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

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Last Updated May 26, 2020 at 9:00 AM EST

In response to public health guidance related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), many U.S. courts (state and federal) and agencies adjusted 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 the provided link to the court’s website for the most up-to-date information.

United States District Courts

  • Northern District of AlabamaOrder, General Order dated March 17, General Order 2020-03 (Authorizing Use of Video and Audio to Conduct Criminal Proceedings),General Order 2020-04 (Court Operations – extends previously entered order), General Order 20-0005 (Re Matter of Certain Pending Administrative and Civil Forfeiture Proceedings) effective April 24, General Order 20-0006 (Court Operations Stay of Unexpired Deadlines and Briefing Schedules), and General Order 20-0007 (Court Operations)

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

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

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

    The 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 AlabamaNotice, General Order (Judiciary Video Teleconferencing for Criminal Proceedings), and Misc. Action No. 20-1000-KD (Screening Procedures)

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

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

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

  • Middle District of Alabama Order GO-3910-02, General Order 3910-03, General Order 3910-04 (Criminal Proceedings by Video or Audio Conference), and General Order 3910-05 (Link to download - Public Access to Video or Teleconference Hearings)

    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), Miscellaneous General Order 20-12 (Expedited Detention Hearing Procedures), Miscellaneous General Order 20-13 (Suspension of Court Proceedings) effective May 1, and Miscellaneous General Order 20-14 (Appointment of Counsel for Compassionate Release) effective April 22, and Miscellaneous General Order 20-17 (Suspension of Court Proceedings) effective June 1

    All civil jury trials and trial specific deadlines scheduled to begin on or before July 6, 2020 are continued pending further order of the assigned judge. Hearings scheduled before June 1 are continued pending further order of the court, 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 July 6, 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 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.

  • 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), General Order 20-18 (Authorized Hearings under the CARES Act), General Order 20-19 (Continuing Court Operations in Flagstaff, Arizona), General Order 20-20 (Continued Suspension of Grand Juries, Petit Juries and Other Court Operations), General Order 20-22 (CJA Interim Vouchers), and General Order 20-25 (Flagstaff Courthouse)

    The Flagstaff Courthouse is closed to the public except for those proceedings that are deemed necessary. The closure will remain in effect through May 29, 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.

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

    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 ArkansasAdministrative Order One, Administrative Order Two, Administrative Order Three (Court Operations), Administrative Order Four (Court Operations - Electronic Filing of Administrative Records in Social Security Appeals), and Administrative Order Five (Court Operations)

    All civil and criminal jury trials and grand jury proceedings scheduled through May 29, 2020 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 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.  

    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 April.

  • Western District of ArkansasOrder 2020-1, Order 2020-2, Notice (Reduced Business Hours), Order 2020-3, and Order 2020-4 (Court Operations)

    All civil and criminal trials (bench and jury) are continued and will be rescheduled to a date after June 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. The orders do not affect the consideration of civil and criminal motions that can be resolved without oral argument or handled by telephone or video conference.  The courthouses remain open but with the reduced business hours of 9 am to 3:30 pm.

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

    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, Order 20-042 (Activation of Continuity of Operations Plan (“COOP”)), Order 20-043 (Use of Video and Telephonic Conference Technology in Certain Criminal Proceedings), Order 20-044 (Suspension of Grand Juries), General Order No. 20-05 (Further Order Concerning Jury Trials and Other Proceedings), COVID-19 Notice, Further Measures Taken in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic, and Order 20-074 (Order Staying Civil Matters Involving the Commissioner of Social Security as a Party under 42 U.S.C. § 405(G))

    General Order No. 20-05 supersedes Amended General Order No 20-02.   Pursuant to General Order No. 20-05, the court’s COOP remains activated as set forth in Order 20-042 and is extended through and including June 1, 2020. The court will not call in jurors for service in civil or criminal jury trials until after June 1, 2020 or otherwise ordered by the court.  Individual judges may issue other orders concerning future continuances as necessary and appropriate. All filing deadlines will remain in place unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge. Pursuant to the COOP, hearings in civil cases will only go forward by video or telephonic conference.

  • 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), General Order 614 (Authorizing Video-Teleconferencing for Criminal Proceeding under Section 15002 of the CARES Act), Eastern District of California’s Request for Suspension of Speedy Trial Act Deadlines, General Order 615 (Social Security Matters Under 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) during the COVID-19 Public Emergency), General Order 616 (Consent and Signature Requirements on Documents Filed in Criminal Actions during the COVID-19 Public Emergency), General Order 617 (Extending Temporary Restrictions on Courthouse Access and In-Court Hearings), and General Order 618 (Further Extending Temporary Restrictions on Courthouse Access and In Court Hearings)

    Under General Order 618, until further notice, all courthouses in the district are closed to the public. Only persons having official court business as authorized by a Judge of the District Court or the Bankruptcy Court, or a healthy building tenant having official business on behalf of a tenant agency, may enter courthouse property.

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

  • 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, April 3 Notice re General Orders, Court Operations and Paper Filings, April 3 Notice re Press and Public Access, April 6 Notice re General Orders, Court Operations, Santa Rita Jail, and Paper Filings, April 20 Notice re Press and Public Access to Court Hearings, April 30 Notice re Press and Public Access to Court Hearings; Information on Observing Court Proceeding Held by Videoconference, April 30 Notice re General Orders, Court Operations, Santa Rita Jail, and Paper Filings During COVID-19, General Order No. 72-2, General Order No. 73, May 4 Notice (Pro Se Litigants with Computer Access Now Able to E-File Without First Seeking Permission), May 6 Notice re Press and Public Access to Court Hearings; Information on Observing Court Proceedings Held by Videoconference, May 21 Notice Regarding General Orders, Court Operations, Santa Rita Jail, and Paper Filings During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, General Order 72-3, and Notice Regarding Press and Public Access to Court Hearings; Information on Observing Court Proceedings Held by Videoconference

    Per General Order No. 72-3, no new civil jury trial will be conducted through September 30, 2020. Any civil jury trial dates currently scheduled to commence during that period will be postponed or vacated.  However, individual judges may offer bench trials by videoconference in lieu of postponement. Through September 30, 2020, all 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 motion hearings, case management conferences, pretrial conferences, settlement conferences, Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings, and bench trials.  For specific instructions on telephone or video appearances, see the docket on PACER, the assigned judge’s schedule of upcoming proceedings, or the ADR webpage.

    Per General Order No. 73, effective May 1 and until June 1, 2020, or a later date set by subsequent order of the court, only persons having official court business authorized by General Order No. 72, or by a presiding judge of the court, may enter any Northern District of California courthouse property. “Official court business” shall include: (1) attorneys, parties, witnesses, or other persons who are required to attend an in-person court hearing; and (2) members of the press and public who have a legitimate need to observe a public in-person court hearing that cannot be observed by telephone or videoconference. Hard copy documents may be submitted by U.S. Mail to the San Francisco, Oakland, or San Jose courthouses. There will also be a drop box available for manual filing in the first floor lobby of the San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose courthouses.  Before filing by mail or by drop box, alternatives such as Electronic Case Filing should be discussed with court staff.  U.S. Mail and drop box filings will be picked up only twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays.

    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.

  • Southern District of California Order No. 17 (Visitor Restrictions), Order No. 17-A (Visitor Restrictions), Order No. 18 (Suspension of Jury Trials and Other Proceedings), Order No. 18-A (Suspension of Personal Appearances and In-Person Filing in Civil Cases), Order No. 19 (CJA Panel Attorneys Interim Compensation), Order No. 20 (Emergency Use of Video and Telephonic Conference Technology in Certain Criminal Proceedings), Order No. 21 (Social Security Matters under 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) during the COVID-19 Public Emergency), Order No. 22 (Felony Criminal Sentencings during the COVID-19 Public Emergency), Order No. 23 (Administrative and Civil Forfeiture Proceedings during the COVID-19 Public Emergency), Order No. 24 (Extending Suspension of Jury Trials and Other Proceedings During the COVID-19 Public Emergency), General Order 729 (Proposed Local Rule Change), Order No. 25 (Face Coverings during the COVID-19 Public Emergency), Order No. 26 (Criminal Case Proceedings), Order No. 27 (Criminal Case Proceedings), and Notice of Coronavirus Reopening Measures

    Pursuant to Order 24, Order 18, which continued all jury trials in civil and criminal cases, as modified in Order 18-A and 22, is extended for 30 days. 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.

    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.

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

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

    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.

  • District of ColoradoOrder 2020-1 (Visitor Restrictions), General Order 2020-3 (Court Operations – supersedes General Order 2020-2), General 2020-4 (CARES Act Findings regarding Criminal Proceedings),General Order 2020-5 (Electronic Transmission of Bond Reports), General Order 2020-6 (Court Operations – modifies certain dates in General Order 2020-3), and General Order 2020-7 (Compassionate Release under Section 603(b) of the First Step Act of 2018), and General Order 2020-8 (Continuation of Jury Trials through July 6, 2020), and General Order 2020-9 (Modifying certain dates in G.O. 2020-6 and Court Operations through June 19, 2020)

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

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

    All civil and criminal trials are continued, until further notice, through May 29, 2020. All grand jury proceedings are suspended through July 6, 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 (Visitor Restrictions), 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, Superseding General Order dated April 2, General Order dated April 7, General Order regarding Compassionate Release, Superseding General Order dated April 27, General Order re Jury Trials, and Order regarding masks

    All civil and criminal jury trials (and related jury selections) scheduled to commence on or before September 1, 2020, before any district or magistrate judge in any courthouse in the District of Connecticut shall be continued pending further order of the Court.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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, Standing Order dated April 1, Standing Order re CJA, Standing Order effective May 1, Modified Standing Order, Standing Order (Grand Juries), Standing Order (Face Coverings), and Standing Order (Signatures)

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

    Grand jury sessions are suspended through May 22, 2020. Effective April 17, all civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials in the District of Delaware scheduled to begin before May 31, 2020, are continued pending further Order of the Court. All deadlines set by Federal or Local Rules or Court Order, including, but not limited to, scheduling orders in all civil and criminal cases, remain in effect unless modified by further Order of the Court or by Order of the assigned judicial officer. All judicial officers are encouraged to conduct proceedings, including ADR proceedings, by telephone or videoconferencing where practicable and as permitted by law, and to take reasonable measures to avoid the necessity of out-of-town travel of any litigant, witness, counsel or the public.

    Per the court’s March 17, 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.  

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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), Order 20-18 (Suspension of Process Service by US Marshal), Order 20-19 (Extension of Postponed Court Proceedings), Standing Order 20-20 (Public and Media Access to Judicial Proceedings During COVID-19 Pandemic), Instructions to Listen Telephonically, COVID-19 Clerk's Office Operations Information, Order 20-26 (Use of Face Coverings or Masks in Public Areas), and Order 20-27 (Certain Administrative and Civil Forfeiture Proceedings)

    Per Order 20-19, all civil and criminal petit jury selections and jury trials scheduled to commence before June 11, 2020, and grand jury sessions and empanelment scheduled before that date, are postponed and continued pending further order of the court. The U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia will remain open but with limited operations to support essential functions in criminal, civil and bankruptcy matters. All other civil, criminal and bankruptcy proceedings in the court, including court appearances, non-jury trials, hearings, settlement conferences, and misdemeanor, traffic and petty offense dockets, scheduled to occur before June 1, 2020 are postponed and will be scheduled for a later date, unless the presiding judge in an individual case issues an order after the date of the April 2 Order directing that a particular proceeding will be held by teleconference or videoconference on or before June 1, 2020.

    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.

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

  • Middle District of FloridaOrder 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), Administrative Order 8:20-mc-25 (CARES Act), April 7, 2020 Memorandum (Update to Jacksonville Division Protocol for Proceedings), and March 26 Order concerning Jury Trials and Other Proceedings (Orlando Division)

    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.  

    Fort 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. All grand jury empanelment are postponed until further notice.

    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 FloridaPublic Notice, Administrative Order (Court Operations), Administrative Order (Conducting Initial Appearances, Detention Hearings and Arraignments), March 23 Administrative Order (Complete List of Measures Taken – Court Operations),Administrative Order 4:95mc40111 (Authorization of Video and Telephone Conferencing), May 7 Administrative Order (Court Operations – all Court locations in the Northern District of Florida remain closed to the public, Re Jury Trials), April 27 Administrative Order (Re Extending the cancellation of naturalization ceremonies), and April 1 Administrative Order (Re Speedy trial)

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

    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), Administrative Order 2020-23 (CARES Act), Administrative Order 2020-24 (Third Order concerning Jury Trials and Other Proceedings – in conjunction with A.O. 2020-21 and 2020-18), and Administrative Order 2020-28 (Matter of Certain Pending Administrative-Forfeiture Proceedings)

    Administrative Order 2020-24 is issued in conjunction with Orders 2020-18 and 2020-21. All jury trials in the Southern District of Florida scheduled to begin on or after March 30, 2020, are continued until July 6, 2020 pending further order of the Court. All trial-specific deadlines in criminal cases scheduled to begin before July 6, 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.

    All grand jury proceedings are continued until July 6, 2020 pending further Order of the Court.

    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.

    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 GeorgiaStanding Order 2020-01, Standing Order 2020-02, Standing Order 2020-03, Standing Order 2020-04 (Probation Virtual Contacts), Public/Media Access to Hearings during the Shelter-in-Place Order, Standing Order 2020-05, Standing Order 2020-06, and Standing Order 2020-07 (amending Orders 2020-01, 2020-02, and 2020-03)

    Beginning on April 6, 2020, the Clerk’s Offices of the Middle District of Georgia will not be available for in-person filings due to the continued outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

    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 2020-07 amends Standing Orders 2020-01 and 2020-02, and states that the jury trial moratorium is extended until July 13, 2020. This moratorium includes criminal proceedings, however any defendant shall have the right to file a motion for a speedier trial. All previous standing orders shall remain in effect unless they are inconsistent with Standing Order 2020-07.

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

    Standing Order 2020-03 grants a judge the authority, with the consent of the defendant or a juvenile after the defendant or juvenile confers with counsel, to use video conferencing, or telephonic conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for a number of items listed in the order. Per Standing Order 2020-07, the provisions of Standing Order 2020-03 shall remain in effect until July 13, 2020.

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

  • 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), Order 20-06 (Authorization of Electronic Filing of Sealed Documents in Criminal Proceedings), Temporary Procedures Now Available for Electronic Filing of Sealed Documents by Attorneys in Criminal Matters, General Order 20-07 (Temporary Closure of Rome and Gainesville Clerk’s Office Public Counters), Issuance of Attorney Identification Cards Temporarily Suspended Beginning April 13th, Public Access to Electronic Court Proceedings, Order 2020-01 (Second Amendment), and Opportunity to Comment on Revisions to Local Rules

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

    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 29, 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. 

    Per the Second Amendment to Order 2020-01, there will be no civil or criminal jury trials or any grand jury trials in any division of the Northern District of Georgia. However, summons may be issued prior to May 29 for jurors and grand jurors. The time period of any continuance entered as a result of this Order shall be excluded under the Speedy Trial Act.

    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 GeorgiaStanding Order 004, Standing Order 005, Standing Order 120-7 (Criminal Hearings and the Signing of Documents), and Standing Order 008 (Supplement to Standing Order 004)

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

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

    All persons entering the courthouses will be screened for a fever of 100.0 or higher.

  • District Court of GuamGeneral Order 20-0008 (Jury Trials and Other Proceedings), General Order 20-0009 (Visitor Restrictions), General Order 20-0011 (Jury Trial and Other Proceedings – 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), General Order 20-0014 (Court Operations), General Order 20-2015 (Court Operations), General Order No. 20-0016 (Adoption of Amended Interim Bankruptcy Rule 1020 in Response to CARES Act), General Order No. 20-0018 (Court Operations),General Order No. 20-0019 (Extending Access Restrictions in General Order 20-0018 through June 5, 2020), and General Order No. 20-0020 (Face Coverings)

    General Order 20-0020 requires that any person, employee, or visitor to the courthouse to wear a mask or face covering when in common or public areas of the courthouse.

    General Order 20-0019 extends the public closure of the court through June 2020, except as stated in General Orders No. 20-0012 and 20-0014.

    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.

    All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to being before May 8, 2020 are continued pending further order of the court. Individual judges may exercise discretion to continue trial-specific deadlines in civil cases and may continue to hold hearings, conferences, and bench trials. Judges are strongly encouraged to conduct court proceedings by telephone or video conferencing when practical.

    All grand jury sessions are continued until May 8, 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, been quarantined, diagnosed with COVID-19, or been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. 

  • District of HawaiiMarch 30 Order (Authorizing Use of Telephonic Hearings pursuant to the CARES Act), April 16 Temporary General Order, April 16 Temporary General Order (Suspending Grand Juries), April 27 General Order (Extending Certain Statutory Deadlines for Administrative and Civil Judicial Asset Forfeiture Proceedings and Actions), and Civil Case Management Guidance dated May 18

    All civil and criminal trials scheduled to commence before June 15, 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.

    All grand jury proceedings are suspended until June 15, 2020.

    The March 30 Order authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act. The United States District Court for the District of Hawaii is closed to the public until June 15, 2020. The court restricts access to those who have visited a high-risk country within the past two weeks, have had contact with someone who has been in a high-risk country, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed or have been asked to self-quarantine.

  • 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), General Order No. 364 (Filings pursuant to Bail Reform Act), General Order 365 (Continued Court Operations), Bankruptcy General Order 366 (CARES-Act Related Amendment to Bankruptcy Interim Rule 1020), Notice of Bankruptcy Form Changes effective April 1, and General Order No. 367 (Continued Court Operations in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Idaho Governor's Guidelines for Reopening Idaho)

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

    All jury trials and grand jury proceedings scheduled to begin on or before May 31, 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. Bankruptcy forms have been updated to reflect changes made by 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. 

  • 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 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 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), Second Amended General Order 20-0012, Third Amended General Order 20-0012, Roszkowski Courthouse Closure, andSecond Amended General Order 20-03 (Bankruptcy Court)

    The Roszkowski courthouse will be closed through at least May 20, 2020.

    Amended General Order 20-0012 extends all deadlines (whether set by the court, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, or the Local Rules) by 21 days in all civil cases and Executive Committee matters. The Third 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 jury trials scheduled for on or before June 26, 2020 are stricken, to be re-set by the presiding judge to a date on or after June 29, 2020.

    Civil case hearings, bench trials, and settlement conferences 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.

    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. Local Rule 9013-1(E)(1) governing presentment of motions in court is suspended. All motions will be heard telephonically, without personal appearances. Second Amended General Order 20-03 details procedures that apply to all motions noticed for presentment on or after June 1, 2020.

    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.

    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, Amended Order No. 262, Administrative Order No. 265, Court Closure, and Administrative Order No. 266

    CM/ECF will be unavailable from 6:00AM to 6:00PM on May 23, 2020.

    Administrative Order 266 authorizes teleconferencing subject to certain exceptions.

    The federal courthouses in East St. Louis and Benton will be closed to the public through May 31, subject to exceptions as detailed in the Court Closure notice.

    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.

    On April 18, 2020, CM/ECF will be unavailable from Noon until approximately 4:00 PM.

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

  • Southern District of IndianaGeneral Order (supersedes all previous General Orders) dated March 20, General Order (Filing by Pro Se Litigants and Acceptance of Payments), and General Order (Continued Court Operations – supersedes all previous orders to the extent different), May 12 General Order (Continued Court Operations), and General Order (Amending General Orders issued on March 18 and March 20, 2020) dated May 20

    All civil and criminal jury trial in all of the Court’s divisions are continued through June 15, 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 wish 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), Public Administrative Order No. 20-AO-0004-P (Emergency Conditions under the CARES Act), Public Administrative Order No. 20-AO-0005-P (Changes to Court Operations – extends and modifies Public A.O. 20-AO-0002-P), Administrative Order No. 20-AO-0006-P (supersedes 20-AO-0001-P), Administrative Order No. 20-AO-0007-P (Changes to Court Operations – extends and modifies A.O. No. 20-AO-0002-P and A.O. No. 20-AO-0005-P), and Administrative Order No. 20-AO-0008-P (Resumption of Court Operations)

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

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

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

  • Southern District of IowaTrial Order, Grand Jury Order, Payments Order (Paper Filings and Payments), Public Administrative Order No. 20-AO-6-P (CARES Act Provisions), Public Administrative Order No. 20-AO-7-P (April 2020 Grand Jury),Public Administrative Order No. 20-AO-8-P (Jury Trial Continuances – extends the moratorium on trials previously entered in Public A.O. 20-AO-3-P), and Public Administrative Order No. 20-AO-9-P (Compassionate Release Applications, Appointment of Counsel Federal Public Defender)

    All civil and criminal jury trials currently set until July 6, 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), General Order No. 20-06 (Court Operations – Lexington Courthouse), General Order 20-07 (Court Operations – amends General Order No. 20-05), and General Order 20-08 (Court Operations)

    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 17, 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.

    General Order 20-05 and 20-07 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 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), General Order 2020-7 (Public Availability of Transcripts for Certain Criminal Case Proceedings), General Order 2020-08 (Supplemental Order Concerning Order Grand Jury Proceedings – Continued Generally by General Order 20-02), and General Order 2020-09 (Supplemental General Order Concerning Court Operations)

    With specific exceptions, the court’s order continued civil and criminal trials scheduled to begin May 29, 2020 are continued and are to be rescheduled by separate order of the presiding judge. All currently scheduled hearings in criminal cases through May 29, 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. All grand jury proceedings are continued through May 29, 2020.

    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 2020-3, Notice, Administrative Order 2020-4 (Criminal Case Operations), Administrative Order 2020-5 (Grand Jury Proceedings),Administrative Order 2020-6 (Public and Media Access to Video and Teleconference Hearings), and Administrative Order 2020-7 (Extending Certain Statutory Deadlines for Administrative and Civil Judicial Asset Forfeiture Proceedings and Actions)

    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. All grand jury proceedings are suspended indefinitely until the national emergency ends or the when the Judicial Conference of the United States finds that the federal courts are no longer materially affected.

    The court 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), General Order No. 20-4 (CARES Act Provisions for Criminal Proceedings), General Order 20-5 (Closing Courthouse to General Public), General Order No. 20-6 (amends General Order 20-2), and General Order No. 20-7 (CJA Voucher Interim Payments)

    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 is amended such that all civil and criminal bench and jury trials scheduled to begin on any date from the date of the order until August 1, 2020 are continued to a date to be reset by each presiding judge. All other matter requiring an in-person appearance, including bench trials, hearings, conferences or other proceedings in either civil or criminal matters through August 1, 2020, counsel must contact the presiding judge’s chambers to determine whether and how to proceed.

    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.

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

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

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

    All civil and criminal trials (bench and jury) are postponed to a day to be determined by the presiding judge, after June 30, 2020.  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 June 30, 2020.

    All civil evidentiary hearings and other in-court hearings and proceedings requiring personal appearances, on the dockets of the United States District Court and the United States Bankruptcy Court, until June 30, 2020 are postponed, to be reset by, and at the discretion of ,the presiding Judge.

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

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

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

  • Western District of LouisianaOrder 001-2020, First Supplemental Order Regarding Court Operations, Second Supplemental Order, Third Supplemental Order (Court Operations – CARES Act), Fourth Supplemental Order (Court Operations – Civil and Criminal Jury Trials), Fifth Supplemental Order (Court Operations – extending March 16 Order and First Supplemental Order), General Order 002-2020 (Closing Edwin F. Hunter, Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Lake Charles), and General Order 003-2020 (Interim Criminal Justice Act Payments)

    All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin on any date from now through July 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 2020-4 (Court Operations - partially supersedes General Order 2020-2 and fully supersedes General Orders 2020-1 and 2020-3), General Order 2020-5 (Court Operations – complements General Order 2020- 4), Judicial Decisions Related to COVID-19, General Order 2020-6 (Emergency Petitions for Compassionate Release pursuant to Section 603(b) of the First Step Act), Protocol for Sidebar Conferences during Video Teleconference Proceedings, and MISC. NO. 2:20-mc-00098-JDL (Extending Certain Statutory Deadlines for Administrative and Civil Judicial Asset Forfeiture Proceedings and Actions)

    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 May and June 2020. All grand jury proceedings are continued until further notice and there will be no grand jury proceedings during May.

    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 (superseded by Order 2020-09), Second Amended Standing Order 2020-03, Update, Order 20-146, Order 2020-05 (rescinding Order 2020-03), Revised Policy (Interim Orders), Order 2020-06, Order 2020-07 (superseded by Order 2020-11 effective June 6), COVID-19 Pandemic Procedures Order, Order regarding Discovery in Civil Cases, Instructions for Remotely Attending Public Hearing, Standing Order 2020-09, Standing Order 2020-10, and Standing Order 2020-11

    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.

    As of March 18, all in-court proceedings in the Southern Division U.S. Courthouse in Greenbelt, Maryland are suspended temporarily 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.

    All new Interim Orders will have a corresponding Temporary Hearing scheduled for May 4 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. See instructions for more information on how to remotely attend a public hearing. No court proceedings may be photographed, recorded, broadcast, or otherwise transmitted without the express permission of the Court.

    Order 2020-07 rescinds Order 2020-05 and holds that all civil, criminal, and bankruptcy proceedings in the District of Maryland, including court appearances, trials, hearings, settlement conferences, conference calls, naturalization and admission ceremonies, and grand jury meetings now scheduled to occur from March 16 through June 5, 2020 are postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date, unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge in an individual case directing that a particular proceeding will be held on or before June 5, 2020. In addition, all filing deadlines for all cases originally set to fall between March 16 and June 5, 2020 are extended by eighty-four days, unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge in an individual case.

    The court remains open for emergency criminal, civil, and bankruptcy matters related to public safety, public health and welfare, and individual liberty. This Order does not toll any applicable statute of limitations. Electronic filing through CM/ECF remains available, and self-represented litigants may deposit and date-stamp papers in the drop boxes at each courthouse between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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

    Per Order 2020-09, superseding Order 2020-02, no members of the public, other than litigants with a scheduled proceeding, counsel of record, investigators or employees of counsel, and credentialed press, may enter any U.S. Courthouse in the District of Maryland without prior permission from the Chief Judge or any supervising U.S. Probation Officer from the U.S. Probation Office in the District of Maryland.

    Per Order 2020-09, the following persons shall not enter any U.S. Courthouse or U.S. Probation Office in this District: 1) Persons who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not been advised to discontinue isolation by any physician, hospital, or health agency; 2) persons who have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days; 3) persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any physician, hospital, or health agency; and 4) persons with apparent symptoms of COVID-19. All courthouse visitors shall be subject to health screening as appropriate to determine if any are exhibiting apparent symptoms.

    Per Order 2020-10, all persons seeking entry to, or occupying, the United States Courthouses in Baltimore, Greenbelt, or Salisbury must wear a face covering or mask (“the mask”). The mask must completely conceal the wearer’s nose and mouth at all times. If the wearer is a court employee who is alone in a private office or workspace, which permits at least six feet of physical distance from other persons, the wearer may temporarily remove the mask. Any visitor seeking entry to the Courthouse without a mask will be provided a mask by the Court. If the Court is unable to provide a mask for any reason, the visitor will be asked to contact by telephone the office to be visited to explore alternatives to entering the Courthouse. The United States Marshal, his Deputies, and the Court Security Officers shall enforce this Order and deny entry to those individuals not wearing a mask.

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

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

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

    Per Order 2020-11, the Order does not toll any applicable statute of limitations. Further Orders addressing Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19 will be entered as circumstances warrant. Standing Order 2020-07 is superseded by Order 2020-11, effective June 6.

  • District of MassachusettsGeneral 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), 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), Public Notice re Public Access to Video and Teleconference Hearings, General Order 20-16 (Procedural Order concerning Appointment of Counsel and Motions for Early Release), Public Notice re Visitor Restrictions - Public Counter Closed, General Order 20-17 (Amending General Order 20-16), General Order 20-18 (Supplemental Order Concerning Naturalization Ceremonies), General Order 20-19 (amending Orders 20-5 and 20-15), General Order 20-20 (amending Order 20-16), and Request for Courtroom Seating/Remote Access

    The court’s March 25 Notice 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 Springfield court facilities 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.

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

    Pursuant to General Order 20-1, no one may access the courthouse who has traveled to a country with a CDC level two or level three travel advisory had contact with such travelers, or are displaying symptoms. This order will be implemented district-wide.  Under General Order 20-6, all naturalization ceremonies scheduled for March and April 2020 are suspended.

    The court’s notice on April 14 states that the public counters of the Clerk’s Office of the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Probation Office are closed. The Clerk’s Office maintains a public filing box in the lobbing of each courthouse and filings can be placed in the box during business hours. Documents will be picked up every workday at 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. The filing process will be completed upon entry onto the official docket of the court.

    Per General Order 20-18, all naturalization ceremonies scheduled for May and June 2020 are suspended. The temporary suspension of naturalization ceremonies will not divest the Court of its exclusive authority to administer the oath of allegiance to persons seeking to become citizens in this District.

    All attorney admission ceremonies are postponed until further notice.

  • Eastern District of MichiganNotice, Administrative Order 20-AO-021, Administrative Order 20-AO-020, Order 20-AO-023, 20-AO-025, Advisory, Order 20-AO-026, Order 20-AO-027, and Remote Access Request for Selected Hearings

    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.

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

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

    Pro se filings may be made by mail.

  • Western District of MichiganNotice, Notice regarding Access, Notice of Revised Access, Order 20-MS-024, Administrative Order No. 20-MS-030 (CARES Act), Administrative Order No. 20-MS-029 (Court Operations – amending Administrative Order No. 20-MS-024), Notice of Revised Access (Federal Building Access), Public Notice Regarding COVID-19 updated on April 29, Administrative Order No. 20-MS-037 (Modification of Court Operations), and Public Notice Regarding COVID-19 updated on May 15

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

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

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

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

    Per Order 20-MS-029, as amended and the Notice of Revised Access, 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 May 15, 2020.  

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

  • District of MinnesotaGeneral Order No. 5 (Updated Guidance to Court Operations), General Order No. 6 (Court Operations – How To Attend Hearings via Teleconference), General Order No. 7 (Court Operations – Pretrial Services Detention Hearings), General Order No. 8 (Updated Guidance to Court Operations re CJA Panel Attorneys), General Order No. 10 (Updated Guidance to Court Operations re Grand Jury Proceedings), General Order No. 11 (Updated Guidance to Court Operations re Pre-Plea Investigation, Consolidated Guilty Plea and Sentencing Process), General Order No. 12 (Court Operations), General Order No. 13 (Extending Certain Statutory Deadlines for Administrative and Civil Judicial Asset Forfeiture Proceedings and Actions), General Order No. 14 (Civil and Criminal Proceedings vacating Order No. 9), and Administrative Order (Use of Masks or Coverings in Public Areas of a U.S. Courthouse)

    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.

    All criminal and civil jury trials and proceedings are suspended through July 5, 2020. All proceedings deemed necessary can be conducted via video or telephone conference. Exceptions to the order may be approved by the Chief Judge. The Clerk’s Office remains closed but will continue to be staffed and mail will be received and processed. Electronic filings may still be made through the Court’s electronic filing system.

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

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

  • 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, Special Order #2, Special Order #3 (Attorney Admissions), Addendum to Revised Video Conferencing Plan Defense Attorney and Probation Consultants 4-9-20 REV, General Order (Appointing FPD on Compassionate Release Motions (as filed)), Second Video Conferencing Plan REV 4-16-2020 with Addendum, and Special Order #4 extended until May 31
  • Through May 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. 

    Special Order #3 temporarily suspends Local Uniform Civil Rule 83.1(a)(1)(C) and allows attorneys to be admitted by video or teleconference provided that their completed paperwork has been submitted to the Clerk’s office and they have paid the admission fee in full. 

  • Eastern District of MissouriMarch 13 Order, March 17 Order, March 18 Order, March 23 Order (amending March 13 Order), Order (Video and Teleconferencing Capabilities under CARES Act), April 22 Order (Administrative and Civil Forfeiture Proceedings), and May 7 Order (Court Operations – Eastern MO extends Jury Trial Suspension through July 5, 2020)
  • All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin before July 5, 2020 are continued and will be rescheduled by the presiding judge after July 5, 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 MissouriOrder (Criminal Case Operations), Superseding Modified MAP Attendance Requirements for Mediations, General Order,   Administrative Order (Processes for Combined Pleas and Sentencings in Certain Criminal Cases), and Administrative Order (Entrance Protocols)
  • All civil and criminal trials and jury selections, all trial specific deadlines in criminal cases, and all grand jury proceedings are continued through July 6, 2020.  Certain criminal matters will continue in the ordinary course.  All bankruptcy hearing and trials through July 6, 2020 will be conducted by telephone or continued based on the discretion of the Judge.

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

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

    The 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,  General Order No. 2020-5-BPH (Bankruptcy Court Operations), Administrative Order 20-18 (Public Access and Court Operations), Administrative Order 20-16 (Release of Pretrial Services Bond Report to Parties in Criminal Cases), and Administrative Order 20-21 (Phased Resumption of Court Operations)
  • The federal courthouses are moving to Phase 2 of the reopening plan. There will be limited reopening of the courthouses. The following individuals will be permitted to enter the courthouse: members of the public with court-related business; counsel of record appearing for a calendared matter and any associated litigants, investigators or employees thereof; family members of a criminal defendant appearing before the court; contract court interpreters; contract court reporters; witnesses; and members of the press. A limited number of employees will report to the courthouse on any given day.  All other employees will continue to work remotely. Civil and criminal hearings will proceed remotely or in person, depending on judicial preference, provided the current social distancing requirements can be met.

    All jury trials (criminal and civil) scheduled through May 29, 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.

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

    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, General Order 2020-07 (Video Teleconferencing for Criminal Proceedings), General Order No. 2020-08 (Continuances), and General Order No. 2020-09 (Extension of Continuances)
  • 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 July 3, 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 General Order 2020-07, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing, and when video conferencing is not available, telephonic conferencing for various criminal case events listed in the order.

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

    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 2020-03, Press Release, General Order 2020-04, General Order 2020-05, Order 2020-06, Notice regarding Temporary Suspension of Local Rule IC 2-1(c), and Order 2020-08
  • Pursuant to Order 2020-03, 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. Filings will be processed via CM/ECF, mail, email or delivery to designated drop boxes outside the Clerk’s Office. Documents that cannot be filed electronically via CM/ECF may now be submitted by email. 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.

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

    The Court plans to incrementally resume in-person court appearances as appropriate based on recommended health guidelines. Members of the public may call in to listen to a scheduled hearing.

    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.

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

    All naturalizations ceremonies are postponed.

    Per Order 2020-08, to the extent practical and where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, everyone inside the courtroom is required to wear a face covering during court proceedings. The presiding judge may modify this requirement for particular court proceedings. All employees of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada must wear face coverings during security screening and while they are in public areas of the Courthouses. Members of the public are encouraged, but not required, to wear face coverings during security screening and while they are in public areas of the Courthouses. The Court will provide face coverings for members of the public who come to the Courthouses for court-related businesses without a face covering, provided that the Court has a sufficient supply. The requirement of wearing face coverings established herein does not apply to individuals who cannot wear a face covering due to a medical condition.

  • 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), Administrative Order 20-12 (Video and Telephonic Conferencing), Administrative Order 20-14 (amending Standing Order 20-5 re Scheduling of Hearings in Criminal Cases), Administrative Order 20-17 (Extending Deadlines in Prior Standing Orders), and Administrative Order 20-18 (Clarifying Speedy Trial Act Findings)

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

    Under Administrative Order 20-14, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing, and when video conferencing is not available, telephonic conferencing for various criminal case events listed in the order.

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

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

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

  • 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, Order 2020-05, Standing Order 2020-06 dated March 30, Standing Order 2020-07, Amended Order 2020-06, Standing Order 2020-08, Standing Order 2020-09, Standing Order 2020-10, Instructions for Remote Hearings, and Standing Order 2020-11

    Pro hac vice fees are temporarily waived for out-of-state attorneys seeking pro hac vice admission in such immigration detainee habeas cases after they have paid the pro hac vice fee in at least one other immigration detainee habeas case. Other changes to pro hac vice fees are detailed in Order 2020-11.

    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 and April 30, 2020 are extended by forty-five 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 May 31, 2020 are continued pending further order.  No jury trials should be scheduled before May 31. All filing and discovery deadlines in civil matters that currently fall between May 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020 are extended by 30 days, unless the presiding judge in an individual case directs otherwise after the date of this Order. This extension does not apply to any scheduled dates of conferences, which are controlled by the presiding judge, nor does it apply to those deadlines already extended by Standing Order 2020-04. The Order does not toll or extend applicable statutes of limitations.

    No grand juries should be empaneled from March 16 to May 31, 2020, pending further 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. 

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

    Per Order 2020-06 and amended 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 detailed in the orders.

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

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

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

  • 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 (Suspension of 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, Order 2020-14 (Status of Detention Facilities Housing Defendants in Cases Filed in the Eastern District of New York), Order 2020-15 (Further Continuance of Jury Trials and Exclusion of Time Under the Speedy Trial Act), Order 2020-16 (Interim Vouchers under the CJA Plan), Order 2020-18 (Further Continuance of Petty Offense Docket), Administrative Order 2020-19 (Service of Process by the United States Marshal), Order 20 Misc. 1074 (Certain Administrative and Judicial Forfeiture Proceedings), and Administrative Order 2020-15-1 (Amending 2020-15)
  • Per Order 2020-16 (amending Order 2020-6), all civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin between April 27 and June 15, 2020 and all grand jury selections before June 15, 2020, are continued pending further order of the Court.

    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 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.

    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.

    Per Order 2020-19, in all cases filed on or after March 18, 2020 and in which under ordinary circumstances the court would, pursuant to Fed. F. Civ. P. 4(c), appoint the United States Marshal or a deputy marshal to make service, any requirement that the Marshal accomplish service is further suspended nunc pro tunc to the expiration of the period specified in Order 2020-12, and the time from April 27 through June 15, 2020 is, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m), excluded from the 90-day period to accomplish service.

  • Northern District of New YorkNotice (Visitor Restrictions), General Order #58 (Response to Coronavirus COVID-19, as revised on May 13), General Order #59 (Criminal Case Operations, revised on May 13), General Order #60, Notice (Request for Public Access to Proceedings), Order 5:20-MC-13, and General Order #61
  • All civil and criminal (grand and petit) jury selections and jury trials scheduled to begin now through June 15, 2020 are continued pending further orders from the court. The court will, however, consider case-by-case exceptions to the postponements. The order does not affect the court’s consideration of civil or criminal motions that can be resolved without oral argument or handled by telephone or video conference.

    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 (as amended on May 13).

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

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

  • Southern District of New YorkStanding Order (M10-468) (Continuance of Jury Trials) dated March 13, 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, Revised Standing Order (M10-468) (Entry into Courthouses) dated March 16, 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, Third Amended Standing Order, Order 20-misc-183, Notice re April 13-May 4 Operations, and Skype for Business Instruction Guide for Attorneys
  • 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

    The Thurgood Marshall Courthouse will be closed for all SDNY activities with the exception of grand jury matters. 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 YorkGeneral Order (Alternative Dispute Resolution Under Circumstances Created by COVID-19), Announcement (Visitor Restrictions), General Order (Superseded by the General Order dated April 23) dated March 13, General Order (Updated Court Operations), General Order (Attorney Admissions) dated March 19, General Order (CARES Act), Access to Remote Proceedings for the Public and Press, General Order (Court Appearances) dated April 17, General Order (Access to the Courthouses under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19) dated April 23, and General Order (Court Operations and Access During COVID-19 Pandemic) dated May 13

    Per the General Order on Court Operations and Access dated May 13, the following persons shall not enter any U.S. courthouse in the Western District of New York: (1) persons not wearing a mask or face covering; (2) persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency; (3) persons who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 who are not fully recovered; (4) persons who have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the preceding fourteen (14) days; or (5) persons with fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Court security staff shall inquire of all persons seeking entry to any courthouse whether they meet any of the above criteria for restricting visitors, and if so, deny their entry. Persons shall wear a mask or face covering while in public spaces of the courthouse unless otherwise directed by the Court. The U.S. Marshals Service may also deny entry to the courthouse to any person considered a risk to carry COVID-19.

    Per the General Order dated May 13, all criminal trials scheduled to commence through June 15, 2020 before any district or magistrate judge in any courthouse in the Western District of New York are hereby continued. All civil jury trials and grand jury selections are continued until June 15, 2020. The Order does not affect the Court’s consideration of civil motions that can be resolved without oral argument or personal appearances. No naturalization proceedings will be conducted in the Courthouses of the District or by a judge of the District in any location until June 15, 2020. The Court grants the office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services the authority to perform administrative naturalization ceremonies until June 15, 2020.

    Per the General Order dated May 13, civil and criminal hearings may be conducted on a videoconference line or, whether one is not reasonably available, a toll-free teleconference line. The line will be available to members of the public and the media, to the extent practicable. A note will appear on each case’s individual docket on PACER and dial-in instructions can be obtained by calling the judge’s Chambers directly. Members of the public and media may listen to the proceedings but may not participate in them. Furthermore, members of the public and media are strictly prohibited from recording or broadcasting any hearing, in whole or in part, in any fashion. Courtrooms will only be able to accommodate a limited number of people to maintain social distancing. The judge has the final, discretionary authority to grant or deny any specific request to appear in person, and to limit the number of persons entering the courthouse.

    Per the General Order dated May 13, the Court’s ADR Program remains open, subject to the following limitations: (1) all ADR deadlines previously extended by sixty (60) days shall be extended by an additional thirty (30) days unless otherwise determined by the presiding or referral judge; (2) the Mediator in any case may elect to adjourn mediation sessions until June 15, 2020; (3) Notwithstanding the above, no mediation sessions will be conducted in the Courthouses of the Western District of New York until June 15, 2020; (4) if a mediation is adjourned, the Mediator shall prepare a Mediation Certification confirming to the Court that the mediation session has been adjourned, including the new date for the mediation session as agreed upon by the Mediator and the parties, and sent it to Adrprogram@nywd.uscourts.gov for filing; and (5) this Order shall apply to all Case Management/Scheduling Orders with ADR deadlines issues until June 15, 2020. Electronic ADR filings including Stipulations selecting a Mediator and Mediation Certifications may still be made through the CM/ECF system and ADR program.

    Per the General Order dated May 13, the Western District of New York courthouses remain open, subject to the limitations contained above. Filings will continue to be processed in civil and criminal cases via the CM/ECF electronic system and by mail. Paper documents may be received in the drop box located just inside the courthouses. This Order supersedes the orders issued on March 12, March 13, March 16, March 18, March 19, March 20, March 27, April 12, and April 23. This Order shall remain in effect until June 15, 2020, unless otherwise ordered by the Court.

    Under the CARES Act review, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing and, when video conferencing is not available, telephonic conferencing for various criminal case events listed in the order. Access and connections to remote proceedings for the public and press shall be telephonic.

  • Eastern District of North CarolinaStanding Order 20-O-04, Standing Order 20-SO-05, Standing Order 20-SO-7 (Video Conferencing for Criminal Proceedings under the CARES Act), Judicial Preference Order 20-JP-1-RN (Duty Court Proceedings before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert T. Numbers, II), and Judicial Preference Order 20-JP-1-RJ (Duty Court Proceedings before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones, Jr.)

    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 CarolinaStanding Order 12 (Visitor Restrictions), Standing Order 13 (Court Operations), Amended Standing Order 13 (Court Operations), Standing Order 15 (Criminal Case Operations CARES Act), April Grand Jury Order (Cancelling Grand Jury Session for April 2020), April 28 Amended Standing Order 13 (Court Operations), April 28 Amended Standing Order 12 (Visitor Restrictions), and Standing Order 16 (Health Safety Guidelines for Civil and Criminal Hearings)

    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 June 8, 2020 are continued and postponed under further order. All criminal cases, including jury trials are continued to a date on or after June 8, 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

  • District of North Dakota Administrative Order (supersedes Administrative Order issued on April 20) dated May 12, and Announcement (Fargo Federal Building and Courthouse Requiring Face Mask or Covering)

    All jury trials scheduled between March 16 and July 3, 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 July  3, 2020. Individual judges may also conduct proceedings by telephone or video conference when practical and consistent with the law. Grand jury hearings will resume in June 2020 .

    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. 20-00004 (CARES Act Authorization for Video and Audio Conferencing), General Order No. 20-00006 (Amendments to Interim Bankruptcy Rule 1020 Adopting CARES Act), and General Order No. 20-00007 (Court Operations with Limited Court Proceedings – supersedes General Order No. 20-00005)

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

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

    Access to the courthouse will be limited to court employees, tenants of the building, and individuals appearing for scheduled in-person court proceedings or for confirmed appointment with Judges, and the Office of Pretrial and Probation. Court security will deny entry into the courthouse for anyone who has been diagnosed with or had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, has been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency, or resides or had close contact with someone who has had close contact with someone who has been asked to self-quarantine.

  • Northern District of OhioNotice (Mass Gatherings), Order 2020-05, Notice (Visitors), General Order 2020-05-1 (COVID-19 Public Emergency), General Order 2020-06 (Video and Telephone Conferencing for Criminal Proceedings),General Order 2020-05-2 (Extending Operative Effect of Amended General Order No. 2020-05 through June 12, 2020), and General Order 8 (COVID-19 Phased-in Recovery Plan)

    All courthouses are closed to the public through July 31, 2020.

    All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin before July 31, 2020 are vacated and will commence on a date to be announced, but no earlier than the month of August. Unless otherwise ordered, judges will conduct civil pretrial proceedings by telephone or video conferencing where practical. All grand jury proceedings will proceed if absolutely necessary and with the approval of the Chief Judge. All petty offense (CVB) are suspended through July 31, 2020.

    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 OhioGeneral Order No. 20-05 (Court Operations) General Order 20-07 (Video Teleconferencing for Criminal Proceedings), General Order 20-07A (Amended General Order 20-07 – CARES Act), General Order 20-08 (Court Operations), General Order 20-09 (US Marshal Service of Process), General Order 20-10 (Pro Hac Vice Applications),General Order 20-11 (Naturalizations), General Order 20-13 (Appointment of Southern District of Ohio Federal Public Defender/CJA Panel Attorneys), General Order 20-14 (Re-Opening of the Potter Stewart Courthouse – rescinds General Order No. 20-12), and General Order 20-15 (Extending Certain Statutory Deadlines For Administrative And Civil Judicial Asset Forfeiture Proceedings And Actions)

    The Potter Stewart Courthouse has reopened. The reduced staffing levels and other restrictions previously adopted by the court remain in effect pending further order of the court.

    The court is closed to the public through June 1, 2020. All civil and criminal hearings and trails scheduled through June 1, 2020, including any associated deadlines are continued for 60 days. The court may proceed with video/telephonic conferences as appropriate and at the discretion of the individual judges. All grand jury proceedings are continued through June 1, except those current Columbus proceedings scheduled during the week of April 6, 2020. Under the CARES Act review, the court authorized judges to use video conferencing, and, when video conferencing is not available, telephonic conferencing for various criminal case events listed in the order.

    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 OklahomaNotice, Order 20-5, and Order 20-6

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

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

  • Northern District of OklahomaGeneral Order 20-07 (Video Teleconferencing or Telephonic Conferencing of Certain Criminal Proceedings under the CARES ACT), General Order 20-09 (Court Operations), and General Order 20-08 (Interim CJA Vouchers), General Order 20-10 (Court Operations – amends and supersedes General Order 20-06), General Order 20-11 (Expanded Use of Electronic Signatures), and General Order 20-12 (Re Matter of Certain Pending Administrative Forfeiture Proceedings)

    All civil and criminal hearings and trials scheduled before May 31, 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.

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

  • Western District of OklahomaGeneral Order 20-5 (Court Operations), General Order 20-7 (Visitor Restrictions), General Order 20-8 (Jury Trials), General Order 20-9.1 (Use of Video and Telephone Conferencing for Criminal Proceedings), General Order 20-10 (Suspension of Grand Jury Sessions and Jury Trials in May 2020), General Order 20-11 (Enhanced Screening & Physical Distancing - supplements General Order 20-7), General Order 20-12 (Expedited Presentence Deadlines in Certain Cases), and General Order 20-13 (Suspension of Jury Trials and Naturalization Ceremonies)

    Civil and criminal jury trials on the June 2020 docket are continued and will be reset by the presiding judge. The presiding judge will also address trial-related deadlines. Also all grand jury sessions on May 19 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. Visitors will be questions by courthouse security prior to being allowed to enter. If a person does not have specific judicial business or answers yes to any of the COVID-19 related questions, she will not be allowed into the courthouse without express authorization from the presiding Chief Judge.

  • District of Oregon - Order 2020-4, Order 2020-5, Standing Order 2020-7 (Video and Telephone Conferencing for Criminal Proceedings), Standing Order 2020-8 (Pro Se Filing by E-mail), Standing Order 2020-9 (Court Operations – amending Standing Order 2020-4), Standing Order 2020-10 (Confidentiality of Attorney-Client Communications),Misc. No. 3:20-mc-347 (Extending Statutory Deadlines in Certain Administrative and Civil Judicial Asset Forfeiture),Standing Order No. 2020-11 (Suspension of CD-ROM Requirement in Social Security Cases), and Standing Order No. 2020-12 (amending Standing Orders 2020-9 and 2020-5)

    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 July 15, 2020, are continued pending further order. All grand jury proceedings scheduled be July 15, 2020 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 July 15, 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 2020-12 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.

  • Middle District of PennsylvaniaOrder 20-01, Order 20-01(Supp.), Standing Order 20-02 (Activation of Court’s COOP Plan), Standing Order 20-04, Standing Order 20-05 (Detainee/Arrestee Screening and Related Matters), Standing Order 20-06 (Access to Federal Courthouse Buildings), Standing Order 20-07 (vacating Standing Order 20-3 and Reopening Harrisburg Courthouse), Standing Order 20-08 (Teleconferences and Videoconferences for Criminal Proceedings), Standing Order 20-09 (Expanded Use of Electronic Signatures due to Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19), Standing Order 20-10 (General Continuance of Hearings and Proceedings), Third Circuit Standing Order on Requests for Services Other Than Counsel in CJA Representations, and Standing Order 20-14 (Use of Face Masks/Coverings in Public Areas of the District’s Courthouses)

    Pursuant to General Order 20-10, the findings and directives of General Order 20-01, dated March 13, 2020, as supplemented on March 18, are extended through May 31, 2020. 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).

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

    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.

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

  • Western District of PennsylvaniaOrder 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 (Arrestee Screening and Related Matters), Order 466-MRH (Use of Video and Teleconferencing Technology in Certain Criminal Proceedings), Order 472-MRH (CJA Panel Attorney Interim Compensation), Order 401-MRH (Computation of Time for Filing of Information or Indictments due to COVID-19 Matters), Order 501-MRH (Expanded Use of Electronic Signatures Due to Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19), March 30 Public Notice, Order 2:20-MC-394-MRH (Amending Order 394-MRH), Standing Order (Requests for Services Other Than Counsel in CJA Representations) effective May 1, Order 2:20-MC-593-MRH, Order 2:20-MC-629 (Representation by the Federal Public Defender and CJA Panel Counsel in Certain “CARES Act” Matters), Order 2:20-MC-630, Order 2:20-MC-401-MRH, and Order 2:20-MC-629 (Representation by the Federal Public Defender and CJA Panel Counsel in Certain “CARES Act” Matters)

    Pursuant to Order 2:20-MC-394-MRH (amending Order 394-MRH), all civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials scheduled to begin before June 12, 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.

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

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

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

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

    Per Order 2:20-MC- 401-MRH, all grand jury sessions are suspended through May 15, 2020. From May 12, 2020 to the earlier of May 26, 2020, or the date the grand jury reconvenes, is excludable time in terms of calculating the thirty-day period by which an indictment must be filed after an arrest on a complaint.

  • 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, Amended General Order (Criminal Matters), General Order (Emergency Motions Filed - Amended General Order) dated March 30,Letter from the Judges (Re the COVID-19 pandemic and court operations) dated April 29, Third General Order regarding Continuity of Operations During Coronavirus Pandemic, General Order regarding Consent & Signature Requirements on Documents Filed in Criminal Cases, and General Order Regarding Depositions in Civil Cases dated May 22

    All civil and criminal petit jury trial selection and trials are continued to July 2020. All grand jury proceedings are continued and there will be no grand juries in May or June 2020. All depositions in civil cases are to be conducted by remote video means until further order of the court.

    The April 29, 2020 letter from the Judges outlines their considerations in the decision making process as it relates to “normal” court operations. This includes the likelihood of keeping the courthouses closed until September and continuing the use of telephone and video technology.

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

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

  • District of South Carolina - Notice, Order, Order 3.20-MC-105, Standing Order 3:20-MC-122, Standing Order 3:20-MC-129, Standing Order 3:20-MC-139 (amended), Standing Order 3:20-MC-140, Amended Standing Order 3:20-MC-00175-RBH, and Standing Order 3:20-MC-00176-RBH

    Per Amended Standing Order 3:20-MC-00175-RBH, the following persons shall not enter any federal courthouse in the District of South Carolina: (1) persons who have traveled internationally within the past 13 days; (2) persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital, or health agency; (3) persons who have been diagnosed with, or in the past 14 days have had contact with, anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19; (4) persons displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, loss of taste or smell, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. The U.S. Marshal, his Deputies, and the Court Security Officers shall deny entry to anyone attempting to enter in violation of this Order. Furthermore, if you have a scheduled appointment or you are otherwise required to appear at one of the courthouses in the District of South Carolina, and you are unable to appear because of the restrictions listed, you should proceed as follows: (1) if you are represented by an attorney, contact your attorney; (2) if you are an attorney, please contact the chambers directly; (3) if you are a juror, please contact the Jury Department at 803-253-3997; (4) for District Court matters, please contact the District Clerk’s Office; (5) for Bankruptcy Court platters, please consult www.scb.uscourts.gov or contact the Bankruptcy Court’s Office at 803-765-5436; (6) if you are scheduled to meet with a Probation Officer, please contact the Office of Probation and Pretrial Services. These restrictions will remain in place temporarily until it is determined that it is safe to remove them.

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

    Per Standing Order 3:20-MC-139, all civil and criminal jury selections, jury trials, and roster materials scheduled to commence through July 5, 2020 are continued pending further order. All grand jury proceedings scheduled through July 5, 2020, are also continued pending further order by the Chief Judge. Existing deadlines in civil cases, whether set by the court or by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or Local Rules, are not further extended. Any judge has the inherent authority to extend any deadlines in his or her cases. The Order does not toll any applicable statutes of limitations. Unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge, all civil matters scheduled for an in-court appearance through July 5, 2020 are continued, unless the matter is resolved by the court without a hearing, or can be addressed via video or telephone conferencing where practical.

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

    Videoconferencing is available as detailed in Standing Order 3:20-MC-129.

  • District of South Dakota - Order 20-2, Order 20-3, Order 20-4, Closure of Rapid City Federal Building and Courthouse, Standing Order 20-5 (Video Conference Hearings),Standing Order 20-3 1st Amended (Changes to Court Operations), Standing Order 20-2 1st Amended (Limited Access to Courthouses), Standing Order 20-06 (Establishing Procedure for Compassionate Release Motions under First Step Act), Standing Order 20-07 (Extending Certain Statutory deadlines for Administrative and Civil Forfeiture Proceedings), and Standing Order 20-3 Second Amended (Changes to Court Operations)

    All civil and criminal jury trial scheduled to commence on or before July 6, 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. Grand jury proceedings will resume in June 2020. All those attending must wear masks.

    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 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, Standing Order 20-08 (Remote Hearings by Video and Telephone Conferencing), Standing Order 20-09 (Suspension of Grand Jury Proceedings), Standing Order 20-10 (Courtroom Access),Standing Order 20-11 (Extensions of Time Set Forth in SO-20-06 regarding Court Operations), and Standing Order 20-12 (Extensions of Time Set Forth in SO-20-06 and SO-20-09 regarding Court Operations)

    Subject to certain exceptions as detailed in the Order, all civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin through May 30, 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 May 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), Administrative Order No. 209-1 (Video Teleconferencing and Telephone Conferencing in Criminal Case Proceedings), Administrative Order No. 209 (Clarifying First Amended Administrative Order No. 209), Administrative Order No. 209 Second Amended (Court Operations), and Administrative Order No. 209 Third Amended (Court Operations)
  • Grand jury proceedings and civil and criminal jury selections through June 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.

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

    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.  The court presently 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 2020-14Administrative Order No. 2020-17 (Authorization for Video Teleconferencing or Telephone Conferencing), Administrative Order 2020-19 (Extension of Court Operations – extends and modifies Administrative Order 2020-12), and Administrative Order 20-21 (Continued Court Operations – extends and modifies Administrative Order No. 2020-19)
  • All civil and criminal judicial proceedings and jury trials currently scheduled are continued until after May 30, 2020. All grand juries already selected will not meet until after May 30, 2020, unless an emergency grand jury proceeding is deemed necessary.

    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 TexasStanding 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, General Order 20-06, Standing Order 20-09, Standing Order per Judge Gilstrap, and General Order 20-11
  • General Order 20-11 extends certain deadlines for federal, state, and local agencies to commence forfeiture proceedings, and extends the 90-day deadline for the filing of a civil forfeiture complaint to 150 days, as detailed in the Order.

    Per General Order 20-09, all Orders are extended to May 31. General Order 20-03 shall terminate at 11:59 pm on May 31, 2020; and, during the month of May 2020, the Grand Jury for this District shall be authorized to convene and meet for one day in Tyler, Texas on May 20, 2020; however, unless subsequently authorized other proceedings of the Grand Jury shall be continued during the application and effect of this general order.

    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.

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

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

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

  • 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, Special Order 13-10, Special Order 13-11, Special Order 13-12, Special Order 13-14, Special Order 13-15, Special Order 13-16, and Special Order 13-17

    Anyone who requires access to the court in the Graham B. Purcell, Jr., Post Office and Federal Building must have nose and mouth covered with a close-fitting fabric or cloth mask.

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

    Order 13-11 extends all continuances under Special Order Nos. 13-5 and 13-6 through May 31, 2020, except as otherwise specified. All civil and criminal bench and jury trials scheduled to begin on any date through May 31, 2020, are continued, to a date to be reset by each presiding judge.  Those continuances do not continue any pending deadlines other than the trial dates. Attorneys should contact the presiding judges in their continued cases if they seek to modify such other deadlines. 

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

    From March 23 through May 4, 2020, 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, Order B-2020-01, Order B-2020-02, Order B-2020-03, Order B-2020-04, Order B-2020-05, Order C-2020-4 and V-2020-1, Order C-2020-5 and V-2020-2, Order V-2020-03, Order C-2020-06, Order C-2020-07, C-2020-8, C-2020-10, Order V-2020-04, V-2020-05, Order H-2020-6, Order H-2020-7, Order 2020-8, Order H-2020-09, Order H-2020-10, Order H-2020-11, Order H-2020-12, Order H-2020-13, Order H-2020-14, Order H-2020-15, Special Order H-2020-16, Order G-2020-1, Order L-2020-3, Order L-2020-4, Order L-2020-5, Order L-2020-6, Order L-2020-7, Order M-2020-1, Order M-2020-2, Order M-2020-3, Service of Process Notice, Bankruptcy Order 2020-4, Bankruptcy Emergency Order, General Order 2020-3, General Order 2020-4, General Order 2020-5, General Order 2020-06, and General Order 2020-7

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

    All civil and criminal jury trials and currently scheduled sessions of the Grand Jury through June 1 are suspended in the Brownsville Division. 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.

    Any currently scheduled sessions of the Grand Jury in the Brownsville Division through June 1 are continued. Related deadlines are suspended and tolled for all purposes, including the statute of limitations, through June 1, 2020.

    In the McAllen and Laredo divisions, all jury trials (criminal and civil) scheduled to begin before May 31, 2020 are continued, to a date to be reset by each presiding judge. Any currently scheduled sessions of the Grand Jury in these divisions through May 31, 2020, are continued. Related deadlines are suspended and tolled for all purposes to the extent permissible by law from this date through May 31, 2020.

    In the Corpus Christi and Victoria divisions, all jury trials (criminal and civil) scheduled to begin from this date through June 30, 2020, are continued, to a date to be reset by each presiding judge.

    In Houston and Galveston divisions, all jury trials (criminal and civil) scheduled to begin before July 6, 2020 are continued, to a date to be reset by each presiding judge.

    In Houston and Galveston divisions, any currently scheduled sessions of the Grand Jury through May 26, 2020, are continued.  Related deadlines are suspended and tolled for all purposes, including the statute of limitations, from this date until May 26, 2020.

    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.

    In Corpus Christi, bond reports will be released to counsel for a particular defendant and counsel for the United States.

    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, as detailed in Order B-2020-05.

    The United States Courthouse in Corpus Christi, Texas will be closed to the public effective Monday, April 6, 2020 until further notice.

    The Bob Casey U.S. Courthouse in Houston, Texas will reopen to the public on Monday, May 18. The court will continue to encourage remote or virtual proceedings when feasible and in the interests of justice.

    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 and H-2020-14. 

    The United States Courthouse in McAllen, Texas (Bentsen Tower) will be closed to the public effective Monday, April 6, 2020 until further notice.

    The United States District Court and related facilities located on the third and fourth floors of the Martin Luther King Jr Federal Building, 312 S. Main Street in Victoria, Texas will be closed to the public effective Tuesday, April 7, 2020 until further notice.

  • Western District of TexasAnnouncement, Order, Additional Order re 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), General Order dated March 30, Austin Entry Order dated April 3, San Antonio Order dated April 6, Order re Midland, Pecos, Alpine dated April 7, Order re Post-Markman Cases (Waco), Order re Upcoming Markman Hearings (Waco), Supplemental Order dated April 15, El Paso Suppl. Order No. 2, San Antonio April 16 Order, Austin April 27 Order, General April 27 Order, May 6 Order (Midland, Odessa, Pecos, Alpine), General May 8 Order, May 11 Order (Austin), May 13 Order (Waco), and May 21 Order (El Paso)

    All civil and criminal bench and jury trials scheduled to begin before June 30, 2020, are continued.

    Grand jury proceedings before June 30, 2020, are continued.  All deadlines are suspended and tolled for all purposes, including the statute of limitations, from now through June 30, 2020 unless otherwise ordered.

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

    As of March 24, the courts in the district are closed except as noted in the March 24 Amended Order.

    As detailed in the April 15 Supplemental Order, all civil and criminal bench and jury trials scheduled to begin before May 31 are continued. All deadlines, other than a trial date, shall remain in effect unless modified by the assigned Judge. All grand jury proceedings before May 31 are continued.

    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 through June 30, and authorized visitors will be subject to screening procedures. Access to the Albert Armendariz United States Courthouse is further limited per El Paso’s Supplemental Standing Order no. 2.

    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.

    Access to the United States Courthouse in Austin, Texas will be restricted per the Orders dated April 3, April 27, and May 11, 2020.

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

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

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

  • District of Utah - Notice, Order 20-008, Order 20-009, General Order 20-010 (Criminal Proceedings and Supervision),General Order 20-011 (Authorization for Hearings Conducted by Video and Audio Conference), and General Order 20-012 (Court Proceedings and Court Operations)

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

    All civil and criminal jury trials are continued through June 15, 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 trial before June 15, 2020 are continued, subject to case-specific orders entered by the judge. All currently scheduled hearings in criminal cases are continued, absent an agreement to proceed via means that do not require personal appearance at the courthouse. Individual judges may continue trial-related deadlines in civil cases at their discretion. All grand jury proceedings are suspended through June 15, 2020, and the 30-day time period for filing an indictment is tolled as to each defendant until Order 20-009 terminates.

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

    General Order 20-011 authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002 of the CARES Act.

  • District of Vermont - Order 84, Order 87 (Clerk’s Office Operations), General Order 88 (Remote Hearings by Video and Telephone Conferencing),General Order 89 (Court Operations – supersedes General Order 86), General Order 90 (Plan for the Resumption of Certain Court Operations), and Notice (Face Mask / Coverings)

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

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

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

    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 (Jury Selections, Jury Trials, and Grand Jury Proceedings), General Order 2020-03 (Temporary Continuance of Court Proceedings and Restrictions on Visitors to Courthouses), General Order 2020-04 (Postponement of Outside Events and Temporary Postponement of Naturalization Proceedings), General Order 2020-06 (Computation of Time Under the Speedy Trial Act), General Order 2020-07 (supplement to 2020-02 and 2020-03), General Order 2020-08 (Temporary Closure of Clerk’s Office Public Counters), General Order 2020-09 (Authorization to Use Video Teleconferencing or Telephone Conferencing Pursuant to the CARES Act), General Order 2020-10, General Order 2020-11 (Temporary Policy for Remote Proceedings and Public Access to Such Proceedings), General Order 2020-12 (Updated Modifications of Court Operations and Extension of the Postponement of In-Person Proceedings), General Order Continuing Misdemeanor Dockets, Norfolk/Newport News Specific General Order, Richmond Specific General Order, General Order 2020-13 (Electronic Access to Bond Reports), Temporary Emergency Provisions Regarding Zoomgov Remote Proceeding, General Order 2020-14 (Face Coverings), General Order 2020-15 (Court Operations), and Order No. 2:20-MC-9 (Extending Certain Statutory Deadlines)

    Pursuant to 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.

    All filing deadlines now set to fall on or before April 14, 2020 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 on or before April 14.

    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.

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

    General Order 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.

    General Order 2020-12 also provides that it is necessary to extend the time period for the suspension of all non-critical and non-emergency in-person proceedings in Eastern District of Virginia Courthouses through June 10, 2020, unless such date is amended by further order of the Chief Judge. Accordingly, all civil and criminal in-person proceedings in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, including all court appearances, trials, hearings, and settlement conferences, scheduled to occur through June 10, 2020, are postponed and continued.

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

    Per General Order 2020-14, effective May 15, all individuals intending to appear in person in the Courthouses of the District shall be required to: (1) wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth continuously when in public areas and shared common spaces in the Courthouses; (2) engage in social distancing within the Courthouses whenever possible, which involves staying at least six feet apart from other individuals; and (3) stay home if sick. Any visitor seeking entry to the Courthouses without a face covering will be denied entry by security staff and will be asked to contact the office/chambers to be visited and determine whether alternate arrangements can be made to accomplish the business needs of the visitor without entry to the Courthouse. Any individual granted entry that refuses to continuously wear their face covering as required by the Order will be subject to removal.

    Per General Order 2020-15, beginning on May 26, 2020, the U.S. Courthouse in Newport News will be reopened to the public and employees for limited operations consistent with the other Courthouses in the District. However, the courthouse will still be subject to the restrictions regarding visitors as set forth in General Order 2020-12 and 2020-15. Restrictions on court proceedings shall continue to apply to proceedings at the U.S. Courthouse in Newport News, until the time that a General Order is issued outlining any modifications to the restrictions. Upon reopening, a drop-box, with a nearby telephone line to the Clerk’s office, will be available for in-person filings at the U.S. Courthouse in Newport News, as detailed in 2020-08.

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

  • Western District of VirginiaOrder 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 2020-8 (Interim CJA Vouchers During COVID-19), Order 2020-9 (Temporary Closure of Clerk’s Office Public Counters), Order No. 2020-10 (Speedy Trial Act), Second Amended Order 2020-5, Supplement to Standing Order 2019-1 (Compassionate Release Cases Due to COVID-19), Order 2020-11, Order 2020-12 (Public Access to Remote Judicial Proceedings), Order 2020-13 (Appointment of Members of the Bench and Bar Advisory Committee), and Standing Order No. 2020-3 (Second Amended)

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

    Per the Second Amended Order 2020-5, all in-person criminal, civil, and bankruptcy proceedings on or before June 10, 2020 are continued, subject to further order by the presiding judge. All civil and criminal jury trials on or before June 10, 2020 are continued; issues concerning pre-trial deadlines should be addressed with the presiding judge. Grand jury proceedings scheduled between March 18, 2020 and June 2020, 2020 are continued. Despite continuances, judges may conduct proceedings by telephone or conferencing where practicable.

    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.

    Per the Second Amended Standing Order 2020-3, all naturalization ceremonies before June 30, 2020 are suspended.

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

  • Eastern District of WashingtonNotice, General Order No. 20-101-1, General Order No. 20-101-2, William O. Douglas Federal Building FSC Order 20-01, Richland Courthouse and Federal Building Order No. 20-01, General Order No. 20-101-4, Notice regarding Press and Public Access to Court Hearings, General Order No. 20-101-5, FSC Order No. 20-02, FSC Order No. 20-03, and General Order No. 20-04 (Face Coverings/Masks)

    Pursuant to General Order No. 20-101-5 (amends and extending No. 20-101-4), all grand jury sessions through May 31, 2020 are vacated. Determinations of excludable delay for the time period in which to file an Indictment will be made in each individual case. Through May 31, 2020, the clerk’s office in each of the three court locations will not be physically accessible to the public, but will remain open. Staff will be available by telephone, mail will be received, and new filings will be processed. Those seeking to make in-person filings or payments are directed to leave such materials in designated drop-boxes at the Court Security Officer locations (guard stations) in the entryway of each courthouse. The Court encourages electronic filings made through the CM/ECF filing system, use of the electronic payment system, and use of mail and delivery services. The Clerk’s Office is not closed; it is operational and can be contacted by telephone during business hours.

    Per General Order No. 20-101-5, naturalization ceremonies are cancelled through May 31, 2020. The Citizen and Immigration Service (CIS) is authorized to administer the oath of Citizenship during this time. Attendees of in-court proceedings are encouraged to wear masks, social distance, and follow public health advisories. This Order does not pertain to bankruptcy proceedings. Please consult or contact the Bankruptcy Court for information and specific directions. The public is encouraged to use online Court resources, contact the Court/Clerk’s Office by telephone, and continue utilizing Court services while following all applicable public health guidelines.

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

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

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

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

  • 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, General Order No. 04-20 (Hearings by Video or Telephone as Authorized by the CARES Act), General Order No. 05-20 (CJA Counsel Interim Voucher Submission during Ongoing Disruption to Court Operations), General Order No. 06-20 (Amended Criminal Justice Act Plan), General Order No. 07-20 (amends General Orders 02-20 and 03-20), Remote Hearing Information for Attorneys, Temporary Change in Requirement for Courtesy Copies for Judges, Emergency Filings, Currently Scheduled Meetings, and General Order No. 08-20
  • Per General Order 08-20, the procedures established by General Orders 02-20 and 03-20 will be continued until July 31, 2020. All grand jury proceedings, as well as civil and criminal in-person hearings and trial dates in these Courthouses scheduled to occur before August 3, 2020 are continued pending further order of the Court.

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

    General Order 02-30, which was amended by General Orders No. 07-20 and 08-20, currently governs court operations within the Western District of Washington. This order does not affect the court’s consideration of civil or criminal motions that can be resolved without oral argument. Attorneys and pro se parties are encouraged to file documents electronically through CM/ECF.

    The court’s electronic filing system continues to be available 24/7 and may be used by anyone who has registered with the court.  

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

  • Northern District of West VirginiaOrder 3.20-MC-21, Order (Criminal Case Operations), and Order 3.20-MC- 34 (Suspension of the Grand Jury)
  • All grand jury sessions scheduled on or before June 30, 2020 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.

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

  • Southern District of West VirginiaGeneral Order, Advisory, General Order #2, General Order #3, General Order regarding Petty Offense Matters, General Order #4 (Videoconferencing for Criminal Proceedings under CARES Act), General Order #5 (Court Operations), and General Order #6 (Continuing Petit Jury Selections and Trials through June 30, 2020)
  • Beginning June 1, 2020, all civil and criminal jury proceedings may be conducted in person at the discretion of the presiding judicial officer provided that it is conducted in a manner that is in compliance with social distancing guidelines. . All civil and criminal petit jury selections and trials scheduled to commence now through June 30, 2020 are continued until further notice.

    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), General Order 20-6 (CARES Act), General Order 20-8 (Order Granting Extensions of Time in Prisoner Cases involving the Department of Justice), General Order 20-9 (Court Operations – extends General Order 20-2 and reaffirms General Orders 20-6 and 20-8), and General Order 20-10 (Court Operations – Grand Jury Proceeding)

    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 June 1, 2020.  All non-core public events are cancelled.

    The court has closed public access to the courthouse through June 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), Administrative Order 363 (Teleconferencing in Criminal Matters), Administrative Order 364 (Interim Payments to CJA Panel Attorneys during COVID-19 Delays), and May 1, 2020 Update on Court’s Response to Coronavirus
  • All civil and criminal jury trials have been suspended for two months through June 30, 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), General Order No. 20-4 (Granting Authorization for Public Access to Open Court Proceedings), General Order No. 20-5 (Compassionate Release under Section 603(b) of the First Step Act of 2018), General Order No. 20-6 (Restrictions on Courthouse Entry), General Order No. 20-7 (Extending Deadlines in Certain Pending Administrative Forfeiture Proceedings), and Notice to the Bar dated May 20

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

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

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

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

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

United States Court of Appeals

  • First CircuitAnnouncement, Order, and Order dated April 20
  • Oral arguments will be held by video conference during the court’s June 2020 session. Given the continued public health restrictions and limits on public access to the courthouse, the court will also provide live audio access to such arguments. Public access to live audio of the court’s June 2020 court session will be available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiq_Kg0zEPrjMFK_s-KP5_g/. After the end of each day's arguments, audio recordings of each argument will be available on the court’s website.

    The deadline for any non-emergency filing (e.g., briefs (including paper copies), appendices, and petitions for rehearing) due to be filed between March 26 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 court is temporarily suspending the requirement in Local Rule 25.0(b)(1)(c) that appendices to briefs must be filed only in paper form. For the duration of this suspension, all parties who are represented by counsel shall tender the appendix electronically, through the court's electronic filing system. After the appendix is accepted for filing, the court may set a deadline for paper copies of the appendix. No other rules, including those relating to the form or substance of an appendix, service requirements, or the handling of appendices to be filed under seal, are impacted by this suspension

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

  • 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 through May 17, 2020 (though individual judges or panels may direct the parties to comply with different filing dates). Applying the 21-day extension, filings and deadlines that were originally due between March 16 and May 17, 2020 are now due beginning April 6 and ending June 5, 2020. The courthouse is closed to any individual who does not have business with the court.

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

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

  • Third CircuitArticle, Notice, Press Release, Temporary Closure, Notice dated April 1, and Case Filings from Non-Electronic Filers

    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.  Counsel and parties who are registered CM/ECF filers should continue to submit case filings through the Court’s CM/ECF system

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

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

  • Fourth CircuitAnnouncement, Public Advisory Regarding Operating Procedures in Response to COVID-19, Standing Order 20-01, Amendment to Standing Order 20-01,  and Announcement
  • CM/ECF will be unavailable from 8:00AM to 6:00PM on May 23, 2020.

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

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

    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. As of April 7, the court suspended the oral argument requirement for published opinions in cases tentatively calendared for May 5-8, 2020.

    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 through May 8, 2020, argument session.  Cases tentatively calendared for May 5 through May 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, Order 2020-4, Order 2020-5, Access to Oral Argument Recordings, Access Instructions, Order 2020-6, and Court Calendar
  • The Court has canceled in person oral arguments scheduled for June 1-4, 2020.  The Clerk’s Office will advise counsel in the pending cases of how their case will be handled.

    The court has authorized panels to conduct oral arguments using video-conferencing technology or by means of audioconferencing. This authorization extends to regularly scheduled oral argument panels and to special hearings. The court will, when feasible, provide real-time public access to the audio-only portion of oral arguments that are conducted using video-conferencing technology or by means of audioconferencing. Members of the bar and the public may listen to a “live” audio feed from the oral argument proceedings being held May 4-6, 2020.

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

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

  • Sixth CircuitCOVID-19 Notice, March 16 Notice, March 18 Notice, March 26 Notice, April 7 Notice, Administrative Order 20-01, April 23 Notice, Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference Reschedule Notice, and June Court Session Information

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

    The court will hold all oral arguments for the June 2020 court session remotely, either by video or telephone.  There will be no arguments held in person in Cincinnati during the month of June 2020.  The Clerk’s Office will contact counsel to schedule arguments and provide details as early as possible.

    Chief Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr. has issued an order extending most deadlines for pro se filers who must file by mail.

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

    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 through August 31, 2020, will be argued by counsel either telephonically or by Zoom Video Communications. The Clerk's Office will contact counsel with remote argument instructions for their specific case.  The courtroom will be closed to the public. Arguments will also 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.

  • Tenth CircuitGeneral Order, Operational Response, Byron White United States Courthouse Closed to the General Public, and Paper-Copy Rules Suspended, Byron White Courthouse Entry Protocol, Byron White Reopening Protocol, and May 13 Operational Response to COVID-19

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

    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. Until further notice, all filings should be made electronically or via mail or delivery service (FedEx, UPS, etc.).

    Effective March 13, 2020, and updated April 9, 2020, the court instituted the Byron White Courthouse Entry Protocol, denying entrance to the Byron White Courthouse to anyone who meets any of the criteria listed in the protocol.   

  • Eleventh CircuitNotice of Restricted Access, Public Statement, Non-Incarcerated Pro Se Parties May File Electronically, General Order No. 44, General Order No. 45, Electronic Submission of Pro Hac Vice Applications, and Electronic Submission of Requests for Certificates of Good Standing and Duplicate Certificates of Admission

    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 scheduled for May 6 through May 9, 2020 in Atlanta.

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

  • United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia CircuitNotice, Standing Order 20-8, Notice by the Clerk, Order, Pro Se Filings Notice, Order regarding Paper Copies of Electronic Filings in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Attorney Admissions Ceremony Notice, Standing Order 20-26, Notice dated April 28 (Facial Mask or Face Covering Required for Entry), and Coronavirus Precautions – Stream Live Audio Remotely

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

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

  • 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, Guidance dated March 27, Notice dated April 1, Public Access Connection Link, Notice re May Court Session, Advisory, and May 18 Order

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

United States Supreme Cour

Other Courts and Administrative Agencies

  • Department of Justice, Antitrust DivisionAntitrust 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 JudgesAdministrative Order, Notice, Supplemental Administrative Order 2020-MIS-00006 and Notice issued April 10, Requirements for Filing by Email during the COVID-19 Hearings Suspension, Administrative Notice 2020-MIS-00007, Subpoena Processing- New Electronic Options, and Electronic Signatures

    The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”), Chief Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”)  issued an Administrative Order and Notice, 2020-MIS-00006, suspending all hearings and procedural deadlines, with limited exceptions, through May 15, 2020.

    Per the DOL’s supplemental order on April 10, all in-person hearings are suspended for the period beginning May 16 through at least July 24, 2020.  Absent a joint petition by the parties to the presiding ALJ for an exception based on exigent circumstances, the earliest an in-person hearing will be scheduled is July 27, 2020.  Parties may petition the presiding ALJ to conduct a telephonic, video, or other remote hearing in individual cases before July 27, 2020.  In addition, parties may jointly petition for a decision on the written record without the need for a formal hearing. All in-person hearings that were to be heard during the period May 15 through July 24, 2020 will be rescheduled by the presiding ALJ and the parties notified of the new date. 

    Further pursuant to the supplemental order, for the period beginning May 16, 2020, all time limitations and procedural deadlines in cases currently pending before OALJ are further tolled and suspended until at least June 1, 2020, unless ordered otherwise by the presiding ALJ.  This extended suspension of procedural deadlines does not apply to cases not yet docketed.  This general office-wide tolling and suspension of procedural deadlines lapses at the close of business on June 1, 2020. Beginning June 2, 2020, procedural deadlines will be applied based on applicable regulation or order of the presiding ALJ.

    Until further notice, OALJ will continue to accept filings via email at the email box of the district office at which the case is pending.  Instructions and requirements for filing via email are found on the OALJ website.  Failure to follow these instructions and requirements may result in rejection of the email filing.

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

    U.S. Postal Service mail and UPS deliveries are not currently being forwarded to OALJ's offices in Cincinnati, OH, Covington, LA, Newport News, VA, and Pittsburgh, PA. Receipt of mail in OALJ's Boston, MA, Cherry Hill, NJ, Washington, DC, and San Francisco, CA offices is sporadic. In order to ensure timely receipt of filings, the OALJ’s site encourages parties to file by email.

  • Environmental Protection AgencyPress Release, Enforcement Policy, Guidelines & Publications, and COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program

    The EPA issued a temporary policy regarding EPA enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the COVID-19 public health emergency. . 

  • 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 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), Release 3488491 (Order under Section 15b of the Securities Exchange Act Of 1934 Granting an Exemption for Municipal Advisors from Specified Provisions of the Securities Exchange Act and Rule 15ba1-5(A)(1) Thereunder), Release 11-10768 (Relief for Form ID Filers and Regulation Crowdfunding and Regulation A Issuers Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)), Press Release 2020-82 (SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Publishes Risk Alerts Providing Advance Information Regarding Inspections for Compliance with Regulation Best Interest and Form CRS), Press Release 2020-84 (SEC Provides Temporary, Conditional Relief for Business Development Companies Making Investments in Small and Medium-sized Businesses), Release 33837 (Order under Sections 6(C), 17(D), 38(A), and 57(I) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 and Rule 17d-1 Thereunder Granting Exemptions from Specified Provisions of the Investment Company Act and Certain Rules Thereunder), Release 2020-92 (SEC Provides for Phased CAT Broker-Dealer Reporting Timelines with Conditional Exemption for Impacts of COVID-19), Press Release 2020-95 (SEC Forms Cross-Divisional COVID-19 Market Monitoring Group), Press Release 2020-101 (SEC Provides Temporary, Conditional Relief to Allow Small Businesses to Pursue Expedited Crowdfunding Offerings), 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 Securities and Exchange Commission announced the formation of an internal, cross-divisional COVID-19 Market Monitoring Group.  This temporary, senior-level group will assist the Commission and its various divisions and offices in (1) Commission and staff actions and analysis related to the effects of COVID-19 on markets, issuers, and investors—including its Main Street investors, and (2) responding to requests for information, analysis and assistance from fellow regulators and other public sector partners.

    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, Updated Patent Notice, Updated Trademark Notice, April 28 News Brief, May 6 News Brief, May 8 Press Release re Pilot Program, and May 18 News Brief

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Commission has extended its COVID-19 Action Plan through July 10, 2020.

    Effective March 17, 2020, all USITC employees are teleworking full time.

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

    The commission has ordered Administrative Law Judges to postpone any Section 337 hearings until after July 10. All discovery will continue and essential outside participation by staff will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

    Until July 10, no in-person preliminary phase Title VII (antidumping and countervailing duty) staff conferences will be held for new and ongoing investigations. All Title VII votes will be conducted by notation. Until July 10, final phase Title VII investigations, five-year (sunset) reviews, and those held under Section 332 and Section 131 will not be held in person, and, instead, interested parties will be invited to answer written questions issued by the commission with certified responses.

    All scheduled in-person group meetings, seminars, and conferences are cancelled or postponed.

  • U.S. Tax CourtPress Release, Updates, and IRS Notice 2020-23

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

    On April 9, 2020, the IRS issued Notice 2020-23, which provides for the extension of the deadline to file a Tax Court petition and a notice of appeal from a Tax Court decision. If the statutory deadline for filing a petition or notice of appeal falls on or after April 1 and before July 15, 2020, the filing deadline is now extended to July 15, 2020.

    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.

State Courts

  • Court of Appeal of the State of California, First Appellate DistrictAnnouncement, Misc Order 2020-1, March 18 Order, April 9 Order (Implementation Order for Order Authorizing Retroactive Application of Amended Rule 8.66 of the California Rules of Court), and April 15 Order (Implementation Order for the Renewed Order Pursuant toRule 8.66 of the California Rules of Court)

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

    All time periods specified by the California Rules of Court that occur between April 17 through May 18, 2020, are extended for 30 days from the date of the specified event. The extension applies to time periods pertaining to finality of a decision where finality is not immediate under the California Rules of Court. 

    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.

  • Court of Appeal of the State of California, Second Appellate DistrictAnnouncement, Order, March 20 Order, Implementation Order (Implementation Order for Order Authorizing Retroactive Application of Amended Rule 8.66 of the California Rules of Court), and April 15 Implementation Order (Implementation Order for the Renewed Order Pursuant to Rule 8.66 of the California Rules of Court)

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

    Per the April 15 Implementation Order, all time periods specified by the California Rules of Court that occur during the time period between April 20 through May 18, 2020 are extended for 30 days from the date of the specified event. No application for an extension of time is required. The extension applies to time periods pertaining to finality of a decision where finality is not immediate under the California Rules of Court.

    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 and arranged by the clerk’s office.  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 regarding Oral Argument, Announcement regarding Sixth Mediator Training Session, Implementation Order (Implementation Order for Order Authorizing Retroactive Application of Amended Rule 8.66 of the California Rules of Court), April 17 Implementation Order (Implementation Order for the Renewed Order Pursuant to Rule 8.66 of the California Rules of Court), Misc. Order 2020-001 (Application of the Renewed Order to Briefs in Juvenile Dependency Appeals and Writs), and Guidelines for Telephonic Oral Argument

    All time periods specified by the California Rules of Court that occur during the time period between April 20 through May 18, 2020 are extended for 30 days from the date of the specified event. No application for an extension of is required. The extension applies to time periods pertaining to finality of a decision where finality is not immediate under the California Rules of Court.

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

    Oral argument for the month of May 2020 will be limited to telephonic oral argument. 

  • Court of Appeal of the State of California, Fourth Appellate DistrictAnnouncement, Misc. Order No. 040220, March 20 Order, Implementation Order (Authorizing Retroactive Application of Amended Rule 8.66 of the California Rules of Court), April 15 Implementation Order (Implementation Order for the Renewed Order Pursuant to Rule 8.66 of the California Rules of Court), Misc. Order 041620 (Juvenile Dependency Briefs), and Misc. Order 041420

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

    Pursuant to the April 15 Implementation Order, all time periods specified by the California Rules of Court that occur during the time period between April 19 through May 18, 2020 are extended for 30 days from the date of the specified event.  No application for an extension of time is required. This extension applies to time periods pertaining to finality of a decision where finality is not immediate under the California Rules of Court.

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

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

    Per the court’s notice on May 5, effective Monday, May 11, the Fourth District will no longer accept cash as a method of payment. Payments will be accepted by credit card or check only.

    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 DistrictOrder Substituting Video-Conferencing for In-Person Oral Argument, March 23 Order, April 13 Order (Implementation Order for Order Authorizing Retroactive Application of Amended Rule 8.66 of the California Rules of Court), April 16 Order (Implementation Order for the Renewed Order pursuant to Rule 8.66 of the California Rules of Court), and Order 2020-04-20 (Juvenile Dependency Matters)

    All time periods specified by the California Rules of Court that occur during the time period between April 22 through May 18, 2020 are extended for 30 days from the date of the specified event.  No application for an extension of time is required.  The extension applies to time periods pertaining to finality of a decision where finality is not immediate under the California Rules of Court

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

  • Court of Appeal of the State of California, Sixth Appellate DistrictAnnouncement, Emergency Order, March 18 Order, Misc Order 20-001, Misc. Order 20-002, Instructions for Participating in Oral Argument, April 9 Implementation Order (Implementation Order for Order Authorizing Retroactive Application of Amended Rule 8.66 of the California Rules of Court), and April 16 Implementation Order (Implementation Order for the Renewed Order Pursuant to Rule 8.66 of the California Rules of Court), and Instructions to Participate in Telephonic Oral Argument

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

    Miscellaneous Order 20-001, dated March 16, 2020 is vacated. Oral argument will be conducted by telephonic appearance until further order of the court.  Court proceedings will be open to the public and members of the press telephonically.

    All time periods specified by the California Rules of Court that occur during the time period from April 20 through May 18, 2020 are extended for 30 days from the date of the specified event. No application for an extension of time is required. The extension applies to time periods pertaining to finality of a decision where finality is not immediate under the California Rules of Court.

  • Connecticut - Notice, Executive Order 7-G, Statement from Chief Court Administrator, Priority Level I Court Locations, Danbury Closure, March 26 Update, Notice, Additional Closures dated March 26, Stamford Closure, Additional Closures dated April 1, Closure of Probation Offices, Remote Restraining Order Filing, Statement, Notice of Remote Hearings, Non-Priority 1 Civil & Family Filings, Short Calendar Matters, Executive Order 7BB, Order re Evictions, Notice re Foreclosures, Notice re Family Matters (dated April 29), Press Advisory (April 30), Notice regarding Calendaring, Entry of Pre-Birth Orders without Hearing, Domestic Relations Orders Electronically, Family Matters, May 7 Update regarding remote arguments, May 13 Notice, May 14 Notice, Law Day Notice, Interim Criminal Procedures & Technical Standards, Notice re Special Sessions of Supreme and Appellate Courts, and Virtual Courtroom Instructions

    Supreme Court arguments via videoconferencing will be held on June 1, June 3, June 5, June 10, June 12, and June 22, 2020.

    Appellate Court arguments via videoconferencing will be held on June 15, June 17, June 19, June 29, and July 1, 2020.

    All Judgments of Strict Foreclosure entered in matters with law days prior to July 7, 2020 are opened by the Court for the sole purpose of extending the Law Day in those matters to July 7, 2020 for the owner of equity of redemption and thereafter for subsequent encumbrancers in the inverse order of their priorities.

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

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

    Effective May 18, the Judicial Branch will resume its daily schedule of civil pre-trials, trial management conferences, and status conferences. These events will be conducted remotely, either by video link or telephone. Participating lawyers will receive an e-mail with a link providing access to the event immediately prior. Those events that were scheduled to be held between March 23, 2020 and May 18, 2020 will be rescheduled in the near future.

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

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

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

    All jury service is suspended until further notice.

    With exceptions noted in the April 29 Notice, all trials and specially assigned hearings regarding Family Matters in the Superior Court that had been scheduled to commence or continue on dates during the months of May or June, 2020, will be continued to later dates to be determined. Parties are not required, and are not encouraged, to file motions for continuance of any such trials or hearings.

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

    All foreclosure sales scheduled for June and through July 18, 2020 are cancelled in order to prevent a potential gathering of individuals at the auction site.

    Per order of Judge James W. Abrams, Chief Administrative Judge of Civil Matters, there is an immediate stay of the service of all issued executions on evictions and ejectments through June 1, 2020.

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

    Beginning April 14, all courthouses will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays until further notice. 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 Stamford courthouse is temporarily closed to the public until further notice; cases will be transferred to the Fairfield judicial district courthouse. The Ansonia-Milford Judicial District Courthouse in Milford and the Middlesex Judicial District Courthouse in Middletown are temporarily closed. These temporary closures are effective April 1, 2020; cases from Ansonia-Milford will transfer to the Fairfield Judicial District courthouse located at 1061 Main Street in Bridgeport and cases from Middletown will transfer to the New Britain Judicial District courthouse located at 20 Franklin Square.

    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.

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

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

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

    Connecticut’s Supreme and Appellate courts will hear arguments remotely in April and May, respectively. The Supreme Court will begin hearing cases remotely on Monday, April 27. The Appellate Court will begin hearing cases remotely beginning Monday, May 11.

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

  • Delaware Chancery CourtStanding Order, Court Closures, Standing Order No. 3, and Standing Order No. 4

    The judicial emergency for all State courts and their facilities in Delaware is extended for another 30 days through June 13, 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. A party may request by motion that the Court conduct a hearing in-person.

  • Delaware Court of Common PleasStatement

    The judicial emergency for all State courts and their facilities in Delaware is extended for another 30 days through June 13, 2020.

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

  • Delaware Supreme Court - Announcement, Order, Court Closures, Administrative Order No. 3, Administrative Order No. 4, Administrative Order No. 5, and Administrative Order No. 6

    Under the authority of 10 Del. C. § 2004, the judicial emergency for all State courts and their facilities in Delaware is extended for another 30 days through June 13, 2020, subject to further review.

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

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

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

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

  • Delaware Superior Court - Standing Order, Court Closures, Standing Order No. 4, Standing Order No. 5, Amended Standing Order No. 4, and Standing Order No. 6

    The judicial emergency for all State courts and their facilities in Delaware is extended for another 30 days through June 13, 2020.

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

    Per Standing Order 6, criminal jury trials are suspended through May 14. All Grand Jury proceedings, Criminal Case Reviews, Suppression hearings, Criminal motions that do not relate to a change in the custody status of the defendant, the filing of and responses to Rule 61 motions, sentencing (unless the parties represent to the Court that it may affect the custody status of the defendant), and criminal trials are suspended and stayed until May 14, 2020, subject to further review.

  • Delaware Justice of the Peace Court - Standing Order No. 3

    The judicial emergency for all State courts and their facilities in Delaware is extended for another 30 days through June 13, 2020.

    All criminal proceedings scheduled for in-court appearance from March 17 through May 14, 2020 shall be rescheduled for a date not earlier than June 1, 2020, with certain exceptions as detailed in Standing Order No. 3.

    The Court will continue to issue rulings on criminal motions that do not require in-person appearance by the parties.

    All landlord/tenant, debt, replevin and trespass proceedings scheduled for in-court appearance and all evictions currently ordered and scheduled from March 17, 2020 through May 14, 2020 shall be rescheduled for a date not earlier than June 1, 2020, with certain exceptions as detailed in Standing Order No. 3.

    All other non-emergency and non-essential hearings currently scheduled are postponed until a date no earlier than June 1, 2020, subject to announced changes.

    Having begun on March 23 and ending May 14, 2020, all Justice of the Peace Court locations will be closed to the public with the exception of 24 hour court operations at Court 11, Court 7 and Court 3;6) Access to any Justice of the Peace Court locations at will be limited to designated court personnel and those persons reasonably necessary for emergency and essential hearings and operations for which telephonic or video resolution of the matter is not feasible.

    The Court will continue to accept non-emergency civil filings through the Court’s e-filing system, E-flex, and through a court e-mail account with an address that will be provided to the public and the Bar, and through drop boxes at the 24-hour locations.

  • 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.

  • GeorgiaOrder, March Oral Arguments Cancelled, Order Declaring Statewide Judicial Emergency, Georgia Supreme Court Suspends Filing Deadlines, Order Temporarily Clarifying/Waiving Superior Court Rules Related to Video, Order Regarding Real Estate Transactions by Video Conference, Order Temporarily Clarifying/Amending Municipal Court Video Conference Rules, Order Temporarily Clarifying/Amending Magistrate Court Video Conference Rules, Order Temporarily Clarifying/Amending Juvenile Court Video Conference Rules, Order Temporarily Clarifying/Amending Probate Court Video Conference Rules, Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency, Order Temporarily Allowing Remote Notarization and Attestation, Message from the Chief Justice, Order re Provisional Admission to the Practice of Law in Georgia, Guidance on Tolling Statutes of Limitation under the Chief Justice's Order Declaring Statewide Judicial Emergency, Order re Magistrate Court Rule 46, Order re Emergency Suspension and Deferral of Certain Provisions of the Rules and Regulations of the State Bar of Georgia, Order re Superior Court Rule 49, Draft Video Trial Rule for Public Comment, Notice – Second Extension Order, Second Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency, Guidance on the Extension of Deadlines and Time Limits Defined by Reference to Terms of Court, Guidance on the Continued Authority of Grand Juries, Further Guidance on Grand Jury Proceedings, Notice – Supreme Court to Restart Its Cases and Reinstate Its Filing Deadlines dated May 20, Rule 11.1 Filings Affected by Judicial Emergency Orders (Effective May 28), New Case Order Sample, Pending Case Order Sample, and Certificate of Timeliness

    On March 14, the Supreme Court of Georgia declared a Statewide Judicial Emergency. In addition, the court cancelled March oral argument sessions. The cases scheduled for March oral argument will be added to the April 2020 oral argument calendar. The court asked all attorneys, parties and other visitors to stay away from the court if they have a fever or symptoms of respiratory illness or if they have been exposed to anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or the flu.

    On May 11, 2020, the Supreme Court determined that the Chief Justice’s declaration order of a statewide judicial emergency is further extended until June 12, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. When the order expires, attorneys will have the same amount of time to file their documents that they had remaining at the time the original order went into effect on March 14. In the meantime, attorneys do not need to file an extension of time. While the order is in place, failure to find certain documents that have specific deadlines, such as briefs, cannot be grounds for dismissing a case. However, the Court encourages parties to continue to file briefs and other documents when practicable, as the Court is continuing to work on cases.

    Per the Second Order Extending Declaration of the Statewide Judicial Emergency dated May 11, all Georgia courts shall continue to operate under the restrictions set forth in the original Order as extended, with the following clarifications, modifications, and directions. 

    First, the Order includes several guidance documents that clarify the application of the Order in the following contexts: tolling of filing deadlines; tolling of statutes of limitations; deadlines and time limits defined by reference to terms of court; and the continued authority of grand juries impaneled prior to the issuance of the order. Judges are being granted authority on a case-specific basis to reimpose certain deadlines that would otherwise be tolled by the Order or establish new deadlines or schedules.

    Second, until further order, all courts are prohibited from summoning new trial jurors and grand jurors and from conducting criminal or civil jury trials. Grand juries that are already impaneled or are recalled from a previous term of court may meet to attend to time-sensitive essential matters, but these grand juries should not be assembled except when necessary and only under circumstances in which social distancing and other public health guidance can be followed.

    Third, all courts should continue to use and increase the use of technology to conduct remote judicial proceedings as a preferred alternative to in-person proceedings. Courts may compel the participation of litigants, lawyers, witnesses, and other essential personnel in remote judicial proceedings, where allowed by court rules. Such proceedings however, must be consistent with public health guidance, must not impose undue burdens on participants, and must not be prohibited by the requirements of the United States or Georgia constitutions or applicable statutes or court rules. In civil, criminal, and juvenile proceedings, parties may expressly consent in the record to remote proceedings not otherwise authorized and affirmatively waive otherwise applicable legal requirements. Courts must ensure the public’s right of access to judicial proceedings and, unless affirmatively waived in the record, a criminal defendant’s rights to confrontation and open courtrooms.

    Fourth, except for jury and grand jury proceedings as discussed above, courts have discretion to conduct essential and non-essential in-person judicial proceedings, but only in compliance with public health guidance and with the requirements of the United States and Georgia constitutions and applicable statutes and court rules. Before conducting extensive in-person proceedings, each court should develop written guidelines as to how in-court proceedings generally and particular types of proceedings will be conducted to protect the public health of litigants, lawyers, judges, court personnel, and the public.

    Fifth, nothing in the Order as extended and modified limits the authority of the Chief Judge of a superior court judicial circuit to add to the restrictions imposed, if such restrictions are constitutional, necessitated by local conditions, and to the extent possible ensure that courthouses or properly designated alternative facilities remain accessible to carry out essential judicial functions. However, no court may disregard the restrictions imposed by the Order as extended and modified.

    Sixth, with the exception of deadlines regarding jury trials and grand juries, judges are granted the following authority to reimpose deadlines set by statutes, rules, regulations, and court orders that have been suspended, tolled, or extended by the Order as extended and modified and to establish new deadlines and schedules. In pending or newly filed cases, a judge may reimpose or establish such deadlines on a case-by-case basis after considering the particular circumstances of the case, including any public health concerns and known individual health, economic, and other concerns regarding the litigants, lawyers, witnesses, and other persons who may be involved in the case. The judge must enter a written order in the record for the case identifying the deadlines that are being reimposed or established. Standing orders applicable to multiple cases and orders simply reimposing previous scheduling orders are not permitted. The judge should allow any party or other participant in a case to seek reconsideration of such an order for good cause shown. Judges should in particular consider reimposing deadlines that do not require any or only insignificant in-person contact, such as deadlines for filing and responding to pleadings, motions, and briefs, written discovery in civil cases, scheduling of dispositions that may be taken remotely or require few participants, and scheduling of hearings requiring only legal argument or few participants.

    Furthermore, a Judicial COVID-19 Task Force has been established to assist courts in conducting remote proceedings and in restoring more in-court proceedings. To assist in evaluating the effects of the Order, comments are solicited and should be delivered in Word or PDF format by email to JCTFcomments@gasupreme.us. All lawyers are reminded of their obligations of professionalism and judges are reminded of their obligation to dispose of all judicial matters promptly and efficiently.

    Finally, notice will be provided as to the expected termination of the Order as extended and modified at least one week in advance to allow courts to plan for the transition to fuller operations.

    Per the Guidance on Grand Jury Proceedings dated May 11, the provision in the Second Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency authorizes a district attorney, upon his or her own initiative or at the request of the foreperson of an existing jury, to assemble an existing grand jury if the district attorney: (1) determines that it is necessary for the grand jury to consider a matter that is essential to the administrative of justice, the public health and welfare, the continuity of government, or the maintenance of civil order; (2) determines that a delay of such consideration by the grand jury until after the resumption of regular jury proceedings would pose a substantial risk of harm to the public interest; and (3) determines that after consultation with the chief judge of the superior court and the sheriff that the grand jury can be assembled safely and in compliance with all applicable public health guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the county public health department, including any guidelines for social distancing and the use of personal protective equipment. This provision is intended to be a limited exception to the general stay of all grand jury proceedings, and it is not intended to authorize an assembly of a granny jury to consider routine bills of indictment and other unexceptional matters.

    Per the April 9, 2020 Extension Order, any purported requirements under the laws of Georgia that a notarial act performed pursuant to Chapter 17 of Title 45 of the Official Code of Georgia must occur in the physical presence of the notary public is suspended, and may be performed remotely if certain requirements are met.

    On behalf of the Supreme Court of Georgia, Chief Justice Harold D. Melton asks that all attorneys, parties, and visitors to the Nathan Deal Judicial Center who have a fever or symptoms of a respiratory illness, or who have been exposed to a person with coronavirus, flu, or any other communicable disease, to reschedule their hearings, tours, or appointments. In addition, the Court asks that all visitors routinely follow the best practices for preventing the spread of infectious disease.

    The Council of Superior Court Judges has drafted an amendment to Uniform Superior Court Rule 9.1 that would authorize civil non-jury trials to be conducted by video conference. This rule would remain in effect for 180 days past the expiration of the Chief Justice’s Judicial Emergency Declaration and any extensions or modifications thereto.

    Per the Notice dated May 20, the Supreme Court of Georgia will issue orders designed to keep the Court operating to the fullest extent possible during and after the statewide judicial emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on May 21. Most of the deadlines imposed by the Court’s rules pertain to the e-filing of written documents rather than proceedings requiring in-person contact. Effective May 28, parties in pending cases will have the same amount of time to submit their filings as they had remaining at the time the March 14 emergency order went into effect. Parties will be required to submit a “Certificate of Timeliness” with each filing to show the calculation of the new filing deadline. Parties may file a motion for reconsideration or seek extensions of time for good cause related to the pandemic or otherwise. Second, a specific order will be issued in almost all new cases docketed in the Court on or after May 28, 2020, directing that normal deadlines under the Court’s rules will be in effect and will not be subject to tolling or extension under the emergency order, although parties may seek extensions of time for good cause related to the pandemic or otherwise.

    Per Rule 11.1, effective May 28, for appeals, petitions for certiorari, applications, motions, disciplinary proceedings, and other proceedings for which any filing deadlines have been suspended by any order declaring a statewide judicial emergency, as extended by subsequent orders, or by a local judicial emergency order entered by the chief judge of a superior court, parties shall, when submitting any filing so affected, attach to the end of such a filing a separate “Certificate of Timeliness.” Such certificate shall not be counted toward the applicable page limitation, and shall state the following: (a) the date the filing was due before the deadline for the filing was suspended (without regard to any non-emergency-related extensions previously granted, and without the application of OCGA §1-3-1(d)(3) where the filing deadline would have fallen on a weekend or legal holiday; (b) the number of days that remained before the date specified in (a), as of suspension of the deadline; and (c) that the filing being submitted is timely because it is being filed within the number of days calculated under (b), counting from the date the suspension is lifted (subject to OCGA §1-3-1(d)(3) if this new filing deadline falls on a weekend or legal holiday). In the event a party’s filing deadline has been affected by any local judicial emergency order entered by the chief judge of a superior court or by any case-specific trial court order, a copy of each such order shall be attached to the party’s Certificate of Timeliness. This rule will expire in 180 days unless extended.

  • Illinois - Information on All Court Restrictions, March 17 Order, Order, April 2 Order, April 3 Order, April 7 Order, Notice regarding Zoom Hearings, April 24 Order, April 29 Order, and May 20 Order

    Effective June 1, 2020, the Court’s order of March 17, 2020, is modified so that each circuit may return to hearing court matters, whether in person or remotely, according to a schedule to be adopted for each county by the chief judge in each circuit. The circuit courts shall continue, to the extent possible, to allow for appropriate social distancing and attempt to reduce the number of persons appearing personally for court appearances.

    The Supreme Court’s April 29 Order modifies paragraph (h) of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 206 regarding remote depositions.

    The Illinois Supreme Court will hold oral arguments via the Zoom videoconference platform when it hears cases in May.

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

    The Court’s orders of March 20, 2020 and April 3, 2020 are amended as follows: The Chief Judges of each circuit may continue trials until further order of this Court. The continuances occasioned by this Order serve the ends of justice and outweigh the best interests of the public and defendants in a speedy trial. Therefore, such continuances shall be excluded from speedy trial computations contained in section 103-5 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 (725 ILCS 5/103-5 (West 2018)) and section 5-601 of the Illinois Juvenile Court Act (705 ILCS 405/5-601 (West 2018)). Statutory time restrictions in section 103-5 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 and section 5-601 of the Juvenile Court Act shall be tolled until further order of this Court.

    As of April 2, the court’s order giving parties fourteen days instead of the usual five to provide the court with paper copies of specified documents is amended to further suspend the paper copy requirement until further order.

    As detailed in the court’s April 7 Order, the Chief Judges of each circuit may continue trials until further order of this Court. Statutory time restrictions in section 103-5 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 and section 5-601 of the Juvenile Court Act shall be tolled until further order of this Court.

    The court’s April 24 Order affects certain Post-Judgment Proceedings against garnishees or citation respondents.

  • Iowa  In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions For Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact On Court Services dated May 22, In the Matter of Prioritization of Cases and Duties dated May 22, and In the Matter of Resuming Family Law Trials Postponed by Coronavirus/COVID-19 dated May 22
  • All civil nonjury trails and other hearings set to commence before July 13 are continued to a date no earlier than July 13. The court, parties, and attorneys are strongly encouraged to conduct civil court business when feasible using videoconference and telephone. District Courts may conduct civil nonjury trials by video conference or telephone with the parties consent. All jury trials set to commence before August 3 are continued to a date no earlier than September 14, 2020.

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

  • MarylandCourt Closings, Notice updated March 19, Screening Notice, Updates by Court, Order Extending Restricted Operations dated March 25, Administrative Order dated March 27, Administrative Order dated March 31 (Rescinded), Court Restrictions, Administrative Order Expanding Restricted Operations dated April 3, Administrative Order on Statutes of Limitations, Suspension of Jury Trials and Grand Juries, Amended Administrative Order dated April 8, Amended Administrative Order regarding SOL dated April 8, Administrative Order dated April 13, Administrative Order Guiding the Response of the Trial Courts of Maryland to the COVID-19 Emergency, Administrative Order dated April 14 (Rescinded by the Third Administrative Order dated May 1), Navigating COVID-19: Tools and Resources from the Maryland Judiciary's Public Affairs Office (Video), Amended Administrative Order Clarifying the Emergency Tolling or Suspension of Statutes of Limitations and Statutory and Rules Deadlines dated April 24, Amended Administrative Order on Rescheduling April Oral Arguments and Postponing May Oral Arguments, Communication re Moratorium on Evictions under the Federal "CARES Act", Amended Administrative Order on Remote Proceedings dated May 1 (rescinded by the Fourth Amended Administrative Order), Administrative Order on Case Time Standards and Related Reports dated May 1, Third Amended Administrative Order Expanding and Extending Restricted Operations Due to the COVID-19 Emergency, Amended Administrative Order Further Clarifying the Emergency Tolling or Suspension of Statutes of Limitations and Statutory and Rules Deadlines dated May 4, Fourth Amended Administrative Order Expanding and Extending Restricted Operations dated May 4 (rescinded by Administrative Order dated May 22), Communication re Protective Orders, Revised Policy on Interim Orders dated May 5, Communication re Affidavit Judgments in the District Court dated May 15, Message from the Chief Judge on COVID-19, Maryland Judiciary COVID-19 Timeline of Events, Administrative Order Rescheduling May Oral Arguments and Postponing Other Oral Arguments dated May 18, and Administrative Order on the Progressive Resumption of Full Function of Judiciary Operations dated May 22

    Maryland courts are closed to the public effective March 16 through June 5, 2020, with limited exceptions as detailed in the March 25, 2020 notice and amended in the Third Amended Administrative Order dated May 1.

    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.

    All grand juries shall be suspended until further notice, and all civil and criminal jury trials in the Circuit Courts throughout the state of Maryland scheduled to begin on or after March 16, 2020, are suspended.

    Per the Amended Administrative Order dated May 1, 2020 (rescinding the Administrative Orders dated March 20 and April 14), courts are authorized to conduct remote proceedings using communication platforms consistent with the Administrative Order dated June 18, 2018. The requirement for approval of the State Court Administrator for communications platforms being utilized for remote proceedings is waived during the COVID-19 emergency. The court shall notify all participants necessary to the proceeding. Proceedings shall be on the record using existing capacity or, to the extent necessary, the capacity offered in the communication platforms utilized.

    Per the Administrative Order dated May 1, the application of time standards shall be suspended for cases reaching a conclusion in the circuit courts and the District Court of Maryland between March 16, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

    Per the Revised Policy on Interim Orders dated May 5, all new Interim Orders will have a corresponding Temporary Hearing scheduled for June 8, 2020 or June 9, 2020, unless otherwise ordered by an Administrative Judge, or a Judge designated  by the Administrative Judge. Interim Orders and Temporary Orders will remain in effect until action is taken by the court.

    Per the Revised Policy on Interim Orders, the commissioners shall provide a notice with all paperwork to petitioners and respondents advising them that the court may contact them with a different hearing date. Administrative Judges, or a Judge designated by the Administrative Judge, have the discretion to review each Interim Order. Commissioners are encouraged to request as much contact information from the parties as possible as any temporary hearings may occur remotely via video, audio or electronic means. Commissioners are encouraged to provide an explanatory cover sheet to petitioners to assist in explaining the status of the courts and any potential delay in hearing dates. Furthermore, courts will notify the parties of any scheduled hearing date through any means available. If the courts continue to function only on a limited basis as of June 8, 2020, further advice will be given.

    Per the Communication dated May 15, effective immediately, no District Court shall process Affidavit Judgments until such time as the District Court is authorized to expand emergency operations. Any Affidavit Judgment entered on a case with a trial date or affidavit judgment date of March 16, 2020 or after shall be vacated by the court. A motion to vacate judgment filed regarding an Affidavit Judgment entered by the court during this time shall be treated as an emergency matter and heard by the Court in an expedited manner. When the District Court is authorized to expand emergency operations, such cases will be scheduled for trial with notice to all parties.

    Per the Administrative Order dated May 18, the cases that were previously scheduled for oral arguments for April 30, 2020 and were previously postponed by Administrative Orders filed on March 17, March 31, and April 28 are rescheduled for Thursday, May 28. The court has determined that these cases shall be held by videoconference. All other cases previously designated by the Court to be argued in the June Session of the 2019 Term, but not yet schedule are designated to be heard in the September Session of the 2020 Term. All cases which have been previously designated by the Court to be heard in the September Session of the 2020 Term, but not yet scheduled are designated to be heard in the October Session of the 2020 Term. Furthermore, all cases that have been previously designated by the Court to be heard in the October Session of the 2020 Term, but not yet scheduled are designated to be heard in the November Session of the 2020 Term. Finally, the court will entertain requests pursuant to Maryland Rule 8-523(a)(2) by parties involved in cases that have either been postponed or rescheduled by this Order to submit those appeals for consideration on brief.

    Beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 5, the Maryland courts will begin implementing its reopening plan that guides courts across the state of Maryland. There are five phases in the plan and each phase will represent an increase in the level of activity within each courthouse and court office. Depending on the current state of COVID-19 throughout Maryland, it may be necessary for a court and/or jurisdiction to adjust phases. Until further notice, the courts will continue using technology for remote proceedings, but this will vary by court location. The general public, members of the media, and attorneys should reference the COVID-19 webpages for the latest information on individual court operations.

    The courts are requiring any individual seeking access to a courthouse or court office location to: 1) answer a set of screening questions; 2) be subject to temperature checks; 3) wear a facial covering or mask; and 4) practice social distancing.

    Per the Administrative Order dated May 22 (rescinding the Fourth Amended Administrative Order dated May 4), beginning June 5, 2020, there shall be a progressive, phased return to full operations by the courts. Consisting of five phases, each phase represents an increase in the level of operation within court locations. Phase I is the current state of emergency operations consisted with the Fourth Amended Administrative Order dated May 4. In Phase II, courts will expand the scope of matters that can be heard both remotely and on-site, including matters that were postponed or deferred during restricted operations, as well as matters that must be prioritized. On July 20, 2020, jurisdictions shall proceed to Phase III. In Phase III, courts will schedule and hold a broader range of matters, including certain non-jury trials in the District Court and attorney disciplinary matters in the circuit courts, with limited in-person services to be offered as determined by the administrative judge and posted electronically and in the court facility. Offices of the Clerks of the Circuit Courts and the clerks’ offices of the District Court will be open to the public. Court and clerk activities shall proceed with continued restrictions to limit the concentration of individuals and allow social distancing. On August 31, 2020, jurisdictions shall proceed to Phase IV, where courts will resume non-jury trials and contested hearings in criminal, civil, family, and juvenile matters. On October 5, 2020, jurisdictions shall proceed to Phase V, where courts will resume full operations, including jury trials.

    Per the Administrative Order dated May 22, through the end of Phase IV, the courts are authorized to conduct remote proceedings using communication platforms, consistent with the Administrative Order dated June 18, 2018, and the Amended Administrative Order dated May 1, 2020. Regardless of Phase, this Administrative Order permits and encourages the courts’ consideration or resolution of: 1) matters that can be addressed without a hearing; or 2) matters requiring a hearing or trial, to the extent that an individual court has the capacity to hear such matters, either in person or on a remote basis, with access to the public as justice requires.

    Per the Administrative Order dated May 22, other than Phase I and II Matters, for all matters currently scheduled to be heard or tried through July 17, 2020: 1) if a court issued a notice scheduling the matter before March 16, 2020, the matter is hereby postponed or suspended and shall be rescheduled with notices sent by the courts, unless participants have been or are notified that the matter will proceed; 2) if a court issued a notice scheduling the matter on or after March 16, 2020, the matter shall proceed unless participants are otherwise notified by the court. The Revised Administrative Order dated May 22 shall control as to statutory and rules deadlines, except that the deadline for the scheduling of criminal jury trials shall be governed by the Administrative Order dated May 22. Furthermore, the Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) continues to be available for electronic filing and is required to be used in all MDEC counties.

  • MassachusettsAppeals 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 (Repealed and replaced by the Order dated April 27), News Release re April 1 Order, Order Authorizing Use of Electronic Signatures by Attorneys and Self-Represented Parties, SJC Clerk’s Office for the County of Suffolk FAQs, Frequently Asked Questions about the Supreme Judicial Court during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Supreme Judicial Court Temporary Emergency Order re: Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:03, Guide on the Use of Video Conferencing for Oral Argument Sessions, Q&A with Massachusetts Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey, Order Repealing and Replacing Order re Court Operations under the Exigent Circumstances Created by the COVID-19 Pandemic dated April 27 and effective May 4, Reopening Advisory Board, and Temporary Emergency Order re: Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:16, Update from Governor Baker dated May 22, Reopening Four Phase Approach, and Reopening Massachusetts Phase One Summary

    Per the April 27 Order (repealing the April 1 Order), effective May 4, 2020, until at least June 1, 2020, all the courts of the Commonwealth will be open to conduct court business, but courthouses will continue to 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. Trial Court departments shall identify categories of non-emergency matters that they will attempt to address virtually, and shall provide clear guidance to the public and members of the bar regarding the categories by posting period notices to the COVID-19 webpage. The Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court will continue to conduct oral arguments virtually in non-emergency matters.

    Per the April 27 Order, all court clerks’, registers’, and recorders’ offices shall continue to conduct court business in all emergency matters and in non-emergency matters designated by their respective court department. These offices shall continue to answer questions from attorneys, litigants, and the general public. All such business will be conducted virtually, except when the filing of pleadings and other documents in emergency matters cannot be accomplished virtually.

    Per the April 27 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).

    Per the April 27 Order, all jury trials, in both criminal and civil cases, scheduled to commence in Massachusetts state courts between March 13 and July 1, 2020 are hereby continued to a date no earlier than July 1, 2020. All bench trials, in both criminal and civil cases, scheduled to commence in Massachusetts state courts between March 13 and June 1, 2020 are hereby continued to a date no earlier than June 1, 2020, unless they may be conducted virtually by agreement of the parties and of the court. No new grand jury shall be empaneled prior to July 6, 2020. Grand juries whose terms expire before the July 2020 empanelment of a new grand jury shall be extended until the date of that new empanelment.

    Per the April 27 Order, all statutes of limitations are tolled from March 17 through May 31, 2020. Unless otherwise ordered by the applicable court, all deadlines set forth in statutes or court rules, standing orders, tracking orders, or guidelines that expired or will expire between March 16, 2020 and June 1, 2020 are tolled until June 1, 2020 and the new deadline in each instance is calculated as follows: determine how many days remained after March 16, 2020, until the original deadline, and that same number of days will remain as of June 1, 2020, until the new deadline. Unless otherwise specifically ordered by the applicable court, all deadlines established by a court in a particular case on or before March 16, 2020, that expired between March 16 and June 1, 2020 are tolled until June 1, 2020. Unless otherwise ordered by the applicable court, all orders in a particular case that were issued prior to March 17, 2020, after an adversarial hearing (or the opportunity for an adversarial hearing), that enjoined or otherwise restrained or prohibited a party from taking some act or engaging in some conduct until a date between March 16 and June 1, 2020 shall remain in effect until the matter is rescheduled and heard.

    On April 28, Governor Baker announced the formation of the Reopening Advisory Board. This group is charged with advising the administration on strategies to reopen the economy in phases based on health and safety metrics. The Board will meet and solicit input from a variety of constituencies to develop a report by May 18, 2020.

  • MichiganOrder 2020-2, Order 2020-3, Order 2020-4, Order 2020-5, Order 2020-6, Memorandum dated April 8, Order 2020-7, Memos Addressing FAQs Regarding Remote Proceedings, Memorandum dated April 14, Order No. 2020-8, Thank You and Mid-April Updates, Memorandum dated April 20, Order 2020-54 (rescinding Order 2020-19), Remote Proceedings During State of Emergency, Setting Up a Remote Proceeding Checklist, Executive Order 2020-41, Memo Regarding Remote Notarization, Temporary Changes to In-Person Notarizations (Michigan Secretary of State), Michigan Trial Courts Virtual Courtroom Standards and Guidelines, Order 2020-10 and Memo Regarding Delay of Jury Trials, Process for Triaging Case Actions During the COVID-19 Crisis, Order 2020-13, Memo re Order 2020-13, Collection of Contact Information, and Notice of Remote Hearings, Return to Full Capacity Toolkit, Memorandum dated April 29 (Affixing and Use of Electronic Seals), FAQs and General Guidance Re Emergency Court Response to COVID-19, FAQs Re Expansion of Remote Proceedings, Returning to Full Capacity at Your Courthouse (Webinar), Memo re Friend of the Court Mandated Duty Checklist dated May 5, Return to Full Capacity Guide, Memo re FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program (PAGP), Order 2020-14 (Continued Status Quo Court Operations and Phased Return to Full Court Operations), Special Procedures Required by Administrative/Executive Order, FAQs and General Guidance Re Problem-Solving Court Response to COVID-19, FAQs and Answers from the State Court Administrative Office Friend of the Court Bureau, FAQs and General Guidance Regarding Emergency Court Response to COVID-19 (Updated on May 22), and Contact Tracing Considerations

    Trial courts are ordered to limit access to courtrooms and other spaces to no more than 10 persons, including staff, and to practice social distancing and limit court activity to only essential functions, as detailed in the March 18 Order 2020-2.

    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.

    As detailed in Order 2020-6, the Court authorizes judicial officers to conduct proceedings remotely (whether physically present in the courtroom or elsewhere) using two-way interactive videoconferencing technology or other remote participation tools.

    Deadlines for numerous reporting requirements are suspended as detailed in the Memorandum dated April 8, with exceptions for drunk driving reimbursement and jury fees.

    Per Order 2020-7, the expiration dates in Order Nos. 2020-1, 2020-2, and 2020-6 are extended through April 30, 2020, or until further order of the Court.

    Per Order 2020-8, a complainant who files a summary proceeding action before July 25, 2020 under MCR 4.201 for possession of premises for nonpayment of rent also must submit verification indicating whether the property is exempt from the moratorium provided for under the CARES act on a SCAO-approved form. This order is effective until July 25, 2020, or as further ordered by the Court. 

    Executive Order 2020-41 temporarily suspends the strict requirements of the Michigan Law on Notarial Acts and permits the notarization of documents outside the physical presence of a notary or required witnesses within certain parameters. Requirements for e-notarization and remote notarization under the statute are waived until May 6, 2020. 

    Per Order 2020-10, all jury trials are delayed until June 22, 2020, or as otherwise provided for by local order, whichever date is later. Further, the State Court Administrative Office is authorized to initiate pilot projects regarding practices related to how to conduct remote jury trials. 

    Per Order 2020-13, a court may collect contact information, including mobile phone numbers and email addresses, from any party or witness to a case to facilitate scheduling of and participation in remote hearings or to facilitate case processing. A court may collect the information using a SCAO-approved form. An email address for an attorney must be the same address as the one on file with the State Bar of Michigan. This order is effective until further order of the Court. For more information on which forms to use and for assistance with completing the forms, please refer to the Memo re Order 2020-13 – Collections of Contact Information, and Notice of Remote Hearings.

    Per the Memorandum dated April 29, courts are allowed to affix their seal to electronic document, including summonses, warrants, and judgments of sentence. 

    Per the Memorandum dated May 5, friends of the court (FOCs) have requested a list of mandated functions FOC offices perform to ensure they can make plans to address those functions. FOC office have also requested a more concise list of mandated functions they can share with their funding unit to ensure they remain funded. For more information, please see FOC Mandated Duty Checklist and FOC Abbreviated Mandatory Checklist

    Per Order 2020-14, on order of the Court, pursuant to 1963 Const., Art. VI, Sec. 4, courts must adhere to the phased return to operations as determined by policy guidelines established by the State Court Administrative Office. Such policies will include but may not be limited to: continued use and expansion of remote hearings; continued limited access to courtrooms and other spaces; and limited in-person court activity to essential functions that cannot be conducted remotely.    

  • 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, Supreme Court Order dated March 27, List of Closures, News Release, April 15 Notice, April 17 Notice, April 20 Notice and Order, Second Omnibus Order on Court Operations, Press Release, Directive 12-20, Notice to the Bar dated April 28, Sentencing Guidelines, May 4 Order, Electronic Submission dated May 11, Notice to the Bar (May 14), Notice to the Bar (May 18), and Directive 16-20

    Megan’s Law proceedings should be conducted remotely by video or telephone for public safety and notification to the public about sex offenders. Directive 16-20 details guidance for judges to consider when deciding which Megan’s Law proceedings can be handled remotely by video or telephone during this COVID-19 crisis.

    By Order dated May 14, 2020, the Supreme Court authorized empaneled grand juries to reconvene in a virtual (video) format, subject to modified protocols. The pilot program will begin in Mercer and Bergen Counties.

    On May 5, 2020, the Supreme Court confirmed that the Judiciary Electronic Document Submission (JEDS) system launched in early April is an approved electronic filing system, and that all documents submitted through JEDS are filed upon receipt and deemed electronically signed. Attorneys are required to file in eCourts where eCourts is available, as detailed in the Supreme Court’s May 11 notice.

    The Supreme Court issued a May 4 order temporarily allowing attorneys licensed in another United States jurisdiction to provide needed pro bono legal services to individuals and small businesses affected by the public health crisis.

    The Supreme Court has approved updated Guidelines on Media Access and Electronic Devices in the Courts, as detailed in the April 28 Notice to the Bar. Directive No. 12-20 implements the Supreme Court’s April 20, 2020 Order and establishes guiding principles for when and how remote court events will be conducted during the COVID-19 crisis.

    As of April 27, 2020, remote proceedings in the Municipal Courts may be conducted with the consent of all parties. Effective May 11, 2020, with appropriate notice to the parties,

    Municipal Court sessions can resume in individual Municipal Courts. Sessions may proceed by video or phone. Municipal Court sessions will resume to the extent possible based on facilities, technology, and other resources.

    Most discovery deadlines in Civil and Family matters generally are extended through May 10, 2020, with lengthier extensions only in specific areas.

    The April 24 Omnibus Order continues the suspension of petit and grand juries through May 31, 2020.

    All court proceedings will continue to be conducted remotely using video and/or phone options to the greatest extent possible. Some court matters will proceed remotely only with the consent of all parties.

    As detailed in the April 15 Notice, certain deadlines have been extended and certain time periods have been tolled.

    Beginning April 27, all counties will begin scheduling arbitrations, which will be conducted remotely.

    The New Jersey Judiciary has expanded its court filing system to better accommodate attorneys and self-represented litigants.

    The Judiciary has closed court buildings to the public and adjusted the operations of court offices to reduce the risk of exposure to or transmission of the virus.

    As of March 25, the provisions of Rule 1:6-4 are relaxed and supplemented so as to eliminate the requirement that, in addition to filing all Civil motion papers, orders to show cause, and orders, attorneys must also simultaneously submit to the judge a copy of all motion papers. The requirement of submitting paper “courtesy copies” of motion papers to the judge is modified so as to suspend the requirement of submitting courtesy copies in Civil matters so long as the total submission (including appendices and attachments) does not exceed 25 pages. Where the submission is more than 25 pages, courtesy copies still must be mailed or delivered to the court and postmarked within two days of the electronic filing.

    On March 12, the judiciary suspended all reporting for petit jury service, stating that no new civil or criminal jury trials will be conducted until further notice.  The notice states the judiciary is continuing ongoing jury trials. 

    As of March 18, 2020 and until further notice, there are no in-person Superior Court and Tax Court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing trials). As many matters as possible (including case management conferences, motions, and hearings) will be handled by telephone or video conference. 

    In the Supreme Court, all grand jury empanelment dates, including for State Grand Jury, are postponed, and new notices will be issued rescheduling grand jury selection for a date after April 26, 2020. All current grand jury sessions, including for State Grand Jury, are cancelled. In Supreme Court civil matters, the provisions of Rules 4:24- l(a), 4:24- l(c), 4:46- 1, and 4:36-3 are relaxed and supplemented to permit the extension of discovery deadlines through April 26, 2020.

    As of March 18, 2020 and until further notice, there are no in-person Superior Court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing trials).

    On March 24, 2020, as detailed in the Release notice, certain county jail inmates were to be ordered released.

    Per the March 24 Order and as of that date, the Supreme Court has approved interim procedures, including enabling parties to submit certain emergent applications (that cannot be filed electronically) by email.

    By Order dated March 27, the Supreme Court affirmed, continued, or supplemented certain provisions established by prior orders.

  • New YorkAdministrative 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, 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, Press Release for Ninth Judicial District, Press Release for 3rd Judicial District, Statewide Press Release, Executive Order 202.14, Order AO/85/20, Press Release dated April 13, Message from Chief Judge DiFiore (Transcript) dated April 13, Administrative Order AO/81B/20 dated April 15, Message from Chief Judge DiFiore (Transcript) dated April 20, COVID-19 Mask Poster, Remote Conference Protocol and Form to Request a Conference of Pending Cases, Message from Chief Judge DiFiore (Transcript) dated April 27, Chief Judge Approves Temporary Authorization Program, Next Steps to Expand Court Services Memorandum dated April 30, Administrative Order AO/86/20, Administrative Order AO/88/20, Notice to the Public – EDDS, EDDS FAQs, Message from Chief Judge DiFiore (Transcript) dated May 4, Administrative Order AO/87/20, Administrative Order AO/98/20, Administrative Order AO/101/20, Administrative Order AO/102/20, Message from Chief Judge DiFiore (Transcript) dated May 11, Supreme Court of the State of New York Order (In the Matter of the Rescission of Temporary Suspension Order) dated May 8, Press Release – NY State Court System to Begin Return to In-Person Courthouse Operations dated May 13, Resumption of Limited Processing Only Operations of Certain Clerk or the County Functions dated May 13, NY State Court System to Begin Return to In-Person Courthouse Operations, Press Release – State's Surrogate's Courts Prepare for Influx of COVID-Related Cases dated May 14, Additional Guidelines for Practitioners in Virtual Courtrooms, Notice – NY's Surrogate's Courts' Action for COVID-19 Related Cases dated May 15 and effective May 18, Local Orders by Judicial District, Administrative Order AO/99/20 dated May 15, Press Release – NYC Housing Court Judges to Conduct Virtual Conferences in Pending Eviction Matters, Message from Chief Judge DiFiore (Transcript) dated May 18, Administrative Order AO/111/2020 (Superseded by AO/114/20), Press Release – Courts in 13 Counties in Western New York and the Capital Region to Begin Return to In-Person Courthouse Operations dated May 20, Memo re Filing of New Cases dated May 20, and Administrative Order AO/114/20

    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 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 effective March 16 postponing all non-essential functions of the courts until further notice. 

    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 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 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.

    Effective April 6, 2020, virtual court operations will commence via videoconferencing for all courts within Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster Counties for essential proceedings.

    As of April 6, all essential and emergency court matters−throughout New York City and in every Judicial District outside the City−will be heard virtually, with all interactions taking place by video or telephone. Beginning on April 13, the NYS Court system will begin to handle non-essential matters in the new “virtual” court system. The system is extending its focus to include pending tort, asbestos, commercial, matrimonial, trusts and estate, felony, family and other cases. The filing of any new non-essential cases continues to be suspended, as detailed in Order AO/85/20.

    The New York State Court system has also issued Q&A Guidance for Joining Skype Calls with the Court.

    Per Administrative Order AO/81B/20, the Chief Administrative Judge confirmed and extended programs for the consensual/voluntary use of electronic means for the filing and service of documents (“e filing”) in the Supreme Court for the matters set forth in Exhibit A of the Order and in the counties set forth in Exhibit B of the Order.

    Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.17 directs that anyone “who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance,” effective 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020. Pursuant to this Order, for the safety of all court users and court personnel, all people who enter courthouses must wear a mask or face covering while inside the courthouse. Persons without such a mask or face covering will not be permitted to enter.

    Per the Memorandum dated April 30, effective May 4, new motions, responsive papers to previously filed motions, and other applications may be filed electronically in pending cases, either (1) through the NYSCEF e-filing system in jurisdictions that have it; or (2) through a new electronic document delivery system. Problem-solving courts may conduct virtual court conferences with counsel, court staff, and service providers, via Skype for Business. Judges may resume referral of matters for alternative dispute resolution. Notices of appeal may be filed electronically.

    Commencing on May 4, 2020, the UCS will make available a system, the Electronic Document Delivery System (EDDS), of secure document transmission by court users to judgers, clerks of court, and other UCS offices around the state. EDDS may be used by attorneys, unrepresented persons, and other court users. EDDS should not be used for the filing of emergency applications.

    Per Administrative Order AO/87/20, documents filed through the EDDS system shall be served by electronic means. Problem-solving courts may conduct virtual court conferences with counsel, court staff, service providers, and, where practicable, clients. Judges may refer matters for virtual alternative dispute resolution, including to neutrals on court-established panels, community dispute resolution centers, and ADR-dedicated court staff. The court shall not request working copies of documents in paper format.

    Per the Supreme Court of the State of New York’s Order in the Matter of the Rescission of Temporary Suspension Order dated May 8, the Court’s March 17 order temporarily suspending perfection, filing and other deadlines set forth by Court order or practice rules is rescinded. The deadlines for the remaining 2020 terms of the Court are reinstated. The deadline for the filing of responding and reply papers that have not yet been filed on motions which were returnable between March 16, 2020 and May 4, 2020, is now May 22, 2020. Furthermore, the parties shall comply with any other filing deadlines set by the Clerk of the Court or her designee, or by order of this Court, in the manner so directed or ordered. Finally, the requirement that hard copy briefs, records, appendices and motions be filed continues to be suspended until further directive of the Supreme Court of New York.

    As of April 20, the Green County Courthouse is re-opened for essential matters.

    As of May 6, the Rensselaer County Courthouse is reopened for essential matters.

    Per Administrative Order AO/98/20, the Unified Court System Program for the consensual/voluntary and mandatory use of electronic means for the filing and service of documents (“e-filing”) is continued and extended as follows – all civil matters in Supreme Court in all counties listed in Exhibit A shall, unless approved for mandatory (or mandatory in part) electronic filing by prior administrative order, henceforth be accepted for consensual/voluntary electronic filing. Mandatory (and mandatory in part) electronic filing shall continue in those counties as authorized in AO/245/19.

    Per the Press Release dated May 13, the Five County Clerks of the City of New York will commence the transition to a resumption of limited processing only services in preparation for a still to be determined resumption of partial or full Clerk of the County Operations. The physical offices remain closed to public traffic. All submissions should continue to be made by mail until further notice.

    Per the Press Release – New York State Court System to Begin Return to In-Person Courthouse Operations dated May 13, the return to courthouses will start next week for 30 upstate counties. On May 18, the following courthouses will open: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates, Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie. On May 20, the following courthouses will open: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence. Beginning next week, New York State court system judges and chambers staff, along with designated clerks and support staff in the aforementioned counties will return to their courthouses. New cases may be filed in these counties. Safety measures will be enforced.

    Per the Notice – NY’s Surrogate’s Courts’ Action for COVID-Related Cases dated May 15, the following actions are being implemented by the New York County Surrogate’s Court effective May 18, 2020. The court is addressing all essential matters as well as certain non-essential matters. Most operations are being handled virtually or remotely. All urgent and essential matters, as well as all uncontested matters (in which waivers and consents have been fully executed and for which no citation need be issued), are being accepted for filing. Parties with urgent matters may contact the Chief Clerk’s Office at dsanabri@nycourts.gov or at (917) 509-7218, or they may contact the court attorney-referee to whom the matter has been assigned, if any. Only essential personnel will be in the courthouse. No one should visit the courthouse without first contacting the Chief Clerk’s Office.

    Per the Notice dated May 15, until further notice, petitions and other papers must be filed by mail (USPS or any express mail service) or, if authorized by court personnel, by electronic mail at NYSURRFILING@nycourts.gov. Please provide your contact information, including an email address, with your filing. If papers are brought to the courthouse in person after consultation with the Chief Clerk’s Office, they are to be left in a box outside Room 303. Court personnel may contact petitioners or their counsel as needed once filed papers are reviewed. Court attorney-referees may contact the parties in a matter for a conference, which will be conducted virtually.

    Per the Notice dated May 15, all matters scheduled to be heard at calendars through June 30, 2020 have been or will be adjourned administratively. Parties must not appear in court. Notices of future dates for court appearances will be sent by mail. No trials or hearings will commence until further notice. Trials or hearings that had been adjourned to a date in April, May or June 2020 will be adjourned again. No citations are being issued until further notice. The terms of the notice are subject to modification as the need arises.

    Per Administrative Order AO/99/20, the list of essential proceedings contained in Exhibit A of AO/78/20 is amended to include Surrogate’s Court – any matter involving an individual who passed away due to COVID-19-related causes.

    Per the Press Release dated May 20, the following courthouses will gradually resume in-person courthouse operations: Western New York’s Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties. On May 26, the following courthouses will follow suit: Capital Region’s Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington counties. Importantly, new cases may be filed electronically in these counties beginning on May 21. Courthouse areas that will be used in this first phase include judges’ chambers, clerks’ offices and back offices. Physical distancing and other steps restricting courthouse traffic will be enforced to protect the health and safety of judges and staff, attorneys, litigants, and members of the public.

    Per the Memorandum re Filing of New Cases dated May 20, courts and county clerk’s offices in the counties that have seen the return of judges and designated staff to courthouses are now accepted the filing of new non-essential matters through the New York State Electronic Filing System. Commencing May 25, e-filing through the NYSCEF system, including the filing of new non-essential matters, will be restored in those counties of the state that have not yet met the benchmarks required to participate in the Governor’s regional reopening plan. Those counties include the five New York City counties, Nassau and Suffolk counties, and Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties. This restoration of NYSCEF usage will be limited to cases in which represented parties file and serve all papers electronically.

    The New York State Courts, except for criminal arraignments, will be closed on Monday, May 25.

    Per Administrative Order AO/114/20, in the counties and on the dates set forth in Exhibit A, in courts and case types approved for electronic filing through the NYSCEF, represented parties must commence new matters or proceed in pending matters exclusively by electronic filing through NYSCEF. Following commencement, represented parties must file and serve papers in such matters by electronic means through NYSCEF or where permitted under NYSCEF court rules, by mail. Notwithstanding the foregoing, unrepresented parties may file, serve, and be served in such matters by non-electronic means. In the counties and on the date set forth in Exhibit B, in courts and case types approved for electronic filing through NYSCEF, represented parties must commence new matters or proceed in pending matters exclusively by electronic filing through NYSCEF. Represented parties must file and serve papers in such matters by electronic means through NYSCEF. Notwithstanding the foregoing, unrepresented parties may file, serve, and be served in such matters by non-electronic means. This order shall not affect procedures for the filing and service of essential matters, and supersedes AO/111/2020.

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    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 and lasting through April 30, 2020, subject to the general and specific directives and exceptions set forth in the March 18 Order. 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 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 March 19 Order, the April 30, 2020 CLE compliance deadline applicable to Compliance Group 1 is extended to August 31, 2020. All other 2020 annual compliance deadlines remain unchanged and on standard schedule.

    Per the April 13 Order, due dates for any filings due in the Supreme Court from March 16 through April 30, 2020, are extended, and those filings will be considered timely if filed on or before May 1, 2020. This extension does not apply to matters relating to appeals in matters arising under the Pennsylvania Election Code, matters relating to the review of special prosecutions or investigations, matters classified as Children’s Fast Track, and any matters where the Supreme Court Prothonotary directs otherwise.

    Per the April 28 Order, beginning May 4, 2020, unless otherwise provided by a local emergency order, Pennsylvania courts generally shall be open to conduct all court business. However, all in-person access and proceedings shall be strictly limited according to the terms of the order or a more restrictive order issued by a local court under its authorized emergency powers. The courts’ priorities shall remain centered on their critical functions, however, courts shall put forward their best efforts to accomplish the timely administration of justice in all other matters, subject to the constraints and safety considerations set forth below. This Order replaces the April 1 Order, which shall remain in effect until that Order expires on its own terms.

    Per the Supplemental Order, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania has scheduled oral argument by telephone conference in a limited number of cases.

    Per the Notice dated May 6, oral arguments scheduled before the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania for the week of June 8-12, 2020 will be conducted remotely by advanced video communication technology.

    Per the May 2020 Supreme Court Session webpage, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s May argument session will be held via videoconference. The arguments will be held at assigned times on May 19, 21, and 27. Only arguing counsel will participate in the video conference. The Supreme Court’s May argument session will be livestreamed on YouTube and archived for future viewing. The link for each stream will be posted on the webpage and tweeted by @PACourts and @SupremeCtofPA prior to each morning and afternoon session.

  • South CarolinaTrial Courts Memo, Summary Courts Memo, Order dated March 20, Court Closures, Order dated April 3, Order dated April 6, Order (Suspension of Arrests) dated April 10, Order (Amended Supplemental Guidance Regarding Lawyer and Judicial Disciplinary Matters During the Coronavirus Emergency) dated April 10, Order (Operation of the Trial Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency) dated April 14, Order (Admissions of Persons to Practice Law During the Coronavirus Emergency) dated April 15, Order (Operation of the Trial Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency, amending the Order dated April 14) dated April 22, Memo (Court Operations During the Six Week Period May 4 through June 12, 2020) dated April 24, Order (Lawyer Mentoring Program and the Coronavirus Pandemic), Order dated May 1, Order (Certification of Compliance with the CARES Act in Evictions and Foreclosures Form) dated May 6, Order (Resolution of Certain Summary Court Level Offenses During COVID-19 Outbreak), and Order (Certification of Compliance with the CARES Act in Foreclosures) dated May 12 and revising the Order dated May 6

    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. 

    As of April 22, all jury selections and jury trials in all criminal and civil cases are continued until further notice. 

    Effective April 6, 2020, the Supreme Court, John C. Calhoun and Edgar Brown Buildings, are closed to the public.

    Per the Order dated April 10, pursuant to Rule 14(b), RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR (for a complaint concerning a lawyer), or Rule 14(b), RJDE, Rule 502, SCACR (for a complaint concerning a judge), all deadlines falling prior to May 1, are extended to May 1, 2020, or for an additional twenty (20) days, whichever date is later.

    As of April 10, 2020, documents may no longer be delivered to ODC or OCC. Documents may be filed utilizing the U.S. Mail, fax or email. As of April 22, incoming paper documents may be quarantined for a period of up to forty-eight hours once the documents are physically received by the trial court.

    Per the Order dated April 22, the appropriate judge responsible for scheduling matters may authorize a non-jury trial to occur if the parties consent, or the matter involved an emergency or other circumstance warranting immediate resolution. If an in-person non-jury trial is conducted, only attorneys, the parties, and necessary witnesses will be allowed to appear. A hearing on a motion or other matter may be conducted using remote communication technology. If, upon reviewing a motion, a judge determines that the motion is without merit, the motion may be denied without waiting for any return or other response from the opposing party or parties.

    Per the Order dated April 22, where the order authorizes a hearing, trial, or other matter to be conducted using remote communication technology, any oath necessary during that hearing, trial or other matter may be administered by the same remote communication technology. Notaries who are authorized to administer oaths may administer oaths utilizing remote communication technology in the case of depositions.

    Per the Order dated April 22, all deadlines under all existing scheduling orders are hereby stayed, retroactive to March 13, 2020. Forty-five days following the date on which the Governor lifts or rescinds the emergency orders relating to the coronavirus emergency, this stay shall end. Moreover, while this Order remains in effect, no filing fee will be required for a motion for an extension for any motion filed on or after April 22. The due dates for all trial court filings due on or after the effective date of this order are extended for thirty days. Furthermore, in the event a party to a case or other matter pending before a trial court was required to take certain action on or after March 13, 2020, but failed to do so, that procedural default is forgiven, and the required action shall be taken within thirty days of the date of this order. If a dismissal or other adverse action has been taken, that adverse action shall be rescinded. Counsel may agree to further extensions of time without seeking permission from the court, and parties are strongly encouraged to do so upon request. The time extensions, forgiveness of procedural defaults, and extensions by consent provisions do not extend or otherwise affect the time for the serving of a notice of appeal under the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules, or the time to appeal from a lower court to the circuit court.

    Per the Order dated April 22, a lawyer admitted to practice law in South Carolina may serve a document on another lawyer admitted to practice law in South Carolina using the lawyer’s primary email address listed in the attorney Information System (AIS). Please review the Order for specific requirements. A lawyer may sign documents using “s/[typed name of lawyer],” a signature stamp, or a scanned or other electronic version of the lawyer’s signature.

    Per the Order dated April 22, clerks of the trial courts may, at their option, permit documents to be filed by electronic methods such as fax and email. These optional filing methods shall not be used for any document that can be e-filed under the South Carolina Electronic Filing Policies and Guidelines.

    Per the Order dated April 22, if a statute, court rule, or other provision of law requires an affidavit to be filed in an action, the requirement of an affidavit may be satisfied by a signed certification of the maker stating, “I certify that the foregoing statements made by me are true. I am aware that if any of the foregoing statements made by me are willfully false, I am subject to punishment by contempt.”  

    Per the Memo regarding court operations from May 4 – June 12, 2020, all status conferences, pre-trial hearings and pre-trial motions previously set, as well as newly scheduled hearings pursuant to the directives in the Memo, may be conducted using remote communication technology to avoid the need for a physical appearance of all or some of the parties, counsel or witnesses. If an in-person hearing is conducted, only attorneys, the parties, necessary witnesses, and a limited number of members of the press will be allowed to appear. Hearings must be staggered to minimize the number of people appearing at the same time. Judges will return to handling as much of the previously scheduled dockets within their circuit as it practical. In doing so, judges shall adhere to the guidance set forth in the April 22 Order of the Supreme Court. Notwithstanding any prior guidance, continuances on pre-trial matters are discouraged during this period and should be granted only in exceptional circumstances with good cause shown.

    Per the Order dated May 1, an attorney may participate in and supervise the closing of a real estate transaction by way of a video conference. Necessary persons to a real estate transaction may, under the direction of the supervising attorney, similarly participate in the real closing by way of a video conference, provided any necessary person so consents. The supervising attorney shall ensure that the attestation of a recordable instrument is accomplished, which may be satisfied by use of real-time audio-visual communication technology, provided the identity of any necessary person is confirmed and a notary attest the signature of any necessary person. The supervising attorney shall consult with any lender(s) and any participating title insurance company to ensure that the real estate closing measures taken are acceptable to the applicable lender) and title insurance company. This Order is effective immediately and remains in effect until August 1, 2020, unless earlier modified or rescinded by order of the Court. 

    Per the Order dated May 12, the Certification of Compliance with the CARES Act in Foreclosures (SCCA 256A) bearing a revision date of May 12, 2020, is approved for use in the Circuit Courts and Master-in-Equity Courts of the State of South Carolina, effective immediately. This revised form replaces the original version issued by the previous Order dated May 6. The form is available at www.sccourts.org/forms.   

  • 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, Emergency Order 9, Emergency Order 10, Emergency Order 11, Zoom Remote Hearings, Court Operation Guidance updated April 2, Emergency Order 12, Emergency Order 13, Emergency Order 14, Emergency Order 15, and Emergency Order 16

    Emergency Order 15 provides that for eviction proceedings filed from March 27, 2020, through July 25, 2020, a sworn petition containing “a description of the facts and grounds for eviction” required by Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 510.3(a)(2) must state that the premises are not subject to the moratorium on evictions imposed by Section 4024 of the CARES Act.

    Emergency Order 13 allows those registered for the July Bar Exam to withdraw and register for a future exam and directs the Board of Law Examiners to consider additional changes if the July Bar Exam cannot be held due to COVID-19.

    Emergency Order 14 amends and extends the 10th Emergency Order regarding the collection of consumer debt.  Emergency Order 16 is effective upon expiration of Order 14.

    Emergency Order 12 clarifies and amends Emergency Orders 1-3, 5, 7-9, and 11.

    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.

    As detailed in Emergency Order 9, in any action for eviction to recover possession of residential property under Chapter 24 of the Texas Property Code and Rule 510 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, no trial, hearing, or other proceeding may be conducted, and all deadlines are tolled until after April 30, 2020.

    Emergency Order 11 expands all deadlines related to the Judicial Branch Certification Commission until May 31, 2020.

  • Vermont Notice, Administrative Order No. 48, Administrative Order 49 - Declaration of Judicial Emergency and Changes to Court Procedures with amendments through 5-13-20 and PROMULGATED Administrative Order 49 Amendments to Administrative Order 49 dated May 13<

    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 order further addresses 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 September 1, 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.

    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 - 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.

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.