With specific exceptions, the court’s order continued civil and criminal trials scheduled to begin May 1, 2020 for a minimum period of 30 days, subject to further orders of the court. All currently scheduled hearings in criminal cases through May 1, 2020, including all motion hearings, change of plea hearings, and sentencings are continued subject to further orders of the assigned. The assigned judge may exercise discretion to proceed with affected hearings at the schedule time or by telephone, video conference, or other means that will not require a personal appearance at the courthouse.

    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.

    All in person hearings in civil cases, except for temporary restraining orders or other emergency matters, scheduled through May 1, 2020 are continued. The assigned judge may exercise discretion to proceed with affected hearings at the schedule time or by telephone, video conference, or other means that will not require a personal appearance at the courthouse.

    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.

  • District of KansasOrder 2020-2, Order 2020-3Notice, and Administrative Order 2020-4 (Criminal Case Operations)

    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 criminal cases and matters scheduled for nonemergency hearings or trial before any district or magistrate judge are postponed pending further order of the court.

    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.

  • Eastern District of LouisianaNotice, General Order 20-1, General Order 20-2, General Order No. 20-3 (Criminal Proceedings), Notice (Intake and Pro Se Area and Public Terminal Area Closed), Notice (Sealed Pleadings and Facsimile Filing of Paper Documents), and General Order No. 20-4 (CARES Act Provisions for Criminal Proceedings)

    General Order 20-1 restricts categories of persons from entering the Hale Boggs Federal Building and United States Courthouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    General Order 20-2 continues all civil and criminal bench and jury trials scheduled to begin on any date from the date of the order until May 1, 2020, to a date to be reset by each presiding judge.

    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 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.

    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, and Administrative Order 2020-4 (Response to CARES Act Legislation)

    Order 2020-1 postpones all civil and criminal trials (bench and jury) to a date, to be determined by the presiding judge, on or after May 1, 2020. Order 2020-3 instructs that all initial appearances in criminal matters be held by video conference or as otherwise ordered by the court. The Clerk’s Office will not accept in-person filings through April 13, 2020.

    Order 2020-2 amends order 2020-1 and suspends prescriptive, preemptive and statute of limitation deadlines until April 13, 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.

  • Western District of LouisianaOrder 001-2020, First Supplemental Order Regarding Court Operations,  Second Supplemental Order, and Third Supplemental Order (Court Operations – CARES Act)

    Under Order 001-2020 all civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin on any date from now through May 1, 2020 are continued to a date to be reset by each presiding judge. 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.

    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.

  • District of MaineGeneral Order 2020-2 and General Order 2020-4 (Court Operations - partially supersedes General Order 2020-2 and fully supersedes General Orders 2020-1 and 2020-3)

    All civil and criminal jury selections and trials, and grand jury proceedings scheduled to commence are hereby continued until further notice. The court will have no jury trials during March, April, or May 2020. All grand jury proceedings are continued until further notice and there will be no grand jury proceedings during March and April.

    All deadlines in criminal and civil cases between March 28 and May 1, 2020 are extended 30 days. Attorneys may file d a motion for relief from this provision. Individual judges may continue to hold telephonic conferences deemed necessary.

    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 Clerk’s Office will be open by appointment only and those filings documents must leave them at designative drop-off points in the court at the designated time.

  • District of MarylandStanding Order 2020-02, Second Amended Standing Order 2020-03, Update, Order 20-146, Order 2020-05 (rescinding Order 2020-03), Revised Policy (Interim Orders), and Order 2020-06

    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.

    Order 2020-05 rescinds Amended Order 2020-03 and holds that all civil and criminal petit jury selections and jury trials scheduled to commence now through April 24, 2020 before any district or magistrate judge in any courthouse in the District of Maryland are continued pending further Order of the Court. All other civil, criminal, and bankruptcy proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland now scheduled to occur from March 16, 2020, through April 24, 2020, are postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date, unless the presiding judge in an individual case issues an order after the date of this Order directing that a particular proceeding will be held on or before April 24, 2020. All filing deadlines now set to fall between March 16, 2020, and April 24, 2020, are extended by forty-two (42) days, unless the presiding judge in an individual case sets a different date by an order issued after the date of this Order. The 30-day time period for filing an indictment or an information is tolled as to each defendant during the time period March 16, 2020 through April 24, 2020, in alignment with 18 U.S.C. § 3161(b). This Order does not toll any applicable statute of limitations.

    As of March 18, all in-court proceedings in the Southern Division U.S. Courthouse in Greenbelt, Maryland are temporarily suspended until further Order of the Court. All emergency criminal, civil, and bankruptcy matters related to public safety, public health and welfare, and individual liberty arising in the Southern Division shall be heard in the Northern Division U.S. Courthouse in Baltimore, Maryland. Electronic filing through CM/ECF will remain available for all Northern Division and Southern Division cases.

    All new Interim Orders will have a corresponding Temporary Hearing scheduled for May 4, 2020 or May 5, 2020, unless otherwise ordered by an Administrative Judge, or a Judge designated by the Administrative Judge.

    Videoconferencing is available as detailed in Order 2020-06.

  • District of Massachusetts – General Order 20-1 , General Order 20-2, General Order 20-3, General Order 20-4, General Order 20-5, General Order 20-6, General Order 20-7, March 25 Notice, General Order 20-8 (revoking General Order 20-7), General Order 20-9 (Release of Pretrial Services Reports to Counsel in Criminal Cases), and General Order 20-10 (Interim Vouchers in CJA Cases), General Order 20-11 (Video and Telephone Conferencing for Criminal Proceedings), General Order 20-12 (Video and Telephone Conferencing for Felony Pleas and Sentencing), General Order 20-13 (Supplemental Order Concerning Jury Trials and Related Proceedings), General Order 20-14 (Supplemental Order Concerning Grand Jury Proceedings), General Order 20-15 (Supplemental Order Concerning Mediations and CVB Sessions), and Public Notice re Public Access to Video and Teleconference Hearings

    The court’s notice on March 25 states that, while the clerk’s office in each building remains open during regular business hours, the public counters will open at 9 a.m. and close at 2 p.m.

    General Order 20-8 revoked General Order 20-07 and reopened the courthouse on March 27.

    Pursuant to General Order 20-13, all jury trials scheduled to begin on or before May 29, 2020, are continued pending further order of the Court. All trial-specific deadlines in criminal cases scheduled to begin on or before May 29, 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.

    All scheduled mediations in the district are continued until at least May 29, 2020.  They will be rescheduled to a date thereafter by the assigned magistrate judge, pending further Order of the Court.

    Under General Order 20-5, all scheduled mediations in the District are continued until at least April 27, 2020. 

    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.  Under General Order 20-6, all naturalization ceremonies scheduled for March and April 2020 are suspended.

  • Eastern District of MichiganNotice, Administrative Order 20-AO-021, Administrative Order 20-AO-020, Order 20-AO-023, 20-AO-025, and Advisory

    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, and all grand jury proceedings.  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.

    All future misdemeanor calls are postponed, and misdemeanor ticket calls scheduled for April 1, 2020 are cancelled and will be rescheduled to a later date.

    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-025.

  • Western District of Michigan Notice and Notice regarding Access

    Each judge is making case specific assessments regarding what can be postponed, or handled by phone, video conference or in other ways short of in person hearings. Parties to proceedings that typically require in-person hearings can also seek postponement or other accommodation in their individual cases.

    Federal buildings under the cognizance of the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan will be open to the public on an “appointment only” basis until April 14, 2020. 

  • District of MinnesotaNotice, Administrative Order, General Order 1, General Order 2, General Order No. 3 (Updated Guidance to Court Operations), General Order No. 5 (Updated Guidance to Court Operations), and General Order No. 6 (Court Operations – How To Attend Hearings via Teleconference)

    General Order 2 continues all criminal proceedings until April 16, 2020 and grand jury proceedings from March 17 until April 16, 2020. 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.

    Pursuant to General Order 1, all criminal and civil jury trials are suspended until after April 27, 2020. The Clerk’s Office, the Probation & Pretrial Services Office, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and all other Court services will remain open pending further order of the Court. The Clerk’s Office intake desk and Electronic Case Filing (ECF) helpdesks 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.

    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.

  • Northern District of MississippiOrder 3.20-MC-9
  • 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.

  • Southern District of MississippiOrder, Revised Video Conferencing Plan, and Special Order # 2
  • Through March 31, 2020, all non-essential civil and criminal matters set for hearing or trial are continued.  For all matters deemed essential and for 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.  Judges are encouraged to use videoconference and teleconferencing. 

    Special Order #2 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. 

  • Eastern District of MissouriMarch 13, 2020 Order, March 17, 2020 Order, March 18, 2020 OrderMarch 23, 2020 Order (March 17 and March 18 Orders remain in effect, March 13 is further amended), and Order (Video and Teleconferencing Capabilities under CARES Act)
  • All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin before May 31, 2020 are continued and will be rescheduled by the presiding judge after May, 31, 2020. 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.

    Per order of Chief Judge Sippel effective March 13, 2020, categories of persons with a connection to COVID-19 or with unexplained fever, cough or shortness of breath are restricted from entering any courthouse in the Eastern District of Missouri. Access to the courthouses is limited to the lobby only, except for essential hearings or specific appointments.

  • Western District of MissouriGeneral Order, Order dated March 18, 2020,  Order (Criminal Case Operations), and Superseding Modified MAP Attendance Requirements for Mediations
  • All civil and criminal trials and jury selections, all trial specific deadlines in criminal cases, and all grand jury proceedings are continued through March 29, 2020.  Certain criminal matters will continue in the ordinary course.  All bankruptcy hearing and trials through March 29, 2020 will be conducted by telephone or continued based on 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 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.

  • District of Montana Bankruptcy Order 2020-4-BPH,  Administrative Order 20-17 (Public Access and Court Operations – amends and supersedes Administrative Order No. 20-14), and General Order No. 2020-5-BPH (Bankruptcy Court Operations)
  • The federal courthouses are closed to the public.

    All jury trials (criminal and civil) scheduled to begin on or before May 1, 2020 are vacated and will be reset by 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.

    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.

  • District of Nebraska General Order No. 2020-03, General Order No. 2020-04, General Order 20-05, General Order No. 2020-06, and General Order 2020-07 (Video Teleconferencing for Criminal Proceedings)
  • 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 May 1, 2020 are continued until further notice. Any arrangements for hearing to be conducted by remote means shall proceed as scheduled. Case-by-case exceptions to the continuances may be ordered for non-jury proceedings at the discretion of the court and upon motion from the parties or on the court’s own motion.

    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.

    All grand jury proceedings scheduled in the District of Nebraska during March 2020 are continued pending further order of the court. 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. 

    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.

  • District of NevadaOrder 2020-02, Order 2020-3, Press Release, General Order 2020-04, and General Order 2020-05
  • All civil and criminal trials, and any associated deadlines, are continued until April 10, 2020. The court has restricted access to those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, reside with or had contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, has been asked to self-quarantine, or has apparent symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, severe cough, or shortness of breath.

    Per Order 2020-04, the Clerk’s Office will be closed to the public beginning March 20, 2020.  This closure does not affect any filings. Attorneys and pro se parties may continue to file documents with the court. All deadlines will remain in full effect unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge. Necessary hearings will be accomplished via video conference or telephone (with the defendant’s consent in criminal cases) to the extent practicable.

    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.

  • District of New HampshireNotice, Standing Order 20-5 (Court Operations, superseding Order 20-4), Standing Order 20-6 (In-Court Proceedings), General Order 20-07, Order 20-9 (Restricted Public Access to Rudman Courthouse and Cleveland Federal Building), Order 20-10, Standing Order (20-11) (Allowing Pro Se Litigants and Attorneys to File Documents by Email), and Administrative Order 20-12 (Video and Telephonic Conferencing)

    The Rudman Courthouse is open but will remain closed to the public except for dates when the court conducts in-court hearings at the courthouse.  All grand jury proceedings scheduled before May 1, 2020, are continued. All criminal hearings scheduled before April 13, 2020 are continued. 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 May 1, 2020 are continued. All grand jury proceedings scheduled before May 1 are continued. All civil hearings and conferences scheduled to occur after March 20, 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.

    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.

    Attorneys and pro se parties may continue to file documents with the court electronically through CM/ECF, or in paper by using the court’s 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. 

  • District of New JerseyStanding Order 20-02, Standing Order 20-3, Notice (Visitor Restrictions), Updated Clerk's Office Hours as of March 18, Order 2020-04, Notice dated March 25, 2020, Order 2020-05, Standing Order 2020-06 dated March 30, and Standing Order 2020-07

    Per Order 2020-05, both Newark Courthouses in Newark, New Jersey are closed from March 26, 2020, through April 6, 2020. This Standing Order does not affect the operation of the two courthouses in the Trenton and Camden Vicinages. The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey otherwise remains open for official business.

    Per Order 2020-04, all filing and discovery deadlines in civil matters that currently fall between March 25, 2020 and April 30, 2020 are extended by forty-five (45) days, unless otherwise directed by the presiding judge. The extension does not apply to any scheduled dates of conferences, which are controlled by the presiding judge. Applicable statutes of limitations are not tolled or extended by the Order.

    All civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials scheduled to begin before April 30, 2020 are continued pending further order.  All deadlines remain in effect and any dispute over whether discovery can be effectively accomplished in a manner consistent with applicable health guidelines may be referred to the Magistrate Judge for resolution.  Individual judges may continue to hold hearings, conferences, sentencings, changes of plea hearings and bench trials in their discretion.  Judges are encouraged to conduct proceedings by telephone or videoconference where practicable and to take reasonable measures to avoid necessity of out of town travel of any litigant, witness, counsel or the public. 

    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. 

    By March 25 notice, the Court provided dial-in instructions for remote hearings.

    Per Order 2020-06, 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 as detailed in the Order.

    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.

  • District of New Mexico - Order 20-MC-00004-8, Order 20-MC-00004-9, and Announcement

    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.

  • Eastern District of New York Administrative Order 2020-04 (Presentation of Detainees at Court), Administrative Order 2020-05 (Restrictions on Entering the Courthouses), Administrative Order 2020-06 (Jury Trials, Speedy Trial Act, and Other Issues), Administrative Order 2020-07 (Naturalization), Administrative Order 2020-08 (Essential Personnel), Administrative Order 2020-09 (In-Person Appearances for Attorney Admissions), Administrative Order 2020-10 (Suspends Petty Offense Hearings), Administrative Order 2020-11 (Preliminary Hearings in Criminal Matters), Administrative Order 2020-12 (Suspension of Process by US Marshals), Order 2020-13, and Order 2020-14
  • All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin before April 27, 2020 are continued pending further order of the Court. Compliance with all trial specific deadlines in civil and criminal cases scheduled to begin before April 27, 2020 is at the discretion of the assigned judge. See Administrative Order 2020-6 for further information. 

    The Brooklyn federal court is barring people who have recently traveled to high-risk countries or who have come in contact with coronavirus. In a separate order, Judge Mauskopf also directed that all detainees being held in six federal, state and private lockups in the area have their body temperatures taken prior to any court appearances. If a detainee has a temperature of 100.4 or above, they will not be allowed in court.

    All criminal matters in which a magistrate judge must conduct a preliminary hearing on or between March 18, 2020 and April 27, 2020 pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 5.1(a), magistrate judges have 60 days during which to hold the preliminary hearing after the initial appearance.

    Service of process by the United States Marshal is suspended until April 27, 2020.

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

    Per Order 2020-14, the Wardens of MDC Brooklyn, MCC New York, and QDF will provide to the Court, in writing, twice weekly on the schedule below, 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.

  • Northern District of New YorkNotice (Visitor Restrictions), General Order #58 (Response to Coronavirus COVID-19), General Order #59 (Criminal Case Operations), and General Order #60
  • All civil and criminal (grand and petit) jury selections and jury trials scheduled to begin not through April 30, 2020 are continued pending further orders from the court. The court will, however, consider case-by-case exceptions to the postponements. The order does affect the court’s consideration of civil or criminal motions that can be resolved without oral argument or handled by telephone or video conference.

    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 authorized the use of video teleconferencing in the criminal procedures enumerated in Section 15002(b)(1) of the CARES Act as detailed in General Order #59.

    The court is allowing, until further notice, the filing of interim vouchers for compensation as detailed in Order #60.

  • Southern District of New YorkStanding Order (M10-468) (Continuance of Jury Trials) dated Mar. 13, 2020, Standing Order (M10-468) (Suspension of Service of Process in Pro Se Matters), Second Amended Standing Order (M10-468) (Restrictions on Visitors to Courthouses) dated March 13, 2020, Revised Standing Order (M10-468) (Entry into Courthouses) dated March 16, 2020, Standing Order M10-468, March 20 Memorandum, Notice (Courthouse Entry) dated March 23, Order 20-MC-173 (Suspension of Local Rule 6), Order 20-MC-172, Order 20-MC-176, March 30 Update, and Third Amended Standing Order
  • Under Judge McMahon’s March 13 Standing Order, the courthouses in Manhattan, White Plains, and Poughkeepsie remain open for business subject to some limitations.  Some of those limitations include (i) all civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin before April 27, 2020 are continued pending further order of the court; (ii) compliance with all trial-specific deadlines in civil and criminal cases scheduled to begin before April 27, 2020, is at the discretion of the presiding judge; and (iii) individual judges may continue to hold hearings, conferences, and bench trials in the exercise of their discretion, consistent with the Order.  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 variety of events listed in the order.

    On March 16, the court issued Revised Standing Order M10-468.  Judge McMahon restricted access to the Manhattan, White Plains and Poughkeepsie courthouses to select persons including, but not limited to, (i) persons who have been ordered to appear by any judge of the Southern District, (ii) Debtors, creditors, and their attorneys who have case-related business before the Bankruptcy Court, and (iii) Government employees who work in the courthouse and are authorized to appear by their employer. Persons otherwise authorized to enter must pass the screening protocol that can be found in the Second Amended Standing Order in the matter now entitled In re Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic (M10-168), entered on March 13, 2020. 

    On March 9, 2020, the Southern District of New York imposed visitor restrictions because of the COVID-19 virus, followed by an order on March 13 restricting access to those who have flown to countries listed as level two or three (which includes almost all of Europe), reside with or been in contact with someone who has traveled to any of those countries, been asked to self-quarantine, been diagnosed with or had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have fever, cough or shortness of breath.  Anyone attempting to enter in violation will be denied entry. On March 11, Judge McMahon issued a memorandum cancelling all non-case related activities until further notice.

    On March 17, 2020, the court authorized the probation department and pretrial services agency to screen people on probation for a temperature of over 100.4 degrees who are required to report to the court.

    Effective March 27, all jury calls have been suspended. Due to the lead time needed to call jurors, no jury trial, either civil or criminal, can be held until June 1, 2020

    Effective March 30, the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse will be closed for all SDNY activities. The Moynihan Courthouse at 500 Pearl Street/200 Worth Street will be become the locus of activity in the Southern District of New York. The courthouse will be open, but only to hear urgent criminal matters (arraignments/bail applications and reviews/pleas and sentences by special arrangement) and matters in which immediate relief is sought pursuant to Rule 65(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Charles L. Brieant Courthouse in White Plains remains open.

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

  • Western District of New York – General Order (Alternative Dispute Resolution Under Circumstances Created by COVID-19), Announcement (Visitor Restrictions), General Order (Court Operations), General Order (Updated Court Operations), General Order dated March 19, 2020 (Attorney Admissions), and General Order (CARES Act)

    The General Order on court operations dated March 13, 2020 continues all civil jury trials and grand jury selections for sixty (60) days. District judges also have the discretion to adjourn criminal proceedings for sixty (60 days). The order does not affect consideration of civil or criminal motions that can be resolved without oral argument or personal appearances.

    All eligible civil cases are automatically referred for ADR and they should proceed to mediation with the deadlines as set forth in the cases initial Scheduling Order.

    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 General Order dated March 18 continues all criminal jury trials scheduled to commence March 18 through May 13, 2020. Criminal matters before magistrate judges and the issuance of search and arrest warrants shall continue to take place in the ordinary course. The Order does not affect the Court’s consideration of criminal motions that can be resolved without oral argument or personal appearances.

    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.

  • Eastern District of North Carolina – Standing Order, Standing Order dated March 18, 2020, and Standing Order 20-SO-7 (Video Conferencing for Criminal Proceedings under the CARES Act)

    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. 

    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. 

  • Middle District of North Carolina – Standing Order 12 (Visitor Restrictions)  Standing Order 13 (Court Operations), and Amended Standing Order 13 (Court Operations)

    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 4, 2020 are continued and postponed under further order. All criminal cases, including jury trials are continued to a date on or after May 4, 2020. The Grand Jury proceedings scheduled for March 2020 are cancelled. Judges are also 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 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.

  • Western District of North Carolina – General Directive, March 17 Notice (Restrictions on Courthouse Access), and Administrative Order (Criminal Jury Trials and Other Matters)

    The court remains open and attorneys should presume all court hearings are going forward as scheduled unless they are otherwise notified. Judges are staggering their hearings, hearings will be held in the largest courtrooms available, and settlement conferences and other non-evidentiary proceedings are to be conducted by telephone and SKYPE.

    All criminal jury trials scheduled to begin on any date through June 1, 2020 are continued to date to be reset by the trial judge.

    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 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.

  • District of North Dakota – Administrative Order (Court Operations – replaces March 23 Order) and Administration Order (Use of Video and Telephone Conferencing for Hearings in Criminal Cases)

    All jury trials scheduled between March 16, 2020 and May 1, 2020 are continued until further notice. 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. All hearings are suspended through April 3, 2020. Individual judges may also conduct proceedings by telephone or video conference when practical and consistent with the law.

    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 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.

  • District of Northern Mariana IslandsGeneral Order No. 20-00003 (Court Operations – supersedes General Order No. 20-00002) and General Order No. 20-00004 (CARES Act Authorization for Video and Audio Conferencing)

    All scheduled civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials scheduled before April 26, 2020 are continued until further notice. To the extent possible, all civil, criminal and bankruptcy hearings will be conducted by telephone or video conference as determined by the presiding judge. All grand jury proceedings are continued to April 26, 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.  

    The court is temporarily closed to the public from March 23, 2020 through April 3, 2020. When the court reopens to the public the court will restrict 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.

  • Northern District of Ohio – Notice (Mass Gatherings), Order 2020-05, Notice (Visitors), General Order 2020-05-1 (COVID-19 Public Emergency), and General Order 2020-06 (Video and Telephone Conferencing for Criminal Proceedings)

    General Order 2020-05-1 closes all courthouses to the public until May 1, 2020.

    Any civil jury trials, re-entry court proceedings, petty offense (CVB) proceedings scheduled to begin before May 1 are vacated. Unless otherwise ordered, judges will conduct civil pretrial proceedings by telephone or video conferencing where practical. Mass public gatherings other than court proceedings are suspended. 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 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

  • Southern District of Ohio – General Order No. 20-05 (Court Operations) and General Order 20-07 (Video Teleconferencing for Criminal Proceedings)

    The Court is closed to the public for a period of 14 days beginning March 23, 2020. All civil and criminal hearings and trail dates scheduled to proceed during this period are continued pending further court order. The court may proceed with video/telephonic conferences as appropriate and at the discretion of the individual judges. All grand jury proceedings are subject to the continuance except those that are 30-day cases or may be subject to the statute of limitations. 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 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.

  • Eastern District of Oklahoma – Notice, Order 20-5, and Order 20-6

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

    Restricting access to anyone who traveled to (or who has had close contact with someone to 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. 

  • Northern District of Oklahoma – General Order 20-06 (Court Operations – amends and supersedes General Order 20-05) and General Order 20-07 (Video Teleconferencing or Telephone Conferencing of Certain Criminal CARES ACT)

    All civil and criminal hearings and trials scheduled before April 30, 2020 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.

    All grand jury proceedings, are continued pending further order of the court. Judges may grant case-by-case exceptions to the continuances. The order does not affect consideration of civil or criminal motions that can be resolved without oral argument.

  • Western District of Oklahoma – General Order 20-5 (Court Operations), General Order 20-7 (Visitor Restrictions)  General Order 20-8 (Jury Trials), and General Order 20-9.1 (Use of Video and Telephone Conferencing for Criminal Proceedings)

    Civil and criminal jury trials on the April 2020 docket are continued and will be reset by the presiding judge. The presiding judge will also address trial-related deadlines. Also grand jury sessions on March 17, April 7, and April 21 are cancelled.

    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.

    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.

  • District of Oregon - Order 2020-4, Order 2020-5, Standing Order 2020-7 (Video and Telephone Conferencing for Criminal Proceedings), and Standing Order 2020-8 (Pro Se Filing by E-mail)

    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 and trials scheduled to begin before April 26, 2020, are continued pending further order. All grand jury proceedings are continued unless otherwise ordered. Unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge, all other civil and criminal matters scheduled for an in-court appearance before April 26, 2020, including any associated deadlines, are continued absent agreement of the parties and presiding judge to resolve the matters without oral argument or via telephone or teleconference. Order 2020-4 does not affect the court’s consideration of civil or criminal motions that can be resolved without oral argument.

    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.

    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.

  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania - Order re Visitor Restrictions, Order re Temporary Continuance, Order re Electronic Filing of Complaints in Civil Cases, Order re Additional Adjustments to Court Proceedings, Supplemental Standing Order, News from the Third Circuit, Order re Temporary Closing of the James A. Byrne Courthouse, Notice re Paper Courtesy Copies, Notice to Pro Se Litigants, Notice re Expanded E-Filing, Notice to Filers of Hard Copy Documents to Resubmit Electronically, Notice re Emergency Requests for Relief, and Order re Video Teleconferencing and Telephone Conferencing for Criminal Proceedings

    The James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will be closed from noon on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, through Sunday, March 29, 2020.

    The District continues to be open and operational, but with limited essential services. The Easton location has been closed; courthouses in Philadelphia and Allentown and the Reading location remain open with restricted public access. Access to courthouses and other court locations will be limited to judges, court personnel, and persons attending court proceedings or having other official business with the court.

    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.

    All Central Violations Bureau proceedings, civil and criminal jury trials, and grand jury selections scheduled to begin before April 13, 2020 are continued pending further order. Grand juries shall continue to meet. The Order will expire no later than April 13, 2020 unless extended by further Court order.

    Per the court’s Standing Order dated March 18, 2020, the deadlines for filing an indictment or information set forth in 18 U.S.C. § 3161(b) and (d)(1) are continued in every matter in the district. All arbitration hearings pursuant to Local Civil Rule 53.2 currently scheduled between now and April 13, 2020, are continued pending further court order.

    The court’s Standing Order issued March 17, 2020, suspends the restrictions set forth in Local Civil Rule 5.1.2, subsection 2(b), thereby allowing attorneys to electronically file complaints. The order will expire no later than April 13, 2020, unless extended by further court order.

  • Middle District of Pennsylvania - Order 20-01, Order 20-01(Supp.), Order 20-2 (Activation of Court’s COOP Plan), Order 20-04, Standing Order No. 20-5 (Detainee/Arrestee Screening and Related Matters), Standing Order No. 20-6 (Access to Federal Courthouse Buildings), Order No.20-7 (Vacating Standing Order 20-3 and Reopening Harrisburg Courthouse), and Standing Order 20-8 (Teleconferences and Videoconferences for Criminal Proceedings)

    Per Order 20-01, all hearings and proceedings in all civil and criminal matters within 60 days of March 13, 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 the court’s supplemental order, sitting grand juries in each vicinage of the Court are authorized to continue to meet, but no new grand juries will be empaneled during the period of March 13, 2020 to April 30, 2020. In the event that a grand jury is unavailable in the District, the 30-day time period for filing an indictment or an information is tolled as to each defendant during the time period March 13, 2020 through April 30, 2020, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3161(b).

    The Scranton division has reopened as of March 30, 2020. The Middle District of Pennsylvania remains open for official business, but until further notice, all Scranton Courthouse proceedings shall be transferred to either the Williamsport Courthouse or the Harrisburg Courthouse (which has reopened, subject to the general orders of the court, including but not limited to Standing Orders 20-1, 20-2 and 20-6.

    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.

  • Western District of Pennsylvania - Order 401-MRH (Computation of Time for Filing of Information or Indictments), Order 394-MRH (Jury Trials and Certain Other Proceedings), Crim. Proc. Protocol, Order 401-MRH March 19 Update, Order 426-MRH (Courthouse Access), Order 402-MRH, Order 466-MRH (Use of Video and Teleconferencing Technology in Certain Criminal Proceedings), and Order 472-MRH (CJA Panel Attorney Interim Compensation)

    All civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials scheduled to begin before April 27, 2020, 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. Individual judicial officers may continue to hold hearings, conferences, sentencings, change of plea hearings, and bench trials at their discretion, and are encouraged to conduct proceedings by telephone or video where practicable. Sitting grand juries are authorized to continue to meet, subject to further order.

    The March 19 update to Order 401-MRH suspends all grand jury session through April 3, 2020.

    The court 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.

  • District of Rhode IslandGeneral Order re Access Restrictions, General Order re Continuity of Operations, Second General Order re Continuity of Operations, General Order re Criminal Matters, General Order re Interim CJA Vouchers, and Amended General Order (Criminal Matters)

    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.

    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.

  • District of South Carolina - Notice, Order, Order 3.20-MC-105, Standing Order 3:20-MC-122, and Standing Order 3:20-MC-129

    Attorneys, litigants, visitors or jurors should contact the court if they have traveled to or been in contact with someone who has traveled to a Level 3 or Level 4 country, been diagnosed with or had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or have a fever, cough, or flu-like symptoms. The court will make reasonable accommodations and reschedule appearances and hearings as needed.

    All civil and criminal jury selections, jury trials, and roster materials scheduled to begin through May 8, 2020 are continued pending further order. All grand jury proceedings scheduled through May 8, 2020, are also continued pending further order by the Chief Judge. Deadlines in civil cases are extended by 21 days from the current deadline, but applicable statutes of limitation are not tolled. Unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge, all other civil and criminal matters scheduled for an in-court appearance through May 8, 2020, including any associated deadlines, are continued absent agreement by the parties and judge to proceed via telephone or video teleconference where practical. The court will continue to consider civil or criminal motions that can be resolved without court appearance.

    Public intake areas of all divisional Clerk’s 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-129.

  • District of South Dakota - Order 20-2, Order 20-3, Order 20-4, Closure of Rapid City Federal Building and Courthouse, and Standing Order 20-05 (Video Conference Hearings)

    All civil and criminal jury trial scheduled to commence on or before April 24, 2020 are continued pending further order of the court. Non-jury proceedings, such as bench trials and hearings, shall proceed unless continued by the presiding judge. Parties are encouraged to consider participation by telephone or video conferencing when the option is permitted by law and technologically feasible.

    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.

    Order 20-05 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 Rapid City Federal Building and Courthouse is closed until March 30.2020.

    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.

  • Eastern District of Tennessee - Order SO-20-06, General Order #88 (Remote Hearings by Video and Telephone Conferencing), and Standing Order 20-09 (Suspension of Grand Jury Proceedings)

    Subject to certain exceptions as detailed in the Order, all civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin between March 16, 2020 and April 24, 2020 are continued unless otherwise ordered. Cases not scheduled for a jury trial during this period will continue as scheduled. Case-specific deadlines are not affected, and other case proceedings will continue to take place in the ordinary course of business or through telephone or video where practicable. All grand jury proceedings in Greeneville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville are suspended through April 30, 2020. All civil trials scheduled to commence without a jury will be handled at the discretion of 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 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.

  • Middle District of Tennessee District CourtCourthouse Access Limitations, Courthouse Operations,  Bankruptcy Court Announcement, Administrative Order No. 209 First Amended (Court Operations – amends and supersedes Administrative Order 209 dated March 16), and Administrative Order No. 209-1 (Video Teleconferencing and Telephone Conferencing in Criminal Case Proceedings)
  • Grand jury proceedings and civil and criminal jury selections through April 30, 2020 are continued pending further order by the presiding judge in a particular matter. Individual judges may continue to hold hearings, conferences, or bench trials at their discretion by telephone or video conference.

    Administrative Order No. 209-1 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.

    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.  At the moment, the Court has no changes to its normal operations.  Future changes will be posted on the website. 

    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.

  • Western District of TennesseeAdministrative Order 2020-11, Administrative Order 2020-12, Administrative Order 2020-14, and Administrative Order No. 2020-17 (Authorization for Video Teleconferencing or Telephone Conferencing)
  • All civil and criminal judicial proceedings and jury trials currently scheduled are continued until after April 17, 2020. All grand juries already selected will not meet until after April 17,202.

    The courthouse is closed to the public and will remain so until further order of the Court.

    Administrative Order 2020-17 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. 

  • Eastern District of Texas, Marshall DivisionStanding Order Regarding The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Standing Order JCB-CV-83, Standing Order JCB-CR-57, General Order 20-03, General Order 20-04, Divisional Standing Order (Plano Courthouse Closure), Order 20-05, and General Order 20-06
  • All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin from March 16, 2020 through May 1, 2020, are continued to a date to be reset by each presiding judge.  The continuances do not continue any pending deadlines other than the trial dates. Individual judges may continue to hold bench trials, in-person hearings, sentencing proceedings, scheduling conferences and other court proceedings as they deem appropriate, on a case by case basis. On March 3, 2020, the court 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. Under General Order 20-04, the court is enforcing targeted visitor restrictions in connection with COVID-19 through May 1, 2020.

    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.

    The Plano Courthouse is closed, effective March 18, 2020 through April 1, 2020. All civil and criminal matters scheduled for an in-Court appearance before any district or magistrate judge in the Plano Courthouse, including any associated deadlines, are continued until further notification.

    Effective Wednesday, 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.

  • Northern District of TexasSpecial Order No. 13-5, Notice on March 16, Special Order 13-6, Special Order 13-7, Special Order 13-8, Special Order 13-9, and Special Order 13-10

    All civil and criminal bench and jury trials scheduled to begin on any date from now through May 1, 2020, are continued, to a date to be reset by each presiding judge.  Those continuances do not continue any pending deadlines other than the trial dates. Attorneys should contact the presiding judges in their continued cases if they seek to modify such other deadlines. 

    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.

    From March 23 through May 4, the Court will not take guilty pleas unless a district court judge determines that exigent circumstances warrant doing so. Sentencing hearings have been postponed at least 30 days and will tentatively recommence starting April 16, 2020.

    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.

  • Southern District of TexasNotice, Brownsville Order 2020-001, Brownsville Order 2020-002, B-2020-03, Corpus Christi and Victoria Order C-2020-4 and V-2020-1, Order C-2020-5 and V-2020-2, Houston and Galveston Order H-2020-6, Order H-2020-7, Order 2020-8, Order G-2020-1, Order L-2020-3, Order L-2020-4, Order L-2020-5, L-2020-6, Order M-2020-1, Service of Process Notice, Bankruptcy Order 2020-4, Bankruptcy Emergency Order, General Order 2020-3, General Order 2020-4, and General Order 2020-5

    All civil and criminal jury trials and currently scheduled sessions of the Grand Jury through May 1 are suspended in the Brownsville, Houston, Galveston, Corpus Christi, and Victoria Divisions. Any currently scheduled sessions of the Grand Jury in the Laredo Division through May 1, 2020, are continued. No criminal or civil trials are currently scheduled in Laredo; all criminal and civil jury trials in that District that are scheduled to begin in April are continued. The Southern District of Texas courthouses otherwise remain open. All matters scheduled for an in-court appearance before a district, bankruptcy, or magistrate judge in the Southern District of Texas, including associated deadlines, remain in effect pending order of the presiding judge.

    By special order, several divisions 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.

    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.

    Videoconferencing is available as detailed in General Order 2020-3. Per General Order 2020-4, when a judge finds that obtaining a physical signature is impracticable, any document may be signed electronically.

    Effective March 30, any sentencing for which the pre-sentence report calculates the lowest end of the Guidelines range at 21 months of imprisonment or more, is continued to a date after May 15, 2020.

    The George P. Kazen Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Laredo, Texas will be closed to the public effective Monday, April 6, 2020 until further notice.

    The Reynaldo G. Garza – Filemon B. Vela U.S. Courthouse in Brownsville, Texas will be closed to the public beginning April 3, 2020, until further notice.

    The Bob Casey U.S. Courthouse in Houston, Texas will be closed to the public beginning April 2, 2020 through April 10, 2020. The Bob Casey Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse will reopen for official business on Monday, April 13, 2020.

    The United States Courthouse and Custom House located at 601 25th Street in Galveston is closed to the public, as detailed in G-2020-1.

  • Western District of TexasAnnouncement, Order, Additional Order regarding Grand Jury proceedings, March 20 Order, Standing Order for El Paso, Standing Order for Waco, Amended Order dated March 24, Additional Order (Sentencing Hearings), Amended Order (Waco), and General Order dated March 30

    As of March 24, the courts in the district are closed except as noted in the March 24 Amended Order. All settings in any civil or criminal matter currently scheduled before May 1, 2020, are cancelled, with the exception of pleas, sentencings, and criminal matters before Magistrate Judges. All deadlines, other than a trial date, shall remain in effect unless modified by the assigned Judge.

    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.

    Anyone with flu-like symptoms will not be allowed to enter the courthouse. 

    Access to the Albert Armendariz Sr. U.S. Courthouse and the courthouse in Waco will be restricted, and authorized visitors will be subject to screening procedures. 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.

    All hearings for civil cases in the Waco division will continue as scheduled but will occur telephonically.

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

  • District of Utah - Notice, Order 20-008, Order 20-009, and General Order 20-010 (Criminal Proceedings and Supervision)

    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 scheduled to begin before May 1, 2020 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 between today and May 1, 2020 are continued, pending further order. 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. All grand jury proceedings are suspended through May 1, 2020, and the 30-day time period for filing an indictment is tolled as to each defendant until Order 20-009 terminates. All settlement conferences scheduled between today and May 1, 2020 are vacated.

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

  • District of Vermont - Order 84, Order 86 (Court Operations superseding Order 85), Order 87 (Clerk’s Office Operations). and General Order #88 (Remote Hearings by Video and Telephone Conferencing)

    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, or been asked to self-quarantine.

    All civil and criminal matters scheduled for in-court appearance are postponed pending further order, including jury trials. All grand jury proceedings are postponed until April 23, 2020. Order No. 86 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.

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

  • Eastern District of VirginiaMessage, General Order 2020-02, General Order 2020-03, General Order 2020-04, General Order 2020-06, General Order 2020-07 (supplement to 2020-02 and 2020-03), General Order 2020-08, General Order 2020-09, and General Order 2020-10

    Beginning on April 1, 2020, the U.S. Courthouse in Newport News will be closed to the public and all employees unless activated for EJC proceedings.

    Per General Order No. 2020-07, all civil and criminal proceedings in the U.S. District court for the Eastern District of Virginia, including court appearances, trials, hearings, and settlement conferences scheduled to occur through Tuesday, March 31, 2020, are postponed and continued until May 1, 2020 unless the presiding judge issued an order after General Order 2020-03 directing that an emergency hearing be held before May 1 to avoid manifest injustice.

    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.

    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.

    All filing deadlines now set to fall on or before April 14 are extended by 14 days unless the presiding judge issues or has issued and order after General Order 2020-03 directing that that filing be submitted before April 14.

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

    General Order No. 2020-06 provides more detailed speedy trial findings regarding the temporary suspension of criminal jury trials and grand jury proceedings, as previously ordered in General Orders 2020-02 and 2002-03.  Per General Order No. 2020-04, all non-case related outside events and gatherings are postponed until further notice.  All naturalization proceedings scheduled through May 1, 2020, are postponed. 

  • Western District of Virginia - Order 2020-3, Order 2020-4, Order 2020-5, Amended Order 2020-5, Order 2020-6, Order 2020-07 (Video Teleconferencing for Criminal Proceedings Under CARES Act), and Order 2020-08 (Interim CJA Vouchers During COVID-19), and Order 2020-09 (Temporary Closure of Clerk’s Office Public Counters)

    Per Order 2020-5, all in-person criminal, civil, and bankruptcy proceedings on or before March 31, 2020 are continued, subject to further order by the presiding judge. All civil and criminal jury trials on or before April 30, 2020 are continued; issues concerning pre-trial deadlines should be addressed with the presiding judge. Grand jury proceedings scheduled between March 18, 2020 and March 31, 2020 are continued. Despite continuances, judges may conduct proceedings by telephone or conferencing where practicable. Amended Order 2020-5 extends the restriction on in-person court proceedings established in Standing Order 2020-5 to any in-person criminal, civil, and bankruptcy proceeding on or before May 1, 2020.

    Order 2020-04 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, or been asked to self-quarantine.

    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.

    Pursuant to Order 2020-09, the public counters at the Clerk’s Office will remain closed to the public effective March 30, 2020, until further order of the court. The order provides information regarding submitting filings at the courthouses.

    All naturalization ceremonies before May 31, 2020 are suspended.

  • District Court of the Virgin Islands - Closure Notice

    Courthouses currently are closed to the public.

  • Eastern District of Washington - Notice, General Order No. 20-101-1, General Order No. 20-101-2, and William O. Douglas Federal Building FSC Order 20-01

    All naturalization ceremonies scheduled for the remainder of March and April 2020 have been cancelled.

    Per General Oder No. 20-101-1, effective March 19, 2020, all hearings in civil and criminal cases scheduled for in-court appearance before any District Judge in the Eastern District of Washington from March 19, 2020 through April 14, 2020, are vacated, pending further orders from the court in each of those cases.  The order does not pertain to bankruptcy proceedings.

    Per General Order No. 20-101-2, the Court floors of the Spokane and Richland Courthouses, and the Yakima Courthouse in its entirety will be closed to the public. Physical access to urgent in-person proceedings scheduled at this time will be limited to parties, counsel, witnesses and victims. Although the clerk’s office is not closed and is operation and may be contacted by telephone during business hours, the clerk’s office in each of the three court locations are also closed to the public. Filings and payments may be left in designated drop boxes at the Court Security Officer locations (guard stations) in each courthouse. The Court encourages filings by CM/ECF, use of the mail, or delivery services.

    Per the court’s order on March 30, 2020, the courthouse in Yakima, Washington is closed to the public effective March 31, 2020, and will remain closed to the public through April 30, 2020, unless the order is amended or extended.  The order also enacted the Continuity of Operations plan for the Yakima Division.

  • Western District of WashingtonGeneral Order No. 01-20 (Court Operations), General Order No. 02-20 (amends and supersedes Order 01-20), General Order No. 03-20 (Remote Access to the Courthouse), March 26 Notice, and General Order No. 04-20 (Hearings by Video or Telephone as Authorized by the CARES Act)
  • General Order 02-30 currently governs court operations within the Western District of Washington.

    General Order No. 02-20 amends and supersedes the court’s previous General Order No. 01-20.  Per General Order No. 02-20, all civil and criminal hearings and trial dates scheduled to occur before June 1, 2020, are continued pending further order of the court. The court may proceed with video/telephonic conferences as appropriate and at the discretion of individual judges. Scheduling orders in cases may need to be amended as appropriate on a case-by-case basis. This paragraph does not apply to Bankruptcy Court hearings, which are addressed in General Order No. 02-20.

  • Northern District of West VirginiaOrder 3.20-MC-21 and Order (Criminal Case Operations)
  • 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.

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

  • Southern District of West VirginiaOrder, Advisory, General Order #2, General Order #3, General Order regarding Petty Offense Matters, and General Order #4 (Videoconferencing for Criminal Proceedings under the CARES Act)
  • All civil and criminal jury trials and grand jury proceedings scheduled to occur through April 23, 2020 are postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date unless the presiding judge in an individual case issues an order.

    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 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.

  • Eastern District of WisconsinOrder 20-2, Order 20-3, Public Notice (Paper Filings & Payments), Order 20-4 (Building Closure), and General Order 20-6 (CARES Act)

    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.

    All civil hearing, including settlement conference, shall be conducted by telephone or videoconference.  This order does not affect civil or criminal motions that the court can resolve without oral argument.  All petty offense (CVB) proceedings, START reentry proceedings, and all grand jury proceedings are continued to a date after May 1, 2020.  All non-core public events are cancelled.

    The court has closed public access to the courthouse through May 1, 2020 and restricts access to 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.

  • Western District of WisconsinAnnouncement, Update, Administrative Order 362 (Speedy Trial Act), and Administrative Order 363 (Teleconferencing in Criminal Matters)
  • All civil and criminal jury trials have been suspended for two month through May 28, 2020. 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.

  • District of WyomingOrder 20-01, Memorandum, General Order No. 20-02, General Order 2020-03 (Video and Teleconferences in Criminal Proceedings)

    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.

    All in-person hearings scheduled in civil cases between March 20 and May 32 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.  

State Courts

  • Court of Appeal of the State of California, First Appellate District Announcement, Misc Order 2020-1, and Order

    Per the court’s March 18 order, the time to do any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court is extended by 30 additional days.  No application for an extension is required.  The order applies to proceedings in which the deadline for any action in the California Rules of Court occurs between March 18, 2020 and April 17, 2020. 

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

    Any further updates will be communicated through the court’s website as appropriate.

  • Court of Appeal of the State of California, Second Appellate District Announcement, Order, and March 20 Order

    The time to do any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court is extended by 30 additional days. No application for an extension is required. The order applies to proceedings in which the deadline for any action in the California Rules of Court occurs from March 20, 2020, through and including April 19, 2020.

    As of March 16, 2020, all in-person oral argument sessions (excluding Division Six) are suspended.  Counsel will appear remotely via video conference, telephone conference or other electronic means as available.  All oral argument sessions will be held in the Court of Appeal’s courtroom and the sessions will be open to the public but seating will be limited to achieve appropriate distancing. 

  • Court of Appeal of the State of California, Third Appellate DistrictAnnouncement re Oral Argument, Announcement re Sixth Mediator Training Session, and Order

    The time to do any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court is extended by 30 additional days. No application for an extension of time is required. The order applies to proceedings in which the deadline for any action in the California Rules of Court occurs from March 20, 2020 through and including April 19, 2020.

    The court is postponing the Sixth Mediator Training Session, currently scheduled for May 2020, until further notice.

    All oral arguments scheduled at the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, will be telephonic.

  • Court of Appeal of the State of California, Fourth Appellate District – Announcement and March 20 Order

    Per order of the court, the time to do any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court is extended by 30 additional days. No application for an extension is required. The order applies to proceedings in which the deadline for any action in the California Rules of Court occurs between March 19, 2020 and April 18, 2020.

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

    In light of the health emergency due to the COVID-19 virus, Division One’s Clerk’s Office remains open, but staff will not be fielding in-person questions. For all paper filings including emergency writs, if you are unable to file your papers electronically, you may use the drop-box located in the Clerk’s Office lobby. The drop-box will be checked every hour. The court asks be sure to note the case number in the subject line of the email.

    The court’s announcement states that if parties or counsel have concerns about health issues, but are still able to argue the case, they should notify the court by calling to arrange for oral argument via teleconference.

  • Court of Appeal of the State of California, Fifth Appellate District Order and March 23 Order

    The time to do any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court is extended by 30 additional days. No application for an extension is required. The order applies to proceedings in which the deadline for any action in the California Rules of Court occurs between March 23, 2020 and April 22, 2020.

    In-person oral argument sessions are suspended. Counsel and/or parties appearing in propria persona will appear via CourtCall. All oral argument sessions will be open to the public, but seating will be strictly limited in order to achieve appropriate distancing. All sessions will continue to be live-streamed on the Fifth District Court of Appeal website. 

  • Court of Appeal of the State of California, Sixth Appellate District Announcement, Emergency Order, Order Dated 3-18, and Misc Order 20-001

    All oral argument sessions are suspended.

    For all proceedings in which the deadline for any action would occur between March 18 and April 17, the time in which to do any required or permitted act is extended by 30 additional days without any need to apply for an extension.

  • Connecticut State Courts - Notice, Executive Order 7-G, Statement from Chief Court Administrator, Priority Level I Court Locations, Danbury Closure, March 26 Update, Notice dated March 26, Additional closures dated March 26, and Stamford Closure


    The Danbury courthouse is closed until further notice. All cases that would otherwise be handled in the Danbury courthouse to the Waterbury GA Courthouse at 400 Grand St., effective Thursday, March 26, 2020.

    The Litchfield Judicial District, the Geographical Area (GA) #19 courthouse, and the GA #11 courthouse will be temporarily closed until further notice, effective at the close of business on Friday, March 27, 2020. Effective, Monday, March 30, 2020, matters from Litchfield will transfer to the Waterbury GA #4 courthouse; matters from Rockville will transfer to the Hartford GA #14 courthouse; and matters from Danielson will transfer to the New London Judicial District courthouse.

    No oral arguments will be scheduled at the Appellate Court during the court’s seventh term (April 6-April 24, 2020). With the agreement of all counsel of record, fully briefed and ready cases may be submitted for disposition based on the briefs, appendices and record, without oral argument. If possible, requests for disposition without oral argument should be filed with the Office of the Appellate Clerk by April 15, 2020.

    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.

    As of March 20, 2020, the time requirements for all Supreme and Appellate Court filings are suspended until further notice.

    The Connecticut Supreme Court has postponed oral arguments in cases scheduled to have been heard between March 24 and April 2, 2020.  

    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.

    The Stamford courthouse is temporarily closed to the public until further notice; cases will be transferred to the Fairfield judicial district courthouse.

  • Delaware Supreme Court - Announcement, Court Closures, and Administrative Order No. 3

    As of March 22, 2020, all Delaware Court facilities are closed to the public until April 15, 2020.

    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.

    Deadlines in court rules or state or local statutes and ordinances applicable to the judiciary that expire between March 23, 2020 and April 15, 2020 are extended through April 21, 2020. Statutes of limitations and statutes of repose that would otherwise expire during the period between March 23, 2020 and April 15, 2020 are extended through April 21, 2020.

  • Delaware Chancery CourtStanding Order and Court Closures

    As of March 22, 2020, all Delaware Court facilities are closed to the public until April 15, 2020.

    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.

  • Delaware Court of Common Pleas – Statement

    As of March 22, 2020, all Delaware Court facilities are closed to the public until April 15, 2020.

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

  • Delaware Superior Court - Standing Order, Court Closures, and Standing Order No. 4

    As of March 22, 2020, all Delaware Court facilities are closed to the public until April 15, 2020.

    All civil jury trials are suspended through and including May 29, 2020. Trials scheduled to begin between April 15, 2020 and May 29, 2020 will be rescheduled by the assigned judge as early as reasonably practicable.

    For criminal matters, essential matters will continue through the use of video and telephone instead of in-person appearances to the fullest extent possible throughout the state. Criminal jury trials are suspended through April 15.

  • Delaware Family Court - Notice

    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.

  • Illinois - Information on all Court Restrictions and Order

    Several courts have updated their procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as detailed on the judiciary’s Information page.

    As of March 20, the Chief Judges of each circuit may continue trials for the next 60 days and until further order of the Supreme Court. In the case of criminal proceedings, any delay resulting from this emergency continuance order shall not be attributable to either the State or the defendant for purposes of section 103-5 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 (725 ILCS 5/103-5 (West 2018)).

  • Iowa Supreme Court  In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions For Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (April 2, 2020 Combines All Previous Orders)
  • All civil nonjury trails and other hearings set to commence before June 15 are continued to a date no earlier than June 15 or conducted by telephone at the courts discretion. All jury trials set to commence before August 3 are continued to a date no earlier than August 3. The order also tolls the any statute of limitations, statute of repose, or similar deadline for commencing an action from March 17 to June 1 (76 days).

    Any criminal nonjury trial that is scheduled to begin before June 1, 2020 will be reset to a date no earlier that June 1. Any criminal jury trials that are scheduled to begin before July 13, 2020 are continued and reset to a date no earlier than July 13.

    The court has temporarily amended the Iowa Rule of Electronic Procedure to allow a person in civil court to sign documents electronically.

    On March 14, 2020, the Supreme Court ordered all civil jury trials that have not commenced as of March 13, 2020 and that are scheduled to begin before May 4 shall be continued to a date to be determined at a future time. The appellate courts will not hear in-person oral arguments.

    On March 12, 2020, the Iowa Supreme Court ordered all attorneys and parties to notify their opposing counsel and the clerk of court’s office if a participant in any proceeding has an elevated risk of transmitting COVID-19.

  • Maryland Judiciary - Court Closings, Notice (updated March 19, 2020), Screening Notice, Updates by Court, Order Extending Restricted Operations dated March 25, Administrative Order (dated March 27), Administrative Order (dated March 31), and Court Restrictions

    Maryland courts are closed to the public effective March 16, 2020 through May 1, 2020, with limited exceptions as detailed in the March 25, 2020 notice.

    Effective March 23, anyone seeking entrance to a State-operated facility, including all District Court buildings, must be asked initial screening questions.

    Counsel and self-represented parties who are registered users of the MDEC system may file, in new and pending matters before the Court of Special Appeals or the Court of Appeals, all papers through the MDEC system originating in Baltimore City, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County.

    Jury trials scheduled to be heard beginning March 17, 2020, through May 1, 2020, are postponed.

    Oral arguments in the Court of Appeals have been postponed or rescheduled as detailed in the March 31 administrative order. Oral arguments scheduled for Thursday, April 30, 2020, Friday, May 1, 2020, and Monday, May 4, 2020 are postponed. Cases that were previously scheduled for oral arguments for April 2 and April 3 are rescheduled for Tuesday, May 12, 2020 and Wednesday, May 13, 2020, respectively.

  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial CourtAppeals Court Notice re Oral Argument, March 18 Appeals Court Notice re Oral Argument, Order re Access to Courthouses and Court Facilities, Order re Empanelment, Order Limiting In-Person Appearances, Order for Administering of Oaths at Depositions, Order Concerning Imposition of GPS Monitoring as Condition of Release, Order Concerning Electronic Signatures of Judges and Clerks, Order re Email Service in Cases under Rule 5(B) of Mass. Rules of Civil Procedure, Supreme Judicial Court Order Regarding Court Operations, and News Release re April 1 Order
  • Pursuant to Supreme Court’s Order on March 17 limiting in-person appearances (“March 17 Order”), effective March 18, 2020 and continuing until April 6, 2020, the only in-person proceedings that shall be held in Massachusetts state courthouses will be to address emergency matters that cannot be resolved through a videoconference or telephonic hearing. The order is intended to supplement and not replace the orders the Supreme Judicial Court issued on March 13, 2020.

    Pursuant to Supreme Court’s Order on March 13 regarding empanelment of juries (“March 13 Order”), all civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to commence in Massachusetts state courts between March 13, 2020 and April 17, 2020 are continued to a date no earlier than April 21, 2020.  The Order does not affect any case in which a jury has already been empaneled or where a jury has been selected for empanelment; such cases will proceed through verdict.

    Effective April 6, 2020, the Supreme Court’s order on April 1, 2020 will repeal and replace the March 13 Order, and the March 17 Order. Pursuant to the April 1, 2020 Order, until at least May 4, 2020, all the courts of the Commonwealth will be open to conduct court business, but courthouses will be closed to the general public, except where entry is required to address emergency matters that cannot be resolved virtually because it is not practicable or would be inconsistent with the protection of constitutional rights. As directed in the March 17 Order, each of the Trial Court departments has issued a Standing Order, specifying what constitutes an emergency matter in that particular court.

    Pursuant to the April 1, 2020 Order, entry into a courthouse for the purpose of an emergency in-person proceeding shall continue to be limited to attorneys, parties, witnesses, and other necessary persons as determined by the judge presiding over the proceeding, plus no more than three members of the "news media" as defined in Supreme Judicial Court Rule 1:19(2). Under the order, all trials, whether jury or bench, in both criminal and civil cases, scheduled to commence in Massachusetts state courts between March 13, 2020, and May 1, 2020, are continued to a date no earlier than May 4, 2020, unless the trial is a bench trial in a civil matter and may be conducted otherwise than in-person by agreement of the parties and of the court. 

  • Michigan - Order 2020-2, Order 2020-3, Order 2020-4, and Order 2020-5

    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 March 18 Order 2020-2.

    Order 2020-3 extends all deadlines pertaining to case initiation and the filing of initial responsive pleadings in civil and probate matters.

    Per Order 2020-4, the deadlines for all filings, jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional, in the Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals are suspended as of March 24, 2020, the effective date of Executive Order 2020-21, and will be tolled until the expiration of EO 2020-21 or a subsequent EO that extends the period in which citizens are required to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.

    The expiration date of April 3, 2020, in Administrative Order Nos. 2020-1 and 2020-2 is extended until April 14, 2020, or as provided by further order of the Court.

  • New JerseyMarch 9 Notice, March 12 Notice, March 14 Notice, March 15 Notice, March 17 Notice (Grand Jury), March 17 Order (Discovery Deadlines), Consent Order (Release Notice), Order dated March 24, Order (Appearance of Medical Professionals), Order dated March 25, and Supreme Court Order dated March 27

    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 Tuesday, March 24, 2020, as detailed in the Release notice, certain county jail inmates shall be ordered released.

    Per the March 24 Order, as of March 24, 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.

  • New York StateAdministrative Order & Poster, Revised Courthouse Procedures, Memorandum, First Department Notice, Updated Protocols Memorandum, Administrative Order, Supreme Court Notice, 2nd Judicial Dept. Order (Emergency Extensions),  Executive Order, Temporary Relocation of Queens Supreme Court - Civil, Press Release, Administrative Order AO/78/20 dated March 22, Administrative Order AO/81/20 dated March 26, Press Release, Administrative Order (Nassau County), Nassau County Emergency Order, Media Release, Virtual Courtroom Protocol, Notice dated March 31, Press Release for 4th Judicial District, Press Release for 8th Judicial District, and Press Release for Ninth Judicial District

    New York state courthouses are under new restrictions limiting who may enter the courts due to the coronavirus outbreak. Those who have come into contact with the virus, have "flu-like symptoms" or have traveled to high risk countries within the last 14 days are barred from entry.

    Effective Monday, March 16, civil jury trials in which opening statements have not commenced shall be postponed until further notice; civil jury trials already commenced shall continue to conclusion. Criminal jury trials shall continue where jeopardy has attached; no new criminal jury trials shall be commenced. The jury selection process in civil and criminal trial matters shall be suspended until further notice. Existing grand juries will continue, upon consultation of the appropriate district attorney and empaneling judge. No new grand juries shall be empaneled absent exceptional circumstances.

    Also, 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.

    On March 15, the court issued a memorandum postponing all non-essential functions of the courts until further notice, effective Monday, March 16. 

    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.

    Effective March 17, 2020, until further notice, court facilities at 71 Thomas Street and 80 Centre Street are closed to the public. The court will hear essential applications and all other matters will be adjourned. Jury selection is postposed. Fully briefed motions will be marked submitted and considered by the assigned Justice on submission without oral argument, unless otherwise directed. Motions that are not fully submitted will be adjourned to a future date.

    By executive order dated March 20, any specific time limit for the commencement, filing, or service of any legal action, notice, motion, or other process or proceeding, as prescribed by the procedural laws of the state, including but not limited to the criminal procedure law, the family court act, the civil practice law and rules, the court of claims act, the surrogate’s court procedure act, and the uniform court acts, or by any other statute, local law, ordinance, order, rule, or regulation, or part thereof, is hereby tolled from the date of the executive order until April 19, 2020.

    By press release dated March 22, by mid-week, essential functions of New York City Criminal Court and New York City Family Court will commence virtual operations.

    By Administrative Order dated March 22, until further order, no papers shall be accepted for filing by a county clerk or a court in any matter of a type not included on the list of essential matters listed in the Order.

    Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, and until further notice, Queens Supreme Court–  Civil Term court operations will temporarily relocate to Queens Civil Court

    at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York 11435, courtroom 301.

    Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, all essential/emergency appearances for the Bronx Housing Court will be held at the Bronx County Courthouse located at 851 Grand Concourse.

    Effective March 25, 2020, New York City Criminal Court initiated its second phase of videoconferencing arraignments. Going forward, all parties will participate in court proceedings by videoconferencing using Skype for Business.

    Effective March 26, 2020, the consensual/voluntary use of electronic means for filing and service has been extended for certain listed matters in specified counties.

    Virtual court operations will commence the week of March 30 in Suffolk County and the fifth and seventh judicial districts. By Notice dated March 31, virtual court operations will commence in the sixth judicial district effective April 6, 2020.

    Effective April 1, 2020, all court operations in Nassau County will be conducted via SKYPE video conferencing. The court issued a Virtual Courtroom Protocol on March 31, 2020.

    Effective April 6, 2020, virtual court operations will commence via videoconferencing for all courts within Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Schenectady, St. Lawrence, Warren, and Washington Counties for essential proceedings.

    The Eighth District twill begin holding “virtual” court proceedings in all Supreme, Surrogate, Family, County, City, and Town and Village Courts for essential matters to minimize courthouse traffic and contain the spread of the virus. Proceedings will be conducted remotely via Skype for Business starting in Erie County on April 3, 2020, and expanding to the District’s other counties–Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming−on April 6, 2020.

    Effective April 6, 2020, virtual court operations will commence via Skype for Business video conferencing for all courts within Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties for essential proceedings.

  • PennsylvaniaStatewide Judicial Emergency, News Release, Order No. 532 Judicial Administration Docket, Notice re Filing Extension, Order No. 533 Judicial Administration Docket, March 18 Order (Courts Closed to the Public), March 18 News Release, March 19 Order (Extending April 2020 CLE Deadline), March 25 Order (Cancellation of Pittsburgh Session), and March 27 Order (Filing Procedure for Children’s Fast Track Appeals), March 30 Order (Extending Filing Deadlines), and April 1 Order
  • On March 18, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania declared that a judicial emergency exists in all judicial districts, effective at close of business on March 19.  Per the court’s April 1 Order, all Pennsylvania courts are generally closed to the public, beginning at close of business on March 19, 2020, and lasting through April 30, 2020, subject to the general and specific directives and exceptions set forth in the court’s order on March 18.  The March 18 order directs president judges to comply with procedures listed in the Supreme Court’s March 16 order declaring a statewide judicial emergency (the “Judicial Districts Order”), except that, in light of the March 18 order, they need not transmit additional declarations of emergency to the State Court Administrator as would otherwise be required under the Judicial Districts Order. The April 1 Order authorizes President Judges to declare judicial emergencies in their judicial districts through May 31, 2020.

    Unless otherwise indicated in the April 1 Order or the March 18 Order, all time calculations for purposes of time computation relevant to court cases or other judicial business, as well as time deadlines, are suspended through April 30, 2020, subject to additional orders. In all events, any legal papers or pleadings that are required to be filed between March 19, 2020, and April 30, 2020, are deemed to have been timely filed if they are filed by May 1, 2020, or on a later date as permitted by the appellate or local court in question.

    As stated in the April 1 Order, the expansion of the list of essential functions of courts to include acceptance of a praecipe for a writ of summons, for purposes of tolling a statute of limitations, remains in effect through April 30, 2020.

    The Supreme Court cancelled its argument session scheduled for April 21-23, 2020 in Pittsburgh.

    Per the court’s order dated March 19, 2020, 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.

  • South Carolina Judiciary - Trial Courts Memo, Summary Courts Memo, Order dated March 20, and Court Closures

    All jury trials in the Supreme Court of South Carolina are postponed.  Non-jury trials and other hearings may continue at the trial judge’s discretion, but only attorneys, their clients, and necessary witnesses will be allowed to appear. To the extent possible and circumstances warrant, hearings that can be held by video may be held remotely. Telephonic hearings may be held remotely as a last resort. All oral arguments currently scheduled before the Appellate Courts are cancelled. 

  • Texas Judicial Branch, including Dallas County and District CourtsNotice, Court Closure Notice, Emergency Order, Emergency Order 2, Emergency Order 3, Emergency Order 4, Emergency Order 5, Emergency Order 6, Emergency Order 7, Emergency Order 8, Zoom Remote Hearings, and Court Operation Guidance (Updated April 2)
  • Dallas County will not hold civil or criminal jury trials through May 8, 2020 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Some courts have been closed, including the Second Court of Appeals, for which oral arguments for March 17, March 31, and April 7 have been canceled and will not be rescheduled. The Court Closure notice details partial and full closure details and restrictions by court. 

    The Supreme Court has issued multiple Emergency Orders, which expire on May 8, 2020, unless extended by the Chief Justice.

    Any deadline for the filing or service of any civil case is tolled from March 13, 2020, until June 1, 2020, unless extended by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. This does not include deadlines for perfecting appeal or for other appellate proceedings, requests for relief from which should be directed to the court involved and should be generously granted.

  • Vermont Judiciary Notice, Administrative Order No. 48,  Administrative Order No. 49 (Declaration of Judicial Emergency), Amendment to Administrative Order No. 49, PROMULGATED AO 49 Amendments to Administrative Order 49, AO 49 - Declaration of Judicial Emergency and Changes to Court Procedures with amendments through 3-25-20 and PROMULGATED AO 49 Amendments to Administrative Order 49 dated March 25, 2020
  • The Amendment to AO 49 provides judges with the discretion to conduct non-evidentiary hearings in nonemergency matters remotely and the Supreme Court may hold oral arguments remotely by telephone in summary and full-Court proceedings. The amendments to AO 49 address court ordered mediation, email filings, and work location for court staff.

    The Vermont Supreme court has declared a judicial emergency; while these orders are in effect, notwithstanding any rule or timeline inconsistent, the court has postponed all nonemergency superior court hearings, whether evidentiary or non-evidentiary, with some exceptions through April 15, 2020.   

    The Vermont Supreme Court issued an administrative directive ordering the postponement of all jury cases for which the jury has not yet been drawn, with some exceptions, while until at least April 15, 2020. Superior court judges retain the discretion to postpone jury draws in cases that are listed as exceptions in the directive. Any case in which a jury has already been selected may proceed at the discretion of the trial judge. The Vermont judiciary is asking people to call the court before appearing if they have flu-like symptoms or have a relevant travel history.

    AO-49 with amendments through 3-24-20 postpones all nonemergency Superior Court hearings, whether evidentiary or non-evidentiary, including jury trials and hearings that have already been scheduled. The order further outlines all exceptions.

    The Courthouse restricts access to visitors with symptoms, who have been diagnosed with or in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, who have been asked to self-quarantine, or who have recently visited high risk areas.

  • Virgin Islands Judiciary - Order 2020-0004

    Chief Justice Rhys S. Hodge signed an administrative order suspending all non-essential Judicial Branch services effective Monday March 23, 2020 and adopting interim procedures for matters before the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands and the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands. The suspension of non-essential services was taken in response to additional guidance issued by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health authorities, as well as the request of Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. to suspend all non-essential services throughout the Government of the Virgin Islands.

United States Court of Appeals

  • First CircuitAnnouncement and Order
  • The deadline for any non-emergency filing (e.g., briefs (including paper copies), appendices, and petitions for rehearing) due to be filed between March 26, 2020 and April 24, 2020 in a case before the First Circuit that (1) is not presently calendared for oral argument, (2) has not been argued before a panel, or (3) is otherwise not expedited, is automatically extended for 30 additional days, as long as the deadline is one within the court’s power to extend. The court will re-evaluate in mid-April 2020 whether the continued automatic extension of filing deadlines is necessary.

    The oral argument sitting scheduled for April 6, 2020 through April 9, 2020 is cancelled.

    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.

  • Second CircuitAnnouncement, Order, and Visitor Restrictions
  • 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, 2020 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, 2020 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.  All oral arguments will be livestreamed.

  • Third CircuitArticle, Notice, Press Release, Temporary Closure, and Notice dated April 1

    The Byrne Courthouse is closed from March 25, 2020 until March 30, 2020.

    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 will go forward as scheduled, but parties may request to appear by audio-conference by filing a motion.  

    The Clerk’s Office is accepting case filings from non-electronic filers by email.

  • Fourth CircuitAnnouncement, Public Advisory Regarding Operating Procedures in Response to COVID-19, and Standing Order 20-01
  • The Powell Courthouse is closed and papers to be filed with the court may be stamped and filed in the lobby. Attorneys should file papers through ECF and the court has suspended the requirement of filing of paper copies.

    The Court is rescheduling oral argument in cases currently scheduled for March 17-20, 2020.  Counsel will receive orders in those cases and will be provided additional guidance regarding rescheduling.

    As of March 23, the court temporarily suspended its oral argument requirement for published opinions. Accordingly, cases calendared for oral argument in March or April 2020 but not presented at oral argument may be decided by published opinion with the unanimous consent of the panel.

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

    The court will not hold in-person oral argument during its May 5-8, 2020, argument session.  Cases tentatively calendared for May 5-8, 2020, will be continued for argument at a later session, scheduled for argument by video-conference or teleconference, or submitted on the briefs, at the direction of the panels in each case.  Counsel will receive further notice from the court regarding proceedings in their case.

  • Fifth CircuitNotice Regarding Court Operations, Order 2020-3, and Order 2020-4

    The Court has cancelled in-person oral arguments scheduled for March 30 – April 2, 2020.  Oral arguments have also been cancelled from April 27 to April 30. Clerk’s Office staff will personally contact counsel and discuss individual cases, including possible telephonic argument for cases the panels determine require argument. 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.

  • Sixth CircuitCOVID-19 Notice, March 16, 2020 Notice, March 18, 2020 Notice, and March 26, 2020 Notice

    The Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference has been postponed from June 2020 to June 2021.

    The Sixth Circuit has posted notices on all courtrooms of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals barring entry into the courtroom for anyone who 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; is exhibiting cold or flu symptoms; or has travelled to Italy, Iran, South Korea, or China in the last 14 days; or who resides or has had close contact with someone who has travelled to one of the areas listed above in the last 14 days.

  • Seventh CircuitAnnouncement, Order, and Order re Paper Copy Requirements

    On March 18, the Seventh Circuit ordered that it shall activate 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 court suspended the paper copy requirements for all electronically filed briefs, appendices and petitions for rehearing required by F.R.A.P. 30(a)(3), C.R. 31(b) and C.R. 40(b). The suspension does not apply to any cases currently scheduled for oral argument.

    All cases scheduled for oral argument from March 30, 2020 through the end of April 2020, will be argued telephonically by counsel.  The courtroom will be closed to the public. Arguments will be recorded and posted on the court’s website. If all parties agree among themselves to waive oral argument, they may jointly file a motion with the court seeking permission to do so.

    All FRAP Rule 33 mediations will be conducted by telephone until further notice. An announcement reminds counsel that it is possible to make arrangements to appear by video or speakerphone, and that anyone wishing to explore the option should contact the Clerk’s Office no later than a week before the scheduled appearance.

  • Eighth CircuitNotice (Access), Order, and Notice re Paper Copies

    The Eighth Circuit remains open for business.  The public is not being admitted to the Eighth Circuit’s Clerk’s Office and the court has imposed visitor restrictions to all Eastern District Courthouses.  

    The court is suspending the requirement for paper copies of electronically-filed briefs and addendums. The paper-copy requirement will be reinstituted at a later date, and the parties will be required, upon notice from the clerk, to file paper copies of any brief or addendum filed electronically during this period of suspension. Counsel should continue to serve paper copies on parties not participating in CM/ECF.

  • Ninth CircuitUpdate, News Release, Order dated March 16, 2020, and Notice dated March 26, 2020

    The Ninth Circuit has limited staff and requests that inquiries be sent via email (questions@ca9.uscourts.gov) instead of telephone. Court staff will respond as soon as possible and the email should contain the case number and a telephone number.

    Arguments currently scheduled in March, April, and May 2020 are being evaluated individually and orders will issue in those cases giving direction to the parties. Panels may 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.

    Until further notice, the Ninth Circuit’s courthouses are closed to the public during non-court weeks. The court will extend non-jurisdictional filing dates as needed. Due dates for notices of appeal, petitions for review, and any document that confers jurisdiction on the court, are set by statute or rule and are unaffected by the court’s notice.  Please refer to the notice for more changes and information.

  • Tenth CircuitNotice, General Order, Operational Response, and Oral Arguments

    The Tenth Circuit is actively working to assess all cases set for argument in April and May. Those cases will be argued telephonically, submitted on the briefs, or reset for in-person argument at a later date. The Tenth Circuit states that counsel will be notified of the court's determinations well before scheduled argument.

    The requirement for parties to submit paper copies of briefs, appendices, and petitions for rehearing en banc is temporarily suspended. The paper-copy requirement will be reinstituted at a later date. At that time, parties may be required to submit paper copies of briefs, appendices and petitions for rehearing en banc filed during the period of suspension.

    The Byron White Courthouse is closed to the public effective March 17, 2020. Until further notice, access to the Courthouse is restricted to judges, court staff, court security officers, and service providers with official business with the court subject to the courthouse access restrictions that took effect on March 13, 2020.

    Effective Friday, March 13, 2020, no one may enter the courthouse who has, within the last fourteen days, visited Iran, China, South Korea, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City and any other country for which CDC has issued a Level 3 travel health notice, who reside or has been in close contact with someone who has been in any of the aforementioned countries in the last fourteen days, has been asked to self-quarantine, has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, has apparent symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, severe cough, or shortness of breath. 

  • Eleventh CircuitNotice of Restricted Access, Public Statement, General Order No. 44, and General Order No. 45

    Effective March 16, 2020, access to the Elbert P. Tuttle Courthouse and John C. Godbold Federal Building is restricted to judges, court staff, members of the media, and visitors with official business with the Court. Attorneys appearing for oral arguments or hearings before the Court of Appeals must show a bar membership card. Individuals who have been diagnosed with or who have had known contact with a person with the COVID-19 virus or who have been asked to self-quarantine or who are experiencing flu-like symptoms may not enter the Tuttle Courthouse or the Godbold Building to conduct business. Such individuals shall not submit paper copies of briefs or appendices and should contact the Clerk’s Office for further instructions. Individuals delivering required filings, pleadings, and briefs must use the drop box inside the entrance to the Godbold Building on Poplar Street between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on business days.

    General Order 45 authorizes panels to hear any or all oral arguments by audio or teleconferencing instead of in person.

    The Chief Judge cancelled the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference, which was for May 6-9, 2020 in Atlanta.

  • United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia CircuitNotice, Standing Order 20-8, Notice by the Clerk, Order, Pro Se Filings Notice, and Order re Paper Copies of Electronic Filings in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The Circuit Court has issued an order regarding paper copies of electronic filings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  For briefs and appendices that are filed electronically, the requirement to file paper copies is deferred pending further order of the court.  When feasible, parties may continue to submit paper copies in the normal course.

    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.

    The Court of Appeals is limiting access to “judges, court staff, members of the media, and visitors with official business with the courts” as of Friday, 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.

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal CircuitPublic Advisory, Public Advisory Restricting Access, Notice of Modified Public Assistance, Notice of Modified Filing Procedures for Pro Se Parties, Notice of Modified Service Procedures for Pro Se Parties, Order dated March 20, 2020, Guidance dated March 27, 2020, and Notice (dated April 1)

    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).

    By Order dated March 20, the court is implementing 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.

United States Supreme Court

  • The U.S. Supreme CourtNotice, Press Release, and Order

    The Supreme Court ordered that the deadline to file any petition for a writ of certiorari due on or after the date of its order is extended to 150 days from the date of the lower court judgment, order denying discretionary review, or order denying a timely petition for rehearing. Motions for extensions of time pursuant to Rule 30.4 will ordinarily be granted by the Clerk as a matter of course if the grounds for the application are difficulties relating to COVID-19 and if the length of the extension requested is reasonable under the circumstances. Such motions should indicate whether the opposing party has an objection. Notwithstanding Rules 15.5 and 15.6, the Clerk will entertain motions to delay distribution of a petition for writ of certiorari where the grounds for the motion are that the petitioner needs additional time to file a reply due to difficulties relating to COVID-19. These modifications to the Court’s Rules and practices do not apply to cases in which certiorari has been granted or a direct appeal or original action has been set for argument.

    The Supreme Court is postponing the oral arguments currently scheduled for the March session (March 23-25 and March 30-April 1).  The Court will examine the options for rescheduling those cases in due course in light of the developing circumstances.  

Other Courts and Administrative Agencies

  • Department of Justice, Antitrust Division Antitrust Civil Process Changes 20-326 and Expedited Antitrust Procedure and Guidance 20-338

    The Department of Justice Antitrust Division has 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.

  • Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges  – Administrative Order, Notice, and Requirements for Filing by Email During the COVID-19 Hearings Suspension

    The U.S. Department of Labor, Chief Administrative Law Judge has issued an Administrative Order and Notice, 2020-MIS-00006, suspending all hearings and procedural deadlines, with limited exceptions, through May 15, 2020. This Order went into effect on Monday, March 23, 2020.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Administrative Review Board and the Benefits Review Board are experiencing delays in processing of appeals and documents received by mail. The Boards are thus encouraging parties to use the Boards' Electronic File and Service Request System to file appeals and other documents.

    The office requests review of its requirements for filing by email during the COVID-19 hearing suspension

  • Environmental Protection AgencyPress Release and Enforcement Policy, Guidelines, & Publications

    The EPA is allowing companies to defer certain non-essential tasks in order to promote people staying at home. 

  • Federal Communications CommissionFCC Facilities, Public Notice, and WTB Announces Change In Hand-Delivery For Gettysburg

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

    The FCC has closed its current hand-delivery filing location at FCC Headquarters. The FCC has provided guidelines for submitting documents on paper. 

  • Federal Energy Regulatory CommissionFERC Operating Status and March 19 News Release, FERC, NARUC Join Efforts to Help Ensure Essential Services During Pandemic, and Readout from FERC COVID-19 Pandemic Conference Call with NARUC

    Per the FERC’s News Release on April 2, enforcement staff will be in communication with the subjects of continuing non-public investigations and audits, and entities with continuing compliance obligations associated with completed enforcement cases. Staff will work with each entity to provide flexibility with discovery-related or other deadlines through July 31, 2020. Subjects are encouraged to reach out directly to OE staff with any questions about deadlines. The Commission has issued an extension to June 1, 2020 for Form Nos. 552, 60, and 61, as well as Electric Quarterly Reports. FERC will continue to expeditiously process individual waiver or extension requests.

    Enforcement staff will not begin any new audits until July 31, 2020. Enforcement staff will only contact entities regarding surveillance inquiries that involve market behavior that could result in significant risk of harm to the market and thus require immediate attention. Inquiries not requiring immediate attention will be postponed to a later date.

    The Commission is operating and will continue to fulfill all statutory obligations. FERC offices at 888 First Street, Washington, DC, are closed to the public and 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.

    All hearings are postponed until Administrative Litigation can reschedule them at a future date. Settlement conferences are being conducted by telephone and oral arguments are being heard via WebEx.

    In a joint effort, the FERC and NARUC are urging all state authorities to designate utility workers as essential to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

  • Federal Trade CommissionNews Release, Press Release, and Expedited Antitrust Procedure and Guidance

    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.

  • Securities and Exchange Commission - SEC Coronavirus Response, Order (Pending Administrative Proceedings), Press Release 2020-73, Press Release 2020-74, Release 34-88465 (Order under Section 36 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Modifying Exemptions from Reporting and Proxy Delivery Requirements for Public Companies), Release IA-5469 (Order under Section 206A of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Granting Exemptions from Specified Provisions of the Investment Advisers Act and Certain Rules Thereunder), Release IC-33824 (Order under Section 6(c) and Section 38(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 Granting Exemptions from Specified Provisions of the Investment Company Act and Certain Rules Thereunder and Commission Statement regarding Prospectus Delivery), Division of Trading and Markets Staff Statement Regarding Requirements for Certain Paper Submissions in Light of COVID-19 Concerns, Press Releases Page, and COVID-19 Quick Reference Guide for Investors and Market Participants

    The SEC announced that it is extending the filing periods covered by its previously enacted conditional reporting relief for certain public company filing obligations under the federal securities laws, and that it is also extending regulatory relief previously provided to funds and investment advisers whose operations may be affected by COVID-19.  In addition, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued its current views regarding disclosure considerations and other securities law matters related to COVID-19.

    The SEC announced that it is providing additional temporary regulatory relief to market participants in response to the effects of the Coronavirus. The actions announced involve (1) parties needing to gain access to make filings on the EDGAR system, (2) certain company filing obligations under Regulation A and Regulation Crowdfunding, and (3) a filing requirement for municipal advisors.

    Under Releases 34-88465, IA-5469, and IC-33824, the SEC has granted certain exemptions for requirements under the Securities Exchange Act of 1945, Investment Advisers Act of 1940, and the Investment Company Act of 1940 respectively in light of the effects of and circumstances resulting from COVID-19. 

    The SEC has ordered that certain filings be submitted to the Commission (to the extent possible) by sending them to the Commission electronically.

    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 through this transition, the agency has remained fully operational.

  • United States Patent OfficeNotice, Official Notice, Updated Notice, Press Release 20-05, Patent Notice, and Trademark Notice

    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.

  • U.S. International Trade Commission USITC Response to COVID-19 and Notice

    Effective March 17, 2020, all U.S. International Trade Commission employees are teleworking full time.

    The USITC Building is now closed to the public entirely through April 24, 2020.  This closure may be extended if necessary. The Secretary’s Office will only accept electronic filings.

    The commission will be ordering Administrative Law Judges to postpone any Section 337 hearings scheduled in the next 60 days. All discovery will continue and essential outside participation by staff will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

    Title VII (antidumping and countervailing duty) preliminary phase staff conferences will be cancelled for the next 60 days—the agency will issues notices for written submissions. All Title VII votes will be conduction by notation. Final phase Title VII investigations, five-year (sunset) reviews, and those under Section 332 and Section 131 hearing 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 for the next 60 days.

  • U.S. Tax CourtPress Release and Updates

    The United States Tax Court building remains closed and all trial sessions through June 30, 2020 are canceled.

    Mail sent by standard delivery of the United States Postal Service is being held while the Tax Court building is closed. Items sent through the United States Postal Service or a designated delivery service (such as FedEx or UPS) may, however, be returned as undeliverable. If a document sent to the Court is returned, resend the document to the Court as soon as possible after the Court announces it has resumed receiving mail. Include with your resubmission a copy of the original envelope or container in which it was first sent. You should retain a copy of any document sent to the Court.

  • Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Judiciary Preparedness for Coronavirus (COVID-19), March 12, 2020

    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.

  • Judicial Council of CaliforniaOrder, California Court Emergency Orders Page, Judicial Council Approves Temporary Emergency Measures, and March 30 Order

    All jury trials are suspended and continued for a period of sixty (60) days, to be calculated from the date for which the trial was set or extended as provided in the Order on March 30, 2020.

    The council unanimously approved the following measures, which will be extended 90 days following the lifting of the COVID-19 state of emergency to help alleviate backlogs: (i) extend the 10 court day period for holding a preliminary hearing and the defendant’s right of release to 30 court days; (ii) extend the time period during which a defendant charged with a felony offense shall be taken before a judicial officer from 48 hours to not more than 7 days; (iii) extend the time period for holding a criminal trial by more than 30 days; and (iv) extend the time period to bring an action to trial by more than 30 days.

Disclaimer:  We have endeavored to make this list as comprehensive as possible, but it may not be complete.  For the most recent updates on a specific court or agency, please check the specific court or agency website or contact them via telephone.