practice area articles
U.S. Court Closings, Restrictions, and Re-Openings Due to COVID-19
By Bruce M Wexler and Yar Chaikovsky
Paul Hastings created this webpage to provide publicly available information on modifications to access and scheduling by courts and administrative agencies important to our clients.
Other Courts and Administrative Agencies
- Department of Justice, Antitrust Division – Antitrust Civil Process Changes 20-326 and Expedited Antitrust Procedure and Guidance 20-338
The 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.
Per the Division’s update on March 24, 2021, in terms of internal procedural changes for public health and safety, the Division now permits the electronic filing of Hart-Scott-Rodino submissions and conducts all meetings by phone or video conference, absent extenuating circumstances.
- Back to top
- Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges – Administrative Order and Notice 2020-MIS-00006, Supplemental Administrative Order and Notice 2020-MIS-00006, Requirements for Filing by Email during the COVID-19 Hearings Suspension, Administrative Notice 2020-MIS-00007, Subpoena Processing- New Electronic Options, Electronic Signatures, Administrative Order and Notice 2020-MIS-00008, and Administrative Notice 2021-MIS-00001
On June 1, The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”), Chief Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) issued an Administrative Order and Notice, 2020-MIS-00008, extending indefinitely the moratorium on in-person hearings scheduled to expire on July 24, 2020.
Per Administrative Order and Notice 2020-MIS-00008, until further notice, OALJ hearings will be conducted by telephone or video, unless the presiding ALJ grants, based on compelling reasons, a party’s motion for a hearing where persons are in the same physical location. All previously scheduled hearings are automatically converted to a telephone or video hearing and will convene on the same time and date as originally scheduled, unless ordered otherwise by the presiding ALJ. The parties will be notified of the type of hearing and the appropriate dial-in information by separate order issued by the presiding ALJ, as well as the procedures for filing pre-hearing submissions and exhibits. When the parties agree that an evidentiary hearing is not needed, they may move for a decision based on stipulations of fact or a stipulated record.
Beginning April 29, 2020, the Office of Administrative Law Judges piloted a streamlined procedure for processing subpoena requests in Longshore and Defense Base Act cases entirely via email. Effective September 1, 2020, this streamlined procedure will be the default process for requesting subpoenas for all case types. The OALJ website asks to refer to the Subpoenas page for instructions and updated forms.
The Chief ALJ's Administrative Order and Notice tolling and suspending procedural deadlines lapsed at the close of business on Monday, June 1, 2020. Beginning Tuesday, June 2, 2020, procedural deadlines will be applied based on applicable regulation or order of the presiding ALJ.
Per Supplemental Administrative Order and Notice 2020-MIS-00006, until further notice, OALJ will continue to accept filings via email at the email box of the district office at which the case is pending. Instructions and requirements for filing via email are found on the OALJ website.
On April 16, 2020, the Chief ALJ issued Administrative Notice 2020-MIS-00007, which provided information on how OALJ will resume service of orders and decisions. Where email addresses are available, OALJ will use electronic service on the parties, attorneys and/or non-attorney representative.
Receipt of U.S. Postal Service mail and UPS deliveries is limited in OALJ’s offices in Cincinnati, OH, Covington, LA, Newport News, VA, and Pittsburgh, PA. Receipt of mail in OALJ’s Boston, MA, Cherry Hill, NJ, San Francisco, CA, and Washington, DC offices may be delayed. In order to ensure timely receipt of filings, the OALJ’s site encourages parties to file by email.
Per Administrative Notice 2021- MIS-00001, on Monday, December 7, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor is launching its new eFile/eServe System (“EFS”) for use by the public in adjudications before the OALJ and the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (“BALCA”), and before the Administrative Review Board (“ARB”), the Benefits Review Board (“BRB”), and the Employee Compensation Appeals Board (“ECAB”). This is a “soft-launch,” meaning that using EFS will be voluntary. It provides a new and improved method for e-filing and e-service during the pandemic, and going forward. OALJ encourages parties to use EFS for e-filing and e-service.
Until further notice, parties will be permitted to e-file with OALJ and with BALCA using either EFS; the e-mail system stood up by OALJ in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; or conventional means, such as regular or express mail, courier service, hand delivery, or facsimile transmission. Parties should consult with the ARB, BRB and ECAB on requirements for filing with those agencies.
- Back to top
- Environmental Protection Agency – Press Release, Enforcement Policy, Guidelines & Publications, COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program, Frequent Questions About the Temporary COVID-19 Enforcement Policy, and COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program: Addendum on Termination, Interim EPA COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines for Field Activities, Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance Documents for Field Activities, Frequent Questions about Temporary COVID-19 Enforcement Policy, Enforcement Statement regarding “Wet” Signature Requirements during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency with Appendix, and EPA Letters on COVID-19 Safety Precautions for Inspection Commitments
The EPA issued a temporary policy regarding EPA enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The EPA selected August 31, 2020, as the termination date for the temporary enforcement policy.
The EPA’s website for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance Documents for Field Activities includes documents designed to supplement existing guidance to help analyze COVID-19 risk and determine necessary actions to minimize COVID-19 risk. The Interim EPA COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for Field Activities represent an integrated set of safety and health guidance that provide timely and consistent information for employees conducting field activities. The Job Hazard Analysis (“JHA”) for COVID-19 is a supplement to the standard JHA that has been previously completed for typical work activities and is to be used to establish the level of COVID-19 risk.
- Back to top
- Federal Communications Commission – FCC Facilities, Public Notice, and WTB Announces Change In Hand-Delivery For Gettysburg, New Location for Filing Hand-Carried Documents at FCC Headquarters, and Procedures for Filing Requests for Waiver, Reduction, Deferral and Installment Payment of FY 2020 Regulatory Fees
The FCC is not allowing visitors into its facilities, absent special permission from the Office of Managing Director.
Per Order DA-20-562, effective upon publication in the Federal Register, hand-carried documents are to be filed at the Commission’s office located at 9050 Junction Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701. After COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, this will be the only location where hand-carried paper filings for the Commission will be accepted. At that time, the filing window for hand-carried documents will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Commission will not accept hand-carried filings outside of those hours.
The Commission issued the public notice, Procedures for Filing Requests for Waiver, Reduction, Deferral and Installment Payment of FY 2020 Regulatory Fees, to streamline the waiver process procedures to make it easier for licensees to file waivers.
- Back to top
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission – FERC Operating Status, March 19 News Release, FERC, NARUC Join Efforts to Help Ensure Essential Services During Pandemic, Readout from FERC COVID-19 Pandemic Conference Call with NARUC, FERC Acts to Prioritize Reliability, Provide Regulatory Relief, FERC Acts to Prioritize Reliability, Provide Regulatory Relief, FERC Acts to Help Regulated Entities Manage Compliance, FERC, NARUC Support Utility Industry’s Needs for Credit Financing, Readout from FERC COVID-19 Pandemic Conference Call with NASUCA, Extension of Non-Statutory Deadlines (Docket No. AD20-11-000), Supplemental Notice Granting Extension of Time for Nonstatutory Deadlines, Waiving Regulations, and Shortening Answer Period Docket (Docket No. AD20-11-000), Supplemental Notice Waiving Regulations (Docket No. AD20-11-000), Order Granting Deferred Implementation of Certain NERC Reliability Standards, Notice Granting Extension of Order No. 860 Deadlines, FERC Provides Accounting Guidance to Ease Administrative Burdens; Shortens Comment Period for Federal Power Act Section 204 Filings, FERC Update on Building Status, Notice concerning All Permitted Hard Copy Submissions, Resource Developed to Help Organizations Update Pandemic Response Plans, Notice concerning All Permitted Hard Copy Submissions, Order Extending Blanket Waiver of In-Person Meeting and Document Notarization Requirements re Temporary Action to Facilitate Social Distancing Under EL20-37, Supplemental Notice Waiving Regulations re Extension of Non-Statutory Deadlines under AD20-11, and Order Extending Blanket Waiver of In-Person Meeting and Document Notarization Requirements re Temporary Action to Facilitate Social Distancing under EL20-37
On January 22, 2021, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) extended through and including July 30, 2021, a waiver of regulations requiring that filings with the Commission be notarized or supported by sworn declarations, which was set to expire January 29, 2021. The Secretary originally extended this waiver on May 8, 2020, and again on August 20, 2020. On January 25, 2021, the Commission also extended the waiver of notarization and in-person meeting requirements in open access tariffs through and including July 30, 2021. This extends the blanket waivers the Commission approved April 2, 2020, and extended on August 20, 2020.
Per the FERC’s News Release on May 8, the headquarters building remains closed to the public and is now closed to all FERC staff and contractors until further notice. The FERC is not able to accept deliveries by mail, to include hard copies of filings, until further notice. The process for submitting electronic filings with the Commission is unchanged. The public is strongly encouraged to continue to submit filings and submissions electronically, through the Commission’s eFiling application.
The Commission issued an order on April 17 granting the NERC’s motion to defer the implementation dates of certain Reliability Standards.
On May 20, the FERC issued a notice extending the effective date of Order No. 860.
The Commission is operating and will continue to fulfill all statutory obligations. FERC offices at 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC, are closed to the public; minimal staff are on site. All Commission employees are authorized to telework and are available via email and phone. Staff are teleconferencing, and are canceling or postponing in-person meetings.
Hearings are now being held remotely pursuant to the Notice of Remote Hearings issued by Chief Judge Cintron on April 23. Settlement conferences are being conducted by telephone and oral arguments are being heard via WebEx.
- Back to top
- Federal Trade Commission – News Release, Press Release, Expedited Antitrust Procedure and Guidance, FTC in Action Coronavirus Response Page, Press Release: Monetary Penalties for Deceptive Marketing, FTC COVID-19 Staff Report, and FTC Press Release: Unsupported COVID Treatment & Prevention Claims
The Federal Trade Commission staff issued a report highlighting the agency’s ongoing efforts to protect consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report addresses challenges consumers face during the pandemic and details the Commission’s strategy to combat COVID-related fraud and other consumer issues using sophisticated targeting, aggressive law enforcement, and ongoing partnership and outreach.
As described in a press release, dated April 15, 2021, in the first action under the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act, the FTC is seeking monetary penalties for deceptive marketing of purported coronavirus treatments.
As of July 6, The Federal Trade Commission has issued orders in four administrative litigation proceedings that will allow the public to access the proceedings via telephone or live streaming. The four proceedings are Axon Enterprise and Safariland; Peabody Energy-Arch Coal; Thomas Jefferson University; and Altria Group/JUUL Labs.
The Premerger Notification Office has stopped accepting hard copy and DVD submission and have put into place a temporary e-filing system. While the system is in place, early termination will not be granted for any filing. Unplanned visitor access to FTC facilities is suspended. Parties should assume that meetings will be held remotely, rather than in-person, until further notice.
The Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission issued a joint statement detailing an expedited antitrust procedure and providing guidance for collaborations of businesses working to protect the health and public safety of Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Back to top
- 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, Updated Division of Trading and Markets Staff Statement regarding Requirements for Certain Paper Submissions in Light of COVID-19 Concerns, Release 33-10829 (Temporary Amendments to Regulation Crowdfunding; Extension), Press Releases Page, and COVID-19 Quick Reference Guide for Investors and Market Participants
The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced the formation of an internal, cross-divisional COVID-19 Market Monitoring Group. This temporary, senior-level group will assist the Commission and its various divisions and offices in (1) Commission and staff actions and analysis related to the effects of COVID-19 on markets, issuers, and investors—including its Main Street investors, and (2) responding to requests for information, analysis and assistance from fellow regulators and other public sector partners.
Pursuant to the Updated Division of Trading and Markets Staff Statement Regarding Requirements for Certain Paper Submissions in Light of COVID-19 Concerns dated June 18, 2020, staff will not recommend the Commission take enforcement action with respect to any failure to comply with the paper format submission requirement or manual signature requirement of the Impacted Paper Submissions under the circumstances listed in the staff statement. Further pursuant to the staff statement, staff will also not recommend that the Commission take enforcement action with respect to any failure to comply with notarization requirements applicable to the Impacted Paper Submissions or in the electronic filings of, as updated, Form BD (and any amendments to such form) and broker-dealer annual reports required under paragraph (d) of Rule 17a-5, under the conditions listed in the staff statement.
Per Release No. 10767, the SEC ordered that pursuant to Rule of Practice 100(c)1 and pending further order of the Commission, all parties in proceedings initiated by an order instituting proceedings, the filing of a petition for review of an initial decision by a hearing officer, the filing of an application for review of a self-regulatory organization determination, or the filing of an application for review of a determination by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, shall to the extent possible submit all filings to the Commission by sending them to the Commission electronically.
The SEC’s website states that the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) remains fully operational nationwide. The OCIE has moved to conducting examinations off-site through correspondence, unless it is absolutely necessary to be on-site. The OCIE is working with registrants to address the timing of its requests, availability of registrant personnel, and other matters to minimize disruption.
The agency has now transitioned to a full telework posture with limited exceptions. A majority of SEC staff began teleworking on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, and the agency has remained fully operational during this transition, which is expected to last at least through September 7, 2021. Several Divisions and Offices have released statements to inform market participants and others about their operating status and how best to engage with staff during this time.
- Back to top
- United States Patent Office – Notice, 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, May 18 News Brief, May 27 News Brief (Trademark), May 27 News Brief (Patent), May 29 Notice, Joint Message from JPO and USPTO re Innovation, COVID Response Resource Center, June 11 Notice, June 15 Press Release, June 29 Notice, June 30 Notice, Pilot Program, Foreign Priority Applications, USPTO Announcement: Special Patents for Humanity COVID-19 Category, USPTO Notice: COVID-19 as Excusable Nonuse, and USPTO Notice: COVID Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program
On April 14, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) will soon accept petitions for expedited resolution of ex parte appeals for COVID-related inventions. There is no cost for appeals related to COVID-19 in this pilot program, which starts on April 15, 2021.
According to a notice dated April 12, 2021, USPTO accepts circumstances related to COVID-19 as excusable nonuse in trademark maintenance filings.
On January 29, 2021, the USPTO recognized that some foreign intellectual property offices are not currently issuing paper certified copies of foreign applications due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Under the conditions set forth in the notice, the USPTO will suspend the requirement for filing the certified copy of the foreign application when the foreign application was filed in a foreign intellectual property office that does not participate in a bilateral or multilateral priority document exchange program with the USPTO that would cover the application and thus permit retrieval through the program.
On September 16, the USPTO announced a collaborative deferred-fee provisional patent application pilot program for inventions that combat COVID-19.
On June 15, the USPTO announced the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Program for certain trademark and service mark applications, which allows COVID-19-related trademark applications to be advanced out of turn and immediately assigned for examination. On June 30, the USPTO launched a related webpage, where applicants can find additional resources and information about the program.
As detailed in the June 29 notice, the USPTO has extended from July 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020, the time for small and micro entities to pay certain patent-related fees that would otherwise have been due on or after March 27, 2020. The small and micro entity fees eligible for an extension until September 30, 2020, include: basic filing fees, issue fees, maintenance fees, and other fees as set forth in the June 29 notice.
As detailed in the June 15 press release, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new COVID-19 prioritized examination program for certain trademark and service mark applicationsAs detailed in the June 11 notice, the USPTO is extending the time period for petitioning for certain rights of priority or benefit in a patent application and waiving the associated petition fee. The relief extends the two-month time-period for restoring the right of priority to or benefit of a foreign or provisional application for any non-provisional application due to be filed on or after March 27, 2020, but on or before July 30, 2020.
As detailed in the May 29 Notice, the USPTO will permit patentees to file initial patent term extension applications that meet certain criteria via EFS-Web or Patent Center.
The USPTO further extended the time to file certain patent- and trademark-related documents and to pay certain required fees, as detailed in the May 27 News Briefs.
Under a new pilot program, the USPTO will grant requests for prioritized examination to patent applicants that qualify for small or micro entity status without payment of the typical fees associated with other prioritized examination, and attempt to reach a final disposition of applications within six months, provided that the applicant responds promptly to USPTO communications. The USPTO has launched a related webpage with additional information.
The USPTO will temporarily permit the filing of plant patent applications and follow-on documents via the USPTO patent electronic filing systems (EFS-Web or Patent Center) until further notice. Only registered users of the USPTO patent electronic filing systems may file follow-on documents into existing applications via the USPTO patent electronic filing systems.
All USPTO offices will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. USPTO offices will remain open for employees, contractors, and those with access badges. Unless otherwise notified, USPTO operations will continue without interruption. Patent and trademark application deadlines and other deadlines are not extended. Those with official business with the USPTO should reach out to their points of contact with any questions or through the contact information available on the USPTO website.
Until further notice, examiner and examining attorney interviews, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) oral hearings, and other similar in-person meetings with parties and stakeholders scheduled to take place at USPTO offices on or after Friday, March 13, 2020 will be conducted remotely by video or telephone.
The USPTO is waiving petition fees in certain situations for customers impacted by the coronavirus. The USPTO is also waiving the requirements of 37 CFR 1.4(e)(1) and (2) for an original handwritten signature for certain correspondence with the Office of Enrollment and Discipline and certain payments by credit card.
Press Release 20-05 extends certain patent and trademark-related filing deadlines, as detailed in the associated Patent and Trademark Notices. As detailed in the April 28 News Brief, some deadlines have been extended to June 1, and are also detailed in the updated Patent and Trademark Notices.
- Back to top
- U.S. International Trade Commission – USITC Response to COVID-19, Notice, and Three-Phase Plan (I, II, III)
Commission employees will continue teleworking, except as required for necessary mission activities that require them to work in the USITC Building.
The USITC Building is closed to the public until further notice or until Phase Three. The Secretary’s Office will only accept electronic filings.
The commission has ordered Administrative Law Judges to postpone any Section 337 hearings until the Agency enters Phase Three. All discovery will continue and essential outside participation by staff will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
Until Phase Three, no in-person preliminary phase Title VII (antidumping and countervailing duty) staff conferences will be held for new and ongoing investigations. All Title VII votes will be conducted by notation. Until Phase Three, final phase Title VII investigations, five-year (sunset) reviews, and those held under Section 332 and Section 131 will not be held in person, and, instead, interested parties will be invited to answer written questions issued by the commission with certified responses.
All scheduled in-person group meetings, seminars, and conferences are cancelled or postponed until further notice or until the Agency enters Phase Three.
- Back to top
- U.S. Tax Court – March 18 Press Release (Closing the Tax Court Building), March 23 Press Release (Canceling May 4-July 3 Trial Sessions), May 29 Press Release (Remote Court Proceedings), IRS Notice 2020-23, June 19 News Release, June 24 Press Release, Administrative Order 2020-02 (Remote Court Proceedings During COVID-19 Pandemic), Administrative Order 2020-03 (Limited Entry of Appearance Procedures), and August 6 Press Release (Additional Guidance with Respect to Remote Proceedings)
The United States Tax Court building remains closed to visitors but is receiving and processing mail and deliveries. To accommodate continuing uncertainties relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, and until further notice, court proceedings will be conducted remotely.
Per the June 24 News Release, the clerk’s office will accept hand-delivered documents between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
Per Administrative Order 2020-02, the Tax Court adopted procedures for conducting court proceedings remotely.
- Back to top
- Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts – Judiciary Preparedness for Coronavirus (COVID-19), March 12, 2020, Video Conferencing Notice, Guidelines for Reopening, Grand Juries During the Pandemic, Courts Suspending Jury Trials, Article: Courts' Virtual Technology, Article: Courtroom Air Safety, and Article: Federal Defenders During the Pandemic
As of November, about two dozen U.S. district courts have posted orders that suspend jury trials or grand jury proceedings, and scale back other courthouse activities in response to a sharp nationwide rise in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.
The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has a plan for dealing with the spreading coronavirus, which include maintaining “essential elements of prevention and maintaining essential services.” They are allowing the individual federal courts to coordinate with local authorities and to issue orders accordingly.
The Judicial Conference of the United States has temporarily approved the use of video and teleconferencing for certain criminal proceedings and access via teleconferencing for civil proceedings during the COVID-19 national emergency.
- Back to top
- Judicial Council of California – Order, Court Emergency Orders, Judicial Council Approves Temporary Emergency Measures, March 30 Order, Judicial Council to Hold Second Emergency Meeting, Judicial Council Mandates Electronic Service of Documents in Most Civil Cases, Judicial Counsel Makes it Easier for Parties to Request Changes to Support Orders, Judicial Council Launches Working Group to Aid Courts in Pandemic Recovery, Judicial Council Revises Emergency Rule on Statutes of Limitations in Civil Cases, Council Working Group Releases Pandemic Recovery Resource Guide for Courts, 2021 Supreme Court Oral Argument Calendar, Live Chat for Online Self Help, December 7 Advisory (Advisory on COVID-19 and Court Operations: No new statewide emergency order at this time), Emergency Rules Related to COVID-19, Pandemic Continuity of Operations Resource Guide, Judicial Branch Emergency Actions, Court Emergency Orders, and Court Services and Operations
Per the December 7 Advisory from Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, beginning April 6, 2020, the Judicial Council began adopting a series of temporary emergency rules of court to assist courts in continuing to provide access to justice during the pandemic. The Pandemic Continuity of Operations Resource Guide was compiled by the Pandemic Continuity of Operations Working Group, with the support of Judicial Council staff, and includes information outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and best practices from the National Center for State Courts as well as other courts across the state and country. Accompanying the resource guide are many materials from federal and state agencies, the National Center for State Courts, and several superior courts.
For all emergency actions in criminal, civil and juvenile justice matters taken by the judicial branch, please see the link above.
Various State Courts
- California Supreme Court – Expansion of E-Filing Rules, Order Suspending In-Person Oral Argument, Second Order Concerning Oral Argument, Order re Extending Deadlines (2020-03-20), Order re Extending Deadlines (2020-04-10), Supreme Court Oral Argument Calendar for May 5, 2020, Supreme Court Orders Bar Exam Delayed, Administered Online, Administrative Order 2020-08-19 (Third Standing Order Concerning Oral Argument), Supreme Court of California Oral Argument Calendar San Francisco Session, Supreme Court Oral Argument Calendar for 2021, Supreme Court Oral Argument Calendar for March 2, 2021, Supreme Court Oral Argument Calendar for May 5, 2021, and Supreme Court Oral Argument Calendar for May 18 and 19, 2021
In-person oral argument is suspended. Counsel will appear remotely via video, telephone conference, or other electronic means. All oral argument sessions will be held in the court's San Francisco courtroom. While oral argument sessions will continue to be open to the public, seating will be strictly limited to keep appropriate distancing. The court has ordered additional procedures for future oral arguments in their second order and third order. The Supreme Court of California has published its Oral Argument Calendar for 2021, which highlights the weeks currently reserved for oral argument sessions in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles and includes the dates for the court’s weekly conferences and court holidays for 2021.
In light of the California Supreme Court’s amendment of the “Supreme Court Rules Regarding Electronic Filing,” rule 2, until further notice, all documents (including briefs) must be filed electronically on the “TrueFiling” platform, and paper copies should not be submitted. Under rule 4(a), pro per parties and trial courts remain exempt from mandatory electronic filing. Likewise, under rule 6 any party may seek to be excused from mandatory electronic filing.
- Back to top
- Superior Courts of California, Alameda County – March 19 General Order (List of 247 Persons in Santa Rita County Jail), March 20 General Order (List of 8 Persons in Santa Rita County Jail), March 25 Order (“Cite” Release of Certain Individuals), March 27 Order (Public Access to Courtrooms), April 2 Implementation Order, April 2 Press Release, April 3 Implementation Order, April 3 Press Release, April 8 Press Release (Adoption of Emergency Bail Schedule as Directed by Judicial Council of California and New Local Form to Facilitate Remote Criminal Court Appearances), Press Release dated April 10 (New Emergency Local Rules), April 13 Press Release (Release of 56 Additional Persons from the Santa Rita Jail), April 16 Press Release (Court Resumes Limited Hearings in Civil, Family and Probate Matters), April 17 Press Release (Relief to Litigants in Traffic Cases and Alternatives to Litigants in Time-Not-Waived Traffic Trials), April 22 News Release (New Emergency Local Rule and Local Rule Amendments), April 23 News Release (Remote Public and Media Access to Court Proceedings), April 24 News Release (Court Expands List of Documents That Can Be Filed By Fax and Drop Box, and Begins Accepting Filings By Mail), COVID-19 Page, April 29 Press Release (Court Expands Filings and Hearings in Civil, Family, and Probate Matters, Publishes Updated FAQ, and Prepares to Seek Additional Emergency Order), May 1 Press Release (Court Issues Order Implementing Third Emergency Order and Extends Public Closure through May 29, 2020), May 1 Implementation Order (Time Frames in Criminal and Civil Matters pursuant to May 1, 2020, Statewide Order of Chief Justice), May 7 News Release (Plan to “Re-Open” Civil Filings, including New Complaints), May 15 News Release (Court Resumes Accepting Reservations for and Setting Remote Hearings on Motions), May 20 News Release (Court Announces Remote “Reopening”), May 28 News Release (Court Resumes In-Person Traffic Trials, Increases Remote Traffic Trial Opportunities and Extends Unlawful Detainer Stay), and June 1 Press Release (Implementation Order), June 1 Implementation Order (Time Frames in Criminal and Civil Matters), June 5 News Release (Alameda County Resumes Jury Trials), June 12 News Release (Superior Court of Alameda County Opens Appellate and Limited Emergency Unlawful Detainer Filings, Otherwise Extends Unlawful Detainer Stay, and Requires Email Addresses on All Filings), June 16 News Release (Court Adopts Emergency “Zero Bail” Schedule and Additional Amendments to Emergency Local Rules), June 29 Implementation Order (Time Frames in Criminal and Civil Matters), Civil, Family and Probate Closure FAQ, July 8 Press Release (Superior Court of Alameda County Announces Staff Furlough Days to Address Fiscal Year 2020-21 Budget Reductions), July 10 News Release (Superior Court of Alameda County Extends Unlawful Detainer Stay And Clarifies Acceptable Unlawful Detainer Filings; Amends Family And Probate Emergency Local Rules; And Updates Civil, Family, Probate, and Criminal FAQs), August 14 News Release (Superior Court of Alameda County Extends Unlawful Detainer Stay and Adopts Emergency Local Rule Amendments), November 12 News Release (Reduced Services the Weeks of November 23, December 21, and December 28, 2020), January 5 News Release (Superior Court of Alameda County extends stay on execution of writs of possession until March 1, 2021), Civil/Family/Probate FAQs (Updated October 19) , February 3 News Release (Telephone Hours For Civil and Family Clerk’s Offices), April 7 News Release (Superior Court of Alameda County Announces Limited Public Reopening of Alameda and Hayward Courthouses), and April 28 News Release (Superior Court of Alameda County announces further reopening efforts and operational changes effective the week of May 3, 2021)
Per the April 28 news release, the Superior Court of Alameda County announced that it is implementing further measured efforts to restore in-person services to the public, effective the week of May 3, 2021. At the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse (RCD), the Appeals office in Room G-4 (lower level) will be open daily for appellate filings from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., beginning Monday, May 3, 2021. To facilitate timely processing, this in-person opportunity means the Court will no longer accept appellate filings made via the RCD drop box, although parties may still submit appellate filings via U.S. mail, fax filing (for civil), and e-filing (for criminal). Drop boxes at RCD and other court locations will continue to be available for other (non-appellate) filings.
Per the April 7 news release, the Superior Court of Alameda County announced that both the George E. McDonald Hall of Justice and the Hayward Hall of Justice will reopen to the public on a limited basis effective Monday, April 12, 2021.
Per the Memorandum re Civil, Family, and Probate Cases During the Covid-19 Closure Period, updated October 19, the court resumed holding jury trials in asbestos preference cases. In addition, court trials may be conducted remotely via videoconference. The court will provide additional procedural information to parties and counsel conducting remote court trials.
The court started limited remote-appearance hearings the week of April 20, 2020. Effective May 11, 2020, the court began taking requests for reservation numbers for any motion via email to the department clerk. Details, including the full list of matters that will be heard, are set forth in emergency Local Rule 1.8a. All hearings will be via remote technology; no in-person hearings will be held at the court. The court will determine the manner of hearing, which may include video or telephonic means. Please see emergency Local Rule 1.8b for details.
Effective May 11, 2020, each civil department will have a specific day and time period each week for hearings, and previously scheduled hearings may be reset as necessary to the applicable department day and time. Hearings will be limited as set forth in emergency Local Rule 1.8a. If the matter relates to a motion permitted by Emergency Rule 1.8a or a case management conference, the court will issue a tentative ruling (“TR”). If the TR is contested (see Local Rule 3.30(d)), the matter will be heard. The hearing date and time may be at a later date than the date the motion was scheduled for. If an emergency request has been filed, the Court will determine whether a hearing is required and inform the parties.
Effective Monday, February 8, 2021, the telephone hours for its Civil and Family clerk’s offices will be modified to 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Telephone hours for all other clerk’s offices will remain unchanged.
- Back to top
- Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa – March 13 Release, Emergency Local Rules: Criminal and Juvenile, General Order re Implementation of Emergency Relief, March 27 Release, April 1 Release, Amended General Order re Implementation of Emergency Relief, April 28 Release, April 29 Implementation Order, May 13 News Release, June 3 Implementation Order, June 8 Order re Implementation of Emergency Relief, General Order re Implementation of Emergency Relief dated July 7, General Order re Implementation of Emergency Relief dated August 3, General Order dated August 12, General Order dated August 27, General Order dated September 11, Fifth Amended Emergency Local Rules – Civil – Effective July 29, 2020, Sixth Amended Emergency Local Rules – Civil – Effective September 2, 2020, General Order re Implementation of Emergency Relief dated November 12, Seventh Amended Emergency Local Rules – Civil – Effective October 30, 2020, December 4 Notice (Limited Court Closure Beginning Monday, December 7, 2020), December 10 General Order (Implementation of Emergency Relief), Local Rules Page, Press Release dated January 11, 2021 (Continued Limited Court Access), January 28 Press Release (Continued Limited Court Access Through February 11, 2021), February 9 General Order (Implementation of Emergency Relief), February 11 News Release (Continued Limited Court Access with Planned Reopening on Monday, March 1, 2021), February 24 Notice (Court Reopening: Monday, March 1, 2021), and March 15 General Order (Implementation of Emergency Relief)
Per the February 24 notice, the court will reopen to the public on Monday, March 1. The reopening date is subject to change depending on COVID-19 conditions. Jury trials will resume on March 1. Priority will be given to criminal, in-custody, time-not-waived matters. The civil department will continue to hear most matters via Zoom or CourtCall. All clerk’s offices will be open to public access on March 1, with hours of 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Per the court’s Seventh Amended Emergency Local Rules: Civil (“Seventh Amended Emergency Local Rules”), all hearings will be conducted by CourtCall until further notice. The court will permit filings each day via drop box, excluding weekends and court holidays. Two separate drop boxes will be provided at the Main Street entrance to the Wakefield Taylor Building, at 725 Court St., Martinez. The clerk’s office is open but subject to social distancing restrictions; the court encourages parties to use the drop boxes.
The Seventh Amended Emergency Local Rules states that the civil department has resumed a normal hearing schedule. Most civil matters will be heard via CourtCall, under the procedures set forth in Section 5 and subject to the exceptions in Section 4.
The court has issued new emergency rules that affect all cases.
- Back to top
- Superior Court of California, County of Fresno – April 6 Order re Civil Hearing and Trial Dates, April 6 Order re Implementation of Emergency Relief, April 6 Order (Hearings Set during COVID-19 Pandemic Temporary Closure), April 6 Order (Restricting Courthouse Entry and Permitting Access Only to Authorized Persons), April 30 Order (Civil Hearing and Trial Dates), May 1 Order (Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized Pursuant to Government Code Section 68115 by Chair of Judicial Council) New and Revised Emergency Local Rules, COVID-19 Court Notices and Procedures Page, May 6 Release re B.F. Sisk Courthouse Temporarily Closed, May 8 Release B.F. Sisk Courthouse to Resume Limited Operations, June 12 News Release (Court Resuming Limited Operations), June 16 Order (Order Clarifying May 1, 2020, Implementation Order), July 30 Order (Probate Matters and Trial Dates), August 14 Order (Further Extending the 2019-2020 Civil Grand Jury Term), September 11 Order (In re Civil Grand Jury Term of Service), September 14 News Release, December 10 Order (Administrative Order Reducing Court Operations), December 11 Supplemental Administrative Order (Reducing Court Operations), December 14 Memo (Reducing Court Operations), February 11 General Order (Administrative Order Continuing Reduced Court Operations Due to COVID-19), Court Orders Page, and General Order (Administrative Order Reducing Court Operations) dated January 8, 2021
Per the February 11 general order, for civil unlimited cases, all civil unlimited mandatory settlement conferences, trial readiness hearings, and jury trials scheduled to occur from Tuesday, February 16, 2021, through Wednesday, March 17, 2021, inclusive, will be rescheduled to occur on later dates in 2021 and 2022. All of these cases will be re-noticed for Trial Setting Conferences to be held on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 9:00 a.m., in Department 503. The new settlement conference, trial readiness hearing, and trial date will be assigned at that time based upon a case-by-case assessment. Court trials scheduled to occur from Tuesday, February 16, 2021, through Wednesday, March 17, 2021, inclusive, will remain on calendar but may be continued on a case-by-case basis. Effective February 16, 2021, civil unlimited law and motion will return to Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, at 3:30 p.m., in Departments 403, 501, 502, and 503.
Pursuant to the April 6 Order regarding courthouse entry, until further notice, access to any and all courthouses is restricted to those authorized persons required to appear in person for a court hearing, including judges, court commissioners, court staff, and other authorized persons such as parties, their attorneys, and witnesses subpoenaed to testify.
Pursuant to the May 8 Release, the court requires that all persons entering a Fresno County courthouse wear a facial covering. Failure to wear a facial covering is grounds for denial of entry.
- Back to top
- Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles – Coronavirus/Covid-19 Update Notice #1, News Release, March 15 News Release, Emergency Order dated March 16, 2020, March 18 News Release, General Order 2020-GEN-004, General Order 2020-GEN-005, Public Notice re Clerk’s Offices, March 22 Media Release, General Order 2020-GEN-006, March 24 News Release, March 30 News Release re Redeployment of Deputies, General Order 2020-GEN-007, April 9 News Release (Essential Juvenile Dependency Hearings Held Remotely), April 10 News Release (Immediate Temporary Relief for All Traffic and Non-Traffic Infraction Defendants for 90 Days), April 15 News Release, COVID-19 Timeline of Events updated June 5, General Order 2020-GEN009, April 21 News Release (New County-Wide Video Appearance Project), Frequently Asked Questions- Civil Litigation, Court’s Response to COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions, Essential Proceedings List, General Order 2020-GEN-011, General Order 2020-GEN-012, Amendment to General Order 2020-GEN-012, Mandatory Usage of Face Coverings by Judicial Officers, May 29 News Release (Appointments Necessary to Access In-Person Courthouse Services Next Month Due to Social Distancing Requirements), June 2 News Release (Courtwide Expansion Of Remote Courtroom Appearance Technology), General Order 2020-GEN-015 (Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge re Civil Unrest), General Order 2020-GEN-016 (Administrative Order re Facial Coverings and Social Distancing Requirements), June 12 News Release (General Order Outlining Social Distancing Requirements as Court Gradually Expands Operations Effective June 22 ), General Order 2020-GEN-018 (Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge re COVID-19 Pandemic), General Order 2020-GEN-018-01 (Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge re COVID-19 Pandemic), General Order 2020-GEN-016-01 (Facial Coverings and Social Distancing), General Order 2020-GEN-019-00 (Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge), General Order 2020-GEN-019-01 (Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge), August 6 News Release (Presiding Judge Announces Expansion of Remote Courtroom Appearances In Hundreds Of Los Angeles County Criminal, Family Law Courtrooms), General Order 2020-GEN-020-00 (Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge), August 21 News Release (Presiding Judge Announces a 90-Day Grade Period Extension for Traffic, Non-Traffic Infraction Appearances Including Payment of Fines), September 9 News Release (Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile Announces Advanced Attorney Portal Features That Provide Convenience, New Benefits With Subscription), General Order 2020-GEN-021 (Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge), September 21 News Release (Safely Restoring Access to Justice Remains Top Priority), COVID-19 Social Distancing Protocol, General Order 2020-GEN-023 (Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge), October 9 News Release (Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile Issues New General Order Prioritizing Criminal Jury Trials While Permitting Certain Civil Cases To Proceed In Accordance With Social Distancing Requirements), October 13 News Release (Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile Prohibits Use of Face Masks With Valves In All Los Angeles County Courthouses), General Order 2020-GEN-016-02 (Mandatory Use of Face Masks and Social Distancing Requirements), General Order 2020-GEN-023-01 (Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge), November 23 News Release (Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile Issues Order to Limit the Number of People Allowed in Los Angeles County Courthouses Amid Spike in County and Statewide Covid-19 Infections), Amended General Order 2020-GEN-023-02 (Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge), General Order 2020-GEN-025 (Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge), General Order 2020-GEN-026 (Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge), December 3 News Release (Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile Issues Order Authorizing Judicial Emergency Continuances for Criminal Trials, Juvenile Dependency Matters to Further Limit the Number of People Allowed in Los Angeles County Courthouses), General Order 2020-GEN-027 (Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge), December 31 News Release (Presiding Judge-Elect Eric C. Taylor Issues Order Authorizing Judicial Emergency Continuances for Criminal, Juvenile Dependency Matters), General Order 2021-GEN-010-00 (Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge re COVID-19 Pandemic), 2021-GEN-017-00 (Administrative Order of The Presiding Judge Re Covid-19 Pandemic), Amended General Order 2021-GEN-009-02 (Mandatory Use of Face Masks and Social Distancing Requirements in Effect During The Covid-19 Pandemic), General Order 2021-GEN-018 (Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge), General Order 2021-GEN-019 (Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge), and April 29 News Release (Presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor Announces New Voluntary Fast Track Personal Injury Bench Trial Pilot Program)
Per General Order 2021-GEN-019-00, in the interest of safeguarding the well-being of court users and enforcing social distancing, persons seeking services from the Clerk’s Office, court support services, and/or the Self-Help Centers must have a prescheduled appointment. For telephone or video assistance, or to schedule an appointment, the telephone number for each courthouse is listed at the courthouse entry and posted on the Court’s website, www.lacourt.org. Access to LASC proceedings is governed by General Order 2020-GEN-025-00 issued on November 23, 2020.
Per General Order 2020-GEN-025, in the interest of enforcing social distancing and to reduce the number of people in courthouses, access to courthouses is restricted at all times to judicial officers, court staff, co-lessees, Judicial Council staff, vendors, jurors, mediators, authorized persons (which includes, but is not limited to, news media representatives and news reporters), attorneys, litigants and witnesses with matters on calendars, and individuals with confirmed appointments.
Per General Order 2021-GEN-009-02, all persons entering any courthouse or courtroom shall wear a face mask over both the nose and mouth while in public areas of the courthouse or courtroom. Face masks with valves are not permitted.
- Back to top
- Superior Court of California, County of Orange – Order 2020/06 (Amended Civil Order regarding Court Closure), Order 2020/07 (Amended Probate Order), Revised Criminal and Traffic Plans, Order 20/08 (Family Law), Amended General Order No. 5 (Juvenile Court Closure), Order 20/09, Order 20/20 (Emergency Bail Reductions and Own Recognizance), Second Implementation Order, March 27 News Release, March 27 News Release (Court Closure), Supplemental Implementation Order, Self-Help Update, Administrative Order 20/11, Amendments to the California Rules of Court, Order 20/12 (Adoption of Statewide Emergency Bail Schedule Authorized by the Judicial Council of California), Order 20/13 (30-Day Extension of Emergency Protective Orders), Administrative Order, Amended Administrative Order No. 20/14 (90-Day Extension of Criminal Protective Orders), Second Amended Administrative Order 20/06 (Civil Order Regarding Court Closure), April 24 News Release re Court Closure Extended to May 22, Third Implementation Order re Emergency Order, Juvenile Court General Order No. 8, Amended Third Implementation Order re Emergency Order, Temporary Emergency Local Rule 1: Suspension of Case Management Conferences, WebEx Instructions, Orange County Superior Court Announces Soft Re-Opening, Required Safety Measures and Face Coverings in Court, Court to Resume Jury Trials, Required Safety Measures for COVID-19 Exposure, Amended Fourth Implementation Order, Third Amended Administrative Order No. 20/06 (Civil Order Regarding Court Closure), Court Launches Counter Service Self-Scheduling App, June 5 Supplemental Implementation Order, Jury Press Release, Court Adds Collections of Fines and Fees for Traffic and Criminal Matters to Counter Service Self-Scheduling App, June 17 Supplemental Implementation Order, Administrative Order No. 20/19 (Procedure for Granting In-Person Public Access to Criminal Jury Trials), Administrative Order No. 20/20 (Emergency Administrative Order for Emergency Bail Reductions and Own Recognizance), Administrative Order 20/22 (Authorizing Remote Civil and Probate Court Trial Sessions), Administrative Order No. 20/18 (Temporary Procedure to Establish Good Cause to Conduct Civil and Probate Jury Trials upon Reopening during Pandemic), Second Amended Administrative Order No. 20/16 (Required Safety Measures and Face Coverings in Court), August 28 Notice of Reduced Court Clerk’s Office Hours, October 13 Revised Supplemental Trial Court Implementation Emergency Order, Fourth Amended Administrative Order No 20/06 (Civil Order Regarding Court Closure), Civil Limited Unlimited & Complex Information & Appearance Process, Amendment to Fourth Amended Administrative Order No. 20/06, Second Amendment to Fourth Amended Administrative Order No. 20/06, Administrative Order No. 20/26 (Procedure for Mandatory Attorney Participation in Contact Tracing), Administrative Order No. 20/28 (Suspension of Civil and Probate In-Person Trials), December 11 News Release (Court Suspends Civil Jury Trials and Other Appearances as COVID-19 Incidents Increase), December 21 News Release (Court Implements Changes to Reduce In-Person Appearances), Civil Limited, Unlimited & Complex Information & Appearance Process dated December 31, Civil Limited Unlimited & Complex Information & Appearance Process dated January 26, 2021, January 29 News Release (Court Begins to Restore Some In-person Appearances as Stay-At-Home Orders Are Lifted), February 8 News Release (Court Begins to Restore Some In-person Appearances As Stay-At-Home Orders Are Lifted), February 10 Implementation Order (Criminal Emergency 859b Relief), February 11 Release (Transition to Zoom for Remote Civil Court Trials Beginning February 16, 2021), Unlimited/ Complex Civil Zoom Remote Hearing Instructions, Civil Limited, Unlimited & Complex Information & Appearance Process (February 11, 2021), and Civil Limited, Unlimited & Complex Information & Appearance Process (April 21, 2021)
Per the January 29 news release, effective February 1, 2021, the court will resume hearing in-person jury trials. Three courtrooms at the Civil Complex Center and three courtrooms at the Central Justice Center have been designated to conduct in-person civil jury trials, as approved by the civil panel supervising judge. Small Claims calendars will also resume via video appearance. Other in-person hearings, such as name change matters and judgment debtor examinations, will also resume February 1, 2021, as noticed by the court. All other civil case related hearings will remain as scheduled unless specifically ordered otherwise by the court. Further details are available on the Civil COVID-19 website page.
Starting February 16, 2021, Civil Unlimited and Complex Civil will begin transition to the use of Zoom instead of WebEx as a video conferencing technology for conducting civil court trials remotely. In addition to civil court trials, trial readiness conferences and other matters as designated by the department will be conducted through Zoom, unless otherwise specified. Law and Motion will continue to be heard via CourtCall per Administrative Order No. 20/06.
Per the court’s Civil Limited, Unlimited & Complex Information & Appearance Process dated April 21, 2021, the court began processing civil filings as of May 26, 2020. All civil limited, unlimited and complex filings should be submitted via eFiling through an approved eFiling Service Provider with the exception of filings by self-represented litigants. Due to various restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, the court will continue to significantly limit in-person appearances until further notice. Unless specifically outlined in the court’s process or ordered otherwise by the court, hearings in civil limited, unlimited and complex will continue to be heard via remote appearance.
Per the notice dated August 28, effective Friday, October 30, 2020, and excluding judicial holidays, the regular Friday hours for the clerk’s offices in the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, will be from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Commencing October 30, 2020, the clerk’s offices at every branch of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, will be closed after 12:00 p.m. on Fridays for the transaction of court business except for requests made at the Central or Lamoreaux Justice Centers for domestic violence temporary restraining orders, elder abuse temporary restraining orders, and civil harassment temporary restraining orders. In addition, limited clerk’s office services will be available in juvenile court for justice partners, as needed to meet legal deadlines. Court hours will remain unchanged for all other Court services.
Per the court’s order on May 26, anyone who has been diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19 is prohibited from entering the court, and shall instead be required to strictly adhere to the isolation and testing requirements detailed in the May 22, 2020 order issued by the County of Orange Health Officer. Anyone who knows they have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19, is prohibited from entering the court. Such individuals will not be permitted to enter the court until they have self-quarantined for a period of 14 days from the last date they were in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed or likely to have COVID-19, or tested negative after coming in close contact with a person that has been diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19.
Per Second Amended Administrative Order No. 20/16, all members of the public entering a court building or wherever the court is conducting official court business including law enforcement, attorneys, parties, and vendors must wear face coverings for the purpose of covering their mouth and nose at all times in the public areas of any court building, including courtrooms, or wherever the court is conducting official business.
- Back to top
- Superior Court of California, County of Riverside – General Information, March 17 News Release, March 19 News Release, March 27 News Release, April 1 Implementation Order, April 2 Order Concerning Temporary Courthouse Closures, April 3 Order (Implementation of Emergency Relief), April 6 Order (Cal. Rules of Court, Temporary Emergency Rules), April 6 News Release re Judicial Council Adopts New Rules to Lower Jail Population, Suspend Evictions and Foreclosures, April 8 News Release re Grand Jury Extension, April 13 Order (Temporary Courthouse Closure), April 13 News Release (Superior Court Temporarily Closes Riverside Juvenile Court), April 15 News Release (Superior Court Extends Closure Date), April 17 Order (Cal. Rules of Court, Temporary Emergency Rules), April 22 Order (Civil Division Emergency Reorganization), Unlimited Civil Division Emergency Reorganization Order FAQ, April 23 News Release (Court Reopens Temporarily Closed Riverside Juvenile Court), April 24 Order (Fourth Amended General Order re Implementation of Emergency Relief), April 29 News Release (Closure Expended), April 29 Administrative Order (Temporary Courthouse Closures), May 6 News Release re Proposed Master Plan to Restore Court Services, General Order 2020-21 (Face Coverings and Physical Distancing), May 14 News Release (Closure Extended), May 21 Order (Essential Functions – Limited Civil Trials), May 28 News Release re Return of Jurors for Criminal Trials, May 28 News Release re New Court Closure Dates, May 27 Order (Fifth Implementation of Emergency Relief), May 28 Order (Temporary Courthouse Closures), Master Plan to Restore Court Services, General Order 2020-30 (Rescission of Court holidays for Purposes of Computing Time for Filing Papers), June 1 Notice (Restoration of Services – Civil, June 2 News Release (Riverside Superior Court Restores Services in Civil Matters), General Order 2020-31 (Sixth Implementation of Emergency Relief), Administrative Order 2020-32 (Order Concerning Temporary Courthouse Closures), General Order 2020-33 (Essential Functions - Limited Civil Trials), June 11 News Release (Extension of Some Court Closures), June 12 Order (Additional Essential functions –Small Claims; Criminal Add-ons; Traffic Cases), June 15 Order (Extension or Reinstatement of Probation Program), June 24 General Order 2020-38 (Judgment Debtor Examinations), June 24 Administrative Order 2020-39 (Temporary Courthouse Closures), General Order No. 2020-40 (Seventh Implementation of Emergency Relief) dated June 24, June 26 News Release (Extension of Some Court Closure), General Order 2020-42 (Exclusion of Persons Exhibiting COVID-19 Symptoms), Administrative Order 2020-43 (Temporary Courthouse Closures), General Order 2020-44 (Extension of Time for Service of Process in Unlimited Civil Cases), General Order 2020-45 (Extension of Time for Service of Process in Limited Civil Cases), General Order 2020-47 (Eighth Implementation of Emergency Relief), July 24 News Release (Riverside Superior Court Extends Some Court Closures), General Order No. 2020-48 (Ninth Implementation of Emergency Relief), Administrative Order 2020-49 (Order Concerning Temporary Courthouse Closures), General Order 2020-50 (Tenth Implementation of Emergency Relief), General Order No. 2020-52 (Eleventh Implementation of Emergency Relief), General Order No. 2020-53 (Rescission of Court Holidays for Purposes of Computing Time for Filing Papers in Unlawful Detainer Cases), General Order 2020-54 (Time for Service of Responsive Pleadings in Unlimited Civil Cases), and General Order 2020-55 (Time for Service of Responsive Pleadings in Limited Civil Cases), General Order 2020-57 (Twelfth Implementation of Emergency), September 22 News Release (Riverside Superior Court Hits Benchmark in Criminal Jury Trials Since Covid-19 Related Closures), General Order 2020-58 (Thirteenth Implementation of Emergency Relief), General Order No. 2020-60 (Court Closures and Limited Court Services), October 6 Public Notice (Riverside Superior Court to Close One Day Per Month Beginning in October, 2020), October 9 News Release (Riverside Superior Court Implements New Case Management System for Civil), General Order 2020-63 (Fourteenth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized Pursuant To Government Code Section 68115), General Order No. 2020-64 (Fifteenth Implementation of Emergency Relief), General Order 2020-66 (Sixteenth Implementation of Emergency Relief), General Order 2020-67 (Mandatory Facial Coverings and Physical Distancing), General Order 2020-68 (Seventeenth Implementation of Emergency Relief), General Order 2020-69 (Suspension of Jury Trials), General Order 2020-70 (Eighteenth Implementation of Emergency Relief), General Order 2020-71 (Extension of Time to Hold Preliminary Examinations Under Penal Code Section 859b), General Order No. 2020-72 (Limited Public Access to Courthouses), General Order 2020-74 (Nineteenth Implementation of Emergency Relief), General Order 2020-75 (Extension of Jury Trials Suspension), General Order 2021-7 (Twentieth Implementation of Emergency Relief), General Order 2021-8 (Order for Examination), General Order 2021-9 (Extension of Jury Trials Suspension), General Order No. 2021-10 (Twenty-First Implementation of Emergency Relief), February 4 News Release (Protocol for Remote Civil Jury Trials), February 16 News Release (Resumption of Jury Trials), General Order 2021-13 (Twenty-Second Implementation of Emergency Relief), General Order 2021-14 (Twenty-Third Implementation of Emergency Relief), April 7 Public Notice (Riverside Superior Court Cancels Furlough/Closure Dates for May and June, 2021), April 13 General Order (Amended Court Closures and Limited Court Services), and General Order 2021-18 (Twenty-Fourth Implementation of Emergency Relief)
Per the February 16 news release, jury trials will resume beginning on March 1, 2021.
Per Administrative Order 2021-17, the Hemet Courthouse is closed to the public with the exception of those individuals scheduled for afternoon bench trials. The Moreno Valley Courthouse is closed to the public until further notice.
The court has published a protocol for remote civil jury trials.
Per the court’s site, the court clerk’s offices for civil matters are closed for in-person filings except for temporary civil harassment restraining orders, other types of temporary civil restraining orders, requests to renew restraining orders, ex parte applications, stipulations, and inspection and abatement warrants. These documents can be filed at the Banning Justice Center, Blythe Courthouse, Palm Springs Courthouse, Riverside Historic Courthouse and Southwest Justice Center. Customers may file civil documents online via the eSubmit Document Submission Portal, by U.S. Mail or by placement in a drop box at one of the court facilities listed on the court’s site.
Per the court’s website, unlimited and complex civil court and jury trials will be scheduled at Trial Setting Conference (“TSC”) hearings only. Litigants that would like to seek priority on a trial date may either stipulate or file an ex parte to shorten the time on the TSC. The court will not accept stipulations to set trial dates.
Per General Order 2021-17, all courthouses within the County of Riverside shall be closed on the third Friday of each month. The current closure dates are: October 16, 2020; November 20, 2020; December 18, 2020; January 15, 2021; February 19, 2021; March 19, 2021; and April 16, 2021.
Per the April 7, 2021 public notice, as a result of expense reductions and higher than anticipated revenues, the court will no longer be required to close on May 21, 2021 and June 18, 2021.
Per General Order 2020-42, no person will be permitted to enter a courthouse or other court facility if that person is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. Per General Order 2020-67, all persons entering any courthouse or courtroom shall wear a facial covering at all times within public areas and shared work spaces.
Per General Order 2020-72, access to courthouses, courtrooms, clerk's offices, and public areas is restricted to judicial officers, court staff, persons seeking or participating in emergency services, and persons required or permitted to appear for scheduled proceedings. Access to in-person court proceedings is limited to summoned jurors, parties, their attorneys, witnesses subpoenaed to testify, one support person statutorily permitted to accompany a person seeking a temporary restraining order, and other authorized persons.
- Back to top
- Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento – Suspension of Mandatory and Voluntary Settlement Conferences, Implementation of Temporary Court Closures - Civil and Criminal Division, Implementation of Civil Essential Services, Order re Implementation of Additional Emergency Relief, Order re Resumption of Specified Essential Services, Order re Implementation of Emergency Relief, Notice of Partial Court Closures, Order re Temporary Court Closure, Notice of Temporary Court Closure, Court Dates Scheduled during the Court’s Temporary Closure, Order re Access to Court Proceedings by General Public – Restricted, Order re Court Closure Extension, Notice of Extended Temporary Court Closures, Use of Videoconference Technology for Criminal In Custody Matters, Arraignments and Preliminary Hearings Remote Video Technology Amendment, Adoption of Emergency Bail Schedule, April 16 Order re Extension of Court Closure Order, Notice of Extended Temporary Court Closures, Notice of Civil Essential Service, Order re Resumption of Additional Specified Essential Services (Civil), Order re End of Filing Holiday and Resumption of Specified Proceedings (Civil), FAQs for Civil, Families/Children and Probate, Civil Division Implementation of Expanded Civil Services, Notice of Resumption of Civil Services – New Civil Cases, Criminal Division Implementation of Expanded Criminal Services, Voluntary Settlement Conference Public Notice, Extension of Court Order and Implementation of Renewed Emergency Relief, Order re Access to Court Proceedings by General Public-Restricted Amended May 15, 2020, May 15 News Release re Access to Court Proceedings, May 18 Public Notice re Implementation of Limited Presiding Judge Law and Motion, May 21 Order (Resumption of Specified Proceedings – Criminal Courts), May 28 News Release re Resumption of Jury Trials, June 3 Public Notice (Civil Law Ex Parte Hearings), June 10 Public Notice (Civil Law and Motion Change to Department 53 Hearing Time), June 12 Standing Order (Limited Public Access to Jury Trial Proceedings During the COVID-19 Pandemic), June 12 Order (Access to Court Proceedings by General Public-Restricted), June 12 Order re Court Closure (Extension of Court Closure – June 12 to July 10, 2020), June 17 Order (Retention of Emergency Bail Schedule), June 19 Order (Public Access to Criminal Jury Trials), June 24 Order (Implementation of Emergency Relief), July 7 Order (Public Access to Criminal Jury Trials and All Other Non-Streamed Criminal Proceedings), Standing Order re Criminal Trial and Preliminary Hearings (Standing Order Regarding Criminal Trial and Preliminary Hearings), July 13 Public Notice (Criminal Division Implementation of Expanded Criminal Services), July 15 Order (Implementation of Emergency Relief), August 3 Order (Resumption of Specified Civil Services – Phased and Limited Resetting of Civil Trials and MSC Dates), August 3 Public Notice (Scope of Presiding Judge Law and Motion), and August 3 Public Notice (COVID-19 Phased and Limited Resetting of Trial and Mandatory Settlement Conference Dates), August 4 Public Notice (Implementation of Check-in and Assignment Procedures for Preliminary and Other Criminal Hearings Set in the Master Calendar Department (Dept. 9)), August 4 Public Notice (Implementation of Criminal Trial Check-In and Assignment Procedures), August 4 Standing Order (Department 9 Standing Order Re All Proceedings), Implementation of Emergency Relief dated August 17, September 9 Order (Resumption of Specified Civil Services and Proceedings Order of Examination Calendar (OX Calendar)), September 9 Public Notice (Order of Examination (OX Calendar)), September 9 Public Notice (Access to Court Operations), September 14 Standing Order (Criminal Trial and Pretrial Assignments), September 18 Public Notice (Criminal Trial & Pretrial Assignments), September 16 Order (Implementation of Emergency Relief), September 21 Order (Face Coverings Required to Enter and Remain in Courthouse/Court Facilities), September 23 Public Notice (Short Cause Civil Trial Calendar), September 23 Order (Resumption of Specified Civil Services and Proceedings: Short Cause Civil Trial Calendar), October 14 Order (Implementation of Emergency Relief), November 12 Public Notice (Access to Court Operations), November 17 Order (Implementation of Emergency Relief), November 18 Public Notice (Access to Court Operations), November 20 Public Notice (Civil Trial Process COVID-19 Protocols), December 8 Standing Order (Criminal Trials and Pretrial Assignments), December 10 News Release (Criminal Jury Trials and Jury Service- Temporarily Delayed), December 11 Order (Amended Order Regarding Criminal Trials and Pretrial Assignments), December 14 News Release (Amended Order re: Criminal Trials and Pretrial Assignments), December 29 Order (Implementation of Emergency Relief), January 5 Public Notice (Civil Trial Process COVID-19 Protocols – Amended), January 8 News Release, January 15 Order (Implementation of Emergency Relief), January 20 Order (Digital Signatures), January 26 Order (Implementation of Emergency Relief), February 9 Public Notice (Continued Re-Referral of Cases to cOVID-19 Trial Setting Process), February 9 Order (Resumption of Specified Civil Services and Proceedings Continued Re-Referral of Cases to COVID-19 Trial Setting Process), February 11 Order (Implementation of Emergency Relief), February 23 Order (Implementation of Emergency Relief), February 22 Public Notice (Access to Court Operations), March 11 Order (Implementation of Emergency), March 17 Public Notice (Access to Court Operations), March 22 Public Notice (Access to Court Operations), March 23 Order (Implementation of Emergency Relief), April 8 Order (Implementation of Emergency Relief), April 22 Public Notice (Access to Court Operations), April 26 Public Notice (Access to Court Operations), and April 27 Order (Implementation of Emergency Relief)
Per the court’s news release, dated April 26, 2021, the court’s current services are detailed and outlined on the COVID-19 webpage by division at the following link: https://www.saccourt.ca.gov/general/coronavirus.aspx. Filing counters and clerk’s offices generally remain closed. There are limited “in-person” hearings being held at this time. Only those persons with court hearings in specified criminal actions or any matter authorized under the resumption of expanded services orders shall enter a Sacramento Superior Court facility on the day of the hearing. All civil filings are accepted by US mail or drop box. Civil matters including civil harassment restraining orders, gun violence restraining orders, petitions for compromise of claims of minors with accompanying applications for appointment of guardian ad litem, complex civil departments, writ of mandate departments, civil law and motion departments, Presiding Judge law and motion, short cause civil trials, and mandatory and voluntary settlement conferences are being conducted through hearings conducted via remote technology. Orders of Examination proceedings are being conducted in-person. Civil bench and jury trials are being conducted remotely or in-person on a case-by-case basis. The Trial Setting Process continues in limited operation as set forth in the Court’s Public Notices. All hearings will be conducted remotely via the interactive video conferencing application Zoom or by Court Call, unless specifically indicated otherwise.
Per the court’s News Release, dated February 9, 2021, commencing February 16, 2021, for those cases that had been referred to TSP, but had not yet selected MSC and trial dates as of March 17, 2020, the court, through the supervising civil judge's department, will begin re-referring such cases in groups and phases to the COVID-19 Trial Setting Process (TSP) for the parties' selection of MSC and trial dates, provided the case has not been settled/dismissed and remains at-issue. Earliest available trial dates for this group of cases will begin in November 2021. Earliest available corresponding MSC dates will begin in October 2021.
Per the public notice on February 9, each case that is re-referred to TSP for selection of MSC and trial dates will receive a case-specific re-referral order. The re-referral order will direct the parties to the “COVID-19 Trial Setting Process” webpage. The parties shall then follow the instructions on the webpage in meeting and conferring and submitting to the court their preferred MSC and trial dates. Parties shall not utilize the COVID-19 TSP webpage unless and until they have received their case-specific re-referral order. The court will send re-referral orders for these cases during the period of February through June 2021. The court will issue one group of re-referral orders approximately each week. Cases will be placed in groups generally following the sequence that they were due to select MSC and trial dates based upon the prior referral to TSP by the CMP Department.
Per the September 21 Order, all persons must wear face coverings when inside the courthouse, entering the courthouse or when in line to enter the courthouse. This applies to any Sacramento Superior Court facility.
- Back to top
- Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino – April 8 Press Release, April 8 Implementation Order, Third Amendment to Implementation of Emergency Relief, Fourth Amendment to Implementation of Emergency Relief, Fifth Amendment to Implementation of Emergency Relief, Sixth Amendment to Implementation of Emergency Relief, COVID-19: Courthouse Closure and Hearing Information Page, May 15 Order re Covid-19 Face Covering and Social Distancing Requirements, May 15 Order re Temporary Reduction of Clerk’s Office Hours Due to COVID-19, May 29 Order re Amendment to General Order: Limiting Filing at Clerk’s Office, Roadmap to Reopening San Bernardino Justice Center, August 18 Order re Implementation Order Extending Dates for Trials and Preliminary Examinations, Emergency Rules Related to COVID-19, Roadmap to Reopening Civil, September 9 Order re Civil Jury Trials, September 14 Order re Implementation Order Extending Dates for Trials and Preliminary Examinations, October 6 Order re Authorizing Clerk to Conduct Ministerial Review of Residential Unlawful Detainer Complaints, September 14 Public Notice re Most Civil Jury Trials Postponed Until 2021, September 18 Public Notice re Reduction to Clerk’s Office Hours in All Court Locations Effective December 1, 2020, October 14 General Order (Extending Dates for Trials and Preliminary Examinations), November 13 General Order (Extending Dates for Criminal Trials and Preliminary Examinations), December 4 Public Notice (Superior Court Remains Open with Safety Protocols in Place and New Jury Trials Are Put on Hold), December 4 Public Notice (Visitor Protocols), Second Amended General Order Limiting Filing at Clerk’s Office and Requiring Filing of Certain Case Types by Alternative Methods, December 14 Press Release (Big Bear Courthouse Changes Hours of Operation Effective on January 6, 2021), December 16 General Order (Extending Dates for Criminal Trials and Preliminary Examinations and Reducing Clerk’s Office Hours), January 15 Order (Extending Dates for Criminal Trials and Preliminary Examinations), February 3 Public Notice (New Jury Trials Resume on February 16, 2021 with Safety Protocols in Place), February 18 General Order (Extending Dates for Criminal Trials and Preliminary Examinations), March 19 Order (Extending Dates for Criminal Trials and Preliminary Examinations), April 7 Public Notice (COVID-19 Safety Protocols Remain in Place as County Enters Orange Tier), and April 16 General Order (Extending Dates for Criminal Trials and Preliminary Examinations)
Per the court’s public notice on February 3, effective February 16, 2021, the court will begin to resume new jury trials due to the State of California lifting its regional-stay-at-home order on January 25, 2021.
The Second Amended General Order Limiting Filing at Clerk’s Office and Requiring Filing of Certain Case Types by Alternative Methods orders that beginning December 8, 2020 and continuing until further notice, the only documents that will be accepted for over-the-counter filing at the clerk’s office filing windows are those listed in the order. Any document or transaction that is not listed must be submitted by drop box, mail, facsimile, or through online options.
Per the December 14 Press Release, effective on January 6, 2021, the Big Bear Courthouse will change its hours of operation to the first Wednesday of each month, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will continue providing remote hearings for misdemeanor modifications and traffic infractions, along with services provided by the clerk’s office.
Per the December 16 General Order, effective January 4, 2021, and continuing until further notice, all clerk’s offices will reduce public service hours of operation on court days from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to 8:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.
Per the April 7, 2021 public notice, all court users, including judicial officers, employees, attorneys, litigants, and the general public must wear a face covering at all times and maintain six feet of social distance between themselves and others while inside any court location.
- Back to top
- Superior Court of California, County of San Diego – March 13 News Release, March 16 News Release re Jurors, News Release re Court Operations, Order No.031820-34, March 18 News Release, Order No. 031920-35, March 19 News Release, Order No. 032420-36, March 24 News Release, March 25 News Release, March 26 Notice re Self-Help Assistance, Order re Appointment of Counsel in New Criminal and Juvenile Justice Cases, April 1 Statement re April 6 Court Closure for Regular Business, Order re 60-Day Accelerated Release of Sentenced County Jail Inmates, Order No. 040320-39 (Second Implementation Order), Order No. 040320-40 (Restrictions on Entry to Court Facilities and Access to Court Proceedings), San Diego Superior Court to Begin Testing for Videoconference Hearings, Emergency Rules of Court Adopted by the Judicial Council of California During COVID-19 Pandemic, Order No. 040820-41 (Second Implementation Order (Addendum One)), Order No.041320-42 (Emergency Bail Schedule), Order No. 041320-43 (Search Warrant Notice Extension Electronic Communications Search), General Order 041720-44 (Second Implementation Order (Addendum Two)), General Order 042020-45 (Second Implementation Order (Addendum Three)), General Order 042320-46 (Second Implementation Order (Addendum Four)), SDSC Form # ADM-385 (Services That May Be Provided by the San Diego Superior Court During the COVID-19 Pandemic), April 29 News Release (Court Expends Service Suspension through May 22), General Order 043020-47 (Third Implementation Order), General Order 050620-49 (Continuance of Public Service Program Enroll-By and Proof of Completion Dates), General Order 051220-50 (Livestream Audio Broadcasting of Certain Court Proceedings), General Order 051220-51 (Restoration of Civil Services), General Order 051420-52 (Face Coverings Required in Courthouses and Temperature Screening), General Order 051420-53 (Extension of Time to Hold Arraignments and Preliminary Hearings), May 15 News Release (Court Announces Re-Scheduling Process for Cases Affected by the CVID-19 Closure), May 22 News Release (San Diego Superior Court to Offer Additional Services), General Order 05222-54 (Restricted Public Access; Face-Covering and Temperature-Screening Requirement; and Livestream Broadcasting), General Order 052220-55 (Procedures Regarding Electronically Imaged Court Records, Electronic Filing, and Access to Electronic Court Records in Family Law Cases), General Order 052620-56 (Suspension of the Court Local Rules, Rule 5.25; Suspension of the Court Local Rules, Rule 2.5.8 for Small Claims Only), General Order 052720-57 (Extension of Time To: (1) Appoint Counsel in New Criminal and Juvenile Justice Cases; (2) Enroll in and/or Submit Proof of Completion of Public Service Program; and (3) Submit a Request for Trial by Written Declaration and Officer’s Declaration), General Order 052920-58 (Extension of Time to Complete Court-Ordered Mediation in Unlimited Civil Cases), General Order 060220-60 (Extension of Time to Enroll in and/or Submit Proof of Completion of Court-Ordered Programs for All Criminal and Traffic Matters), General Order 060320-61 (Extension of Time to Pay Court-Ordered Fines and Fees to the Court or to Court Collections for All Criminal and Traffic Matters), June 9 News Release (Deadline to Schedule Status Conferences for Independent Calendar Civil Matters is June 24), General Order 061220-63 (Extension of Criminal Trials and Modifications to Public Access Order), General Order 061520-64 (Extension of Time to Hold Preliminary Hearings), June 16 News Release (Jury Service Dismissed through June 26, 2020), General Order 061720-65 (Suspension of the Superior Court of San Diego County, Local Rules, Rule 2.5.8 for Unlawful Detainer Cases and Cases Seeking Civil Restraining Orders), General Order 061820-66 (Extending the Time Period in Penal Code Section 825 for Felony Offenses), General Order 061920-67 (Adoption of Emergency Bail Schedule), General Order 061920-68 (Modifications to Face-Covering Requirements), June 24 News Release (Jury Service Dismissed through July 10, 2020), General Order No. 062620-69 (Adoption of Countywide Temporary Emergency Modification to the Bail Schedule and Rescission of General Orders 041320-42 and 061920-67), General Order No. 062620-69 (Extension of (1) Order Appointing Counsel in New Criminal and Juvenile Justice Cases; (2) Time to Enroll In and/or Submit Proof of Completion of Public Service Program (PSP)), General Order 070120-71 (Extension of Time for Criminal Trials), July 8 News Release (San Diego Superior Court Jury Service Dismissed Through July 31, 2020), July 14 News Release (Virtual Services Offered by the San Diego Superior Court), General Order 071420-73 (Extension of Time to Hold Arraignments), General Order 071520-74 (Extension of Time to Hold Preliminary Hearings), General Order 071620-75 (Face-Covering and Screening Requirements), General Order 072120-76 (Suspension of Non-Essential Operations at Juvenile Courthouse), General Order No. 072820-77 (Suspension of the Superior Court of San Diego County, Local Rules, Rule 2.5.8, for (1) Limited Civil Hearings in Departments N-26 and D-61 Only; (2) Settlement Conferences and Informal Discovery Conferences In All Civil Case Types), General Order No. 073120-79 (Suspension of the Superior Court of San Diego County, Local Rules, Rule 4.4.5), General Order 080320-80 (Extension of Order Appointing New Counsel in New Criminal and Juvenile Justice Cases), News Release (Jury Service Dismissed through August 14, 2020), and General Order No. 080720-81 (60-Day Accelerated Release of Sentenced County Jail Inmates Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic), General Order No. 081020-82 (Extension of Time for Criminal Trials), General Order No. 081120-83 (Extension of time to Hold Arraignments), General Order No. 081420-84 (Extension of Time to Hold Preliminary Hearings), September 1 News Release (San Diego Superior Court Resumes Summoning Jurors), General Order 090220-85 (60-Day Accelerated Release of Sentenced County Jail Inmates Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic), Frequently Asked Questions (Civil Cases Procedures During Emergency Conditions), General Order 090820-86 (Extension of Time to Hold Felony Arraignments), General Order 090820-87 (Extension of Time for Criminal Trials), and General Order 090820-88 (Extension of Order Appointing New Counsel in New Criminal and Juvenile Justice Cases), General Order 090920-89 (Prioritization of Jury Trials due to the COVID-19 Pandemic), General Order 090920-90 (Restricted Public Access), General Order 091620-91 (Extension of Time to Hold Preliminary Hearings), General Order 092820-92 (Face-Covering and Screening Requirements), General Order 100520-93 (Extension of Time to Hold Felony Arraignments), General Order 100620-94 (60-Day Accelerated Release of Sentenced County Jail Inmates Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic), General Order 100720-95 (Extension of Time for Criminal Trials), General Order 101320-96 (Appointment of Counsel in Out-of-Custody, Pre-Arraignment Criminal Cases), General Order 101520-97 (Extension of Time to Hold Preliminary Hearings), General Order 110220-98 (Extension of Time to Hold Felony Arraignments, General Order 110520-101 (Extension of Time for Criminal Trials, General Order 110520-102 (Suspension of the Superior Court of San Diego County, Local Rules, Rule 2.5.8), November 5 News Release (San Diego Superior Court Resumes Civil Court Trials), General Order 111220-103 (Extension of Time to Hold Preliminary Hearings), November 12 News Release (San Diego Superior Court to Maintain Current Operations as San Diego County Moves to the Purple Tier), General Order 111620-104 (Extension of Order Appointing Counsel in New Criminal and Juvenile Justice Cases), General Order 111920-105 (Face-Covering and Screening Requirements), General Order 112520-106 (Extension of time to Hold Felony Arraignments), General Order 120820-109 (Extension of Time for Criminal Trials), General Order 121620-110 (Extension of Time to Hold Preliminary Hearings), San Diego Superior Court Services Available During COVID-19 (Updated December 02, 2020), General Order 122220-111 (Extension of Time to Hold Felony Arraignments), General Order 010121-39 (Restricted Public Access), General Order 010121-41 (Suspension of the Superior Court of San Diego County, Local Rules, Rules 2.5.8, 4.4.5, and 5.2.5), General Order 010121-44 (Prioritization of Jury Trials Due to the COIVID-19 Pandemic), General Order 010121-45 (Face-Coverings and Screening Requirements), General Order 010121-48 (Extension of Time for Criminal Trials), General Order 010121-49 (Extension of time to Hold Preliminary Hearings), General Order 010121-50 (Extension of Time to Hold Felony Arraignments), General Order 010121-52 (Extension of Time for Criminal Trials), General Order 011421-53 (Extension of Time to Hold Preliminary Hearings), General Order 011521-54 (Extension of Time to Hold Felony Arraignments), January 27 News Release (San Diego Superior Court to Resume Jury Trials in February), Order No. 020321 (Extension of Time for Criminal Trials), San Diego Superior Court Services Available During COVID-19 (Updated March 05, 2021), General Order 031021-60 (Extension of Time for Criminal Trials), March 15 News Release (San Diego Superior Court Expands Electronic Filing for Civil and Probate Matters), General Order 040821-65 (Extension of Time for Criminal Trials), and General Order 041521-66 (Extension of Time to hold Preliminary Hearings)
Per the court’s news release on January 27, the court aims to resume jury trials in February 2021.
Effective April 15, the court will require that filings submitted by attorneys for represented parties in all Limited and Unlimited Civil or Probate matters be filed electronically.
Per the court’s website, to schedule an ex parte hearing for cases assigned to a Civil Independent Calendar department, you must call the calendar clerk for the department in which your case is assigned; for Non-Independent Calendar departments, you must call the Civil Business Office in the location to which your case is assigned. For Civil Independent Calendar departments, ex parte hearings will generally be held remotely/telephonically using CourtCall or MS Teams. When scheduling an ex parte, inquire with the Independent Calendar Clerk on how to appear for your hearing. If you want to have an informal discovery conference related to an ongoing discovery dispute either for a motion that was previously set on calendar, or for a new discovery dispute, you should contact the independent calendar clerk for the department to which your case is assigned to set an ex parte hearing to discuss your discovery matter and obtain a referral. All informal discovery conference requests require approval from the independent calendar judge to whom your case is assigned. The independent calendar judge to whom your case is assigned can hear your informal discovery conference, or you may ask and/or be referred to one of the overflow civil judges assigned to informal discovery conferences. In preparation for an informal discovery conference, the parties shall each electronically file a brief no more than five pages in length, outlining the areas in dispute at least five days before the informal discovery conference. If the discovery dispute does not resolve informally, the parties’ attorneys may stipulate to a dispositive hearing following the informal discovery conference by using the Stipulation for Discovery Determination Following Informal Discovery Conference Form.
Per Order No. 010121-41, the Superior Court of San Diego County, Local Rules, rule 2.5.8 is suspended as to all civil cases until further notice. All parties are directed to review the COVID-19 page on the court’s website for the process by which remote appearances will be conducted for all civil cases.
Per Order No. 010121-44, all in-custody criminal jury trials will have priority over out-of-custody criminal and other case type jury trials until further order of the court. Until the court orders otherwise, all courtrooms available for jury trials will be used to conduct in-custody criminal jury trials.
Per Order No. 010121-45, all persons, including court staff and judicial officers, who enter, or are in line to enter, any court facility must wear a face covering consistent with the requirements of the California Department of Public Health Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings issued on November 16, 2020.
Per Order No. 010121-39, access to any and all courthouses, courtrooms, business offices, and public areas shall be restricted at all times to persons with court business if such services are being provided in person.
- Back to top
- Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco – Announcement, March 16 Order, March 19 Order, March 24 Order, April 1 Order, April 13 Order, April 30 Order, and May 27 Public Notice (Court to Restore Services Starting June 1)
The San Francisco Superior Court is reopening the Clerk’s Offices effective February 1, now that the City and County of San Francisco and Department of Public Health have lifted its Shelter in Place order. The Civil Clerk’s Office, Room 103, Civic Center Courthouse, will re-open to walk-in service on Monday, February 1, 2021. Office hours are Monday-Friday, except holidays, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Phone service will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
For all law and motion matters, the court will post tentative rulings and follow the procedures set forth in San Francisco County Superior Court Local Rule 8.3 et seq. All hearings will be conducted remotely by CourtCall or by videoconference. No in-person appearances will be permitted. The moving party should confer with all other parties before scheduling and noticing a hearing, then may e-file and notice the hearing in accordance with Code of Civil Procedure section 1005 or other applicable requirements. The moving party need not obtain a hearing date or reservation number before filing the motion. Hearings are conducted via Zoom Videoconferencing, please see the Law and Motion webpage for further information.
The Complex Litigation Departments will continue scheduling telephonic conferences. Please continue to file opposition and reply briefs on the previously agreed upon schedule. If counsel need a continuance on their briefing deadlines, they shall meet and confer to adjust any briefing schedules, and then email the court on their agreed upon deadlines. Counsel should continue to meet and confer to prepare the statement and file these statements on the day their hearing would have occurred. Based on the filed statements, the court will set further dates.
The Civil Filings Office is closed until further notice. Filers are encouraged to electronically file, mail in their filings or use the drop boxes located in the lobby of the Civic Center Courthouse. There are no document pick-up boxes. The filer must include copies and a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive returned filings.
Where possible, courtroom proceedings will proceed via CourtCall or by another videoconferencing application. Please check the Court’s website at www.sfsuperiorcourt.org for the most recent updates regarding court operations. In addition, please use the Court website’s Online Services to access the most recent updates in your case.
- Back to top
- Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo – May 12 Fourth Court Emergency Response Calendar Memo Order, May 18 Order (COVID-19 Order Number 6), Order No. 7, June 12 Release (San Mateo Superior Court to Resume Jury Trials, as Court Slowly Re-Opens from Pandemic Crisis), Fifth Court Emergency Response Calendar Memo Order to Novel Coronavirus Pandemic, Order No. 4 Related to Unlawful Detainer Proceedings and Judgments, Amended Order No. 4 Related to Unlawful Detainer Proceedings and Judgments, Order No. 5 (Unlawful Detainer Proceedings and Judgments), COVID-19 Order No. 8, COVID-19 Order No. 9, Amended Sixth Court Emergency Response Calendar Memo Order, COVID-19 Order No. 10, Order No. 11, Order No. 12, Order No. 13, Order No. 6 (Unlawful Detainer Proceedings and Judgments), Order No. 14, Order No. 15, Amended Seventh Court Emergency Response Calendar Memo Order, Eighth Court Emergency Response Calendar Memo Order, Amended Eighth Court Emergency Response Calendar Memo Order, Ninth Court Emergency Response Calendar Memo Order, Amended Ninth Court Emergency Response Calendar Memo Order, Order No. 16, Order No. 17, Order No. 18, Order No. 19, December 16 Calendar Memo (Tenth Court Emergency Response Calendar Memo Order), Protocols for Remote Appearances, Order No. 21, January 12 Calendar Memo, February 2 Calendar Memo (Twelfth Court Emergency Response Calendar Memo Order), Order No. 22, February 9 Calendar Memo (Thirteenth Court Emergency Response Calendar Memo Order), March 12 Calendar Memo (Fourteenth Court Emergency Response Calendar Memo Order to Novel Coronavirus Pandemic), Order No. 23, and April 29 Calendar Memo (Fifteenth Court Emergency Response Calendar Memo Order to Novel Coronavirus Pandemic)
Per the April 29 Calendar Memo Order, the court reissues and extends its March 12, 2021Fourteenth Court Emergency Response Calendar Memo Order to curtail court calendars (but safely hear certain court calendars that had been closed), suspend all civil jury trials through July 2, 2021, and suspend all LPS trials through July 2, 2021.
Per the court’s site, effective January 1, 2021, San Mateo Superior Court is a direct calendar court for all civil matters. All pending and newly filed civil cases have been assigned to a judge for all purposes.
Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, the Redwood City and South San Francisco Clerk’s Offices are closed to the public. As an exception, the Redwood City clerk’s offices will continue to process emergency ex parte matters, domestic violence, elder/dependent adult abuse and civil temporary restraining order petitions and civil ex parte matters. The clerk’s offices’ drop boxes are open for permitted filings.
Per the notice on the court’s site, the San Mateo Superior Court requires that all attorneys electronically file into civil, complex civil and small claims cases.
Per Order Number 11, no individual who (a) has tested positive for COVID-19 or displays any symptoms of a COVID-19 infection as identified by the CDC; or (b) has been exposed within the past two (2) weeks to another person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or displays any symptoms of a COVID-19 infection as identified by the CDC, may enter a courtroom. Any individual who physically enters a courtroom must wear a facemask. Any individual who physically enters a courtroom must check in with court staff.
- Back to top
- Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara – March 16 Release, Emergency Order, Order re Emergency Relief #1, Order re Emergency Relief #2, Visitor Restrictions, Order re Access to Ex-Parte, Order re CRC 10.500 Requests, Order re Access, General Order re Implementation of Emergency Relief, General Order re Court Operations, General Order re Appearances of Conservatees and Involuntary Patients, General Order re Statewide Emergency Bail Schedule, General Order re Juvenile Matters, General Order re Extended Due Dates for Traffic Matters, Press Release re Video Hearings and Remote Courtroom Access, April 29 General Order re Implementation of Emergency Relief, April 30 Notice (Information re Civil Division Operations During COVID-19), May 6 General Order re: Complex Civil Actions, May 8 General Order on Court Operations, May 12 General Order re Face Coverings Required in Courthouses, June 1 Order (Closure of Santa Clara Superior Court on June 1), June 2 Order (June 1 Court Closure, Unlawful Detainers, Juvenile Matters, and Criminal Trials), June 11 Order (Restricting Courthouse Entry and Permitting Access to Only Those Persons Required to Appear at a Court Hearing or Conduct Official Business with the Court), June 16 Order (Extended Eligibility Date for Court-Appointed Temporary Judges), June 18 Order (Interim Order Setting Bail Schedule Effective June 20, 2020), June 17 News Release (Court Commences with Expansion of Court Services and Judicial Proceedings), June 18 Order (Interim Order Setting Bail Schedule Effective June 20, 2020), June 18 News Release (Court Jury Trials to Resume with Enhanced Social Distancing Protocols), June 23 Order (Amended Bail Schedule), June 24 News Release (Santa Clara County Superior Court Extends Current Bail Schedule to September 1, 2020), July 15 General Order re Implementation of Emergency Relief (Extending Statutory Deadlines – Criminal Trials), July 31 Order (Unlawful Detainer, Juvenile Matters Extended to August 31, 2020), General Order (Hours of Operation in Courthouse Business Offices) dated August 7, General Order (Implementation of Emergency Relief) dated August 12, Public Notice (Change to Self Help Center and Restraining Order Help Center Hours) dated August 17, August 26 Order (Extending Bail Schedule), Civil Local Rule 8, Civil Local Rule 16, September 1 General Order (Unlawful Detainers and Juvenile Justice Filings), September 10 General Order (Extension of Criminal Trials), October 8 General Order (Requests Pursuant to California Rules of Court, Rule 10.500), October 14 General Order (Criminal Trials Deadlines Extended), Amended General Order Regarding Face Coverings Required in Courthouses, November 6 News Release (Backlogs and Longer Case Processing Times: How to Contact the Superior Court During COVID-19), November 12 General Order (Criminal Trial Deadlines Extended to December 14), November 24 News Release (Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury Discharge and Impanelment to Be Held December 17), December 1 General Order (Restricting Courthouse Entry), December 7 Press Release (Changes to Santa Clara County Superior Court Operations: December 2020), December 10 General Order (Criminal Trial deadlines Extended to January 14, 2021), December 15 News Release (Santa Clara County Superior Courts Remain Open for Emergency Matters During the COVID-19 Pandemic), January 12 Order (Criminal Trial Deadlines Extended to February 14, 2021), March 2 Order (Early Civil Mandatory Settlement Conferences), and March 9 Order (Restricting Courthouse Entry)
All civil jury trials scheduled between March 17, 2020 through October 2020 are vacated. Civil jury trials and their mandatory settlement conferences originally scheduled during this period have been re-scheduled to a trial setting conference. Discovery deadlines will be re-set with the new trial date. The court will provide notice of the trial setting conference date. When normal operations resume, the court will set new trial dates for all affected civil cases, taking into consideration the original trial date, the exigency of the subject matter, and any statutory priority.
Per the court’s March 2nd order, upon request of a party, or the court’s own motion, a case may be sent to a mandatory settlement conference prior to trial. Should the case not settle at this early mandatory settlement conference, the mandatory settlement conference the week before trial will still proceed, pursuant to Local Civil Rule 9.
Mandatory settlement conferences for civil non-jury trials scheduled between March 17, 2020 and July 22, 2020 were vacated and re-scheduled to a Trial Setting Conference. The court sent notices of the Trial Setting Conference date.
All civil law and motion matters scheduled resumed on May 19, 2020.
Beginning, August 17, 2020, the daily office and telephone hours at the courthouses in San Jose and Santa Clara will be 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Friday. The Self-Help Center and Restraining Order Help Center office hours are reduced to 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. In addition, the business offices at the courthouses in Palo Alto and Morgan Hill will be closed until further notice. Business previously conducted in Palo Alto and Morgan Hill will be conducted in San Jose at the Hall of Justice located at 190 W. Hedding Street, San Jose 95110.
Pursuant to the court’s November 3 general order, all persons, including court staff and judicial officers, who enter the courthouses must wear a face covering in public and shared work spaces. Any person who refuses to wear the required face covering in compliance with this order may be ordered excluded from the courthouse for failure to comply with the order.
Pursuant to the General Order issued March 9, 2021, the court rescinded its General Order Restricting Courthouse Entry issued December 1, 2020 and reinstated its General Order Restricting Courthouse Entry which was effective on June 15, 2020. It is therefore ordered that access to any and all courthouses is restricted to those persons appearing at a court hearing or conducting official business with the court. No other persons will be permitted entry without good cause.
- Back to top
- Superior Court of California, County of Ventura – Public Notice on Home Page, Emergency Ex Parte Civil Hearings, Administrative Order No. 20.05, Administrative Order 20.08, April 1 News Release, April 15 News Release, Administrative Order 20.12, May 1 Press Release, May 12 News Release, Civil -Procedure for Civil Stipulations & Orders, Requests for Dismissal, Notices of Settlement, Satisfaction of Judgment & Proofs of Service, Administrative Order 20.16, Amended Administrative Order 20.16, Mandatory Facial Coverings and Social Distancing Requirements in Effect During COVID-19 Pandemic, Restricted Public Access and Livestream Broadcasting, Beginning of Court Reopening, Amended Administrative Order No. 20.19, Civil Reopening Plan, Administrative Order Re: Revoking Statewide Emergency Bail Schedule, Ventura Superior Court COVID-19 Public Health and Safety Measures, Public Notice re Superior Court of California, County of Ventura, Court Closures, Administrative Order No. 20.29 (Zoom Appearances for Mandatory Settlement Conferences in Civil Cases), Administrative Order 20.31 (Implementation of Emergency Relief of Penal Code § 1382 Extension), Administrative Order 20.32 (Implementation of Emergency Relief of Extension of Time for In-Custody Arraignments), Administrative Order 20.38 (Administrative Order re: Mandatory Face Masks and Social Distancing Requirements in Effect During COVID-19 Pandemic), Administrative Order No. 20.39 (Implementation of Emergency Relief of Penal Code §1382 Extension), Administrative Order No. 21.03 (Implementation of Emergency Relief), Administrative Order 21.04 (Implementation of Emergency Relief), Administrative Order 21.05 (Implementation of Emergency Relief), Civil Reopening Plan, and Ventura Superior Court Re-Opening Guidelines
Pursuant to Government Code §68106, the Superior Court of California, County of Ventura, is providing sixty (60) days’ notice of limited operation days. The majority of the courtrooms and all of the clerk’s offices will be closed to mitigate the impact of employee furlough days on court operations on the following days: September 30, 2020, October 21, 2020, November 18 & 25, 2020, December 16, 23, 24, 30 & 31, 2020, January 15, 2021, February 11, 2021, March 10 & 17, 2021, April 21, 2021, May 5 & 19, 2021, June 9 & 23, 2021. These days are not court holidays, so statutory deadlines will not be extended.
Per Administrative Order 20.20, the court is planning to resume many services on June 15, 2020. Access to any and all courthouses, courtrooms, clerk's offices, self-help centers and public areas shall be restricted at all times to judges, commissioners, court staff, persons seeking or participating in emergency services, persons required or permitted to appear for scheduled hearings or trials, persons with a scheduled appointment for the clerk's offices or self-help centers and other authorized persons. Beginning June 15, 2020, access to any and all court proceedings shall be limited to summoned jurors, parties, their attorneys, witnesses subpoenaed to testify, one support person statutorily permitted to accompany a person seeing a temporary restraining order and other authorized persons. The court’s Civil Reopening Plan states all future trial dates (i.e. on or after June 15, 2020) are vacated; without further notice, a trial setting conference will be heard in the assigned courtroom on the same date and time formerly set for trial.
Per Administrative Order 20.29, all Mandatory Settlement Conferences in civil cases, which are/were scheduled at a Trial Setting Conference held after re-opening on June 5, 2020, will be conducted remotely through the Zoom platform, as authorized by California Rules of Court, Emergency rule 3. The order incorporates therein and makes part of the order the “Mandatory Settlement Conferences Conducted Remotely” plan and “Remote Mandatory Settlement Conference Procedures Acknowledgement of Receipt and Stipulation” emergency form, which are both available on the court’s website and remain in effect until further notice.
Per Administrative Order 20.38, all persons entering any courthouse, courtroom or other court facility shall wear a face mask that fits securely and snugly over his or her nose and mouth at all times within public areas of the courthouse or courtroom. A face mask with a valve shall not be used.
The court has implemented Public Health Safety Measures. Signage is posted at each entrance of the Ventura Superior Court locations in Ventura, Oxnard and Simi to inform all visitors that they must not enter the courthouse if they have a cough or fever, wear a face covering in all public areas of the courthouse at all times, maintain a minimum distance of six-feet from other people, and not shake hands or engage in any physical contact unless unavoidable or necessary.
- Back to top
- Court of Appeal of the State of California, First Appellate District – Announcement, 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), April 15 Order (Implementation Order for the Renewed Order Pursuant to Rule 8.66 of the California Rules of Court), and Misc Order 2020-2
The court is operating remotely, with few staff at the courthouse. The court continues to receive correspondence and filings both via paper and electronically.
The Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, will conduct oral argument via videoconference using BlueJeans. Counsel participating in oral argument will receive a specific emailed invitation to the appropriate oral argument.
- Back to top
- Court of Appeal of the State of California, Second Appellate District – Announcement, Order, March 20 Order, Implementation Order (Implementation Order for 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), and Amended Rule 8.78 (Electronic Service)
The court is operating remotely with reduced staff present at the court. Questions directed to the clerk’s office should be made via e-mail. The court will continue to receive correspondence and filings both via paper and electronically.
The Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District will be holding videoconference or telephonic oral argument for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. The courtroom will be closed to the public.
- Back to top
- Court of Appeal of the State of California, Third Appellate District – Announcement 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
The court has posted revised guidelines for telephonic oral argument. The court will conduct oral argument by videoconference using the BlueJeans Events application. Those participating in oral argument will receive a specific emailed invitation to the appropriate session of oral argument.
- Back to top
- Court of Appeal of the State of California, Fourth Appellate District – Announcement, 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.
All in-person oral argument sessions in the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Divisions One, are suspended. Counsel who choose to present oral argument must do so telephonically.
The Clerk’s Offices in the Fourth District remain open but are unable to answer in-person questions at this time. For all paper filings including emergency writs, if papers cannot be filed electronically, the drop-box located in the Clerk’s Office lobby may be utilized in order to minimize in-person contact in light of COVID-19.
- Back to top
- Court of Appeal of the State of California, Fifth Appellate District – Order 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)
In-person oral argument sessions are suspended. Telephonic appearances can be arranged at CourtCall.com.
- Back to top
- Court of Appeal of the State of California, Sixth Appellate District – Announcement, 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), 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 currently closed. However, court operations are functional. Oral argument sessions are being conducted telephonically. Court proceedings will be open to the public and members of the press telephonically.
- Back to top
- 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 7NNN, 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, Virtual Courtroom Instructions, Notice re: Special Session of Appellate Court (Update), Limited Re-Opening, Expansion of Remote Services (dated May 28), Expansion of Operations (June 4), Foreclosure Notice 1, Foreclosure Notice 2, Foreclosure Notice 3, Executive Order No. 7G, Superior Court - Family Matters Notice, Family Court Matter Scheduling, Expansion of Remote Capabilities, Expansion of Court Operations (July 1), Foreclosure Schedule, Foreclosure Notice, Foreclosure Stay, Expansion of Remote Capabilities, Closures per Power Outages, Calendar Notice, Expansion of Court Operations, Notice re Evictions, Family Court, Notice re Evictions, Notice re Defaults, Mortgage Foreclosure Standing Order, Notice of Resumption, Resumption Notice, Notice of Resumption of Short Calendar 02, Notice of Livestreaming, Statement from Chief Court Administrator (April 16, 2021), and Jury Service: Matters Being Heard
Jurors scheduled to appear in a Connecticut courthouse from April 9, 2021 until May 31, 2021, should not report. Their jury service has been cancelled.
Connecticut Judicial Branch facilities’ personnel are currently conducting comprehensive safety inspections in certain courthouses where operations have been suspended, with the goal of making any modifications to those facilities as may be required to allow for the safe, socially distanced return of courthouse staff and judges and to further allow for the safe resumption of judicial business in those locations. The Statement from Chief Court Administrator Patrick L. Carroll III April 16, 2021 lists courthouses are currently being inspected and updated with the goal of resuming operations in those courthouses as of May 17, 2021.
The Judicial Branch is expanding remote public access to virtual civil and housing court proceedings while continuing its efforts to protect the health and safety of the public during the pandemic. Beginning February 1, 2021, virtual on-the-record civil and housing court proceedings will be livestreamed on the Branch’s YouTube channel.
Beginning with the December 7, 2020 calendar, arguable motions will resume printing on Short Calendar 02 (Property/Foreclosure) in addition to non-arguable motions that have printed since the October 13, 2020 calendar. All motions will be available for marking during the marking period.
The suspension of the requirements and deadlines in Section 3-2 and Section 17-30 concerning defaults, enacted by the judges on June 26, 2020, to be effective from March 24, 2020, and concerning civil matters has been removed, effective September 22, until further notice.
Effective September 20, 2020, the Court will begin to act on defaults and nonsuits in civil (including housing and small claims) and family matters, after giving notice, where possible, of the resumption of the entry of defaults and default judgments to parties against whom a default or default judgment may enter. If you have not filed an Appearance, an Answer or other responsive pleading, or you have not complied with a court order for which you can be defaulted, a default may enter against you on or after September 20, 2020.
Beginning with the October 26, 2020 calendar, Short Calendar 01 (civil arguable matters) will resume, and all motions printing on the calendar can be marked during the marking period.
Beginning with the September 8, 2020 calendar, Short Calendar 03 (Special Proceedings/PJR) will resume in addition to Short Calendar 10 (Non-arguable calendar) and all IndiCal calendars. All motions on Short Calendar 3 that are marked “take papers” will be ruled on by the Court on the papers. Motions marked “ready” will be scheduled for a remote hearing at a later date.
Beginning with the October 13, 2020 short calendar, non-arguable motions will print to civil Short Calendar 02 (Property/Foreclosure) and will be available for a “take papers” marking during the marking period. Arguable motions will not print to Short Calendar 02 at this time.
All foreclosure sales scheduled prior to October 3, 2020 are cancelled. Collection of the 2020 client security fund fee has been suspended until further notice. Attorneys will be notified once suspension of the rule has been lifted and a new due date for the 2020 fee has been established. All Judgments of Strict Foreclosure entered in matters with law days prior to October 6, 2020 are opened by the Court for the sole purpose of extending the Law Day in those matters to October 6, 2020. The court, as of July 20, ordered an immediate stay on all evictions and ejections through September 1, 2020. Beginning September 2, there is no further stay ordered on the issuance or service of an execution following judgment on non-residential evictions, evictions for serious nuisance, and residential nonpayment evictions for nonpayment of rent on or before February 29, 2020, or for evictions where the landlord has a bona fide intention to use the dwelling as the landlord’s principal residence.
Changes to procedures regarding foreclosures and evictions are detailed in Foreclosure Notices 1, 2, and 3.
Connecticut’s Supreme and Appellate Courts are hearing oral arguments remotely. As detailed in the May 28 notice, the Court has expanded its remote capabilities.
The court has expanded its protocols regarding criminal matters to accommodate the use of video conferencing, as detailed in the May 13 Notice.
As detailed in the May 14 Notice, the process for a Self-Represented Party to be approved to E-File their documents has been simplified so that a party no longer needs to print the request and bring or mail it to a courthouse to verify their identity. Instead, they can email the documents that verify their identity to a centralized e-mail.
Effective May 18, the Judicial Branch will resume its daily schedule of civil pre-trials, trial management conferences, and status conferences. These events will be conducted remotely, either by video link or telephone. Participating lawyers will receive an e-mail with a link providing access to the event immediately prior.
In family court, effective May 11, family pre-trials and status conferences will be held telephonically.
Effective with the May 18, 2020 calendars, arguable motions marked take papers on all initial calendars ruled on by the court. Matters marked ready will be marked off by the court and must be reclaimed.
As detailed in the April 30 Press Advisory, parties who have an agreement may have their family court cases resolved without having to come to court.
All jury service is suspended until further notice.
Pursuant to Executive Order 7NNN, no person is permitted to enter a Judicial Branch courthouse or facility without covering his or her mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering.
Judges will rule on certain civil non-arguable short calendar matters that have been marked take papers. Starting with the May 4, 2020 calendar, civil non-arguable short calendars will print, and if marked take papers, judges will rule on those motions on the papers. Calendars that will print include SC 10 and non-arguable motions on all IndiCal calendars assigned to a specific judge under the Individual Calendaring Program. Arguable motions that may require a hearing will not print at this time.
As of March 26, entrance to courthouses is limited to individuals who are 1) Filing or have a hearing for a Temporary Restraining Order; 2) Filing or have a hearing for a Civil Protection Order; 3) Filing or have a hearing on an Ex Parte motion; or 4) are involved in a criminal arraignment or other criminal proceeding.
The courts will schedule and hear only those matters identified as “Priority 1 Business Functions,” as detailed in the Court’s March 18 Notice. One building in each of the 13 Judicial Districts will be designated as the location at which only Priority 1 functions (as defined in the Continuity of Operations Plan) will be handled. With the exception of jury trials already in progress and criminal jury trials necessitated by the filing and granting of a speedy trial motion, all jury trials, civil and criminal, are suspended.
Effective March 30, 2020, and until further notice, the Judicial Branch’s Support Enforcement Services (SES) offices are closing statewide due to the COVID-19 crisis. The call center also will be closed effective March 30, 2020, until further notice.
All deadlines contained in Civil Scheduling Agreements and Case Management Orders are suspended until such time as Judicial Branch operations are fully restored.
A Governor’s Executive Order temporarily eliminates the requirement that applicants seeking a temporary restraining order must swear under oath that the statement is true and eliminates the need for a notary public or other authority to take the applicant’s oath, while still legally obligating the applicant to make true statements.
The six operating Superior Courts are accepting non-priority 1 civil and family filings.
- Back to top
- Delaware Supreme Court - Announcement, Order, Court Closures, Administrative Order No. 3, Administrative Order No. 4, Administrative Order No. 5, Administrative Order No. 6, Re-opening Plan, Administrative Order No. 7 (June 5), Precautionary Measures, Press Release (July 6), Administrative Order No. 8, Administrative Order No. 9, Press Release (October 2), Administrative Order No. 10, Administrative Order No. 11, Administrative Order No. 12, Press Release (November 16), Administrative Order No. 13, Administrative Order No. 14, Administrative Order No. 15, Administrative Order No. 16, Delaware Judiciary Covid-19 Town Hall, Administrative Order No. 17, Statement to the Judiciary and the Delaware Bar, Notice of Online Administration of July 2021 Delaware Bar Examination, Administrative Order No. 18, Town Hall Update on COVID-19, and Administrative Order No. 19
Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 19, the judicial emergency for all State courts and their facilities in Delaware is extended for another 30 days effective May 4, 2021. Effective June 1, 2021, Phase 3 of the Reopening Plan will be implemented, as modified in Administrative Order No. 19.
Pursuant to a Statement from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware, dated March 12, 2021, assuming the downward trend in COVID-19 cases continues, and vaccine becomes more widely available as promised, we anticipate moving in June to Phase 3 of the Courts Reopening Plan. Phase 3 means the resumption of more in-person hearings and jury trials.
Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 17, the judicial emergency for all State courts and their facilities in Delaware is extended for another 30 days effective March 5, 2021.
As detailed in Administrative Order No. 13, Delaware courts will continue to operate under Phase 2 of the Reopening Plan as set forth in Administrative Order No. 7.
The use of face masks and coverings is required in court facilities.
All oral arguments scheduled through the end of May 2020 before the Supreme Court of Delaware are cancelled. The Court will decide all March, April, and May appeals without argument unless a motion is filed no later than March 27, 2020 requesting oral argument and stating concisely why oral argument is required, and the position of opposing counsel.
Supreme Court Rule 10(d), which requires the filing of paper copies of briefs and appendices with the Court, is suspended. Lawyers shall not submit paper copies of any documents that have been electronically filed with the Court.
Except as set forth in 10 Del. C.§ 2007(c), deadlines in court rules or state or local statutes and ordinances applicable to the judiciary that expire between March 23 and May 14, 2020 are extended through June 1, 2020. Statutes of limitations and statutes of repose that would otherwise expire during the period between March 23 and May 14, 2020 are extended through June 1, 2020. Deadlines, statutes of limitations, and statutes of repose that are not set to expire between March 23 and May 14, 2020 are not extended or tolled by this order. Deadlines imposed by court order continue to remain in place but may be extended, consistent with court practices, for good cause shown, including a COVID-19 related cause.
- Back to top
- Delaware Chancery Court – Standing 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 effective May 4, 2021. Effective June 1, 2021, Phase 3 of the Reopening Plan will be implemented, as modified.
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.
The judicial emergency for all State courts and their facilities in Delaware is extended for another 30 days effective May 4, 2021. Effective June 1, 2021, Phase 3 of the Reopening Plan will be implemented, as modified.
On March 27, the Court issued a statement regarding scheduling, procedures, and remote video access.
- Back to top
- Delaware Superior Court - Standing Order, Court Closures, Standing Order No. 4, Standing Order No. 5, Amended Standing Order No. 4, Standing Order No. 6, and Safety Procedures for Leonard J. Williams Justice Center
The judicial emergency for all State courts and their facilities in Delaware is extended for another 30 days effective May 4, 2021. Effective June 1, 2021, Phase 3 of the Reopening Plan will be implemented, as modified.
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.
- Back to top
- Delaware Justice of the Peace Court - Standing Order No. 3, Standing Order No. 4, Resuming Operations (July 7), Phase III Operations Notice, and Standing Order No. 6
Pursuant to Justice of the Peace Court Standing Order No. 6, dated December 14, 2020, for Justice of the Peace Court, all criminal locations will restrict the scheduling of in-person proceedings except for emergency proceedings or by approval of a judicial officer. Criminal locations will continue to employ alternatives to in-person appearances, such as virtual appearances. As of December 2, 2020, in-person civil proceedings are suspended in favor of virtual proceedings; in-person proceedings may be held for emergency proceedings or other limited purposes, as detailed in the order.
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.
- Back to top
- Georgia – Order, 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, Certificate of Timeliness, Order re State Bar Rule 8-106(B), Notice – Supreme Court Reinstates Filing Deadlines in its Cases, Georgia Court Reopening Guide, Third Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency, Fourth Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency dated July 10, Press Release – Chief Justice Extends Judicial Emergency, Online Test Will Replace In-Person Georgia Bar Exam, News Release – Chief Justice Again Extends Judicial Emergency, Order Imposing Deadline for Judges to File Rule 3.15 Annual Disclosure Report, Fifth Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency, Order re Reimposition of Deadlines for Uniform Superior Court Rule 39.3.1 dated August 14, Sixth Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency, Seventh Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency, Eighth Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency, Ninth Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency, Order Modifying Ninth Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency, Tenth Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency, Eleventh Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency, Twelfth Order regarding Judicial Emergency, and Thirteenth Order Extending Judicial Emergency
Per the Thirteenth Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency, the Twelfth Order Declaring Statewide Judicial Emergency, which would have expired on Thursday, April 8, 2021 is further extended until Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Trial courts may now conduct jury trials as local conditions allow. Please see the Thirteenth Order for additional details.
The Chief Judge of each superior court, in his or her discretion after consulting with the District Attorney, may resume grand jury proceedings in person or remotely (where consistent with law), if doing so can be done safely and in compliance with public health guidance based on local conditions.
Per the Seventh Order, The Chief Judge of each trial court is authorized, in his or her discretion, to summon new trial jurors and to resume jury trials. Deadlines for jury trial proceedings (including statutory speedy trial demands), deadlines for grand jury proceedings, and deadlines calculated by reference to the date of a civil or criminal jury trial or grand jury proceeding shall remain suspended and tolled.
Per the Fifth Order, all courts should continue to use and increase the use of technology to conduct remote judicial proceedings as a safer alternative to in-person proceedings, unless required by law to be in person or unless it is not practicable for technical or other reasons for persons participating in the proceeding to participate remotely. Courts should understand and utilize the authority provided and clarified by the emergency amendments made to court rules on videoconferences and teleconferences. Courts may compel the participation of litigants, lawyers, witnesses, and other essential personnel in remote judicial proceedings, where allowed by court rules. Such proceedings, however, must be consistent with public health guidance, must not impose undue burdens on participants, and must not be prohibited by the requirements of the U.S. or Georgia constitutions or applicable statutes or court rules. In civil, criminal, juvenile, and administrative proceedings, litigants may expressly consent in the record to remote proceedings not otherwise authorized and affirmatively waive otherwise applicable legal requirements. Courts have discretion to conduct in-person judicial proceedings, but only in compliance with public health guidance and with the requirements of the United States and Georgia constitutions and applicable statutes and court rules. No court may compel the attendance of any person for a court proceeding if the court proceeding or the court facility in which it is to be held is not in compliance with this order. Courts are also prohibited from compelling in-person participation in any court-imposed alternative dispute resolution session that is to be conducted in a manner inconsistent with applicable public health guidelines. Nothing in the Order as extended and modified limits the authority of the Chief Judge of a superior court judicial circuit to add to the restrictions imposed, if such restrictions are constitutional, necessitated by local conditions, and to the extent possible ensure that courthouses or properly designated alternative facilities remain accessible to carry out essential judicial functions. However, no court may disregard the restrictions imposed by the Order as extended and modified.
Per the Georgia Court Reopening Guide, certain general practices are to be applied to all courts and adjusted where necessary to meet the unique needs of each court. The Reopening Guide outlines the following seven policies to meet the challenges of resuming operations in the wake of the public health emergency caused by COVID-19: 1) general infection control measures; 2) provide notice to the public of increased health and safety measures; 3) provide healthy and safe access to the courtroom; 4) maintain a healthy and safe courtroom; 5) healthy and safe court employees; 6) healthy and safe jurors and potential jurors; and 7) healthy and safe inmates and detainees. Please see the Georgia Court Reopening Guide for more information.
Per the Guidance on Grand Jury Proceedings dated May 11, the provision in the Second Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency authorizes a district attorney, upon his or her own initiative or at the request of the foreperson of an existing jury, to assemble an existing grand jury if the district attorney: (1) determines that it is necessary for the grand jury to consider a matter that is essential to the administrative of justice, the public health and welfare, the continuity of government, or the maintenance of civil order; (2) determines that a delay of such consideration by the grand jury until after the resumption of regular jury proceedings would pose a substantial risk of harm to the public interest; and (3) determines that after consultation with the chief judge of the superior court and the sheriff that the grand jury can be assembled safely and in compliance with all applicable public health guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the county public health department, including any guidelines for social distancing and the use of personal protective equipment. This provision is intended to be a limited exception to the general stay of all grand jury proceedings, and it is not intended to authorize an assembly of a granny jury to consider routine bills of indictment and other unexceptional matters.
Per the April 9, 2020 Extension Order, any purported requirements under the laws of Georgia that a notarial act performed pursuant to Chapter 17 of Title 45 of the Official Code of Georgia must occur in the physical presence of the notary public is suspended, and may be performed remotely if certain requirements are met.
On behalf of the Supreme Court of Georgia, Chief Justice Harold D. Melton asks that all attorneys, parties, and visitors to the Nathan Deal Judicial Center who have a fever or symptoms of a respiratory illness, or who have been exposed to a person with coronavirus, flu, or any other communicable disease, to reschedule their hearings, tours, or appointments. In addition, the Court asks that all visitors routinely follow the best practices for preventing the spread of infectious disease.
The Council of Superior Court Judges has drafted an amendment to Uniform Superior Court Rule 9.1 that would authorize civil non-jury trials to be conducted by video conference. This rule would remain in effect for 180 days past the expiration of the Chief Justice’s Judicial Emergency Declaration and any extensions or modifications thereto.
Per the Notice dated May 20, effective May 28, parties in pending cases will have the same amount of time to submit their filings as they had remaining at the time the March 14 emergency order went into effect. Parties will be required to submit a “Certificate of Timeliness” with each filing to show the calculation of the new filing deadline. Parties may file a motion for reconsideration or seek extensions of time for good cause related to the pandemic or otherwise. Second, a specific order will be issued in almost all new cases docketed in the court on or after May 28, 2020, directing that normal deadlines under the court’s rules will be in effect and will not be subject to tolling or extension under the emergency order, although parties may seek extensions of time for good cause related to the pandemic or otherwise.
Per Rule 11.1, effective May 28, for appeals, petitions for certiorari, applications, motions, disciplinary proceedings, and other proceedings for which any filing deadlines have been suspended by any order declaring a statewide judicial emergency, as extended by subsequent orders, or by a local judicial emergency order entered by the chief judge of a superior court, parties shall, when submitting any filing so affected, attach to the end of such a filing a separate “Certificate of Timeliness.” Such certificate shall not be counted toward the applicable page limitation, and shall state the following: (a) the date the filing was due before the deadline for the filing was suspended (without regard to any non-emergency-related extensions previously granted, and without the application of OCGA §1-3-1(d)(3) where the filing deadline would have fallen on a weekend or legal holiday; (b) the number of days that remained before the date specified in (a), as of suspension of the deadline; and (c) that the filing being submitted is timely because it is being filed within the number of days calculated under (b), counting from the date the suspension is lifted (subject to OCGA §1-3-1(d)(3) if this new filing deadline falls on a weekend or legal holiday). In the event a party’s filing deadline has been affected by any local judicial emergency order entered by the chief judge of a superior court or by any case-specific trial court order, a copy of each such order shall be attached to the party’s Certificate of Timeliness. This rule will expire in 180 days unless extended.
- Back to top
- Illinois - Information on All Court Restrictions, March 17 Order, March 20 Order, April 3 Order, April 7 Order, Notice regarding Zoom Hearings, April 24 Order, April 29 Order, May 20 Order, May 22 Order, June 4 Order re: Discovery, General Administrative Order 20-6, General Administrative Order 20-07, August 27 Order, Amendment to August 27 Order (September 23), Order regarding face coverings, Vacating of Certain Orders (August 28), General Administrative Order 20-08, Order regarding Remote Jury Selection in Civil Cases, Order regarding Remote Service of Process or Personal Service of Protective Orders, December 22 Order re: Evictions, General Administrative Order 20-09, Notice re: Case Management Procedures in GAO 20-9, Notice re: Case Management CMC/Trial Certification Court Dates, Corrected Amended Order M.R. 30370 (Reduction of Unnecessary In-Person Court Appearances), M.R. 30370 (Remote Proceedings in Criminal Matters), M.R. 30370 (Electronic Signatures), M.R. 30370 (Eviction Early Resolution Programs), M.R. 30370 (Residential Eviction Proceedings), M.R. 30370 (Remote Proceedings in Adult Criminal Matters), M.R. 30370, Amended Order (Residential Eviction Proceedings), and M.R. 30370 (Mortgage Foreclosure Matters)
The M.R. 30370 Orders/Amended Orders delineate the Illinois Courts Response to the Covid-19 Emergency, including the Supreme Court of Illinois’ efforts to reduce unnecessary in-person court appearances and to promote remote court appearances.
As detailed in General Administrative Order 20-9 (which supersedes Law Division General Administrative Orders 20-6, 20-7 and 20-8), in the circuit court of Cook County, Illinois Law Division, all jury trial dates set from March 17, 2020 through June 30, 2021, are converted to “Trial Setting” dates. The setting of jury cases for trial is suspended until such time as jury trials can safely resume, given public health directives. When jury trial settings can safely be resumed, a minimum of 60-days’ notice will be sent to all parties and counsel of record, providing the date jury trial settings will resume, and the date, time and manner of the court call setting new jury trial dates.
Additionally, pursuant to General Administrative Order 20-9, in the circuit court of Cook County, Illinois Law Division, non-jury cases set for trial between March 17, 2020 and July 6, 2020, assigned to the Commercial Calendars, Individual Calendar, or Tax & Miscellaneous Calendars, may be reset for non-jury trial at the discretion of the assigned judges. Any non-jury trials should be conducted remotely, using Zoom or other remote video methods. Non-jury cases set for trial after July 6, 2020, assigned to the Commercial, Individual or Tax & Miscellaneous Calendars, may be reset for non-jury trial at the discretion of the assigned judges. Any non-jury trials should be conducted remotely, using Zoom or other remote video methods.
For civil matters, circuits may choose to utilize remote jury selection consistent with the guidelines established by the Court Operations During COVID-19 Task Force, and adopted by the Court on October 27, 2020, available at: http://illinoiscourts.gov/CircuitCourt/Remote_Jury_Information.asp
Certain orders have been vacated per the Supreme Court’s August 28 Order.
Masks or face coverings should be worn at all times while in the courthouse unless the person is (1) otherwise instructed by court personnel; (2) under the age of 2; or (3) incapacitated, having trouble breathing, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. If available, masks should be provided to individuals who do not have them.
Effective June 4, the court’s corrected order of April 29, 2020 regarding Illinois Courts Response to COVID-19 Emergency/Impact On Discovery is amended to add a committee comment concerning the temporary amendment of paragraph (h)(3) of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 206 as detailed in the June 4 Order regarding discovery.
The Supreme Court’s May 22 Order details changes to procedures in eviction hearings.
Effective June 1, 2020, the court’s order of March 17, 2020, is modified so that each circuit may return to hearing court matters, whether in person or remotely, according to a schedule to be adopted for each county by the chief judge in each circuit. The circuit courts shall continue, to the extent possible, to allow for appropriate social distancing and attempt to reduce the number of persons appearing personally for court appearances.
The Supreme Court’s April 29 Order modifies paragraph (h) of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 206 regarding remote depositions.
The Illinois Supreme Court will hold oral arguments via the Zoom videoconference platform when it hears cases in May.
Several courts have updated their procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as detailed on the judiciary’s Information page.
The court’s March 20 Order and April 3 Order are amended as follows: The Chief Judges of each circuit may continue trials until further order of this court. The continuances occasioned by this Order serve the ends of justice and outweigh the best interests of the public and defendants in a speedy trial. Therefore, such continuances shall be excluded from speedy trial computations contained in section 103-5 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 (725 ILCS 5/103-5 (West 2018)) and section 5-601 of the Illinois Juvenile Court Act (705 ILCS 405/5-601 (West 2018)). Statutory time restrictions in section 103-5 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 and section 5-601 of the Juvenile Court Act shall be tolled until further order of this Court.
As detailed in the court’s April 7 Order, the Chief Judges of each circuit may continue trials until further order of this court. Statutory time restrictions in section 103-5 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 and section 5-601 of the Juvenile Court Act shall be tolled until further order of this court.
The court’s April 24 Order affects certain Post-Judgment Proceedings against garnishees or citation respondents.
- Back to top
- Iowa – In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions For Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact On Court Services dated May 22, June 22 Updated Summary of the Modifications to Court Procedures and Judicial Branch Operations, In the Matter of Case Prioritization of Cases and Duties dated July 9, In the Matter of Resuming In Person Court Services During COVID-19 dated July 9, In the Matter of Resuming Family Law Trials Postponed by COVID-19 dated July 9, In the Matter of Resuming Jury Trials During COVID-19 dated July 22, In the Matter of Justice in Counties Impacted by Natural Disaster dated August 13, In the Matter of Justice in Counties Impacted by Natural Disaster dated August 14, In the Matter of Access to Justice in Counties Impacted by Natural Disaster dated August 19, In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (Related to Juvenile Proceedings) dated September 1, In the Matter of Ongoing Provision for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (Evictions - October 2, 2020), In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (November 10, 2020), In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (November 24, 2020), In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services Amended Order (November 30, 2020), Paragraph 24 Replacement (Family Court Custody Trials, December 14, 2020), In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (December 30, 2020), In the Matter of Ongoing Provisions for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services (March 3, 2021), and In the Matter of Lessons Learned From the Judicial Branch Response To COVID-19 (April 28, 2021)
All jury trials set to commence as of November 16, 2020 and that are scheduled to begin before February 1, 2021 shall be continued to a date no earlier than February 1, 2021. The court, parties, and attorneys are strongly encouraged to conduct civil court business when feasible using videoconference and telephone. District Courts may conduct civil nonjury trials by video conference or telephone with the parties consent. All grand jury proceedings is suspended until February 1, 2021.
The court has temporarily amended the Iowa Rule of Electronic Procedure to allow a person in civil court to sign documents electronically.
- Back to top
- Maryland – Court 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, 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, Administrative Order on the Progressive Resumption of Full Function of Judiciary Operations dated May 22 (as amended by Order dated June 3), Press Release – Maryland Courts Announce Plan to Gradually Reopen through Phased Approach, Postponement of the July 2020 Maryland Bar Examination, A Reminder for Court Visitors During COVID-19 (Video), Revised Communication re Affidavit Judgments in the District Court dated June 3, Amended Administrative Order on the Progressive Resumption of Full Function of Judiciary Operations Previously Restricted dated June 3, Second Revised Administrative Order on the Emergency Tolling or Suspension of Statutes of Limitations and Statutory and Rules Deadlines dated June 3, Amended Administrative Order Lifting the Statewide Suspension of Jury Trials and Resuming Grand Juries, Amended Administrative Order Lifting the Suspension During the COVID-19 Emergency of Foreclosures, Evictions, and Other Ejectments dated June 3, Optional Methods for Filing Papers in the Court of Appeals During the COVID-19 Outbreak, Coronavirus Phased Reopening Plan, Coronavirus Information for the Public, A Message from the Chief Judge (Video), Second Revised Communication Regarding Affidavit Judgements in the District Court dated July 10, Communication Re Landlord/Tenant Actions and CARES Act Information During Phase III dated July 17, Press Release – Maryland Courts' Phased-In Reopening Starts Monday dated July 16, Order Clarifying COVID-19 Health Measures in Courthouses and Judicial Branch Facilities, Second Amended Administrative Order Lifting the Suspension During the COVID-19 Emergency of Foreclosures, Evictions, and Other Ejectments Involving Residences dated August 11, 2020, Phase IV: Message from Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbara (Video), Communication Regarding Landlord/Tenant Actions During the Phase IV of the Maryland Judiciary’s Reopening Plan, Phase V: A Message from the Chief Judge, Return to Phase II: Message from Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbara (Video), Third Revised Communication Regarding Affidavit Judgments in the District Court, dated December 4, Eighth Administrative Order - Court of Appeals, Amended Eighth Administrative Order (Feb 16), Eighth Revised Administrative Order (Feb 16), Seventh Amended Administrative Order re Jury Trials (Feb 16), Seventh Administrative Order re: Health Guidelines (Feb 16), Amended Administrative Order (Feb 16) (Court of Appeals), and Sixth Administrative Order
On March 15, 2021, the Maryland Judiciary began Phase IV of its COVID-19 five-phased progressive resumption of operations plan. Phase V full operations resume on April 26, 2021, including jury trials.
Per the Amended Administrative Order dated February 16, jury trials scheduled to commence between November 16, 2020, through April 23, 2021, shall be postponed and rescheduled in accordance with the date established by the Seventh Amended “Administrative Order Clarifying the Statewide Suspension of Jury Trials and Maintaining Grand Juries,” also filed February 16, 2021.
The Eighth Administrative Order restricts statewide judiciary operations. On Monday, November 30, the Maryland Courts returned to Phase II of the Maryland Judiciary’s reopening plan. During Phase II, Clerks’ offices in the District Court of Maryland and circuit courts throughout the state will remain open to the public for emergency purposes and by appointment for other matters.
Per the Order Clarifying COVID-19 Health Measures, effective immediately and for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency period: (a) in all courthouses and judicial facilities, masks or face coverings shall be worn at all times, including court proceedings, except as noted in (e), (f), and (g), by all judges, Judiciary personnel, and any other person over the age of 2 years, with masks and face coverings to cover both the nose and mouth completely; (b) in instances in which members of the public of personnel arrive at a courthouse or judicial facility without an adequate face covering or mask, they shall be provided with a disposal mask, if available, or given alternative means for remote access, if appropriate and possible, (c) barriers, including clear personal barrier shields, are not a substitute for masks or face covers and shall not fulfill the masking requirement in (a); (d) social distancing of six feet or more shall be maintained throughout the courthouses and judicial facilities, including offices and courtrooms, but will not be a substitute for the masking requirement; (e) with appropriate social distancing, masks or face coverings may be lowered to eat, drink, or take oral or nasal medications, but shall be replaced upon completion; (f) throughout courtroom proceedings, all participants shall wear masks or face coverings as required in (a) unless, for good cause shown, the presiding judge or magistrate may require any participant, when speaking, to use a disposable mask or wear a personal barrier shield in lieu of a mask to ensure that the participant can be heard, with due consideration given to social distancing and other public health guidelines; (g) where judiciary personnel are assigned to single-occupancy enclosed offices, masks may be lowered when the occupant is alone and the door is closed; however masks shall be worn as described in (a) when any other person enters the office or the occupant leaves the office; and (h) where judiciary personnel are assigned to common area workspaces, including cubicles, masks shall be worn as described in (a). Any person who does not comply with this emergency order shall be subject to removal from the courthouse or judicial facility and disciplinary action as appropriate. This Order shall be modified as appropriate. This order shall not be construed to prohibit additional health measures that have been or may be adopted in compliance with new or enhanced guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Maryland Department of Health, and local health departments.
On July 20, the Maryland courts have moved into Phase 3 of the Maryland Judiciary’s reopening plan. Clerk’s offices in both the District Court of Maryland and circuit courts have reopened throughout the state. In Phase III, courts will schedule and hold a broader range of matters, including certain non-jury trials in the District Court and attorney disciplinary matters in the circuit courts, with limited in-person services to be offered as determined by the administrative judge and posted electronically and in the court facility. Court and clerk activities shall proceed with continued restrictions to limit the concentration of individuals and allow social distancing.
Until further notice, the courts will continue using technology for remote proceedings, either by video or telephone, but please note that this will vary by court location. The courts are requiring any individual, including employees, seeking access to a courthouse or court office location to: 1) answer a set of screening questions; 2) be subject to temperature checks; 3) wear a facial covering or mask; and 4) practice social distancing.
To facilitate filing papers with the Court of Appeals through Phase IV of the Progressive Resumption of Full Function of Judiciary Operations Previously Restricted Due to the COVID-19 Emergency for non-e-fliers in MDEC cases and filers in appeals from non-MDEC jurisdictions, the Clerk is providing two alternative means of filing papers in the Court of Appeals: (1) e-filing through the MDEC system, or (2) drop box at the basement entrance of the Courts of Appeal building.
All attorneys and self-represented litigants who are or become registered users are permitted to file petitions for writ of certiorari, briefs, motions and other papers via the MDEC system in all appeals regardless of which circuit court the appeal comes from. This includes Baltimore City, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County.
The Court of Appeals has placed a drop box at the front entrance of the Courts of Appeal building. All filings being delivered to the Court of Appeals in paper form may be placed in the drop box for filing. For the duration of this emergency, the date of filing will be considered the previous business day. In addition to the drop box, filers may continue to file via U.S. mail, and the date of filing will be considered the date a mailed filing has been postmarked.
Per the Amended Administrative Order dated May 1, 2020 (rescinding the Administrative Orders dated March 20 and April 14), courts are authorized to conduct remote proceedings using communication platforms consistent with the Administrative Order dated June 18, 2018. The requirement for approval of the State Court Administrator for communications platforms being utilized for remote proceedings is waived during the COVID-19 emergency. The court shall notify all participants necessary to the proceeding. Proceedings shall be on the record using existing capacity or, to the extent necessary, the capacity offered in the communication platforms utilized.
Per the Administrative Order dated May 1, the application of time standards shall be suspended for cases reaching a conclusion in the circuit courts and the District Court of Maryland from March 16, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
Per the Revised Policy on Interim Orders, the commissioners shall provide a notice with all paperwork to petitioners and respondents advising them that the court may contact them with a different hearing date. Administrative Judges, or a Judge designated by the Administrative Judge, have the discretion to review each Interim Order. Commissioners are encouraged to request as much contact information from the parties as possible as any temporary hearings may occur remotely via video, audio or electronic means. Commissioners are encouraged to provide an explanatory cover sheet to petitioners to assist in explaining the status of the courts and any potential delay in hearing dates. Furthermore, courts will notify the parties of any scheduled hearing date through any means available. If the courts continue to function only on a limited basis as of June 8, 2020, further advice will be given.
Per the Administrative Order dated May 18, all other cases previously designated by the Court to be argued in the June Session of the 2019 Term, but not yet scheduled are designated to be heard in the September Session of the 2020 Term. All cases which have been previously designated by the Court to be heard in the September Session of the 2020 Term, but not yet scheduled are designated to be heard in the October Session of the 2020 Term. Furthermore, all cases that have been previously designated by the Court to be heard in the October Session of the 2020 Term, but not yet scheduled are designated to be heard in the November Session of the 2020 Term. Finally, the court will entertain requests pursuant to Maryland Rule 8-523(a)(2) by parties involved in cases that have either been postponed or rescheduled by this Order to submit those appeals for consideration on brief.
Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on June 5, the Maryland courts began implementing their reopening plan, which guides courts across the state of Maryland. There are five phases in the plan and each phase will represent an increase in the level of activity within each courthouse and court office. The general public, members of the media, and attorneys should reference the COVID-19 webpages for the latest information on individual court operations.
The courts are requiring any individual seeking access to a courthouse or court office location to: 1) answer a set of screening questions; 2) be subject to temperature checks; 3) wear a facial covering or mask; and 4) practice social distancing.
Per the Administrative Order as amended on June 3, on August 31, 2020, jurisdictions shall proceed to Phase IV, where courts will resume non-jury trials and contested hearings in criminal, civil, family, and juvenile matters. On October 5, 2020, jurisdictions shall proceed to Phase V, where courts will resume full operations, including jury trials.
Per the Administrative Order as amended on June 3, through the end of Phase IV, the courts are authorized to conduct remote proceedings using communication platforms, consistent with the Administrative Order dated June 18, 2018, and the Amended Administrative Order dated May 1, 2020. Regardless of Phase, this Administrative Order permits and encourages the courts’ consideration or resolution of: 1) matters that can be addressed without a hearing; or 2) matters requiring a hearing or trial, to the extent that an individual court has the capacity to hear such matters, either in person or on a remote basis, with access to the public as justice requires.
Per the Revised Communication dated June 3, effective immediately, no District Court shall process Affidavit Judgments until such time as the District Court is authorized to expand emergency operations. Any Affidavit Judgment entered on a case with a trial date or affidavit judgment date of March 16, 2020 or after shall be vacated by the court. A motion to vacate judgment filed regarding an Affidavit Judgment entered by the court during this time shall be treated as an emergency matter and heard by the Court in an expedited manner. When the District Court is authorized to expand emergency operations, such cases will be scheduled for affidavit judgment with notice to all parties.
- Back to top
- Massachusetts – Appeals 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 (Rescinded by the June 10 Order), 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 (Repealed by Second Updated Order on June 1), Reopening Advisory Board, and Temporary Emergency Order re: Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:16, Reopening Four Phase Approach, Reopening Massachusetts Phase One Summary, Reopening Massachusetts Report, Wear a Mask in Public, Second Updated Order re Court Operations dated May 26 and effective on June 1, Order re Remote Depositions dated May 26, Order re Transfer of Certain Single Justice Matters, Order Concerning Humanitarian Aid by Non-Profit Organizations, Updated Order Authorizing Use of Electronic Signatures (rescinding the April 6 Order), Second Temporary Emergency Order re Rule 3:03, Third Updated Order re Court operations under the Exigent Circumstances Created by the COVID-19 Pandemic (dated June 24, effective July 1), Trial Court Emergency Administrative Order 20-10 (Trial Court Policy on Possession & Use of Cameras and PEDs), Supplemental Order Regarding Virtual Proceedings and Administration of Oaths and Affirmations, Second Order re Public Access to State Courthouses & Court Facilities dated July 7 and effective on July 13 (repealing the March 13 Order), Third Order Re Public Access to State Courthouses & Court Facilities dated July 28 and effective August 3 (repealing the July 7 Order), Three Exemptions to the Quarantine Requirement, Massachusetts Travel Form, Update from Governor Baker dated August 18, Fourth Updated Order Regarding Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic, Updated Order OE-144 (Regarding Remote Depositions), Third Revised Communication Regarding Affidavit, Judgments, 2.24.21 Supreme Court Order, and Sixth Updated Order
Per the Sixth Updated Order, Phase 3 of the resumption of jury trials in Massachusetts state courts will commence on May 1, 2021.
Phase 2 of the resumption of jury trials in Massachusetts state courts will commence on March 1, 2021. Per the Fourth Updated Order, dated September 17, 2020, replacing the Third the Third Updated Order, dated June 24, 2020, Courthouses will continue to be physically open to the public for certain purposes, as generally outlined in this Order, and operated with diligent regard for the health and safety of court users and personnel, in accordance with protocols established by the Trial Court or the relevant appellate court, as applicable. To limit the number of persons entering courthouses, all courts will continue to conduct most court business virtually (i.e., by telephone, videoconference, email, or comparable means, or through the electronic filing system), in both civil and criminal cases. In cases with one or more self-represented litigants (SRLs) where a court is scheduling a videoconference, courts will recognize the possibility that SRLs may have limited access to the technology needed to conduct videoconferences or limited experience with it, and will either assist the SRL in being able to conduct a videoconference or offer an alternative to videoconferencing for the virtual hearing.
Trial Court departments shall continue to conduct in-person proceedings in emergency and non-emergency matters that either can be handled more effectively or efficiently in person, or cannot be handled virtually because a virtual proceeding is not practicable or would be inconsistent with the protection of constitutional rights. Each Trial Court department shall post notices to the "Court System Response to COVID-19" webpage (https://www.mass.gov/guides/court-system-response-to-covid-19) (COVID-19 webpage) (see paragraph 16) that provide clear department-wide guidance to the public and members of the bar identifying the categories of matters that it will address in person. Courts will conduct all other emergency and non-emergency matters virtually, except as provided in the paragraph below.
The Chief Justice of a Trial Court department, after consultation with the Chief Justice of the Trial Court, for reasons of public health and safety may order that a court division or location conduct all business virtually and/or may transfer some or all in-person matters to specified courts within the department. If any such action is taken, the applicable Trial Court department shall post notices to the COVID-19 webpage (see paragraph 16) that provide clear guidance to the public and members of the bar.
Entry into a courthouse is limited to personnel who work in the courthouse and persons who are present for one or more of the following purposes: attending in-person court proceedings (see paragraph 5); conducting in-person business with a clerk's, register's, or recorder's office (see paragraph 6); reporting for jury service (see paragraphs 9 and 13); meeting with a probation officer or probation staff person; or conducting business at other offices that are open to the public and housed in the courthouse.
All court clerks', registers', and recorder's offices will be physically open to the public to conduct court business. To continue to limit the number of persons entering courthouses, clerks', registers', and recorder’s offices will still endeavor to conduct business virtually to the extent possible.
No jury trials, in either criminal or civil cases, shall be conducted in Massachusetts state courts until on or after October 23, 2020, at which time courts shall resume in-person trials on a limited basis, in general accordance with the recommendations for Phase 1 contained in the report issued by the Jury Management Advisory Committee (JMAC) on July 31, 2020, as clarified by the memorandum issued by the JMAC on September 1, 2020. Specific provisions regarding limitations of the number of jurors and other jury related restrictions in civil cases during Phase 1 is further detailed in the order.
Per the Memorandum dated August 7, the Virtual Courtroom Task Force was formed in March 2020 in response to court closures due to the coronavirus pandemic and the spread of COVID-19. The Virtual Courtroom Standards and Guidelines, as recently amended have been posted to the Virtual Courtrooms webpage. Please click the link for more information and documents.
Pursuant to Prior SJC Orders, all jury trials scheduled to commence in Massachusetts state courts at any time from March 14, 2020, through September 4, 2020, were continued to a date no earlier than September 8, 2020. Civil bench trials may be conducted virtually in the discretion of the trial judge.
Unless otherwise ordered by the applicable court, all orders in a particular case that were issued prior to March 17, 2020, after an adversarial hearing (or the opportunity for an adversarial hearing), that enjoined or otherwise restrained or prohibited a party from taking some act or engaging in some conduct until a date at any time from March 17, 2020, through August 31, 2020, shall remain in effect until the matter is rescheduled and heard on a date on or before October 13, 2020.
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Travel Form, all individuals over the age of 18 and unaccompanied minors entering Massachusetts, who are not coming from a COVID lower-risk state and do not fall within certain, limited exemptions, must complete this form upon or prior to entry to the state. To determine whether you are required to complete this form, please review the list of exemptions here. Failure to submit a completed Massachusetts Travel Form, when required, or failure to comply with the quarantine requirement, if applicable, may result in a $500 fine per day.
All individuals arriving in Massachusetts by any means or mode, including Massachusetts residents who have left the state for anything more than transitory travel, are covered by the Massachusetts travel rule. Accordingly, even travelers not required to complete the form should act in compliance with the rule. The rule requires that you MUST quarantine for 14 days unless you: (1) are coming from a lower-risk state or (2) can produce, on request, proof of negative test result for COVID-19 from a test administered on a sample taken no longer than 72 hours before your arrival in Massachusetts, or (3) meet the exemption criteria.
Per the Third Order regarding Public Access to State Courthouses and Court Facilities (repealing the July 7 Order), effective August 3, the following persons shall not enter or remain in any courthouse: (1) persons not wearing a mask or cloth face covering as set forth in §6. Visitors should go to the courthouse with their own mask or face covering; (2) persons who have tested positive for, or been clinically diagnosed with, COVID-19 within the last 14 days; (3) persons who are currently experiencing, or have experienced within the last three days, symptoms of COVID-19; (4) persons who have been advised to self-quarantine by a doctor or other health care provider or a public health agency within the last 14 days; (5) persons who are required to quarantine under the Governor’s Order Instituting a Mandatory 14 Day Quarantine Requirement for Travelers Arriving in Massachusetts (COVID-19 Order No. 45) or any updates of that order; (6) persons who reside with someone who has tested positive for, or been clinically diagnosed with, COVID-19 within the last 14 days; (7) persons who reside with someone who has tested positive for, or been clinically diagnosed with, COVID-19 within the last 14 days; (8) persons awaiting COVID-19 test results after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or having been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, and persons who reside with someone who is awaiting such COVID-19 test results; and (8) persons who fail or refuse to engage in the screening process.
Furthermore, all persons seeking entry to a courthouse will be subject to a screening process that may include: (1) answering questions designed to determine whether the person is prohibited from entering a courthouse. Any person whose answer(s) indicate that s/he falls into one of the categories listed above will not be permitted to enter; (2) having their temperature taken. A person with a temperature reading of 100 degrees or higher will not be permitted to enter the courthouse. While in the courthouse, all persons must comply with the following rules. All persons over the age of two are required to wear masks or cloth face coverings that cover their nose and mouth at all times. Visitors should go to the courthouse with their own mask or face covering. All persons must engage in physical distancing, by standing or sitting at least six feet away from other individuals whenever practicable and abiding by markings on floors and benches indicating places to stand or sit. The presiding judge or clerk-magistrate may modify these rules in a courtroom or hearing room during a judicial proceeding as justice requires.
Moreover, all persons are strongly encouraged to engage in frequent hand-washing and/or frequent application of hand sanitizer while in a courthouse. All persons are encouraged to bring their own pen with them to court for completing and signing pleadings and other documents.
The Order regarding Remote Depositions authorizes remote attendance at depositions in civil cases without stipulation or court order. Any deposition taken in a civil case pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. 30 and 30A, and pursuant to Court Department rules and standing orders, may be conducted remotely. Neither a stipulation of the parties nor a court order is required. The desire of counsel, a part, or a deponent to appear in person shall not alone be sufficient grounds to quash a notice for a remote deposition or to refuse to make a witness available for a remote deposition. A remote deposition may be conducted by a video-conferencing platform, or by another means agreed to by the parties. An officer or other person before whom the deposition is to be taken is authorized to administer oaths and take testimony without being in the presence of the deponent, so long as the officer or other person before whom the deposition is to be taken can both see and hear the deponent for purposes of positively identifying the deponent. Any person who views or listens to a remote deposition, at any time during the deposition, shall be identified for the record. A remote deposition shall be considered taken in the county and at the place where the deponent is located. Depositions may be conducted by telephone by leave of court or by written stipulation of all parties under Mass. R. Civ. P. 30(b)(7). Where an audio-visual recording of a deposition is conducted pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. 30A, although the court reporter may be in a remote location, the operator/videographer must be physically present with the witness unless otherwise agreed to by the parties.
- Back to top
- Michigan – Order 2020-2 (rescinded by 2020-19), Order 2020-3 (rescinded by 2020-18), Order 2020-4 (rescinded by 2020-16), 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, Contact Tracing Considerations, Authority for Court Closures, Public Right to Access Remote Hearings, List of Local Administrative Orders – Return to Full Capacity, Guidance on Conducting Remote Hearings with Self-Represented Litigants, MiCourt Virtual Courtroom Directory, Order 2020-16, Gating Criteria Confirmation Form, Return to Full Capacity Guide, News Release – Supreme Court Defines Pioneering Approach for Courts to Resume Landlord/Tenant Cases, Order 2020-17, Guidance Document Issued in Conjunction with Order 2020-17, Limiting Access to Family Division Proceedings Benchcard, Guidance on Conducting Remote Hearings with Self-Represented Litigants, Webinar Registration – Consumer Protection Law and Debt Collection Proceedings, Order 2020-18, Memo re Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Grant, Memo re Conducting Remote Problem-Solving Court Hearings, and Amendment of Order 2020-17 dated June 24, Order 2020-19, Memo re Revised Deadlines for 2020, Updated Guidance Document Issued in Conjunction with 2020-17, Updated FAQs on 2020-17 (updated on July 14), Return to Full Capacity (updated on July 17), Memo – Face Coverings dated July 17, Memo – Virtual Jury Trials, Michigan Trial Courts Remote Jury Trial Standards and Recommendations, Discussion Guide: Remote Jury Pilot Workgroup, Remote Proceeding Checklist, Michigan Trial Courts Social Distancing Recommendations for In-Person Jury Trials, Memo – Amendment of 2020-17 and New Procedure for Landlord/Tenant Cases, Memo – Electronic Signature Options for FOC Offices, Memo – Remote Notarization dated July 28, Memo – Virtual Courtroom Task Force Documents dated August 7, A Message from Chief Justice McCormack, Guidance Issued in Conjunction with Administrative Order No. 2020-17, Landlord and Tenant cases, New Procedures for Landlord Tenant Cases, and Landlord Tenant Cases - Priority Treatment and New Procedures
Per Memoranda dated March 22 and April, the Supreme Court set forth new procedures for Landlord-tenant cases.
Per the Memorandum dated August 7, the Virtual Courtroom Task Force was formed in March 2020 in response to court closures due to the coronavirus pandemic and the spread of COVID-19. The Virtual Courtroom Standards and Guidelines, as recently amended have been posted to the Virtual Courtrooms webpage. Please click the link for more information and documents.
Per the Memorandum dated July 28, Executive Order 2020-158 temporarily suspends the strict requirements of the Michigan Law on Notarial Acts through August 31, 2020, and permits the notarization of documents outside the physical presence of a notary or required witnesses within certain parameters.
Per Order 2020-19, Order 2020-2 is rescinded, with the expectation that courts shall continue to process those cases listed as essential functions in addition to other cases as court return to full capacity under the terms of Order 2020-13. Courts that have progressed to Phase 3 shall begin holding jury trials using trial standards approved by the State Court Administrative Office. Courts that are not yet at Phase 3 may proceed with jury trials upon approval from the State Court Administrative Office. Courts must continue to provide a method or methods for filers to submit pleadings other than by personal appearance at the court. Courts shall continue to expand the use of remote participation technology as much as possible. To enable the greatest participation possible for judicial officers, Order 2012-7 is suspended until further order of the Court.
Per Order 2020-19, the time deadlines in rules regarding post judgment motions filed in the trial court (including motions for appointment of appellate counsel) as well as circuit court appeals and appeals of agency determinations are extended for 76 days, consistent with Order 2020-16.
Per Order 2020-19, Order 2020-13 has generated some confusion. To clarify that the form for collecting information (but not the information itself if it is contained elsewhere in a public portion of the file) is nonpublic, Order 2020-13 is amended as follows: The contact information form used under this administrative order to collect the information shall be confidential.
Per the Memo regarding the CESF Grant, the Michigan State Police (MSP) recently posted a $4.5 million Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) grant for eligible trial courts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Per the Return to Full Capacity Guide, readiness to enter each phase is dependent on whether gating criteria have been satisfied. In consultation with local health professionals, courts will determine whether criteria involving exposure or symptoms in the court facility, number of community cases, and local health system capacity have been met. Before entering any phase, courts must demonstrate that all of the following criteria have been satisfied. First, no COVID-19 confirmed or suspected cases in the court facility have occurred within a 14-day period; or confirmed or suspected cases have occurred in the court facility, but deep cleaning of exposed areas and applicable employee self-quarantine actions have been taken. Second, there is a downward trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period; or there is a downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period (flat or increasing volume of test). Third, there is a rescission of local and state restrictive movement and/or shelter-in-place orders and local and regional health care facilities are able to treat all patients without crisis care. For all phases, courts should still ensure that appropriate policies are in place, direct employees too self-monitor for indicative symptoms, implement policies and procedures for workforce contact tracing, monitor the status of public infrastructure, and work with the regional administrator as the court plans to move into each phase of expanded operations. The courts must continue to practice good hygiene, and people who feel sick should stay home. Each court must utilize screening procedures that identify the presence of COVID-19 symptoms, COVID-19 exposure, and international travel.
The Michigan Supreme Court has the authority to direct trial courts to “adhere to the phased return of operations as determined by policy guidelines established by the State Court Administrative Office” pursuant to 1963 Const., Art VI, Sec. 4.
As courts return to full capacity service, they will pass through phases as they meet certain criteria. At each phase, the court must submit a local administrative order (“LAO”) for approval. The list of LAOs, by county and court, reflects the phase a particular court is at, and allows you to access the court’s LAO by clicking on the LAO number, e.g., 2020-04J.
Trial courts are ordered to limit access to courtrooms and other spaces to no more than 10 persons, including staff, and to practice social distancing and limit court activity to only essential functions, as detailed in the March 18 Order 2020-2.
As detailed in Order 2020-6, the Court authorizes judicial officers to conduct proceedings remotely (whether physically present in the courtroom or elsewhere) using two-way interactive videoconferencing technology or other remote participation tools.
Deadlines for numerous reporting requirements are suspended as detailed in the Memorandum dated April 8, with exceptions for drunk driving reimbursement and jury fees.
Per Order 2020-13, a court may collect contact information, including mobile phone numbers and email addresses, from any party or witness to a case to facilitate scheduling of and participation in remote hearings or to facilitate case processing. A court may collect the information using a SCAO-approved form. An email address for an attorney must be the same address as the one on file with the State Bar of Michigan. This order is effective until further order of the Court. For more information on which forms to use and for assistance with completing the forms, please refer to the Memo re Order 2020-13 – Collections of Contact Information, and Notice of Remote Hearings.
Per the Memorandum dated April 29, courts are allowed to affix their seal to electronic document, including summonses, warrants, and judgments of sentence.
Per the Memorandum dated May 5, friends of the court (FOCs) have requested a list of mandated functions FOC offices perform to ensure they can make plans to address those functions. FOC office have also requested a more concise list of mandated functions they can share with their funding unit to ensure they remain funded. For more information, please see FOC Mandated Duty Checklist and FOC Abbreviated Mandatory Checklist.
Per Order 2020-14, on order of the Court, pursuant to 1963 Const., Art. VI, Sec. 4, courts must adhere to the phased return to operations as determined by policy guidelines established by the State Court Administrative Office. Such policies will include but may not be limited to: continued use and expansion of remote hearings; continued limited access to courtrooms and other spaces; and limited in-person court activity to essential functions that cannot be conducted remotely.
Per Order 2020-16, effective June 8, 2020, Order 2020-4 that tolled the filing deadlines in the Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals is rescinded, and the periods for all filings, jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional, in those Courts shall resume. For time periods that started before 2020-4 took effect, the filers shall have the same number of days to submit their filings on June 8, 2020, as they had when the tolling went into effect. For filings with time periods that did not begin to run because of the tolling period, the filers shall have the full periods for filing beginning on June 8, 2020.
Per Order 2020-18, effective June 20, 2020, Order 2020-3 is rescinded, and the computation of time for those filings shall resume. For time periods that started before Order 2020-3 took effect, the filers shall have the same number of days to submit their filings on June 20, 2020, as they had when the exclusion went into effect on March 23, 2020. For filings with time periods that did not begin to run because of the exclusion period, the filers shall have the full periods for filing beginning on June 20, 2020. Staff Comment – note that although the order regarding computation of days entered on March 23, 2020, it excluded any day that fell during the State of Emergency declared by the Governor related to COVID-19, which order was issued on March 10, 2020. Thus, the practical effect of Order 2020-3 was to enable filers to exclude days beginning March 10, 2020. This timing is consistent with the executive orders entered by the Governor regarding the tolling of statutes of limitation.
- Back to top
- New Jersey – March 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 dated May 14, Notice to the Bar dated May 18, Directive 16-20, Notice to the Bar dated September 11, 2020, Updated Supplement to Directive 23-06 dated September 30, 2020, Notice to the Bar dated October 8, 2020, Notice to the Bar dated November 10, 2020, Order dated November 16, 2020, Press Release dated November 16, 2020, Remote First Notice dated November 17, 2020, CARES Act Compliance, Notice to the Bar (Recommendations) dated November 25, 2020, Notice to the Bar dated December 8, 2020, Press Release dated January 7, 2021, January 7, 2021 Order, Notice and Order: Virtual Civil Jury Trials, Presentation Regarding Virtual Civil Jury Trials During COVID-19, Notice and Order: Landlord/Tenant Trial, Notice to the Bar: Tenth COVID-19 Omnibus Order, Notice and Order - When Matters Can Proceed Remotely, Directive #06-21 (regarding Remote Format), Notice to the Bar: Summoning of Jurors for Possible In-Person Jury Trials on or after May 17, 2021, Eleventh COVID-19 Omnibus Order, and Notice to the Bar/Order dated April 9, 2021
Pursuant to an Order, dated April 9, 2021, the Judiciary will continue to operate in a blended format-primarily remote with some in-person options -until COVID-19 trends support the expansion of on-site presence and in-person court events. For jury selections starting on or after June 15, 2021, counties will continue to use modified summons documents that inform prospective jurors (1) that the jury selection process will begin in a virtual format; and (2) that their service may continue virtually or may involve reporting in person to a courthouse with safety precautions. Jurors who have been summoned to report for service between May 17, 2021 and June 14, 2021 will be assigned to panels for virtual civil jury trials. Jurors summoned to report for service on or after June 15, 2021 may serve virtually or may report in person to a courthouse for hybrid jury trials.
Pursuant to an Order, dated January 7, 2021, for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and until further Order, virtual civil jury trials are authorized during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as set forth in the Order. The Court may modify the protocols for conducting virtual civil jury trials based on updated public health recommendations, including recommended changes in occupancy limits for indoor gatherings. Consent to proceed remotely will be required during Phase 1 (starting in a limited number of vicinages on or after February 1, 2021, as detailed in the Order). Consent to proceed remotely will not be required during Phase 2 (starting statewide on or after April 5, 2021) because of the expected length of the continued dire public health threat posed by COVID-19.
Pursuant to an Order, dated November 16, 2020, the Supreme Court suspended new in-person jury trials and in-person grand jury sessions. Pursuant to a Notice, dated November 17, 2020, courts at all levels will continue to follow a remote first approach to court proceedings.
Pursuant to a Notice, dated December 8, 2020, the Supreme Court of New Jersey has reinstated the suspension of requirements for healthcare professionals involved in responding to COVID-19 to appear for depositions or court proceedings, except for appearances and depositions (i) that are requested by the doctor, nurse, or healthcare professional; or (ii) that are for matters related to COVID-19.
Megan’s Law proceedings should be conducted remotely by video or telephone for public safety and notification to the public about sex offenders. Directive 16-20 details guidance for judges to consider when deciding which Megan’s Law proceedings can be handled remotely by video or telephone during this COVID-19 crisis.
By Order dated May 14, 2020, the Supreme Court authorized empaneled grand juries to reconvene in a virtual (video) format, subject to modified protocols. The pilot program will begin in Mercer and Bergen Counties.
On May 5, 2020, the Supreme Court confirmed that the Judiciary Electronic Document Submission (JEDS) system launched in early April is an approved electronic filing system, and that all documents submitted through JEDS are filed upon receipt and deemed electronically signed. Attorneys are required to file in eCourts where eCourts is available, as detailed in the Supreme Court’s May 11 notice.
The Supreme Court issued a May 4 order temporarily allowing attorneys licensed in another United States jurisdiction to provide needed pro bono legal services to individuals and small businesses affected by the public health crisis.
The Supreme Court has approved updated Guidelines on Media Access and Electronic Devices in the Courts, as detailed in the April 28 Notice to the Bar. Directive No. 12-20 implements the Supreme Court’s April 20, 2020 Order and establishes guiding principles for when and how remote court events will be conducted during the COVID-19 crisis.
As of April 27, 2020, remote proceedings in the Municipal Courts may be conducted with the consent of all parties. Effective May 11, 2020, with appropriate notice to the parties,
Municipal Court sessions can resume in individual Municipal Courts. Sessions may proceed by video or phone. Municipal Court sessions will resume to the extent possible based on facilities, technology, and other resources.
Most discovery deadlines in Civil and Family matters generally are extended through May 10, 2020, with lengthier extensions only in specific areas.
The April 24 Omnibus Order continues the suspension of petit and grand juries through May 31, 2020.
All court proceedings will continue to be conducted remotely using video and/or phone options to the greatest extent possible. Some court matters will proceed remotely only with the consent of all parties.
As detailed in the April 15 Notice, certain deadlines have been extended and certain time periods have been tolled.
Beginning April 27, all counties will begin scheduling arbitrations, which will be conducted remotely.
The New Jersey Judiciary has expanded its court filing system to better accommodate attorneys and self-represented litigants.
The Judiciary has closed court buildings to the public and adjusted the operations of court offices to reduce the risk of exposure to or transmission of the virus.
As of March 25, the provisions of Rule 1:6-4 are relaxed and supplemented so as to eliminate the requirement that, in addition to filing all Civil motion papers, orders to show cause, and orders, attorneys must also simultaneously submit to the judge a copy of all motion papers. The requirement of submitting paper “courtesy copies” of motion papers to the judge is modified so as to suspend the requirement of submitting courtesy copies in Civil matters so long as the total submission (including appendices and attachments) does not exceed 25 pages. Where the submission is more than 25 pages, courtesy copies still must be mailed or delivered to the court and postmarked within two days of the electronic filing.
On March 12, the judiciary suspended all reporting for petit jury service, stating that no new civil or criminal jury trials will be conducted until further notice. The notice states the judiciary is continuing ongoing jury trials.
As of March 18, 2020 and until further notice, there are no in-person Superior Court and Tax Court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing trials). As many matters as possible (including case management conferences, motions, and hearings) will be handled by telephone or video conference.
In the Supreme Court, all grand jury empanelment dates, including for State Grand Jury, are postponed, and new notices will be issued rescheduling grand jury selection for a date after April 26, 2020. All current grand jury sessions, including for State Grand Jury, are cancelled. In Supreme Court civil matters, the provisions of Rules 4:24- l(a), 4:24- l(c), 4:46- 1, and 4:36-3 are relaxed and supplemented to permit the extension of discovery deadlines through April 26, 2020.
As of March 18, 2020 and until further notice, there are no in-person Superior Court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing trials).
On March 24, 2020, as detailed in the Release notice, certain county jail inmates were to be ordered released.
Per the March 24 Order and as of that date, the Supreme Court has approved interim procedures, including enabling parties to submit certain emergent applications (that cannot be filed electronically) by email.
By Order dated March 27, the Supreme Court affirmed, continued, or supplemented certain provisions established by prior orders.
- Back to top
- New York – Administrative 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 (cancelled by AO/129/20), 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, Administrative Order AO/114/20, Message from Chief Judge DiFiore (Transcript) dated May 25, Press Release – Courts in Mid-Judson Region and Long Island Return to In-Person Courthouse Operations, Message from Chief Judge DiFiore (Transcript) dated June 1, Press Release – Courts in Five Upstate Judicial Districts to Begin Second Phase of Gradual Return to In-Person Operations, Administrative Order AO/115/20 dated May 28, Academic & Bar Dispensations dated June 4, Message from Chief Judge DiFiore (Transcript) dated June 8, Press Release – Aiming to Advance Equal Justice in the Courts, Chief Judge Announces Independent Review of Court System Policies, Practices, and Initiatives dated June 9, Press Release – State Courts in New York City to Begin Gradual Return to In-Person Courthouse Operations dated June 9, Press Release – Hon. Feinman to Lead State's Justice Task force in Examining Racial Disparities, Press Release – All Courts Outside NYC Will Have Begun Phase Two, News Advisory – Electronic Filing of Retainer and Closing Statements in the First and Second Departments, Message from Chief Judge DiFiore (Transcript) dated June 15, Press Release – Courts in Five Upstate Judicial Districts to Begin Phase Three dated June 16, Administrative Order AO/121/20, Press Release – Chief Judge DiFiore Names Commission to Develop Comprehension Vision for the Court System of the Future dated June 17, Memo re Procedure for Addressing Residential and Commercial Eviction Proceedings, Press Release – NY Court System's Administrative Board Approves Two Rule Changes Governing the Professional Conduct of NY Attorneys, Message from Chief Judge DiFiore (Transcript) dated June 22, Press Release – New Administrative Judge Named in Queens County dated June 23, Press Release – Courts in NYC to Begin Second Phase of Gradual Return to In-Person Operations dated June 23, and Memo – Procedure for Addressing Residential and Commercial Foreclosure Proceedings dated June 23, and Press Release – By Week's End, All Courts Outside NYC Will be in Phase Three of Return to In-Person Operations dated June 25, Responding to an Eviction Proceeding during COVID-19 (Outside NYC), Responding to an Eviction Proceeding During COVID-19 (NYC), Message from Chief Judge DiFiore (Transcript) dated June 29, Memo re Coronavirus – Screening of Courthouse Visitors dated June 30, Press Release – Courts in Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Judicial District to Begin Phase Four of Return to In-Person Operations dated June 30, Message from Chief Judge DiFiore (Transcript) dated July 6, Press Release – Grand Juries to Resume Next Month in the City's Five Boroughs dated July 7, Press Release – Courts in the Third, Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts to Begin Phase Four dated July 8, Memo – Elimination of Attorney Affirmation/Petitioner's Affidavit Requirement in Residential and Commercial Eviction and Foreclosure Proceedings dated July 9, Memo – Self-Assessment and Thermal Temperature Screening of USC Judges and Non-Judicial Personnel dated July 10, Administrative Order AO/127/20, Administrative Order AO/129/20, Administrative Order AO/131/20, Administrative Order AO/143/20 (modifying Orders AO/127/20 and AO/131/20), Message from Chief Judge DiFiore (Transcript) dated July 13, Court Order re Amendment of the Rules of the Court of Appeals to add a new Part 524, Message from Chief Judge DiFiore (Transcript) dated July 20, Press Release – New Administrative Judge Named in Suffolk County dated July 23, List of Court Visitors and Personnel Who Tested Positive for COVID-19, Memo – Revised Procedure for Addressing Residential and Commercial Foreclosure Proceedings, Message from Chief Judge DiFiore (Transcript) dated July 27, Press Release – Appointments Made to Appellate Term, First Judicial Dept., Message from Chief Judge DiFiore (Transcript) dated August 3, Commission on Future Report – Goals and Checklist for Restarting In-Person Grand Juries, Jury Trials, and Related Proceedings, Executive Order 202.55, Executive Order 206, Message from Chief Judge DiFiore (Transcript) dated August 10, Memo – Revised Procedure for Addressing Residential and Commercial Eviction Proceedings dated August 12, Message from Chief Judge DiFiore (Transcript) dated August 17, Administrative Order AO 160A/20 (superseding AO/127/20), Message from Chief Judge DiFiore, Administrative Order AO/231/20, Administrative Order AO/232/20, Administrative Order AO/267/20, Administrative Order AO/268/20, Administrative Order AO/247/20, Administrative Order AO/267/20, Change in Uniform Rules - Commercial Division, Virtual Bench Protocols and Procedures (Feb 11), March 1 Update, Press Release, March 8 Update, March 22 Update, and April 19 Update
Effective Monday, May 24th, all judges and court staff will be required to physically return to work in their assigned courthouses. As of March 1 and an update on March 8, the state court system is planning to resume some in-person operations, including a limited number of jury trials in courthouses across the state (jury summonses are being mailed out in preparation for jury selection to begin March 22).
On Monday, August 10th, grand juries resumed hearing cases in New York City. They join the other 57 Counties outside of New York City that began hearing cases on July 13th.
Per the Memo dated June 30, commencing July 6, visitors to any Unified Court System facility will be required to submit to temperature screening and questioning upon entry into the facility and prior to magnetometer and x-ray security screening. The number and location of screening stations shall be determined by the local command. A uniformed officer shall take the visitor’s temperature by infrared thermometer without physical contact to the visitor. The officer will ask whether, within the last 14 days, the visitor (1) has had fever, cough, shortness of breath or any flu-like symptoms; (2) has tested positive for COVID-19 (or been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19); or (3) has returned from travel abroad or from a state covered by Executive Order 205. If the visitor’s registered temperature is less than 100.0ºF, and the visitor answers “no” to the questions, the visitor shall be permitted to proceed to the magnetometer/x-ray machine.
Per the Memo dated June 30, if a visitor’s registered temperature is equal to or greater than 100.0ºF, or the visitor answers “yes” to any of the questions, the visitor shall be asked for the following information for the court’s records: (a) visitor’s full name; (b) case name, index number, and judge; and (c) reason for court visit. The visitor shall not be obligated to provide this information. The visitor shall then be instructed (1) to leave the court facility immediately; (2) if a represented party, to notify her/his attorney of the incident; and (3) if an unrepresented party, to contact the clerk’s office (at a number provided) and seek further instructions. Similar instructions should be provided if the visitor is a witness, attorney, or other necessary participant on a matter on that day’s calendar. Whenever a court visitor registers a temperature of 100.0ºF or higher or answers “yes” to a screening question, uniformed personnel shall maintain a record of the information described above (if voluntarily provided by the visitor), together with a brief description of follow-up events. This daily record shall be filed as a single unusual occurrence report (UOR) at the close of each day. Uniformed personnel shall wear appropriate PPE (face mask, face shield, disposable gloves) when taking temperatures of court visitors; and shall dispose of gloves and perform hand hygiene following the taking of visitors’ temperatures and prior to performing other duties.
Per Administrative Order AO/121/20, effective June 10, in courts and case types approved for electronic filing through NYSCEF, represented parties must commence new matters or proceed in pending matters exclusively by electronic filing through NYSCEF, and must file and serve papers in such matters (other than service of commencement documents) by electronic means through NYSCEF or, where permitted under NYSCEF court rules, by mail. Unrepresented parties must file, serve and be served in such matters by non-electronic means unless they expressly opt in to participate in NYSCEF. To the extent that NYSCEF electronic filing in unavailable in courts or case types in the trial courts, represented parties must commence new matters exclusively by mail, except where otherwise authorized by the Chief Administrative Judge. Following commencement of a new matter, and in pending matters, represented parties must file papers through the Unified Court System’s EDDS or by mail, and must serve papers by electronic means or by mail. Unrepresented parties must file, serve, and be served in such matters by non-electronic means unless they provide written notification to the court and all parties that they wish to file, serve, and be served electronically. This order shall not affect procedures for the filing and service of papers in essential matters. The court shall not request working copies of documents in paper format.
Commencing with the April 2020 Term and until further notice, all calendared matters will be heard on submission or oral argument by appearance through Skype.
In the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the Second Judicial Department, all perfection, filing, and other deadlines set forth in any order of that Court, the Practice Rules of the Appellate Division (22 NYCRR part 1250), the Rules of Practice of that court (22 NYCRR part 670), or Electronic Filing Rules of the Appellate Division (22 NYCRR part 1245), are suspended indefinitely and until further directive. All motions and applications for an extension of time to perfect or file that are pending as of March 17, 2020, are adjourned pending further directive of the Court. All other pending motions are adjourned without date until further directive of the Court.
The New York State Court system has also issued Q&A Guidance for Joining Skype Calls with the Court.
Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.17 directs that anyone “who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance,” effective 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020. Pursuant to this Order, for the safety of all court users and court personnel, all people who enter courthouses must wear a mask or face covering while inside the courthouse. Persons without such a mask or face covering will not be permitted to enter.
Per Administrative Order AO/87/20, documents filed through the EDDS system shall be served by electronic means. Problem-solving courts may conduct virtual court conferences with counsel, court staff, service providers, and, where practicable, clients. Judges may refer matters for virtual alternative dispute resolution, including to neutrals on court-established panels, community dispute resolution centers, and ADR-dedicated court staff. The court shall not request working copies of documents in paper format.
Per the Supreme Court of the State of New York’s Order in the Matter of the Rescission of Temporary Suspension Order dated May 8, the Court’s March 17 order temporarily suspending perfection, filing and other deadlines set forth by Court order or practice rules is rescinded. The deadlines for the remaining 2020 terms of the Court are reinstated. The deadline for the filing of responding and reply papers that have not yet been filed on motions which were returnable between March 16, 2020 and May 4, 2020, is now May 22, 2020. Furthermore, the parties shall comply with any other filing deadlines set by the Clerk of the Court or her designee, or by order of this Court, in the manner so directed or ordered. Finally, the requirement that hard copy briefs, records, appendices and motions be filed continues to be suspended until further directive of the Supreme Court of New York.
Per Administrative Order AO/98/20, the Unified Court System Program for the consensual/voluntary and mandatory use of electronic means for the filing and service of documents (“e-filing”) is continued and extended as follows – all civil matters in Supreme Court in all counties listed in Exhibit A shall, unless approved for mandatory (or mandatory in part) electronic filing by prior administrative order, henceforth be accepted for consensual/voluntary electronic filing. Mandatory (and mandatory in part) electronic filing shall continue in those counties as authorized in AO/245/19.
Per the Notice – NY’s Surrogate’s Courts’ Action for COVID-Related Cases dated May 15, the following actions are being implemented by the New York County Surrogate’s Court, effective May 18, 2020. The court is addressing all essential matters as well as certain non-essential matters. Most operations are being handled virtually or remotely. All urgent and essential matters, as well as all uncontested matters (in which waivers and consents have been fully executed and for which no citation need be issued), are being accepted for filing. Parties with urgent matters may contact the Chief Clerk’s Office at email@example.com or at (917) 509-7218, or they may contact the court attorney-referee to whom the matter has been assigned, if any. Only essential personnel will be in the courthouse. No one should visit the courthouse without first contacting the Chief Clerk’s Office.
Per the Notice dated May 15, until further notice, petitions and other papers must be filed by mail (USPS or any express mail service) or, if authorized by court personnel, by electronic mail at NYSURRFILING@nycourts.gov. Please provide your contact information, including an email address, with your filing. If papers are brought to the courthouse in person after consultation with the Chief Clerk’s Office, they are to be left in a box outside Room 303. Court personnel may contact petitioners or their counsel as needed once filed papers are reviewed. Court attorney-referees may contact the parties in a matter for a conference, which will be conducted virtually.
Per Administrative Order AO/115/20 dated May 28, notwithstanding the terms of any prior administrative order, in the counties and on the dates set forth in Exhibit A, in courts and case types approved for electronic filing through the New York State Courts Electronic Filing System (NYSCEF), represented parties must commence new matters or proceed in pending matters exclusively by electronic filing through NYSCEF, and must file and serve papers in such matters (other than service of commencement documents) by electronic means through NYSCEF or, where permitted under NYSCEF court rules, by mail. Unrepresented parties must file, serve and be served in such matters by non-electronic means unless they expressly opt in to participate in NYSCEF.
Per AO/115/20, to the extent that NYSCEF electronic filing is unavailable in courts or case types in the counties and on the date set forth in Exhibit B, represented parties in pending matters may submit for filing digital copies of (1) motions, crossmotions, responses, replies and applications, (2) notices of appeal and cross appeal, (3) stipulations of discontinuance, stipulations of adjournment, and other stipulations; (4) notes of issue, and (5) such other papers as the Chief Administrative Judge may direct, to courts and clerical officers of the Unified Court System (including County Clerks acting as clerks of court) through EDDS or such other document delivery method as the Chief Administrative Judge shall approve. This order shall not affect procedures for the filing and service of essential matters, and, on the dates that it becomes effective, supersedes administrative orders AO/87/20 (pars. A-C) and AO/114/20.
- Back to top
- Pennsylvania – Statewide Judicial Emergency, News Release, Order No. 532 Judicial Administration Docket, Notice re Filing Extension, Order No. 533 Judicial Administration Docket, March 18 Order (Courts Closed to the Public), March 18 News Release, March 19 Order (Extending April 2020 CLE Deadline), March 25 Order (Cancellation of Pittsburgh Session), March 27 Order (Filing Procedure for Children’s Fast Track Appeals), March 30 Order (Extending Filing Deadlines), April 1 Order, April 13 Order, Press Release – PA Supreme Court Directs Local Courts to Restore More Operations, April 28 Order, Filing Emergency PFAs , Supplemental Order (Scheduling of Telephonic Argument), Notice – Oral Argument Session to be Conducted Remotely, May 2020 Supreme Court Session, Guidance for Businesses Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency, Order Nos. 531 and 532 (Cessation of Statewide Judicial Emergency after June 1, 2020), and Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and the Courts
Per Order Nos. 531 and 532, the general, statewide judicial emergency declared and maintained via the Court’s Orders on March 16, March 18, March 24, April 1, and April 28 shall cease as of June 1, 2020. Those Orders shall expire according to their own terms. Intermediate appellate courts have issued various administrative orders, and nearly all local courts have utilized the procedures specified in Rule of Judicial Administration 1952 and/or this Court’s prior Orders to declare local emergencies. Those order remain in full force and effect. Extant administrative orders issued by the intermediate courts and local emergency orders and directives, including any provisions of these affecting time calculations or deadlines, shall remain in full force and effect until they expire or are rescinded.
For more information, contact your local court or visit their website.
Per the March 19 Order, the April 30, 2020 CLE compliance deadline applicable to Compliance Group 1 is extended to August 31, 2020. All other 2020 annual compliance deadlines remain unchanged and on standard schedule.
- Back to top
- South Carolina – Trial 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), Order (Certification of Compliance with the CARES Act in Foreclosures) dated May 12 and revising the Order dated May 6, Order (Use of PPE in County Court Facilities) dated May 26, Order (County Grand Juries) dated May 29, Memo (Court Operations during the Seven-Week Period June 15 – July 31, 2020) dated June 3, Order (Operation of the Appellate Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency as Amended May 29), Order (Suspension of unexecuted family court issued bench warrants) dated June 5, July 2020 Bar Examination and the Coronavirus Pandemic, Second Amended Order (Lawyer and Judicial Disciplinary Matters During the Coronavirus Emergency) dated June 15, Order (Waiver of Distance Learning Limitations for Continuing Legal Education Requirements) dated June 16, Order (Completion of the Essentials Series by Newly Admitted Members) dated June 16, Scheduled Maintenance Notice, Order (Chief Judges for Administrative Purposes of the Summary Courts), Order (COVID-19 Mitigation Measures for the July 2020 South Carolina Bar Examination) dated July 2, Order (Issuance of No-Knock Search Warrants by Circuit and Summary Courts Judges) dated July 10, Mandatory Survey re COVID-19 for Bar Applicants, Order dated July 23 (Certification of Compliance with the CARES Act in Evictions, SCCA Form 256B), Order dated July 24 (Family Court Benchmark), Order (Required Use of Protective Masks in County and Municipal Courthouses) dated July 30 and superseding the Order dated May 26, Memo – Inclement Weather dated August 3, Memo – Court Operations during the Seven-Week Period August 3 – September 18, Memo – Court Operations, Memo- Summary Court Operations, dated September 25, 2020, Order (Selection of New Grand Jury Members), Order (Operation of the Trial Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency), and Operation of the Trial Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency dated March 4, 2021
Per the order regarding Operation of the Trial Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency, dated March 4, 2021, if done in accordance with a plan approved by the Chief Justice, jury selections and jury trials may be conducted. An in-person trial or hearing may be conducted if a judge determines (1) it is appropriate to conduct an in-person trial or hearing and (2) the trial or hearing can be safely be conducted. Except as may be restricted by any constitutional provision, statutory provision or other provision of this order, a non-jury trial or a hearing on a motion or other matter, including a first appearance in a criminal case, may be conducted using remote communication technology to avoid the need for a physical appearance by any party, witness or counsel.
All summary courts must submit a COVID-19 Jury Trial Plan to Renee Lipson at South Carolina Court Administration. This plan shall be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org within 45 days of the date of this memorandum. A county chief magistrate may submit the individualized plans on behalf of all magistrate courts within in their county. The summary court jury trial plan must comply with Centers for Disease Control guidelines for personal protective equipment, social distancing and sanitization. The plans must be accommodating to both criminal and civil jury trials, as appropriate. No summary court jury trials may proceed unless the jury trial plan has been pre-approved by South Carolina Court Administration.
Per the Memo regarding Court Operations, dated September 14, 2020, beginning September 21, 2020 court operations will resume normal schedule and docket management, including in-person hearings in Circuit Court and Family Court, as well as General Sessions and Common Please jury trials. All matters may be heard in-person effective September 21, 2020. Judges have the discretion to determine whether it is appropriate to conduct a hearing using remote communication technology. Consent of the parties is not required.
Per the Memo regarding Court Operations during the Seven Week Period August 3 – September 18, 2020, judges shall continue to hear any non-jury matter currently pending. All local administrative orders must be approved by the Chief Justice and filed with Court Administration prior to implementation. Every judge not previously scheduled for vacation or official leave should operate on a normal schedule and keep regular office hours. Judges will continue handling as much of the regular dockets within their circuits as is practical. In doing so, judges shall adhere to the guidance set forth in the Order as amended on April 22, 2020. Status conferences shall be held in all cases on the trial docket, criminal and civil, and pre-trial motions should be disposed of. Limited judicial travel for court assignments will now be permitted. Notwithstanding any prior guidance, continuances on pre-trial matters are discouraged during this seven-week period and should be granted only in exceptional circumstances with good cause shown. Any matter heard in person must be conducted in a reasonably safe manner.
Per the Memo regarding Inclement Weather, the National Hurricane Center is forecasting that some areas of South Carolina may experience inclement weather as a result of Tropical Storm Isaias. All state judicial officers and employees should follow the decisions made by their respective county government officials regarding office delays or closings. Judges assigned to counties operating as normal should be flexible in granting continuances to attorneys and parties who experience personal issues caused by the weather conditions that prevent their remote or in-person appearance in court. Despite this, the chief judges for administrative purposes at all levels may direct that certain matters or proceedings go forward despite the closure or delay, and shall ensure that bond hearings continue to be conducted at least once a day if conditions are safe to do so. Please refer to the State Emergency Management website, www.scemd.org/closings, or individual county government websites, for the status of state government offices for each county.
Per the Order dated July 30 (superseding the Order dated May 26), all persons employed in, conducting business in, or otherwise visiting on present for any reason in county and municipal courthouses statewide are required to wear a protective mask or other facial covering while inside the courthouse, subject to the following provisions: (1) during courtroom proceedings, the judge may require the removal of masks or face coverings for a brief period of time for the fair presentation of the case. In such instances, social distancing should be observed; (2) judges and court reporters may remove their masks while in the courtroom in order to fulfill their duties. In such instances clear face shields should be work if available and social distancing should be observed to the extent practicable; (3) face coverings need not be worn by judges and courthouse personnel while in private work areas where the person is not likely to come within six feet of other staff; (4) persons may be required by judges, courthouse staff, or law enforcement to briefly remove their mask when necessary for identification purposes.
Per Order dated July 30, all persons employed in, conducting business in, or otherwise visiting or present for any reason in county and municipal courthouses statewide shall be screened for fever by courthouse staff using an infrared or temporal thermometer. Anyone who registers a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above shall not be admitted. To ensure that proper social distancing may be maintained, and that there are sufficient supplies for those who must be present in courthouses. Clerks of Court and Chief Judges for Administrative Purposes or presiding judges may limit the number of non-litigants allowed inside courthouses. Any person who refuses to comply with these directives is subject to contempt for violation of this order. This order does not prohibit anyone from wearing other PPE, including but not limited to gloves, in addition to their mask or other facial covering.
Per the Order dated June 15, all deadlines falling prior to June 9, 2020, are extended for an additional twenty (20) days. No further communication from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) or the Office of Commission Counsel (OCC) is required to effectuate this extension. A deadline of or after June 9, 2020, is not extended absent a request for an extension. Any person seeking additional time to perform any act under the RLDE or the RJDE may make a request for such pursuant to Rule 14(b), RLDE or Rule 14(b), RJDE. Furthermore, any procedural default occurring on or after March 13, 2020 through May 20, 2020, is forgiven. Any procedural default occurring after May 20, 2020, will be enforced unless otherwise provided by this Order. Any request by a complainant for review pursuant to Rule 18(b), RLDE or Rule 18(b), RJDE, of a dismissal of the complaint was temporarily extended for a period of ninety (90) days following a notice of dismissal. The following deadlines are not affected by the Order or this guidance: (A) lawyers charged with or convicted of a crime; (B) reciprocal discipline and reciprocal incapacity inactive status; and (C) judges charged with or convicted of a crime.
Per the Order dated June 15, documents may no longer be delivered to ODC or OCC. Documents may be filed utilizing the U.S. mail, fax, or email. The fax number for ODC is (803) 734-1964. The fax number for OCC is (803) 734-0363. The general email address for ODC is ODCmail@sccourts.org. The general email address for OCC is OCCmail@sccourts.org. A lawyer may sign documents utilizing an electronic form of the lawyer’s signature in accordance with part (f) of the Order. Lawyers may also utilize OneDrive for Business. Where an affidavit is required to be filed or submitted, 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.”
All jury trials in the Supreme Court of South Carolina are postponed, except grand juries, as outlined in the Order regarding County Grand Juries dated May 29. 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.
Effective April 6, 2020, the Supreme Court, John C. Calhoun and Edgar Brown Buildings, are closed to the public.
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. The due dates for all trial court filings due on or after the effective date of this order are extended for thirty days. 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, 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 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.
Per the Order regarding County Grand Juries dated May 29, section (d)(2) of the Operation of the Trial Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency Order dated April 22 is amended. County grand juries may convene in person beginning June 1, as long as grand jurors can be safely distanced and equipped with protective gear, and meeting rooms and courtrooms sanitized. All other provisions of the April 22 Order remain in place unless modified by a subsequent order. Furthermore, the Solicitor of the Attorney General may still present an indictment to the county grand jury using remote communication technology such as video conferencing and teleconferencing when necessary to minimize the risk to the members of the county grand juries, witnesses, lawyers, and court employees. Any necessary oath may be administered using this same remote communication technology.
Per the Order regarding Operation of the Appellate Courts during the Coronavirus Emergency as amended on May 29, for oral arguments that would normally be open to the public, the Supreme Court will either live stream the arguments and/or post a recording to the video portal on the South Carolina Judicial Branch website. As the risk to participants diminishes, the Appellate Courts will return to conducting arguments and hearings in a courtroom, with appropriate limitations on the number of persons permitted to be present.
Per the Order regarding Operation of the Appellate Courts as amended on May 29, until further notice, persons desiring to hand deliver documents to the Supreme Court must utilize a drop box located at the rear doors of the Supreme Court Building. Parties are warned that deliveries sent by private carriers may not be accepted for delivery if it becomes necessary to completely close the Supreme Court building. Documents delivered to the court will be subject to a quarantine period of 48 hours once they are physically received by the court. Rule 262(a)(2) allows for a document to be filed by electronically transmitted facsimile copy so long as a copy is immediately sent by U.S. Mail. While this order remains in effect, the requirement for a copy to be sent by U.S. Mail is suspended. Lawyers who are licensed to practice law in South Carolina may utilize OneDrive for Business to electronically submit documents for filing and are strongly encouraged to do so. During this emergency, filings may be made by e-mail. For the Supreme Court, the e-mail shall be sent to email@example.com; for the Court of Appeals, the e-mail shall be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the event the document requires a filing fee, a check or money order for the fee must be mailed to the Appellate Court within 5 days of the filing. A document transmitted and received by e-mail on or before 11:59:59 p.m. EST shall be considered filed on that day.
Per the Order as amended on May 29, a document filed with the Appellate Courts need not be accompanied by any additional copies. While this order remains in effect, a lawyer or self-represented litigant may sign documents using “s/[typed name of person],” a signature stamp, or a scanned or other electronic version of the person’s signature. The methods that may be used to serve documents on opposing counsel or a party are as follows: (1) service by delivery (discouraged during this emergency); (2) service by mail; (3) service using AIS e-mail address (for a lawyer to serve a document on another lawyer, both of whom are admitted to practice in this state); and (4) service in actions under Rule 245.
Per the Order as amended on May 29, while the order remains in effect, no filing fee will be required for a motion for an extension. The due dates for all Appellate Court filings due during the period of March 20 through June 8 are automatically extended for 20 days. This extension does not extend the time to serve a notice of appeal under rules 203, 243, and 247. The extension is inapplicable to due dates after June 8. In the event a party to a case or other matter pending before an Appellate Court was required to take certain action on or after March 13, but failed to do so, that procedural default was forgiven, and the required action was required to be taken by April 9. If a dismissal order was issued based on this default, the clerk of the Appellate Court shall rescind that dismissal order. This forgiveness does not apply to the failure of a party to timely serve the notice of appeal under Rules 203, 243, and 247. The Court of Appeals may issue an order supplementing this order, but the supplemental order is not effective until approved by the Chief Justice.
- Back to top
- Texas Judicial Branch, including Dallas County and District Courts – Notice, 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, Emergency Order 16, Emergency Order 17, Emergency Order 18, Emergency Order 19 (Bar Examination), Emergency Order 20 (July 21), Emergency Order 25, Emergency Order 26, Emergency Order 27, Court Guidance Effective October 1, Emergency Order 28, Emergency Order 29, Emergency Order 30, Emergency Order 31, Updated Guidance for Court Proceedings (dated December 31, 2020), Emergency Order 32, Emergency Order 33, Emergency Order 34, Emergency Order 35, Emergency Order 36, and Emergency Order 37
Pursuant to Emergency Order 36, which renews and amends Emergency Order 33, subject only to constitutional limitations, all courts in Texas may in any case, civil or criminal (and must to avoid risk to court staff, parties, attorneys, jurors, and the public) without a participant’s consent (except as listed in the Order) modify or suspend any and all deadlines and procedures, whether prescribed by statute, rule, or order, for a stated period ending no later than June 1, 2021.
Emergency Orders 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, and 37 establish eviction procedures for tenants and landlords under a statewide housing-assistance program intended to avoid evictions for tenants behind on rent.
Emergency Order 20 changes the procedures for all eviction proceedings filed from March 27, 2020, through August 24, 2020. Emergency Order 18 extends and amends the 17th Emergency Order, and prohibits jury proceedings until September 1 but authorizes limited number of jury proceedings under certain conditions.
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.
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.
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.
- Back to top
- Vermont – Notice, Administrative Order No. 48, and AO 49 - Declaration of Judicial Emergency and Changes to Court Procedures with amendments through 4-8-21
Superior courts may schedule and hold individual jury trials in criminal proceedings and civil proceedings after January 1, 2021, only with the authorization of the Chief Superior Judge and the Court Administrator. 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 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.
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.
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. We have endeavored to make this list as comprehensive as possible, but it may not be complete. If you have a matter before a specific court or agency, we recommend that you read the entire linked communication, contact the court or agency directly, and check the provided link to the court’s website for the most up-to-date information.