State and Federal Civil Courts

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This information is intended to inform firm clients and friends about legal developments, including recent decisions of various courts and administrative bodies, in a rapidly changing, uncertain environment. This information may not constitute the most complete or up-to-date legal or other information and not all sources can be validated. Nothing in this Interactive Map should be construed as legal advice or a legal opinion, and readers should not act upon the information contained in this Interactive Map without seeking the advice of legal counsel.

Alabama

Federal court reactionslast updated March 31, 2020

  • Eleventh circuit:  Panels are permitted to hear oral arguments via audio or teleconference, which will be live-streamed to the public where feasible. See Order. Restricted access to the Courthouse.  See court information for details.
  • Northern district:  All civil and criminal jury trials are continued. All non-jury trials are continued. All other civil proceedings are to be conducted by phone, videoconferencing, or electronic means. All unexpired deadlines or briefing schedules are extended by 14 days, but statutory or rule-based deadlines remain in effect. See Order. Visitor restrictions in place. See court information for details.
  • Middle district:  All jury trials and corresponding trial deadlines scheduled from March 17, 2020, through April 16, 2020, are continued. No jurors will be summoned for civil or criminal jury trials during this period. Any requirements for delivering paper copies are suspended until further notice. Access to courthouses is restricted to judges, court staff, members of the media, and visitors with official business with the court. Attorneys delivering required filings, pleadings, and briefs must use the drop box located outside. See Order & Order. See court information for details.
  • Southern district:  Visitor restrictions in place. No orders addressing closures/procedures. See court information for details.

State court reactionslast updated March 31, 2020 

  • Statewide: All in-person proceedings are suspended from March 16, 2020, through April 16, 2020, with some exceptions. Any deadlines set by or subject to regulation by the Alabama Supreme Court that are set to expire between March 16, 2020 and April 16, 2020, are extended to April 20, 2020. Electronic filing deadlines for the appellate courts are extended until March 23, 2020. This does NOT include any statutory period of repose or statute of limitations period. See Order. These rules apply only to in-person courtroom proceedings and does not impact out-of-court activities in civil cases, such as depositions or mediations. See Order. See court information for details
  • Supreme and appellate courts: Heflin-Torbert Judicial Building is closed to general public. Hard copy filing requirements are suspended until April 17, 2020.
  • Lower state courts: Each lower court has its own standing owner addressing court closures, cancellations, and appearance postponements.

 

Alaska

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Ninth circuit: Courthouses closed to the public during non-court weeks. Oral arguments scheduled in March through May are being evaluated one at a time and court will issue orders in those cases providing direction; 60-day briefing extensions will be granted.  See notice for details.
  • District of Alaska:  Visitor restrictions imposed.  Effective March 30, 2020, all civil matters stayed for 30 days.  All civil jury trials scheduled to commence before May 1, 2020 are continued pending further order of the court. Judges may issue other orders concerning future continuances as necessary and appropriate. no hearings scheduled between March 23, 2020, and May 1, 2020, will go  forward except for emergency matters.  All trial-specific deadlines in civil cases scheduled to begin before May 1, 2020, are continued pending further order of the assigned judge.  All in-person status hearings set through May 1, 2020 are vacated  See miscellaneous general order 202-11 for more details.   

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Alaska supreme court:  The Anchorage Supreme Court is closed to the public. All briefing deadlines are extended to May 1, 2020. Electronic filing is strongly encouraged, and all parties (including non-attorneys) are authorized to use electronic signature. See order for details
  • Alaska court of appeals:  The Court of Appeals courtroom is closed to the public. All briefing deadlines are extended to May 1, 2020. Electronic filing is strongly encouraged, and all parties (including non-attorneys) are authorized to use electronic signature. See order for details
  • Lower state courts: Visitor restrictions imposed. See courthouse visitor alert for details.  All superior court and district court proceedings are suspended through April 3, 2020, except certain priority hearings. Widespread changes to court procedures to postpone jury trials and allow telephonic appearances and implement visitor restrictions. See order and Alaska COVID-19 response for details. 

Arizona

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Ninth circuit: Courthouses closed to the public during non-court weeks; oral arguments scheduled in March through May are being evaluated one at a time and court  will issue orders in those cases providing direction; 60-day briefing extensions will be granted.  See notice for details.
  • District of Arizona: Flagstaff Courthouse will be closed to the public except for those court proceedings, such as initial appearances, deemed necessary by the court. Individual judges may hold hearings in civil matters as they  deem necessary in the safest possible matter.  Hearings for necessary matters will be conducted   telephonically or by videoconference where feasible. Jury trials scheduled to commence before May 4, 2020 are continued pending further order of the court  Visitor restrictions imposed.   The court authorized the use of video and telephone conferencing, under certain circumstances with the consent of the defendant, for various criminal events See order 20-17, order 20-15 , 20-16 and order 20-18 for further details.  

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Arizona supreme court: All in-person proceedings to be avoided to the greatest extent possible.  See administrative order 2020-48 for details.
  • Arizona court of appeals:  All in-person proceedings to be avoided to the greatest extent possible.  See administrative order 2020-48 for details.  Good faith extension requests in division 1 will be considered good cause for an extension. See  division 1 news for details.  Oral argument in division 2 to be conducted telephonically. See announcement for details.
  • Lower state courts: Widespread court closures and visitor restrictions.  See COVID-19 Information & Updates and search by county for county-specific administrative orders. 

Arkansas

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Eighth circuit:  Requirement to file paper copies is suspended. Visitor restrictions imposed.  See notice for details. See court information for details.
  • Eastern district: All jury trials between March 18, 2020, and April 30, 2020, are continued.  Further continuances will be handled by each presiding judge.  Judges will continue to hold hearings, conferences, and bench trials in civil and criminal cases, but will do so by telephone or videoconference when practicable. Check with individual judge. Certain criminal hearings will be conducted by video teleconference or telephone. Felony pleas and sentencing will be either continued or conducted  by video teleconference or telephone. If emergency conditions do not abate in the next ninety days, the Court will review the authorizations no later than June 29, 2020.  See Order, Order, and Order Three. See court information for details.  
  • Western district: All trials (both bench and jury) scheduled from March 17, 2020, through May 1, 2020, are continued and will be rescheduled by the presiding judge. All civil hearings or other court proceedings, including settlement conferences, will take place as scheduled or by videoconference at the discretion of the judge until further order of the court. Visitor restrictions imposed. Business hours reduced to 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. See Order & Order. See court information for details.

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Statewide: All in-person proceedings in all appellate, circuit, and district courts are suspended from March 18, 2020, through April 3, 2020 (with exceptions). All oral arguments before the Arkansas Supreme Court and Arkansas Court of Appeals are canceled.  Jury panels suspended until May 1, 2020. Filing deadlines remain in place. See Order & Order. See court information for details.
  • Supreme court:  The Justice Building will be closed to the public from 5:00 p.m. March 19, 2020, until further notice. The Clerk’s office shall remain open for official business. Case filing deadlines have not been extended. See court information for details
  • Lower state courts: Each lower court has its own standing owner addressing court closures, cancellations, and appearance postponements. See here for specific county division closures and updates.

California

Federal court reactionslast updated March 31, 2020

  • Ninth circuit: Courthouses closed to the public during non-court weeks. Oral arguments scheduled in March through May are being evaluated one at a time and will issue orders in those cases providing direction; 60-day briefing extensions will be granted.  See notice for details.
  • Northern district: San Jose courthouse closed to the public in its entirety until April 7, 2020, with no exceptions.  All other courthouses closed to the general public until May 1, 2020.  Only persons having official court business authorized by general order 72 , or by a presiding judge, may enter. The court has consolidated and relocated all essential court proceedings to the San Francisco Courthouse at 450 Golden Gate Avenue, effective March 26, 2020 until April 7, 2020. Civil jury trials before May 1, 2020 to be continued.  Civil matters to be decided on the papers with limited exceptions. See general order no. 73 and notice for details.
  • Central district: Courthouses closed to public. No civil case hearings will go forward except for emergency, time-sensitive matters which will proceed telephonically only.  See general order 20-042 and notice for further information.
  • Eastern district: Courthouse closed to public. Jury trials before May 1, 2020 to be continued but judges may continue to hold hearings, conferences and bench trials in their discretion and visitor restrictions imposed. All civil matters will be decided on papers unless judge determines hearing is necessary, in which case hearing will take place via telephone or videoconference. See court information for details.
  • Southern district: Jury trials continued until April 16, 2020 but judges may continue to hold hearings, conferences and bench trials in their discretion.  See court information for details.

State court reactionslast updated March 31, 2020

  • California supreme court:  All California supreme court proceedings with deadlines from March 20, 2020 to April 20, 2020 are extended 30 days. See news release for details. In-person oral argument suspended and counsel to appear remotely via video, telephone conference or other electronic means.  See news release for details. Further updates to be posted here.  
  • 1st district court of appeal: The time to do any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court is extended by 30-days for proceedings with deadlines occurring between March 18, 2020 and April 17, 2020. See order for details. All in-person oral argument sessions are suspended. Counsel may appear telephonically and fees will be waived.  See announcement for details. Further updates to be posted here
  • 2nd district court of appeal:  The time to do any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court is extended by 30-days. No application for extension required. See order. In-person oral argument suspended and counsel to appear remotely via video, teleconference or other electronic means. See announcement for details. 
  • 3rd district court of appeal: Until further notice all oral arguments will be telephonic.  See announcement for details.
  • 4th district court of appeal:  The time to do any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court is extended by 30-days for proceedings with deadlines occurring between March 19, 2020 and April 18, 2020. See order for details. Parties with concerns about health issues, but who are still able to argue the case, should contact the court to arrange to appear for oral argument via teleconference.  See announcement for details.
  • 5th district court of appeal: In-person oral argument suspended and counsel to appear via CourtCall.  See announcement for details. For all proceddings with deadlines between March 23, 2020 and April 22, 2020, the time to do any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court is extended by 30 days. No application for extension is required. See order
  • 6th district court of appeal: Building where court located is closed to the public and oral argument suspended.  The court obtained an emergency order to extend jurisdictional filing deadlines. The time to do any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court is now extended by 30 additional days for proceedings with deadlines between March 18, 2020 and April 17, 2020. No application for an extension is required.  See announcement and order for details. 
  • Lower state courts: All jury trials suspended for a period of 60-days starting March 23, 2020. See judicial council order
    • Alameda county: Court closed to public. March 17 through April 3, 2020 will be deemed court holidays for purposes of computing time for filing papers with the court pursuant to CCP 12 and 12a. All evictions are stayed through April 8, 2020. Civil jury trials set between March 16, 2020 and April 3, 2020 are continued on rolling basis for 8 weeks from current date. See order and press release for details. Additional remote services being developed. See press release for details. 
    • Alpine county:  All scheduled court hearings, with the exception of certain criminal matters, will be rescheduled to May 2020 by minute order.  Court encourages a reduction in all non-essential hearings, the use of court-call, and other measures to minimize risk of personal contact.  See notice for further details.  
    • Amador county:  Courthouse closed to public until April 6, 2020 with limited exceptions.  All filings suspended until April 6, 2020.  Court is preparing rescheduling orders which will be sent out March 27, 2020. See announcement for details.
    • Butte county:  Limited access to courthouse. See notice for details. Small claims and unlawful detainer matters between March 20, 2020 and May 18, 2020 are vacated and will be re-set.   See order for details.  March 23, 2020 to March 27, 2020 are deemed holidays for computing time under CCP 12 and 12a. See order. Court will reopen week of March 30, 2020 with reduced services and limited access. Further updates to be posted here.
    • Calaveras county:  Clerk's counters closed to the public.  Mediations to be conducted by conference call.  See public notice for details.  Further updates to be posted here
    • Colusa county:  Court closed from March 20, 2020 to April 3, 2020 with limited exceptions.  See notice for details.  Further updates to be posted here
    • Contra Costa county: Courthouses closed from March 16, 2020 to April 1, 2020. Court has requested authorization from Chief Justice to continue closure through April 30, 2020.  Hearings scheduled during this time to be continued.  See notice for details.  Court will begin accepting filings on April 6, 2020 except traffic and unlawful detainer matters. See press release for detials. Further updates to be posted here
    • Del Norte county: Court closed from March 20, 2020 to April 1, 2020.  All jury trials are suspended until May 26, 2020. See order for details.  March 20, 2020 to April 17, 2020 deemed court holidays for purposes of computing time for filing papers. See notice for more information
    • El Dorado county:  Clerk's counters closed to the public.  See notice for details.  Further updates to be posted here.  
    • Fresno county: All courtrooms closed except for certain time-sensitive and essential functions. All matters have been continued by the court, parties will receive further notice from court. See order for additional information. Marhc 23, 2020 through April 3, 2020 are declared court holidays. See order
    • Glenn county:  Court access limited. Most civil matters calendared for dates between March 20, 2020 and May 18, 2020 are vacated and reset. See order. Small claims and unlawful detainer matters calendared between March 20, 2020 and May 18, 2020 vacated and will be re-set.  See order and notice for details.  Further updates to be posted here
    • Humboldt county: Court closed until March 23, 2020.  Beginning March 23, 2030 and continung for at least 30 days thereafter, the court will conduct limited hearings and operations.  See press release for details.  Further updates to be posted here
    • Imperial county:  Court closed from March 23, 2020 to March 31, 2020, with limited exceptions in El Centro courthouse.  All civil proceedings will be rescheduled.  No jury trials will be held for at least the next 30 days.  See announcements for details and further updates. 
    • Inyo county:  All jury trials through April 13, 2020 vacated.  All civil law and motion matters, case management conferences, mandatory settlement conferences, and unlawful detainer hearings scheduled between March 23, 2020 and May 1, 2020 will be re-set. Court will liberally grant continuances.  See press release and order for details.  Further updates to be posted here.  
    • Kern county: Only limited matters will be heard.  All other hearings will be rescheduled.  Clerk's window closed.  Statutory deadlines extended.  See news release and general order for details.  Further updates to be posted here
    • Kings county: Civil trials from March 18, 2020 to April 17, 2020 continued 30 days.  Clerk's window's closed to the public.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See press release and general order for details.  Further updates to be posted here
    • Lake county: Court closed except for time-sensitive and essential functions through May 1, 2020.  April 2, 2020 to May 1, 2020 are deemed holidays for purposes of computing time for filing papers under CCP 12 and 12a. See order for details. Further updates to be posted here
    • Lassen county: Court closed until April 13, 2020.  All jury trials scheduled between March 23, 2020 and April 30, 2020 are vacated.  All counsel to appear between March 23, 2020 and April 10, 2020 in civil and probate matters should arrange to attend via CourtCall.  Small claims trials between March 23, 2020 and April 10, 2020 to be continued 28 days.  See order and update for details.  Further updates to be posted here
    • Los Angeles county: Courts open for essential and emergency functions. Nearly 400 courtrooms will remain closed at least through April 16, 2020. All unlawful detainer matters are continued. All trials suspended through April 16, 2020.  Visitor restrcitions imposed.  See announcement and timeline for details.  Further updates to be posted here
    • Madera county:  Visitor restrictions. Continuances liberally granted. Non-essential services suspended.  All civil trials currently scheduled between March 17, 2020 and April 3, 2020 continued on a rolling basis for 8 weeks from the currently scheduled date.  All case management conferences and mandatory settlement conferences scheduled between March 17, 2020 and April 3, 2020 are continued on a rolling basis for 8 weeks.  One civil department will remain open to hear emergency motions.  See press release and order for details.   Further updates to be posted here
    • Marin county: Closed for all non-essential matters until April 7, 2020.   Certain statutory deadlines extended.  All civil matters, hearings and trials scheduled within 90 days of March 16, 2020 will be continued.  Civil law and motions calendars to be heard at the discretion of the assigned judge.  See March 16, 2020 orderMarch 17, 2020 order and notice for details.  Further updates to be posted here
    • Mariposa county:  All civil jury trials set between March 17, 2020 and May 5, 2020 will be continued and re-set to a date agreeable to all ocunsel.  Court will liberally grant continuances in all matters.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See notice and standing order for details.  Further updates to be posted here. 
    • Mendocino county:  All jury trials scheduled for March 23, 2020, March 25, 2020 (Ten Mile) and March 30, 2020 vacated.  Counsel in all civil matters scheduled between March 17, 2020 and April 3, 2020 should appear via CourtCall. See general order and civil order for details.  Further updates to be posted here
    • Merced county:  All jury trials, except those in progress, continued.  Revised procedures re: tentative rulings.  See general order and letter for civil litigants for details.  Further updates to be posted here
    • Modoc county:  All jury trials scheduled to commence before April 13, 2020 are vacated and will be re-set.  Counsel in all civil matters scheduled before April 13, 2020 should appear via CourtCall.  See order for details.  Further updates to be posted here
    • Mono county: Court close to public except for time-sensitive and essential functions. See order for details. 
    • Monterey county:  Courthouse closed for nonessential functions through April 3, 2020.   See press release for details.  Further update to be posted here.  
    • Napa county: Courthouse closed through April 10, 2020.  See notice for details.  Further updates to be posted here
    • Nevada county:  Jury trials on or before April 14, 2020 vacated.  All non-essential hearings before April 14,2020 vacated.  See notice for details.  Further updates to be posted here. 
    • Orange countyCourt closed to public, including attorneys, until at least April 24, 2020.   See announcement  and amended order for  details.
    • Placer county:  Auburn courthouse closed through April 13, 2020.  All jury trials set between March 16, 2020 and April 10, 2020 postponed.  Only limited civil matters will be heard.  See announcements for details and further updates. 
    • Plumas county:  No changes to normal operations.  Updates to be posted here
    • Riverside county:   Eight courthouses closed completely through April 3, 2020.  Six remaining open with reduced hours to handle limited emergency  matters.  Civil trials suspended until May 25, 2020.  Hearings to be conducted by telephone.  See press release for details.  Further updates to be posted here
    • Sacramento county: All courtrooms closed except Department 47. March 20 through March 30, 2020 to be considered court holidays for all purposes except certain emergency matters.  See notice and letter for details. Court closure extended through April 16, 2020. See order
    • San Benito county:  Civil trials, unlimited civil motions, limited civil motions, small claims hearings, case management conferences and mandatory settlement conferences through May 4, 2020 will be rescheduled.  See notice for details.  Further updates to be posted here
    • San Bernardino county: Court closed for non-emergency matters through April 2, 2020. Only emergency hearings will go forward, all other hearings will be continued. March 17 through April 2, 2020 will be deemed court holidays for purposes of computing time for filing papers with the court pursuant to CCP 12 and 12a See announcement for details.
    • San Diego county: All non-emergency services suspended through April 3. March 17 through April 3, 2020 will be deemed court holidays for purposes of computing time for filing papers with the court pursuant to CCP 12 and 12a. See announcement for details. Additional emergency services added. See announcement
    • San Francisco county:  All civil trials currently set between Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, April 15, 2020, will be continued on a rolling basis for 90 days from the currently scheduled trial date. All hearings will be telephonic. All unlawful detainer proceedings stayed 90 days. See website for details. 
    • San Joaquin countyCourthouses closed to public for general business except for limited purposes.    All civil proceedings, including trials, set between March 16, 2020 and April 3, 2020 continued on a rolling basis from the current date. Wednesday, March 18, 2020 through Friday, April 3, 2020, inclusive, for purposes of computing time for filing papers under Code of Civil Procedure sections 12 and 12a are deemed holidays. Court closed March 30 and March 31, 2020. See notice for details and further updates. 
    • San Luis Obispo county:  Effective March 19, 2020 through April 10, 2020, Paso Robles and Grover Beach courthouses closed to the public.  See notices for details and further updates.  
    • San Mateo county: All trials suspended until April 13, 2020. March 16 through March 31, 2020 will be deemed court holidays for purposes of computing time for filing papers with the court pursuant to CCP 12 and 12a. Not writ of possession may be issued in a pending unlawful detailer matter through April 7, 2020, and settlement conference and trials in unlawful detainer actions are continued. See website for details.  
    • Santa Barbara county:  Most courtrooms closed. March 17 through March 27, 2020 will be deemed court holidays for purposes of computing time for filing papers with the court pursuant to CCP 12 and 12a. Statutory deadlines and temporary restraining orders extended by not more than 30 days. All civil matters set through April 3, 2020 will be reset.  See announcement for more information.
    • Santa Clara county: All non-essential functions suspended.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See announcements for details. 
    • Santa Cruz county: Hearings proceeding by CourtCall only; civil mediations postponed 30 days; all temporary restraining orders expiring between March 17, 2020 and April 16, 2020 extended 30 days. See announcement for details.
    • Shasta county: All jury trials between March 17, 2020 and April 13, 2020 cancelled. All civil trials set "in the near future" will be vacated and reset by court order.  Mandatory settlement conferences set "in the near future" will likewise be suspended.  After March 23, 2020, the civil division will only hear emergency matters.  See adminstrative order 11-2020 and administrative order 13-2020 for details.  
    • Sierra county: Courthouse closed until further notice. See announcement for details.
    • Siskiyou county: Courthouse closed through April 3, 2020.  All cases set through April 17, 2020 will be continued unless there is a critical issue requiring a case be heard as currently set. All jury trials scheduled to commence through April 17, 2020 are vacated. Unlawful detainer and foreclosure injunctions will be rescheduled. March 23, 2020 through April 17, 2020 are deemed holidays for purposes of computing time under various statutes. See press release for details.  
    • Solano county: Trials and hearings through April 3, 2020 to be rescheduled.  See announcement for details. 
    • Sonoma county: Courthouse closed through April 3, 2020 except for critical calendars and functions.  See announcement for details. March 30, 2020 through April 14, 2020 are deemed holidays for purposes of calculating deadlines under CCP 12 and 12a. See order for details. 
    • Stanislaus county:  All non-emergency services suspended.  Court will reschedule and provide notice for all civil trials except unlawful detainer; case management conferences; mandatory settlement conference and law and motions matters.  See public notice for details.
    • Sutter county:  All non-emergency services suspended through April 10, 2020.  All civil case management conferences betwen March 20, 2020 and April 10, 2020 vacated.  Jurors need not appear.  See COVID-19 information for details.
    • Tehama county: Courthouse closed through April 3, 2020.  All matters set during this time-period to be rescheduled.  March 19, 2020 to April 3, 2020 are deemed holidays for purposes of computing the time for filing papers under CCP 12 and 12a. See announcement and order for details.
    • Trinity county:  Court closed through April 17, 2020.  See emergency order for details.
    • Tulare county:  Court substantially closed to public through April 16, 2020.  All civil trials set through April 17, 2020 will be continued.  Civil hearings to be continued.  See announcement and website for details.
    • Tuolumne county:  All jury trials through April 22, 2020 will be rescheduled.  Mediation services only provided by phone, video or online.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See press release for details.
    • Ventura county: Limited operations through April 17, 2020.  The majority of courtrooms and all clerk's offices will remain closed.  Civil trials and non-emergency matters suspended 90 days effective March 20, 2020.  See press release for details.
    • Yolo county:  Courthouse closed for non-essential functions.  Civil hearings calendared between March 17, 2020 and April 1, 2020 to be re-set.  See announcements for details.
    • Yuba county: Courthouse closed through April 9, 2020.  March 20, 2020 through April 9, 2020 are deemed holidays.  See announcement and order for details. See announcement for details. 

Colorado

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Tenth circuit:  Courthouse closed to the public and the requirement to submit paper copies of briefs, appendices and petitions for rehearing en banc is temporarily suspended. See announcement for details.  Additional email from clerk states: court is assessing all cases set for argument in April/May.  Cases will be argued telephonically, submitted on briefs, or reset for in-person argument at a later date.  Counsel will be notified of the court's determinations ahead of the scheduled argument.
  • District of Colorado: All civil jury trials through May 1, 2020 continued. Visitor restrictions imposed. See general order 2020-1, general order 2020-2, and general order 2020-3 for details.
    • Judge Neureiter:  All non-evidentiary hearings in civil matters through April 20, 2020 converted to telephonic appearances unless otherwise ordered.  The parties should jointly contact chambers at (303) 335-2403 at the designated time.  Counsel should check the court's website one week prior to the hearing to determine if the court's procedures have been changed.  See standing order for details. 
    • Judge Varholak: All non-evidentiary hearings in civil matters through April 10, 2020 converted to telephonic appearances unless otherwise ordered.  The parties should jointly contact chambers at (303) 335-2365 at the designated time.  Counsel should check the court's website one week prior to the hearing to determine if the court's procedures have been changed. See standing order for details.
    • Judge Wang: All proceedings between March 16, 2020 through April 7, 2020 vacated and will be reset upon further order of the court.  See amended standing order for details. 

 State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Colorado supreme court:  No changes to court operations due to COVID-19.  Pro se parties may file by fax or email.  Further updates to be posted here.
  • Colorado court of appeals: Oral arguments in March and April 2020 vacated and appeals to be decided without oral argument if parties agree.  See announcement for details.  Furhter updates to be posted here
  • Lower state courts:  All civil jury trials in all courts suspended through May 15, 2020 and all district court judges expected to make efforts to minimize or eliminate in-person proceedings and contact. See announcements and order extending prohibition on jury calls for further details.
    • 1st judicial district - Gilpin and Jefferson counties:  Limited operations through May 1, 2020.  All appearances except for matters concerning public safety will be vacated and continued.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See notice for details and further updates.
    • 2nd judicial district – Denver county:  Reduced operations through May 15, 2020 to provide only essential court services and reduce appearances in civil matters.  All in-person civil proceedings, including bench trials, converted to a telephone appearance through May 15, 2020.  Visitor restrictions.  See notice and amended administrative order for details and further updates.
    • 3rd judicial district – Huerfano and Los Animas counties: Operating on an emergency basis only.  All jury trials scheduled for March, April and May will be continued.  All hearings set through May 15, 2020 will be continued with limited exceptions.  Visitor restrictions. See notice for details and further updates.
    • 4th judicial district – Teller and El Paso countiesEl Paso County courthouse closed to the public through April 10, 2020 with limited exceptions.  All in-person civil hearings, trials and other matters scheduled through April 10, 2020 are vacated, subject to rescheduling.  Visitor restrictions. See chief judge order 20-11 and notice for details and further updates.
    • 5th judicial district – Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake and Summit counties: All appearances (including hearings scheduled to proceed by electronic means) set from through April 17, 2020 vacated and continued with limited exceptions.   All jury trials set to commence before May 15, 2020 vacated and continued.  See administrative order 202-102A, administrative order 2020-102 and administrative order 202-012A-1 for details.
    • 6th judicial district – Archuleta, La Plata and San Juan counties: Visitor restrictions.  See notice for details and further updates.
    • 7th judicial district – Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties: Visitor restrictions.  See administrative order 2020-2 and notice for details and further updates.
    • 8th judicial district – Jackson and Larimer counties: Court operating on a very limited basis.  All jury trials scheduled through May 15, 2020 are vacated and will need to be re-set.  With limited exceptions, all appearances, trials, or other proceedings scheduled through May 15, 2020 are vacated and continued.  Visitor restrictions. See administrative order 2020-2 and notice for details and further updates.
    • 9th judicial district – Garfield, Pitkin, and Rio Blanco counties: Limited courthouse access.  Only matters concerning public safety will be heard.  Proceedings desigated as "non-essential" by the chief justice's order shall be limited to phone appearances or be continued.  Visitor restrictions.  See order re: operations during COVID-19 period and notice for details and further updates.
    • 10th judicial district – Pueblo county: Visitor restrictions. See notice for details and further updates.
    • 11th judicial district – Chaffee, Custer, Fremont and Park counties: Courthouses closed for regular business.  See notice for details and further updates.
    • 12th judicial district – Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache counties: All civil jury trials scheduled through May 31, 2020 vacated.  Judicial officers will attempt to reschedule all other trials, hearings and conferences scheduled through May 31, 2020 or convert such matters to telephonic appearances. Visitor restrictions.  See administrative order 2020-03 and notice for details and further updates.
    • 13th judicial district – Kit Carson, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma counties:  All jury trials set through April 3, 2020 continued but the court is encouraging the continuance of all jury trials set during the next six weeks. Courthouse restrictions.  See administrative order and notice for further details.
    • 14th judicial district – Grand, Moffat and Routt counties:  Except for matters concerning public safety, all other appearances, hearings and trials likely to be continued and reset.  Parties shall contact the court to reschedule.  All jury trials scheduled before May 1, 2020 vacated and cancelled.  Visitor restrictions.  See administrative order 2020-4 and notice for details and further updates.
    • 15th judicial district – Baca, Cheyenne, Kiowa and Prowers counties: Visitor restrictions. See notice for details and further updates.
    • 16th judicial district – Bent, Crowley and Otero counties: Most courthouse services closed.  Except for matters concerning public safety, all other appearances, hearings and trials set from March 18, 2020 to April 3, 2020 vacated and continued.  Parties shall contact the court to reschedule.  Visitor restrictions.  See administrative order and notice for details and further updates.
    • 17th judicial district – Adams and Broomfield counties: Operating on an emergency basis only.  All appearances, court trials and other hearings set through May 1, 2020 vacated and continued.  Parties shall contact the court to reschedule.  Visitor restrictions. See administrative order for details and further updates.
    • 18th judicial district – Arapahoe, Douglas, Ebert and Lincoln counties: Court hearing only emergency matters through April 17, 2020.  All appearances in any courthouse from March 19, 2020 to April 3, 2020 vacated and continued.  New dates to be posted on the court's website. Visitor restrictions.  See administrative order and notice for details and further updates.
    • 19th judicial district – Weld county: Operating on an emergency basis only.  Visitor restrictions.  See operations notice and notice for details and further updates.
    • 20th judicial district – Boulder county: Longmont courthouse closed to the public through April 17, 2020.  All public safety matters should be directed to the Boulder Justice Center, which will operate on an emergency basis through April 17, 2020.  Hearings on public safety matters only.  All non-emergency matters will be rescheduled for dates after May 31, 2020.  All jury trials through May 15, 2020 have been postponed.  Visitor restrictions.  See administrative order 20-102 and notice for details and further updates.
    • 21st judicial district – Mesa county:  Except for matters concerning public safety, all other appearances, hearings and trials set through May 1, 2020 are vacated and continued.  Parties shall contact the court to reschedule.  Visitor restrictions.  See administrative order and notice for details and further updates.
    • 22nd judicial district – Dolores and Montezuma counties: Court operating with reduced staff and will focus on matters of immediate concern for public safety.  Appearings, hearings and trials through May 15, 2020 continued with limited exceptions.  No jury trials through May 15, 2020.  See administrative order 2020-02, administrative order 2020-03 and notice for details and further updates.

Connecticut

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Second circuit:  The regular argued appeals and motions calendars continue to be heard as scheduled. Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 and until the COVID-19 crisis passes, the court will hear all oral arguments using a teleconference platform. Arguments will be live-streamed.  All filing dates and other deadlines set out in the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Court’s Local Rules and the Court’s orders are extended or tolled by 21 days, effective March 16-May 17, 2020.  All documents conferring jurisdiction on the Court are not affected.  See order extending deadlines and court information for details.
  • District of Connecticut: All in-person civil proceedings scheduled to commence on or before May 15, 2020, shall be continued pending further order of the court with limited exceptions. Courts will continue to handle civil matters requiring prompt hearing under Fed. R. Civ. P. 65. Each judge may choose to handle other matters in court as deemed necessary. The clerk's office is closed to the public but the courthouses otherwise remain open for all other business subject to visitor restrictions. See hearing continuance order, restrictions on access to the clerk's office, and court information for details.  

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020  

  • Statewide: 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 (both civil and criminal) are suspended for the next 30 days. Starting March 16, 2020, and continuing through March 27, 2020, the courts will schedule and hear only those matters identified as “Priority 1 Business Functions.”  Only select courthouses will remain open to handle Priority 1 Business Functions. See court information for details.
  • Supreme and appellate courts: Effective Tuesday, March 31, 2020, and until further notice, the daily hours of operation will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No oral arguments will be scheduled at the Appellate Court during April 6-April 24, 2020. With the agreement of all counsel of record, fully briefed and ready cases may be submitted for disposition based solely on the briefs.

Delaware

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Third circuit:  Effective March 25, 2020, through March 30, 2020, the Byrne Courthouse is closed.  The dropbox will not be available, but parties may continue to file electronically and email documents to the clerk's office.  It is unclear whether oral arguments will proceed as scheduled.  See order and court information for details.
  • District of DelawareAll civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials scheduled to begin before April 30, 2020, are continued pending further order of the court.  All deadlines set by federal or local rules or court orders, including scheduling orders in all civil and criminal cases, remain in effect. Judges may continue to schedule and hold hearings, conferences, and bench trials in their discretion, but are encouraged to use telephone or videoconferencing where practicable. See order and court information for details.

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Statewide: All courthouses and administrative offices are closed to the public from March 23, 2020, through April 15, 2020. Deadlines in court rules or state or local statutes and ordinances applicable to the judiciary that expire between March 23, 2020, and April 15, 2020, are extended through April 21, 2020. Statute of limitations and statutes of repose that would otherwise expire during the period March 23, 2020, through April 15, 2020, are extended through April 21, 2020. Any requirements for sworn declarations, verifications, certificates, statements, oaths, or affidavits in filings with the Supreme Court, Court of Chancery, Superior Court, Family Court, Court of Common Pleas, or Justice of the Peace Court are suspended. See Order. Delaware courts are no longer accepting in-person payments or payments by phone.
  • Supreme court: Oral arguments through May 2020 are canceled, and the appeals will be decided without argument unless a motion is filed by March 27, 2020, requesting oral argument and stating concisely why oral argument is required.  Requirement to file paper copies is suspended.  See COVID-19 FAQs for Supreme Court Appeals.
  • Court of chancery: All trials and hearings conducted only by telephone or electronic means for thirty days from March 16, 2020. If not practicable, hearing or trial shall be continued
  • Lower state courts: Sussex County Family Court closed until further notice. See Order.
  • Superior court: Jury trials are suspended until April 15, 2020.  See court information for details.

Florida

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Eleventh circuit:  Panels are permitted to hear oral arguments via audio or teleconference, which will be live-streamed to the public where feasible. See Order. Restricted access to the Courthouse.  See court information for details.
  • Northern district: March jury trial are postponed. Effective March 23, 2020, all courthouses closed to public, with the exception of those who are required to attend Court hearings, trials, or other matters before the Court requiring in-person attendance.  See order. See court information for details.
  • Middle district:  Court remains open; visitor restrictions are in place.  See court order for details. See court information for details.
    • Jacksonville division: All jury trials are suspended through May 31, 2020. Judges have discretion to postpone any status conference. Any in-person meetings and conferral requirements are suspended, and these may be conducted by telephone or video without any further need for application to the court. See Memorandum & Order. See court information for details.
    • Orlando division: All jury trials scheduled to begin before June 30, 2020, are continued. Judges have discretion to conduct hearings, conferences, and bench trials, but are encouraged to use telephone or video conference when practicable. See Order. See court information for details.
    • Fort Meyers division: All jury trials scheduled to begin before May 31, 2020, are continued. All trial-specific deadlines in civil cases scheduled for trial to begin before May 31, 2020, are continued. Judges have discretion to conduct hearings, conferences, and bench trials, but are encouraged to use telephone or video conference when practicable. See Order. See court information for details.
  • Southern district:  All jury trials are continued from March 16, 2020 to April 27, 2020.  Judges have discretion to hold hearings, conferences, and bench trials, but telephone and video conferencing are encouraged.  See Order. See court information for details.

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Statewide:  Oaths may be administered via remote audio-video equipment. All grand jury proceedings, jury selection, and jury trials are suspended from March 16 through April 17. Remote electronic proceedings are encouraged, and all rules to contrary are suspended until March 27.  See order. See statewide emergency orders for details.
  • Supreme court:  April oral arguments are postponed.
  • Intermediate appellate courts: 
    • 1st district court:  Oral arguments through April cancelled/postponed.  See court website for details.
    • 2nd district court:  Oral arguments through April cancelled/postponed.  See message for details. See court website for details.
    • 3rd district court:  Oral arguments through April cancelled/postponed.  The courthouse is closed to the public. See court website for details.
    • 4th district court: In-person oral argument sessions scheduled for Tuesday, March 24th, Monday, March 30th, and Tuesday, April 7th have been canceled.  The Tuesday, March 24th session will be conducted telephonically.  See court website for details.
    • 5th district court:  Oral arguments through April cancelled/postponed.  See court website for details.
  • Lower state courts: Widespread changes to court procedures, which vary by jurisdiction. See statewide list of court responses for details.
    • Miami-Dade County:  latest covid advisory regarding postponements/suspensions of time can be found here: COVID-19 ADVISORY #12  (last updated 3/26/20 at 1 p.m.)

Georgia

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Eleventh circuitPanels are permitted to hear oral arguments via audio or teleconference, which will be live-streamed to the public where feasible. See Order. Restricted access to the Courthouse.  See court information for details.
  • Northern district: All jury trials, including any trial specific deadlines, are continued through May 15, 2020. No jurors will be summoned for civil or criminal jury trials through May 15, 2020. Judges may continue to hold hearings, conferences, and bench trials at their discretion.  Visitor restrictions in place. See General Order 20-01 and Amended General Order 20-01. Also see court information for details.
  • Middle districtNo jury trials shall be held for a period of 60 days from March 16, 2020. Judges will continue to hold hearings, conferences, and bench trials. See Order. See court information for details.
  • Southern district: Only persons on official business shall be admitted to the courthouse. Judges will continue to hold hearings, conferences, and jury and bench trials.  See Order. See court information for details.

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Supreme court: Open for essential functions, but teleconferencing encouraged. Supreme Court deadlines suspended, tolled, extended for statute of limitations, time to issue warrants, time to try speedy trial, discovery, serving a party, time to appeal. March oral arguments canceled.  The Supreme Court of Georgia will hold oral arguments via video conferencing the week of April 20.  Emergency order terminates April 13, 2020. See Order. See Supreme Court Information for details.
  • Court of appeals (intermediate): Deadlines for filings tolled until April 13, 2020. April oral arguments postponed. See Order. See court information for details.
  • Lower state courts: See emergency orders for specific jurisdictions within Georgia.

Hawaii

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Ninth circuit: Courthouses closed to the public during non-court weeks. Oral arguments scheduled in March through May are being evaluated one at a time and court will issue orders in those cases providing direction; 60-day briefing extensions will be granted.  See notice for details.
  • District of Hawaii:  Court closed to public until May 3, 2020. All civil and criminal trials scheduled to commence between March 17, 2020 and May 3, 2020 before any district or magistrate judge are continued.  All civil hearings, including settlement conferences, scheduled between March 17, 2020 and May 3, 2020 will either be conducted telephonically or will be taken off the court’s calendar.  Filings will continue to be processed in civil and criminal cases via the CM-ECF electronic system and by mail.  Paper documents will be received in the drop box located outside the courthouse.  See order and website banner for details

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Hawaii supreme court: All state courthouses closed to public until April 30, 2020. Certain persons may enter if they are conducting official court business.  See press release for more information.  Additionally, in-person appearances for civil dockets will be limited starting March 17, 2020 until April 30, 2020. Oral arguments cancelled. See Hawaii supreme court order SCMF-20-0000152 and press release for additional details. The Hawaii bar exam scheduled for July 28-29, 2020 has been postponed until the fall. Dates to be determined. See order SCMF-12-0000538.
  • Courts of appeal: All oral arguments currently scheduled between March 17, 2020 and April 30, 2020 will either be rescheduled or the cases will be resolved without oral argument. See website for specific circuit information.
  • Lower state courts: Chief of each circuit directed by Hawaii supreme court to devise a circuit-specific plan to significantly reduce the need for in-court appearances and postpone court proceedings. All ongoing trials will be postponed to a date after Thursday, April 30, 2020. Most civil trials and hearings postponed until after Thursday April 30, 2020. In the First Circuit, courtesy copies of any filing made under Rule 7.2(g)(6) of the Rules of the Circuit Courts of the State of Hawaii will not be required to be delivered to the judge's chambers through April 30, 2020.  See website for additional circuit-specific information.

Idaho

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Ninth circuit: Courthouses closed to the public during non-court weeks. Oral arguments scheduled in March through May are being evaluated one at a time and will issue orders in those cases providing direction; 60-day briefing extensions will be granted.  See notice for details.
  • District of Idaho: The court is closed until April 15, 2020. All jury trials scheduled to begin on or before May 11, 2020, are continued pending further order of the court.  All in-person meetings involving members of the public or the Bar scheduled to occur on or before May 11, 2020, will be rescheduled or conducted via videoconference or teleconference.  No in-person civil case hearings or proceedings will be conducted unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge.  All motions will be decided on the briefs unless all parties join in a request for hearing, in which case the hearing will be conducted by video or telephone proceedings on a case-by-case basis.  The clerk's office staff will be working remotely while collecting mail at least weekly.  Visitor restrictions imposed. Additionally,  all in-person hearings are continued pending further order of the presiding judge in each case. See COVID-19 information for details.

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Idaho supreme court:  Only emergency hearings will be conducted in all Idaho courts through April 15, 2020.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See supreme court order (amended) and separate order reducing court services for details.  The state law library is closed until further notice.  See library closure order
  • Lower state courts: Pursuant to supreme court order, with the exception of emergency matters, all in-person appearances for civil dockets excused.  Judges are encouraged to use telephonic or video technology for all necessary hearings.  Civil trials, hearings, and motions should be postponed and rescheduled for a later date unless the judge finds the proceedings can be held and adequately recorded through telephonic or video means and placed into the official court record.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See supreme court order (amended) and website for details.

Illinois

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Seventh circuit:  All cases scheduled for oral argument from March 30, 2020 through April 30, 2020 will be argued telephonically.  The courtroom will be closed to the public.  All FRAP Rule 33 mediations will be conducted by telephone until further notice.  See announcement for details. Effective March 31, 2020, until further notice, paper copy requirements for electronically filed documents are suspended. See order for details.
  • Northern district of Illinois: Visitor restrictions. All civil case deadlines (other than appeal deadlines) extended 21 days plus additional 28 days from the current deadline set.  Civil case hearings, trials and settlement conferences scheduled on or before May 1, 2020 are stricken, to be reset by the presiding judge on or after May 4, 2020.  Civil jury trials scheduld on or before May 29, 2020 are stricken, to be reset by the presiding judge on or after June 1, 2020.  See second amended general order 20-0012  and 20-0014 for details. 
  • Southern district of Illinois: All civil matters, including trials, hearings, and settlement conferences, scheduled for an in-person appearance in the East St. Louis or Benton courthouses are continued from March 23, 2020 through April 7, 2020.  All civil deadlines are extended 30 days.   Judges shall have discretion to utilize videoconferencing or teleconferencing.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See administrative order 261 and public notice regarding entrance to the courthouse for details.

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Illinois supreme court: Visitor restrictions and staffing reductions. All non-essential court matters and proceedings should be continued or, where possible, conducted remotely via telephone or video or other electronic means. Deadlines extended from 35 to 70 days. See order for more information.
  • Appellate courts: The deadline to file a notice of appeal is extended from 30 days to 60 days. The deadline to file appellant and appellee briefs is extended by 35 days, for a total of 70 days. The deadline to file a petition for rehearing is extended by 21 days. See order. Various additional restrictions and procedural changes by district. See website for specific circuit information and updates.
  • Lower state courts: Various access restrictions and postponements. Courts may modify or postpone deadlines and procedure as they see fit.  See website for specific circuit information and updates.

Indiana

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Seventh circuit: All cases scheduled for oral argument from March 30, 2020 through April 30, 2020 will be argued telephonically.  The courtroom will be closed to the public.  All FRAP Rule 33 mediations will be conducted by telephone until further notice.  See announcement for details. Effective March 31, 2020, until further notice, paper copy requirements for electronically filed documents are suspended. See order for details.
  •  Northern district:   Courthouse closed effective March 18, 2020All jury trials scheduled to begin after March 17, 2020, are continued and will be rescheduled by the judge to a date after May 1, 2020. All in-person civil court proceedings will be converted to telephonic or videoconference proceedings. Case-by-case exceptions to conduct non-jury, in-person proceedings is at the discretion of the judge. All naturalization ceremonies are canceled. Fort Wayne Division, Hammond Division, Lafayette Division, and South Bend Division are closed to public. Lafayette Clerk's Office is closed. See Order & Order. See court information for details.
  • Southern district: All jury trials are continued. All other civil court proceedings will proceed as scheduled. Conversion of an in-person proceeding to telephonic or videoconference will be at discretion of judge. Naturalization ceremonies are canceled. Evansville Division, Indianapolis Division, Terre Haute Division, and New Albany Division closed to the public. See Order. See court information for details.

State court reactionslast updated March 31, 2020 

  • Statewide: Supreme court has advised all trial and appellate courts to evaluate whether needs warrant measures such as suspending and/or rescheduling criminal and civil jury trials, continuing or rescheduling non-essential hearings, using telephone or video technology in lieu of in-person appearances, and visitor restrictions. See Order.
  • Supreme court:  The court tolls all laws, rules, and procedures setting time limits through April 6, 2020.  See 3/25/20 ordercourt information for details.
  • Lower state courts: Each lower court has its own standing owner addressing court closures, cancellations, and appearance postponements. See court information for details.

Iowa

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Eighth circuit:  Requirement to file paper copies is suspended. Visitor restrictions imposed.  See notice for details. See court information for details.
  • Northern district of Iowa:  Court hours limited to 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  See administrative order 20-AO-0003-P for details.  All civil trials scheduled to commence on or before April 24, 2020 are continued pending further order of the court. Bench trials and hearings shall proceeds as scheduled on a case-by-case basis. Parties are encouraged to participate by telephone or video conference as feasible.  All civil deadlines remain in place.  See administrative order 20-AO-0002-P for details.  As of March 30, 2020, the court continues to allow certain hearings to occur in-person but "is sensitive to the concerns some individuals may have about attending court proceedings and is willing to entertain motions to continue hearings in particular cases."  See administrative order 20-AO-004-P.  
  • Southern district of Iowa: All civil jury trials currently set through May 4, 2020 are continued pending further order. The postponement of these cases will be assessed by the court in mid to late April to determine whether further postponement is appropriate.  Non-jury trials and other hearings may be conducted at the discretion of each judge, giving deference to the concerns of litigants and witnesses.  See trial order for details.  Effective March 24, all paper filings and payments are to be placed in locked drop boxes. See administrative order 20-AO-5-P.  In light of the CARES Act's passage, the court further authorizes the use of videoconferencing and telephone conferencing for all events listed in Section 15002(b) of the legislation. See March 30, 2020 administrative order for details.

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Iowa supreme court & court of appeals: All oral arguments scheduled for April and May 2020 will be continued. See summary of modifications for more details.
  • District courts: All civil non-jury trials and other hearing set to commence before May 4, 2020 will be continued to a date no earlier than May 4, 2020 or conducted by telephone.  Mediations shall be continued or conducted by videoconference or telephone. Statutes of limitations are tolled for 48 days. Original notices required to be served in accordance with Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure 1.302, 1.305, or 1.306 by April 16, 2020, have until May 18, 2020, to complete service.  See March 17, 2020 order,  March 16, 2020 order, March 28, 2020 order, summary of modifications, and updated summary for details.

Kansas

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Tenth circuit:  Courthouse closed to the public and the requirement to submit paper copies of briefs, appendices and petitions for rehearing en banc is temporarily suspended.  See announcement for details.  Additional email from clerk states:  court is assessing all cases set for argument in April/May.  Cases will be argued telephonically, submitted on briefs, or reset for in-person argument at a later date.  Counsel will be notified of the court's determinations ahead of the scheduled argument.
  • District of Kansas:  All matters scheduled for non-emergency hearings or trial before any district or magistrate judge are postponed pending further order of the court.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See amended administrative order 2020-2 and administrative order 2020-3 for further details.

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Statewide: Emergency operations only pending further order of the court. Effective upon publication of 2020 House Substitute for Senate Bill No. 102, all statute of limitations and statutory time standards or deadlines applying to the conduct of processing of judicial proceedings aresuspended until further order.   No action will be dismissed for lack of prosecution.  See administrative order 2020 PR 016 and clarifying order for further details. Requirement to provide certified copies of documents when docketing appeals under Supreme Court rule 2.04 temporarily suspended  See administrative order 2020 RL 027  for further details.
  • Kansas court of appeals:  Oral arguments scheduled for March and April are cancelled.  See court news and administrative order 2020 PR 016 for further details.
  • Lower state courts:  All jury trials scheduled to begin at any time after March 18, 2020 continued until further order.  Other than jury trials in progress, court services offices restricted to emergency operations.  See administrative order 2020 PR 016 for further details.  Link to Kansas court responses.

Kentucky

Federal court reactionslast updated March 31, 2020

  • Sixth circuit:  Oral arguments scheduled March 17-20 are postponed.  See court information for details.
  • Eastern district:  Trials scheduled to commence March 16, 2020 through April 17, 2020, are continued for at least 30 days. Any matter involving an attorney or party who is ill or in a high-risk category may be rescheduled by the judge. Civil hearings are continued generally through May 1, 2020. Courthouses open to public under restricted hours. See general order 20-06, general order 20-03, and court information for details.
  • Western district: Trials are generally continued through May 1, 2020. Any matter involving an attorney or party who is ill or in a high-risk category may be rescheduled by the judge. See order and court information for details.

State court reactionslast updated March 31, 2020

  • Statewide:  Restrictions placed on all dockets and jury trials from March 16, 2020 through April 10, 2020. See court information for details.  All in-person appearances for civil and criminal dockets shall be canceled (subject to exceptions). Judges are encouraged to use telephonic or video technology for all necessary hearings. All civil trials, hearings, and motions shall be postponed and rescheduled for a later date. Courtroom attendance restricted to attorneys, parties, and necessary witnesses. See Order & Order. See court information for details.
  • Lower state courts: Each lower court has its own standing order addressing court closures, cancellations, and appearance postponements.

Louisiana

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Fifth circuit:  John Minor Wisdom Building is closed to the public until further notice.  In-person oral arguments scheduled for March 30, 2020 through April 2, 2020, as well as oral arguments scheduled for April 27-30, 2020, are cancelled.    Requirement to file paper copies of filed pleadings and documents suspended.  See General Order 1 and General Order 2 and notices for further details.
  • Eastern district:  All trials (bench AND jury) are continued until May 1, does not continue pending deadlines. All other hearings, conferences and/or proceedings are suspended until May 1.  Order remains in effect until further order. See order for details.  Visitation restrictions are in place.   Sealed documents to be sent by email to sealeddocs@laed.uscourts.gov.  The clerk will not accept paper documents.  See court information and order for details.
  • Middle district:  Prescriptive, preemptive, and statute of limitations deadlines are suspended until April 13, 2020.   See order for details.  All civil trials (bench AND jury) are postponed to a date after May 1. Postponement does not affect any other pending deadlines other than pre-trial conference and trial dates. All evidentiary hearings and in-court hearings requiring personal appearances scheduled from March 13 through April 10 are postponed and will be reset by judge.  See order for details.  Visitor restrictions in place. See notice for details.  No in-person filings will be accepted and sealed matters shall be filed by fax or electronically signed pleadings sent by PDF to sealedwb@lamd.uscourts.gov.  See order for details.
  • Western district:  Effective March 17, 2020, public access to the courts is suspended.  See notice for details.  All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled from March 16 through May 1 are continued. All other hearings, conferences and/or proceedings are subject to the discretion of the individual judge. Judges may continue to hold in-person hearings, but counsel may seek relief from those matters by appropriate motions.  Telephonic appearances encouraged.  See order for details.

 State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020 

  •  Statewide:  All jury trials scheduled to commence in any Louisiana state court between the date of March 16, 2020 and March 27, 2020, are continued to a date to be reset by local order no earlier than March 30, 2020. Jury trials that are in progress as of March 13, 2020 may continue to conclusion, in the discretion of the local court.  Legal deadlines, including liberative prescription periods, preemption periods, and other deadlines applicable to legal proceedings in all courts are suspended until at least April 13, 2020.  All deadlines in administrative agencies and boards are also suspended until April 13, 2020.  See executive order for details.
  • Supreme court of Louisiana:  As of March 20, 2020, public access is restricted until further notice.  E-filing convenience fees are waived.  See order for details.
  • Appellate courts:
    • First circuit:  The court is closed until April 13, 2020.  All filings due between March 12, 2020 through April 14, 2020 shall be deemed timely if filed on or before April 14, 2020.See order for details.  All oral arguments are continued without date.  See notice for details.
    • Second circuit:  All deadlines suspended through April 20, 2020.  The court will temporarily accept e-filings to 2ndcirc@la2nd.org.  See order for details.  No in-person filings as of March 23, 2020.  See order for details.  Normal court operation resumes April 20, 2020, and all filings timely if made prior to April 20, 2020.  The entire docket set for April is re-set for Monday, May 18, 2020.  See order for details.
    • Third circuit:  All deadlines suspended through April 13, 2020 and all pleadings timely if filed before April 20, 2020.  Oral arguments scheduled to take place through April 30, 2020 and May 31, 2020 are to have their matters submitted on the briefs.  High risk individuals inclusive of individuals who have travelled internationally shall be denied entrance to the court.  With respect to individuals who may be denied entrance, the court encourages those to contact the clerk for rescheduling procedures.  See court information with order for details.  The court is temporarily acceping filings via email to 3rd_filing@la3circuit.org.  See order for details.
    • Fourth circuit: All oral argument scheduled through April 30, 2020 are continued pending further order.  All deadlines suspended through April 13, 2020, and all filings considered timely on or before April 20, 2020.  See order for details.
    • Fifth circuit: Court closed March 17, 2020 through April 6, 2020.  See order for details.  All deadlines and computation of time extended through April 13, 2020.  See order for details.
  • Trial courts:
    • Each lower court has its own standing order addressing court closures, cancellations, and appearance postponements.  See individual court hyperlinks for details.
    • All civil trials, hearings and court appearances set for any date between March 16, 2020 and March 27, 2020 are continued to a date to be reset by local order (with exceptions for child custody, criminal, domestic violence, etc. proceedings).
    • All judges and court clerks are urged to limit in-person courtroom contact as much as possible by utilizing available technologies, including alternative means of filing, teleconferencing, email and videoconferencing.  See order for details.

Maine

Federal court reactionslast updated March 31, 2020 

  • First circuit:  In person oral arguments scheduled for April 6 through April 9, 2020 are cancelled. Clerk's office closed for in person filings – drop box only.   See court information for details. The deadline for non-emergency filings in certain cases due to be filed between March 26, 2020, and April 24, 2020, is automatically extended for 30 additional days. See order for more information. The Clerk's Office is not accepting in-person filings until further notice.
  • District of Maine:  Effective March 18, 2020, all non-essential previously scheduled in-court hearings and trial scheduled to take place before May 1, 2020, are continued and will be rescheduled.  Continuances will not affect any other deadlines.  Videoconferencing and teleconferencing encouraged.  See order 2020-3 & court information for details. 

State court reactionslast updated March 31, 2020 

  • Maine supreme and appellate courts:  All non-essential court hearings are cancelled through May 1, 2020. Maine's capital judicial center is closed until further notice. Videoconferencing and teleconferencing encouraged.  See court information for details.
  • Lower state courts:  No jury trials will be conducted in April or May 2020.  Pending deadlines extended.  As with Maine Supreme and appellate court closures, postponements in effect for Maine District and Superior courts. Videoconferencing and teleconferencing encouraged.  See emergency order for details. 

Maryland

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020 

  • 4th circuit:  Oral arguments are being scheduled remotely via video conference or teleconference.  See remote oral argument page for details.  The court temporarily suspends its oral argument requirement for published opinions.  Per standing order 2020-01, cases calendared for oral argument in March or April 2020 but not presented at oral argument may be decided by published opinion with unanimous consent of the panel.  See court information for details.
  • District of Maryland:  All trials scheduled through April 24, 2020 postponed until further notice and order of the court.   See standing order for details.

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020 

  • Maryland court of appeals:  Oral arguments scheduled April 2, 2020 and April 3, 2020 postponed until further notice of the court.  Parties are encouraged to file a motion to decide merits of the appeal on the briefs in lieu of oral argument.  See standing order.  A revised policy on interim orders has been issued.  See revised policy for details.  In addition, registered users of the MDEC system may file, in new and pending matters before the court of appeals, all papers through the MDEC system originating in Baltimore county, Maryland county and Prince George's county.  See permissive use of the MDEC system for appellate filings during the COVID-19 emergency for details. 
  • Maryland special court of appeals (intermediate): Court is closed with limited exceptions beginning March 17, 2020, through April 3, 2020, or until further order of the Chief Judge.  See court information. Registered users of the MDEC system may file, in new and pending matters before the court of special appeals, all papers through the MDEC system originating in Baltimore county, Maryland county and Prince George's county.  See permissive use of the MDEC system for appellate filings during the COVID-19 emergency for details. 
  • Lower state courts:  All Maryland courts are closed to the public until further order.  Foreclosures and evictions are also suspended until further order.  See standing order.

Massachusetts

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020 

  • First circuit:  In person oral arguments scheduled for April 6 through April 9, 2020 are cancelled. Clerk's office closed for in person filings – drop box only.   See court information for details. The deadline for non-emergency filings in certain cases due to be filed between March 26, 2020, and April 24, 2020, is automatically extended for 30 additional days. See order for more information. The Clerk’s Office is not accepting in-person filings until further notice.
  • District of Massachusetts:  All jury trials scheduled to begin on or before May 29, 2020 are continued pending further oder of the court.  Non-trial-specific deadlines and continuances in civil cases remain within the discretion of the district court judge.  Telephone and video conferences encouraged.  See general order 20-13 for details. 

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020 

  • Massachusetts supreme judicial court:  All court appearances and activities are postponed from March 18, 2020 until April 6, 2020 except for emergency matters.  See standing order.
  • Massachusetts court of appeals: Oral argument through month of April 2020 are cancelled indefinitely.  Merits to be decided on briefs.  See court information for details.
  • Lower state courts:  Each lower court has its own standing owner addressing court closures, cancellations, and appearance postponements.  See court information and daily court updates for details.

Michigan

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Sixth circuit:  Oral arguments scheduled March 17, 2020, through March 20, 2020, are postponed until further order of the court. See court information for details.
  • Western district:  Effective March 24- April 13, 2020, judicial officers will continue to handle as many matters as possible by teleconference. The court is open on an appointment only basis.  See court information  and administrative order for details.
  • Eastern district:  All in-person appearances are postponed until further court order.   Case-by-case exceptions may be ordered for non-jury matters ion the discretion of the court and counsel. See standing orderThe U.S. courthouse in Detroit is closed to the public until further order. See advisory for details.

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020 

  • Michigan supreme court:  Statute of limitations and court deadlines are tolled during any day that falls during the state of emergency declared by the Governor related to COVID-19.  See order for details. All courts are still handling essential functions.  Some courts have closed business operations to the public via local administrative order.  Courts are restricting assemblage population for compliance with social distancing.  See order  and court information for details.
  • Michigan court of appealsDeadlines for all filings, jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional, are suspended as of March 24, 2020, and will be tolled until the expiration of EO 2020-21 (April 13, 2020).  Court and clerk's office closed to visitors until further notice.  Filings should be made electronically or  mailed.  See court information
  • Lower state courts:  General civil and business court cases are to conduct civil trials via two-way interactive video technology through April 3, 2020, otherwise those matters must be adjourned.  See standing order.

Minnesota

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Eighth circuit:  Requirement to file paper copies is suspended.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See notice and court information for details.
  • District of Minnesota: Continuity of Operations Plan activated effective March 23 through April 27.  Jury trials suspended until after April 27.  Clerk's intake desk open to assist attorneys and the public by telephone, email or online chat from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Intake desks in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and Fergus Falls closed to the public.  Courtesy copy requirement suspended.  See court update, general order 3 and general order 4 for details.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See entrance protocols for details. Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court of the District of Minnesota authorizes the use of videoconferencing, or telephone conferencing if videoconferencing is not reasonably available, with the consent of the defendant or juvenile, after consultation with counsel, for certain events. The General Orders entered by the Court on March 13, 2020, March 17, 2020, March 23, 2020, and March 26, 2020, remain in effect. See general order 5.  Members of the public and press may attend public court hearings remotely via telephone conference.  See general order 6 for details. 

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Statewide:  Court operations continuing under peacetime declaration of emergency.  See administrative order and amended order for details.  Evictions and writs of recovery suspended by executive order starting March 24.  See executive order for details.
  • Minnesota supreme court:  Proceedings to continue as scheduled; courts to implement procedures to allow hearings to continue remotely as appropriate.  Courts may grant reasonable extensions of court rule deadlines to initiate an appeal or a request for review up to 30 days.  See order for details.  Requirement to file paper copies suspended.   See order for details.  While access to courthouses will be limited until at least April 22, 2020, many services and online tools are available for the public to get their questions answered and complete documents for their cases. The Statewide Self-Help Center accepts calls at (651) 435-6535, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. More information provided here
  • Minnesota court of appeal:  Proceedings to continue as scheduled; courts to implement procedures to allow hearings to continue remotely as appropriate.  Courts may grant reasonable extensions of court rule deadlines to initiate an appeal or a request for review up to 30 days.  See order for details.  Requirement to file paper copies suspended.  See order for details.  Non-essential visits discouraged. 
  • Lower state courts:  Juries empaneled and sworn in prior to March 13 shall continue.  No other jury trial may commence before April 22.  See statewide order for details.  Except as detailed in this link, all court proceedings shall be held by ITV or remote means.  County specific information can be viewed here

 

Mississippi

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020 

  • Fifth circuit:  John Minor Wisdom Building is closed to the public until further notice.  In-person oral arguments scheduled for March 30, 2020 through April 2, 2020, as well as oral arguments scheduled for April 27-30, 2020, are cancelled.    Requirement to file paper copies of filed pleadings and documents suspended.  See General Order 1 and General Order 2 and notices for further details.
  • Southern district:  All non-essential matters, including trials, through May 1, 2020 are continued.  Continuances will not affect any other deadlines.  Videoconferencing and teleconferencing encouraged.  See special order for details.
  • Northern district:  All in person proceedings should be continued or conducted by video or telephone conference if possible.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See standing order for more details. 

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020 

  • Mississippi supreme court:  Courts remain open, visitor restrictions imposed, individual judges have discretion to postpone trials scheduled through May 15, 2020.  See court information for details.
  • Mississippi court of appeals:  No COVID-19 information online.
  • Lower state courts:  reactions vary by jurisdiction, but the Mississippi supreme court directed courts to stay open while taking safety precautions.  See court information for details. 

Missouri

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Eighth circuit:  Requirement to file paper copies is suspended.  Vistor restrictions imposed.  See notice and court information for details.
  • Eastern district of Missouri: All civil jury trials to begin before May 31, 2020 are continued and shall be rescheduled by the presiding judge.  All proceedings shall be conducted by means other than in-person meetings wherever possible.  Any proceeding not deemed essential by the presiding judge that does require an in-person meeting will be continued.  All requirements related to in-person ADR participation suspended.   Visitor restrictions imposed.  See order, order and notice for further details. 
  • Western district of Missouri: All civil jury trials scheduled are continued through May 3, 2020.  All non-emergency hearings and deadlines continued through May 3, 2020.  See general order for details.

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Statewide:   With limited exceptions, all in-person proceedings, including jury trials, are suspended through May 1, 2020.  Other proceedings may continue at judge's disrection.  Judges may waive, for good cause shown, any filing deadlines or time limitations set though Missouri's e-filing system or by court order, local rule, or Missouri Supreme Court Rules 41 through 81.   Visitor restrictions are imposed.  See April 1, 2020 order for details.
  • Supreme court:  April oral arguments will not be held in person.  Oral argument scheduled April 20 will be held remotely.  Attorneys may seek a continuance, submit matter on briefs, or exploure alternative means for a remote hearing.  Visitor restrictions in place - Supreme Court offices open for official business only.  See notice for further details. 
  • Eastern district appeals court: Oral arguments cancelled through April 16; requirement to file paper copies suspended.  See March 22 order (supreme court) and March 17 news releaseMarch 20 administrative order, and March 16 administrative order (appeals court) for details.
  • Western district appeals court:  In-person proceedings suspended April 6 through April 30 and other visitor restrictions imposed.  See March 24 order (supreme court) and March 18, 2020 order (appeals court) for details.
  • Southern district appeals court:  Visitor restrictions in place.  See administrative order (appeals court) for details.
  • Lower state courts:  In-person proceedings in all state courts are suspended through April 17, 2020.  See March 22 order (supreme court) for more information.  Various additional visitor restriction guidelines and orders by circuit.  See website for specific circuit and municipal court details.

Montana

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Ninth circuit: Courthouses closed to the public during non-court weeks. Oral arguments scheduled in March through May are being evaluated one at a time and will issue orders in those cases providing direction; 60-day briefing extensions will be granted.  See notice for details.
  • District of Montana: All federal courthouses closed to the public  through May 1, 2020.  All jury trials and final pretrial conferences scheduled to begin on or before May 1, 2020 vacated but individual judges may continue to hold non-jury proceedings.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See administrative order 20-14, adminstrative order 20-17 and general order 2020-4-BPH for details.

 State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Montana supreme court:  No changes to court operations.  Further updates to be posted here.
  • Lower state courts: Civil jury trials suspended until after April 10, 2020 pursuant to supreme court order.  All non-emergency civil matters should be continued until after April 10, 2020, except those motions, actions on agreed orders, conferenecs and other proceedings that can appropriately be conducted by telephone, video or other means that does not require in-person attendance.  See shelter in place order and March 17, 2020 COVID-19 memo for details.  County-by-county updates to be posted here
    • 1st judicial district (Lewis and Clark counties): All jury trials scheduled to begin before May 1, 2020 are vacated, to be reset by the presiding judge.  For any jury trial continued by this order, the parties shall engage in good faith settlement negotiations by phone, video, skype, google chat or other "social safe means."  All nonjury proceedings may be held at the presiding judge's discretion.  Telephonic appearings are encouraged. See order for details. 
    • 4th judicial district (Missoula and Mineral counties):  All litigants are encouraged to request continuances of any pending hearings/matters through calling the clerk of court.  Attorneys and litigants are encouraged to appear telephonically.  No new jury trials will begin or be scheduled after March 18, 2020 for the next 30 days.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See order for details. 
    • 5th judicial district (Beaverhead, Jefferson and Madison counties):  Until May 1, 2020, all appearances must be conducted by vision net or telephone.  All trials and hearings scheduled before May 4, 2020 will be continued, as the scheduled time approaches, without setting a new date.  For trials and hearings scheduled before May 4, 2020, parties may request rulings without appearances in appropriate matters.  See order for details.  
    • 6th judicial district (Park and Sweet Grass Counties): Priority given to necessary work in criminal matters.  Those matters that are not required to be heard will be continued.  The court will conduct as much busincess as possible via telephone or video conference.  All civil hearings should be conducted by video through VMR, if possible, but all hearings are subject to continuance.  All scheduling conferences will be conducted by phone or video. Visitor restrictions imposed.  See public emergency administrative order for details. 
    • 7th judicial district:  All hearings will be conducted by telephone.  See order for details. 
    • 8th judicial district (Cascade county):  Electronic filings temporarily permitted in limited circumstances.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  Parties should file motions and proposed orders to continue any non-essential hearings.  If continued, these hearings will be re-set for after April 30, 2020.  To the extent possible, participation by telephone or video conference will be required for hearings before April 30, 2020.  See order on electronic filing and emergency admin order for details. 
    • 10th judicial district (Fergus county):  Those matters not required to be heard will be continued.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  All jury trials and associated final pretrial conferences scheduled to begin before April 27, 2020 vacated.  All civil hearings should be conducted through a VMR, if possible.  All scheduling conferences will be conducted by phone or video.  See order for details. 
    • 11th judicial district (Flathead county):  All orders setting a pretrial conference or jury trial in any civil or criminal case between March 19, 2020 and May 1, 2020 are vacated.  See order for details.
    • 12th judicial district (Hill, Chouteau and Liberty counties):  All civil scheduling conferences will be conducted by phone or video.  All civil hearings and proceedings are subject to a continuance at the court's disretion.  Any attorney wishing to continue a hearing at their own discretion should file an appropriate motion with the court.  See order for details. 
    • 13th judicial district (Yellowstone county):  The court will not conduct any civil matter in-person.  Parties seeking to vacate matters must file an appropriate motion to contine.  Civil jury trials scheduled before May 4, 2020 shall be continued.  Litigants are encouraged to request continuances of non-jury trials.  See order and amended order for details.
    • 15th judicial district (Sheridan, Daniels and Roosevelt counties):  All civil hearings should be conducted by VMR, if possible.  All civil hearings and proceedings are subjecet to continuance in the court's discretion.  All civil scheduling conferences will be conducted by phone or video.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  Clerk's office closed.  See order and 2020 pandemic order for details.
    • 17th judicial district (Valley, Phillips and Blaine counties):  Unless a personal appearance is mandated, all hearings will be conducted telephonically or by JVN.  All civil jury trials will be vacated and reset following the expiration of the CDC's recommendations.  See letter for details.
    • 18th judicial district (Gallatin county): The clerk will accept filings by email or facsimile.  Additionally, electronic signatures will be permitted, including signatures on affidavits or written declaration.  See order: re temporary modification to local rule 15 for details. 
    • 19th judicial district (Lincoln county): Parties should consider moving to continue all non-essential hearings.  If continued, these hearings will be re-set after April 30, 2020.  To the extent possible, participation by telephone or video is required for hearings before May 1, 2020. See order for details.
    • 20th judicial district (Lake and Sanders counties):  All trials and hearings scheduled for before May 1, 2020 are continued without date.  New dates will be issued when more information is available.  All court proceedings, other than trials, closed to the public.  Pleadings may be filed by mail or email.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See order for details. 
    • 22nd judicial district (Stillwater, Carbon & Big Horn counties): Local rules changed to permit electornic filing via email.  No physical copies required other than courtsey copies to chambers.  The court encourages litigants and counsel to request hearings be conducted telephonically or via audio/visual means.  All civil jury trials set before May 4, 2020 are vacated, to be reset by further order. See order re court operations for details. 

Nebraska

Federal court reactionslast updated March 31, 2020

  • Eighth circuit:  Requirement to file paper copies is suspended.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See notice and court information for details. 
  • District of Nebraska:  All jury trials set to commence on or before May 1, 2020 are continued.  All civil matters scheduled for an in-court appearance between March 17, 2020 and May 1, 2020 are continued but any hearing where appearance by alternate means has already been made available to the parties will proceed using the alternate mode of appearance.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See general order no. 2020-06, general order no. 2020-05, general order no. 2020-04, and general order no. 2020-03 for further details.  Link to all general orders is here.

State court reactionslast updated March 31, 2020

  • Nebraska supreme court:  Court considering submitting cases to be heard between March 31, 2020 to April 3, 2020 without oral argument.  See notification for details.
  • Lower state courts:  No statewide court closures.  Each judicial district is issuing their own orderss, including continuances and visitor restrictions.  See emergency status information and link to judicial orders for details.
    • For example, all non-evidentiary civil hearings in the Fifth Judicial District (Boone, Butler, Colfax, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk, Saunders, Seward, and York counties) are telephonic only, and attendance at court hearings is limited to the attorneys/pro se litigats only.  See administrative order and administrative order  for details.

Nevada

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Ninth circuit: Courthouses are closed to the public during non-court weeks. Oral arguments scheduled in March through May are being evaluated one at a time and will issue orders in those cases providing direction; 60-day briefing extensions will be granted.  See notice for details.
  • District of Nevada:  All civil trials, including any associated deadlines, are continued until April 10, 2020, pending further order of the court. In the event a hearing is required, the Court will attempt to conduct the hearing by video conference or telephone, and the courtroom will be closed. The Clerk's Office is closed beginning March 20 until further notice. Visitor restrictions. See general order 2020-02, general order 2020-03 , temporary general order 2020-04 for details. See court information for details.

 State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Supreme court: All oral arguments postponed until further notice.  See announcement for details. See court information for details. 
    • In light of the Governor's order halting foreclosures and evictions, the Court has issued a form order for use by individual courts across the state.   See Order Concerning Implementation by Justice Courts of Governor's Emergency Directive 008, which can be found here.
  • Court of appeals: All oral arguments postponed until further notice.  See announcement for details.
  • Lower state courts:  The district courts and limited jurisdiction courts across the state have entered orders imposing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those orders may be viewed on the public portal. County-by-county continuances, remote hearing directives and court closure information is available at the following links:  1st district court information, 2nd district court information, 3rd district court information, 4th district court information, 5th district court information, 6th district court information, 7th district court information, 8th district court information, 9th district court information, 10th district court information, 11th district court information.  Some examples of court reactions below:
    • 1st judicial district (Carson City): Effective March 23, 2020, courts only open to the public between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Documents may be submitted by email or fax.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See administrative order for details. 
    • 8th judicial district (Las Vegas): All currently-scheduled non-essential district court hearings to be conducted by video or telephonic means, decided on the papers, or rescheduled unless the court otherwise orders.  All jury trials scheduled before April 14, 2020 to be continued.  All nonjury trials may be conducted by alternate means or rescheduled.  Early case conferences to take place by telephone, teleconference or video conference.  All deadlines under NRCP 16.1 for initial disclosures, expert disclosures, supplementation of discovery, pre-trial disclosures and filing of joint and/or individual case management reports stayed 30 days from March 20, 2020.  Any deposition scheduled within 30 days of March 20, 2020 may be conducted by telephone, teleconference, video conference or alternate means.  Requirement deponent appear before an officer appointed or designated to administer oaths or take testimony waived.  All pending, unexpired discovery deadlines under NRCP 31, 33, 24 or 36 stayed 30 days from March 20, 2020.   All hearings before the discovery commissioner to be conducted by alternate means.  All judicial settlement conferences vacated.  Time to respond to offers of judgment suspended.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See administrative order 20-1 and administrative order 20-09 for details. Administrative orders 20-10, 20-11, and 20-12, which close the clerk's office to in-person filing, require proposed orders and other documents to be submitted electronically, ban paper "courtesy copies," and modify other procedures in response to COVID-19 can be found at the following link to admin. orders.

 

New Hampshire

Federal court reactionslast updated March 31, 2020

  • First circuit: In-person oral arguments scheduled for April 6 through April 9, 2020 are cancelled. Clerk's office closed for in person filings – drop box only.   See court information for details. The deadline for non-emergency filings in certain cases due to be filed between March 26, 2020, and April 24, 2020, is automatically extended for 30 additional days. See order for more information. The Clerk’s Office is not accepting in-person filings until further notice.
  • District of New Hampshire:  Courthouse closed to public until March 23, 2020, but the court may hold in-court hearings in its discretion for hearing scheduled to occur through April 10, 2020.  Jury trials scheduled to begin before May 1, 2020, are cancelled. Procedures for teleconference and videoconference hearings have been issued. See order 20-4 & order & order 20-6 & order 20-7 & order 20-9 & court information for further details.  

State court reactionslast updated March 31, 2020 

  • Statewide:  Except limited proceedings, all in-person proceedings in the Circuit, Superior and Supreme Courts are suspended March 16, 2020, through April 6, 2020.  All deadlines set to expire between March 16, 2020, and April 6, 2020, are extended to April 7, 2020.  See court information for details.
  • Lower superior courts:  Civil jury trials scheduled in New Hampshire Superior Courts for the next 30 days, beginning Friday, March 13, 2020, will be cancelled and rescheduled.  See court information for details.

New Jersey

Federal court reactions – last updated April 1, 2020

  • Third circuit:  Effective March 25, 2020, through March 30, 2020, the Byrne Courthouse is closed.  The dropbox will not be available, but parties may continue to file electronically and email documents to the clerk's office.  It is unclear whether oral arguments will proceed as scheduled.  See order and court information for details.
  • District of New Jersey:  Both Newark Courthouses in Newark, New Jersey are closed from Marcy 26, 2020 through April 6, 2020.  See order.  Effective March 16, 2020 all jury selections and trials scheduled to begin before April 30, 2020 are continued.  Continuances will not affect any other deadlines.  Videoconferencing and teleconferencing encouraged.  See standing order for details.  All filing and discovery deadlines that currently fall between March 25, 2020 and April 30, 2020 are extended by 45 days.  See order and court information for further details.  

State court reactions – last updated April 1, 2020

  • Statewide: No jury trials until further notice.  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.  The time periods for dismissal of civil cases for lack of prosecution will be tolled for the period from March 16 through April 26, 2020.  The time periods for discovery, including but not limited to interrogatories (Rule 4:17), discovery and inspection of documents and property (Rule 4:18), physical and mental examination of persons (Rule 4:19), and requests for admissions (Rule 4:22), will be extended from March 16 through April 26, 2020.  The Office of Foreclosure will not review or recommend motions or judgments received on or after March 1, 2020 pending further court order.  In the computation of time for discovery end dates, the period of March 16 through April 26, 2020 shall be excluded due to exceptional circumstances.  Landlord/tenant calendars are suspended through April 26, 2020, and lockouts of residential tenants (evictions) are suspended in accordance with Executive Order 106 (March 19, 2020), thus extending the terms of the March 14 notice.  See 3/27/20 Order for details.
  • Superior court: Effective March 18, 2020 and until further notice, there are no in-person Superior court proceedings (except for limited emergent matters and ongoing trials).  All hearings will be handled by telephone or video conference when possible. See court information for details.
  • Municipal court:  All court sessions are postponed until April 26.  Court offices are closed to the public.  See court information  for details and court closings website.  

New Mexico

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Tenth circuit:  Courthouse closed to the public, and the requirement to submit paper copies of briefs, appendices and petitions for rehearing en banc is temporarily suspended.  See announcement for details.  Additional email from clerk states:  court is assessing all cases set for argument in April/May.  Cases will be argued telephonically, submitted on briefs, or reset for in-person argument at a later date.  Counsel will be notified of the court's determinations ahead of the scheduled argument.
  • District of New Mexico: All civil jury trials scheduled to commence before April 10, 2020 are continued pending further order of the court.  Visitor restrictions imposed. See administrative order 20-MC-04-09 and administrative order 20-MC-04-08 for details.

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • New Mexico supreme court:  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See news releases for details.  
  • Lower state courts: Civil jury trials that have not yet started are postponed absent exceptional circumstances. All judges are required to use telephonic or audio-visual attendance for court appearances by attorneys, litigants, witnesses, and the press, unless there is an emergency need for an in-person appearance. Parties may request in-person appearance where necessary. See order. Visitor restrictions implemented.  Effective March 24, 2020, Supreme Court halts eviction orders in landlord-tenant cases. See orderSee court information for details.   

New York

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Second circuit:  The regular argued appeals and motions calendars continue to be heard as scheduled. Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 and until the COVID-19 crisis passes, the court will hear all oral arguments using a teleconference platform. Arguments will be live-streamed.  All filing dates and other deadlines set out in the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Court's Local Rules and the Court's orders are extended or tolled by 21 days, effective March 16-May 17, 2020.  All documents conferring jurisdiction on the Court are not affected.  See order extending deadlines and court information for details.
  • Northern district:  Jury trials scheduled through April 30 are continued; motion practice unaffected if can be resolved without oral argument or by telephone/video conference.  See court information for details.
  • Eastern district:  Jury trials scheduled through April 27 are continued. Judges are strongly encouraged to conduct proceedings by telephone or video conference where practicable. Visitor restrictions are in place.  Service of Process by the United States Marshal is suspended in certain cases in light of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic. See AO 2020-12. See court information for details.
  • Western district:  Effective March 16, civil jury trials are continued for 60 days. Visitor restrictions are in place. Judges encouraged to limit in-person appearances.  See court information for details.
  • Southern district:  Jury trials scheduled through April 27 are continued. Judges are strongly encouraged to conduct proceedings by telephone or video conference where practicable.  See court information for details. No S.D.N.Y. staff will be on site at 40 Foley, and no Southern District matters will be heard in the Marshall Courthouse with the exception of grand jury matters. The Moynihan Courthouse at 500 Pearl Street/200 Worth Street will be become the locus of activity in the Southern District of New York. The courthouse will be open, but only to hear urgent criminal matters and matters in which immediate relief is sought pursuant to Rule 65(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Parties who have civil matters requiring the immediate attention of a judge—including applications to file a new matter under seal and applications for temporary restraining orders—must bring the matter to the attention of the Clerk of Court by calling 212-805-0140, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM Monday through Friday, prior to either (i) filing the papers on ECF (preferred method), or (ii) bringing papers to the courthouse (this method should be limited to matters accompanied by a request to seal). All jury calls have been suspended. Due to the lead time needed to call jurors, no jury trial, either civil or criminal, can be held until June 1, 2020. See notice here.

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • All New York state courts (effective March 20, 2020):
    • Statute of limitations tolled until April 19, 2020.  See executive order 202.8.  
    • No paper copies will be accepted for filing by a county clerk or court in any matter not considered to be essential.  See AO-78-2020
    • Courts are performing "essential functions" only. "Essential functions" defined in order below.
    • Until further notice, civil jury trials and civil trial assignment part suspended until further notice. Motions are taken on submission absent exceptional circumstances, unless Skype/telephone appearance permitted
    • Preliminary conference, compliance conference, and motion parts are suspended until further notice.
    • Residential evictions, court-ordered auctions, and foreclosure proceedings are suspended until further notice.
    • Individual Assignment Parts: preliminary and compliance conferences are managed to minimize appearances, maximize adjournments and stipulations on consent, directing remote appearances on Skype/telephone until further notice.
    • See order and memo for additional details. 
    • The New York State Court System is implementing a statewide virtual court operation for essential and emergency cases and expects all of New York City’s courts to do so by April 3. See transcript of Chief Judge DiFiore's message.
  • New York court of appeals: Oral arguments scheduled in March are adjourned.  See court information for details.
  • Intermediate appellate courts:
    • First department: See court information for details
      • Effective March 17, all perfection, filing, and other deadlines by court order or rule suspended; oral arguments suspended indefinitely. \
      • All pending applications to extend perfection or filing as of March 17, 2020, are granted to the extent all deadlines are suspended indefinitely. All other pending motions are adjourned without date until further notice.
      • Oral arguments March 24-27 are cancelled. If parties prefer argument by Skype contact AD-1-clerks-office@nycourts.gov by March 19 @ 5 pm.
      • Adjourned matters are re-calendared for later term until further notice.
      • Appeals calendared for April 2020 will be re-calendared.
      • Hard copy filings are not permitted until further notice. For non-mandatory e-file appeals, forward papers to: AD1copy-civil@nycourts.gov and AD-1-clerks-office@nycourts.gov.
      • Only emergency applications/motions will be heard until further notice. Send papers electronically to: AD1InterimApp@nycourts.gov with email notification to parties.
    • Second department:  See court information for details.
      • Effective March 17, all perfection, filing, and other deadlines by court order or rule suspended, oral arguments suspended indefinitely. 
      • All pending applications to extend perfection or filing as of March 17, 2020, are granted to the extent all deadlines are suspended indefinitely. All other pending motions are adjourned without date until further notice pending further court order.
      • No oral argument, all matters will be taken on submission. All matters taken on submission. Submit request to argue by Skype to:  ad2-clerksoffice@nycourts.gov. Appeals to be heard before April 2, are taken on submission unless parties contact court to arrange oral argument by Skype with email to: ad2-clerksoffice@nycourts.gov.
      • Hard copy filing is suspended. Non mandatory e-file matters, filing accepted through online digital portal on court homepage.
      •  Only emergency applications/motion will be heard until further notice, email to: ad2-clerksoffice@nycourts.gov. If a motion is pending and parties deem it urgent or awaiting a decision on appeal or motion deemed urgent, email to: ad2-clerksoffice@nycourts.gov with specific explanation of urgency.
    • Third department: See court information for details.
      • Effective March 17, all perfection, filing, and other deadlines by court order or rule suspended, oral arguments suspended indefinitely. 
      •  All pending applications to extend perfection or filing as of March 17, 2020, are granted to the extent all deadlines are suspended indefinitely. The extensions do not apply to statutory deadlines.
      • March term argument will be heard on submission only. April term is adjourned and will be re-calendared. If you deem a matter an emergency, you must notify the Court in writing, on notice to your adversaries, to request that the Court treat your matter as urgent to: ad3clerksoffice@nycourts.gov with specific explanation of urgency.
      • Only emergency applications/motion will be heard until further notice, email to: ad3motions@nycourts.gov. If a motion is pending and parties deem it urgent or awaiting a decision on appeal or motion deemed urgent, email to: ad3motions@nycourts.gov with specific explanation of urgency.
    • Fourth department: See court information for details.
      • Effective March 17, all perfection, filing, and other deadlines by court order or rule suspended, oral arguments suspended indefinitely. 
      • All pending applications to extend perfection or filing as of March 17, 2020, are granted to the extent all deadlines are suspended indefinitely. The extensions do not apply to statutory deadlines.
      • March and April term will be heard on submission only. May term adjourned and re-calendared to a later term. If you deem a matter an emergency, you must notify the Court in writing, on notice to your adversaries, to request that the Court treat your matter as urgent to: ad4-clerk@nycourts.gov with specific explanation of urgency by April 9, 2020.
      • Only emergency applications/motion will be heard until further notice, email to: ad4-clerk@nycourts.gov. If a motion is pending and parties deem it urgent or awaiting a decision on appeal or motion deemed urgent, email to: ad4-clerk@nycourts.gov with specific explanation of urgency.
  • Downstate New York court variances:
    • Supreme court, New York county: Court facilities closed to the public. All non-essential matters will be postponed; essential matters heard remotely only; foreclosure auctions postponed; fully briefed motions considered on submission; not fully briefed motions adjourned to a future date; foreclosure conferences administratively adjourned.  See court information for details.
    • Supreme court, Suffolk county: Effective March 16, 2020, no eviction orders, default judgments, or foreclosure auctions. All court proceedings in Suffolk will occur at the Central Islip courthouse. See Order. Virtual court operations for central and emergency matters to commence March 30th and March 31st. See PR 20-09.
    • Supreme court, Nassau county: Effective March 16, 2020,no eviction orders, default judgments, or foreclosure auctions. All court proceedings in Nassau will occur at the Mineola courthouse. Clerk's office closed. See Order.
    • Supreme court, Queens county: Effective March 18, 2020, the Long Island City courthouse is closed. Part closures as follows: trial scheduling part, compliance conference, preliminary conference part, subpoenaed records, and all judicial parts except parts with ongoing jury trials. Emergency applications will be heard at the Jamaica courthouse and must be accompanied by emergency affidavit or affirmation. Foreclosure auctions suspended. See Order & Order. Temporary Relocation: Civil Term court operations will temporarily relocate to Queens Civil Court located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York 11435, courtroom 301. See revised order.
    • Supreme Court, Bronx county: Special Trial Part and Foreclosure Part 24, 24 Motions/OSC adjourned to June, specific dates available in the Order.
    • Supreme court, Westchester county: Effective March 16, 2020, for Supreme Civil Court, all "non-essential" matters are administratively adjourned to April 30, 2020. No eviction orders signed, no default judgments granted, no foreclosure auctions held. Only judges and essential staff permitted in the courthouse after 5:00 pm on March 16, 2020. See order.

North Carolina

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Fourth circuit:  Oral arguments are being scheduled remotely via video conference or teleconference.  See remote oral argument page for details.  The court temporarily suspends its oral argument requirement for published opinions.  Per standing order 2020-01, cases calendared for oral argument in March or April 2020 but not presented at oral argument may be decided by published opinion with unanimous consent of the panel.  See court information for details.
  • Eastern district:   Courthouses will remain open for business, subject to visitor restrictions in place.  All jury trials scheduled through May 1, 2020 are continued.  All other hearings, conferences, and/or proceedings are subject to the discretion of the individual judge.  Videoconferencing and teleconferencing encouraged for hearings.  See standing order for details.
  • Western district: All courthouses remain open for business, subject to visitor limitations.  Judges will stagger their court hearings; magistrate judge hearings will be moved to larger courtrooms; non-evidentiary hearings should be conducted by telephone or SKYPE.  See court directive for details. For Judge Conrad:  oral arguments on summary judgment motions in civil cases are suspended; all summary judgment motions will be decided on the briefs until further notice.

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • North Carolina supreme court:  All appellate court deadlines that fall between March 27, 2020, through April 30, 2020, are extended by 60 days.  Further updates to be available here.
  • North Carolina court of appeals: Operating as normal.  Further updates to be available here.
  • Lower state courts:  Widespread court closures. See closings for county-specific information.  All proceedings (including foreclosure special proceedings) continued at least 30 days from March 15, 2020.  Filing deadlines extended—documents due from March 16, 2020 to April 17, 2020 will be deemed timely received if received before close of business on April 17, 2020. See order for details.  Additional updates available here.

North Dakota

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Eighth circuit:  Requirement to file paper copies is suspended.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See notice and court information for details. 
  • District of North Dakota: Courthouses in Bismarck, Fargo, Minot, and Grand Forks are closed to the public except by appointment.  All jury trials scheduled between March 16, 2020 and May 1, 2020 continued.  All hearings suspended through May 1, 2020.  Judges may conduct court proceedings by telephone or video conferencing where practical and consistent with the law.  Visitor restrictions imposed. See administrative order 3-27-20  for details.    

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • North Dakota supreme court:  Law library and legal self-help center closed to all walk-in traffic until further notice.  See court information for details. Court' emergency orders can be found here.
  • Lower state courts:  Pursuant to supreme court order, civil jury trials not already in progress are suspended through April 24, 2020.  Judges are given discretion to cancel bench trials or hearings until April 24, 2020.  Many deadlines occurring between March 16, 2020 and April 24, 2020 are stayed.  Continuances and extension requests related to COVID-19 should be routinely granted.  See administrative order for details.  Widespread court closures.  See county responses and search by county for county-specific information.  In addition, the Nevada supreme court's emergency orders may impact lower state courts.  See the emergency orders for details. 

Ohio

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Sixth circuit:  Oral arguments scheduled March 17-20 are postponed.  See court information for details.
  • Southern district:   Courthouses temporarily closed to public until April 6, 2020.  Civil hearings and trials postponed during this period. Judges may conduct video/telephonic conferences in their discretion.  See general order for details.  Visitor restrictions in place.  See court information for details.
  • Northern district:  Courthouses temporarily closed to public until May 1, 2020No civil jury trial will be commenced before May 1, 2020.  Any trial dates currently scheduled during that period are vacated.  Judges will conduct civil pretrial proceedings by telephone or videoconference. See order 2020-05-1  for details.

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Statewide:  Court specific resources are here.
  • Ohio supreme courtAs of Monday, March 16, 2020, the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center and the Supreme Court of Ohio are operating with only essential staff on-site. The building is open, but only to those who have time-sensitive business with the Supreme Court of Ohio. The Clerk's Office is open and all filing deadlines remain intact.  The Supreme Court of Ohio issued an order that tolls the time requirements as established by all Supreme Court-promulgated rules. See tolling order. See court information for details.
  • Lower state courts:  Ohio Chief Justice advised state courts will remain open and each court and judge is to devise its own response, but courts may suspend jury trials.  See notice and court information for details.  Example:  Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court – all jury trials are suspended for 30 days; foreclosures are stayed for 60 days.  Civil proceedings may be conducted via telephone at each judge's discretion.  Essential operations of the courts will continue with limited staff.  See administrative order for details.

Oklahoma

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Tenth circuit:  Courthouse closed to the public and the requirement to submit paper copies of briefs, appendices and petitions for rehearing en banc is temporarily suspended. See announcement for details.  Additional email from clerk states:  court is assessing all cases set for argument in April/May.  Cases will be argued telephonically, submitted on briefs, or reset for in-person argument at a later date.  Counsel will be notified of the court's determinations ahead of the scheduled argument.
  • Eastern district of Oklahoma: All jury trials scheduled through April 17, 2020 continued pending further order of the court.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See announcements for details.
  • Western district of Oklahoma: All jury trials on the April 2020 docket continued, to be reset by the presiding judge.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See announcements for details.

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Statewide:  All district courts in Oklahoma shall immediately cancel all jury terms through May 15, 2020. All civil, criminal, and juvenile jury trials shall be continued to the next available jury dockets. Subject only to constitutional limitations, all deadlines and procedures whether prescribed by statute, rule, or order in any civil, juvenile, or criminal case, shall be suspended through May 15, 2020; this extension also applies to appellate rules and procedures for the Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Court of Civil Appeals. In any civil case, the statute of limitations shall be extended through May 15, 2020. All courthouses in all counties shall be closed to the public with exceptions for emergencies as permitted by local order. See Scad No. 2020-29
  • Oklahoma appellate courts:  Clerk's office is closed; filings to be made by mail/third party carrier.  Further updates to be posted here.
  • Lower state courts:  Widespread suspensions of in-person proceedings and court closures based on supreme court directive.  See notices and search by county for county-specific information.

 

Oregon

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Ninth circuit:  Courthouses closed to the public during non-court weeks. Oral arguments scheduled in March through May are being evaluated one at a time and will issue orders in those cases providing direction; 60-day briefing extensions will be granted.  See notice for details.
  • District of Oregon: Clerk's office closed to the public.  All civil jury trials scheduled to begin before April 26, 2020 are continued pending further order of the court.  All other civil matters scheduled for an in-person appearance before April 26, 2020 are continued unless all parties and the judge agree to resolve the matters without oral argument, or via telephone or videoconferencing where practicable.  See announcement for details.

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Oregon supreme court: Next oral argument calendared is in May.  Updates to be posted here.
  • Oregon court of appeals:  Oral arguments scheduled between March 17, 2020 and March 27, 2020 cancelled.  See alert for details.
  • Lower state courts: With limited exceptions, all jury trials and hearings scheduled to start before June 1, 2020, postponed.  Any proceedings that must be held before then shall, if possible, be held remotely. See order and alert for details.

Pennsylvania

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Third circuit:  Effective March 25, 2020, through March 30, 2020, the Byrne Courthouse is closed.  The dropbox will not be available, but parties may continue to file electronically and email documents to the clerk's office.  It is unclear whether oral arguments will proceed as scheduled.  See order and court information for details.
  • Eastern district: The James A. Bryne U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia is closed from March 25, 2020 to March 29, 2020.  Court remains open for business in all other court locations but access to courthouses will be limited to judges, court personnel, and persons attending court proceedings or having other official business with the Court.  All jury trials scheduled to begin between now and April 13, 2020 are continued.  See Eastern District website for details.
  • Middle district: All hearings and proceedings through May 13, 2020 involving the physical presence of counsel or any party or individual before the Court are continued unless certain exceptions are met, including if they can be held by phone/video.  See general order 20-01 and supplemental order 20-01 for details.  Scranton divisional office has reopened on March 30, 2020.  courthouses.  See website and general order 20-4 and general order 20-8 for details.
  • Western district: All jury trials scheduled to begin before April 27 continued until further order. See Western District website for details.

State court reactions - last updated April 1, 2020

  • All state court orders regarding COVID-19 can be found at the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania website.
  • Statewide: All state courts are closed to the public through April 30, 2020.  President Judges are authorized to declare judicial emergencies in their districts through May 31, 2020All time calculations for purposes of time computation relevant to court cases or other judicial business, as  well as time deadlines, are suspended through April 30, 2020.  Electronic means of communications are authorized. Any in-person pretrial conference, case management conference, status conference, diversionary program, discovery motions practice, motions practice or other hearing, whether civil or criminal, are postponed until April 30, 2020. Non-essential matters are supposed to move forward through electronic means. See March 18 Supreme Court Administrative Order and April 1 Order   for details.  See also Court's website for updates.
  • Supreme court: All oral argument sessions scheduled in Pittsburgh from April 21 through April 23 are cancelled.  Cases scheduled for argument during that session will be decided on briefs previously submitted.  See website for details. Supreme court filing deadlines are extended to April, 3, 2020. There will be no public access to the Eastern District, Middle District, and Western District Supreme Court Filing Offices.  Certain filings deadlines in the Western District are extended to April 17, 2020.  See March 17 Supreme Court Order on Judicial Operations, March 30 Supreme Court Order, March 30 Administrative Order  for details. 
  • Lower state courts: Superior court deadlines between March 17, 2020, 2020 and April 17, 2020 extended 30 days. See March 17 Superior Court COVID 19 Administrative Order for details. 

Rhode Island

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • First circuit:  Building closed to public beginning March 16.  In person oral arguments cancelled March 30-April 2.  Counsel will be contacted re telephonic appearances.  See court information for details. The deadline for non-emergency filings in certain cases due to be filed between March 26, 2020, and April 24, 2020, is automatically extended for 30 additional days. See order for more information. The Clerk’s Office is not accepting in-person filings until further notice.
  • District of Rhode Island:  Building at One Exchange Terrace is closed.  Operations in the John O. Pastore Building closed Tuesdays and Thursdays and open for limited purposes only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  All in-person civil matters are cancelled and will be held telephonically where possible.  See second general order regarding continuity of operations during coronavirus pandemic for details. 

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Rhode Island Supreme Court: All oral arguments scheduled through April cancelled.  Time limitations in rules of appellate procedure extended 60 days.  Clerk's office will no longer accept in-person filings until further notice. See order for details.  Effective April 18, 2020 or until further notice, in-person appearances are limited.  See Executive Order 2020-06 for details.  Newport and Washington County courthouses closed.  See Executive Order 2020-07.  
  • Superior court:  All jury trials and defined non-essential hearings are continued until after April 17, 2020.  All payment dates and court-imposed filing deadlines are extended 30 days from March 17, 2020.  Statute of limitations extensions due to COVID-19 will be considered.  Visitor restrictions imposed. See Supreme Court Executive Order No. 2020-04 for details.  

South Carolina

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Fourth circuit:  Oral arguments are being scheduled remotely via video conference or teleconference.  See remote oral argument page for details.  The court temporarily suspends its oral argument requirement for published opinions.  Per standing order 2020-01, cases calendared for oral argument in March or April 2020 but not presented at oral argument may be decided by published opinion with unanimous consent of the panel.  See court information for details.
  • South Carolina district court:  All jury trials scheduled to commence through May 8, 2020 are continued.  In all civil cases, all deadlines, whether set by court or by the Rules of civil Procedure or Local Rules, are hereby extended by 21 days from the current deadline set. All other civil and criminal matters scheduled for an in-court appearance through May 8, including any associated deadlines are continued, unless all parties and the Presiding Judge agree to resolve the matters without court appearance via telephone or video teleconferencing where practical. Clerk's office will remain open subject to limitations. See Standing Order 3:20-mc-105 and Standing Order 3:20-mc-00122 for details.

State court reactions - last updated April 1, 2020

  • Statewide.  All jury trials are postponed.  Non-jury trials and other hearings may continue to be held, but only attorneys, their clients, and necessary witnesses will be allowed to appear.  See summary courts memo  and trial courts memo for details.  All memorandums are on the court website.  All evictions currently ordered and scheduled statewide shall be rescheduled for a date not earlier than May 1, 2020.  Court shall not accept applications for ejectment, schedule hearings, issue writs or warrants of ejectment, or proceed in any other manner regarding evictions until directed by subsequent order by the Chief Justice. The court orders a moratorium in Master-in-Equity courts statewide on foreclosure hearings, foreclosure sales, writs of assistance and writs of ejectments, nor should Masters-in-Equity proceed in any other manner regarding foreclosures until directed by subsequent order by the Chief Justice. See Supreme Court Order RE: Statewide Evictions and Foreclosures for details.
  • South Carolina court of appeals:  All oral arguments cancelled.  Appellate Court filings due on or after March 20 are extended 20 days.  Procedural defaults on or after March 13 forgiven, with the required action to occur within 20 days of March 20.  Deadline to file notices of appeal not impacted.  See order for details.
  • Circuit court: Schedules are altered.  See order for details.

South Dakota

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Eighth circuit:  Requirement to file paper copies is suspended.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See notice and court information for details. 
  • District of South Dakota:  All jury trials scheduled to commence on or before April 24, 2020 will be continued pending further order of the court.  Non-jury proceedings, such as bench trials and hearings, shall proceed as scheduled unless continued, but the parties are encouraged to consider participation by telephone or video conferencing.  All grand jury proceedings between March 17, 2020, and April 24,2020, are continued pending further order of the Court.  All deadlines established in civil cases will remain in place, although the Court will be receptive to motions from the parties to enlarge deadlines.  Parties are encouraged to consider conducting discovery through means that avoid unnecessary travel or personal contact. Visitor restrictions imposed.  Certain criminal hearings will be conducted by video teleconference or telephone.  See announcements for details.

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • South Dakota supreme court:  No changes to court operations.  Clay County Court offices will close effective 08:00am on 03/30/2020 and are expected to reopen at 08:00am on 04/01/2020.  The Clay Count Court office are closed until Wednesday, 04/01/2020.
  • Lower trial courts: 
    • First Judicial District:  Parties allowed to appear by telephone whenever SDCL 15-5A permits it; jury trials scheduled in March and April, 2020 shall be continued whenever possible.  See COVID-19 Response for details.
    • Second Judicial District:  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See COVID-19 Response for details.
    • Third Judicial District: Parties allowed to appear by telephone whenever SDCL 15-5A permits it; jury trials scheduled in March and April, 2020 shall be continued whenever possible; all jury trials to be continued a minimum of 30 days.  See COVID-19 Response for details.
    • Fourth Judicial District: Parties allowed to appear by telephone whenever SDCL 15-5A permits it; jury trials scheduled in March and April, 2020 shall be continued whenever possible; all jury trials to be continued a minimum of 30 days.  See COVID-19 Response for details.
    • Fifth Judicial District: Civil jury trials scheduled before May 15, 2020 continued and will be rescheduled.  See COVID-19 Response for details. 
    • Sixth Judicial District:  Visitor restrictions imposed.  Courts will conduct hearings via ITV or phone wherever possible, or continue jury trials as necessary, to minimize the number of persons required to gather in the courtroom. See COVID-19 Response for  details. 
    • Seventh Judicial District:  Civil jury trials continued a minimum of 30 days.  See COVID-19 Response for details. 

Tennessee

Federal court reactionslast updated March 31, 2020

  • Sixth circuit:  Oral arguments scheduled March 17-20 are postponed.  See court information for details.
  • Eastern district:  All jury trials scheduled to commence from March 16, 2020 through April 24, 2020 are continued. Cases not scheduled for a jury trial during this period will continue as scheduled.  All civil trials that are scheduled to commence without a jury will be handled at the discretion of the presiding judge based on the case's particular facts and circumstances. See Standing Order SO-20-06 for details.
  • Middle district:  Civil jury trials scheduled to begin now through April 30, 2020, are continued.  Individual judges may continue to hold hearings, conferences, and bench trials in the exercise of their discretion. Such court proceedings may be conducted by telephone or video conference.  See Administrative Order 209- First Amendment for details.
  • Western district:  All civil proceedings, including jury trials, are continued until after April 17. The Jackson, TN, Federal Courthouse is closed to the public until further notice.  See Western District website for details.

State Court Reactions- Last updated March 30, 2020

  • Statewide:  All in-person proceedings are suspended from the close of business on Friday, March 13, 2020 through Thursday, April 30, 2020. Deadlines set forth in court rules, statutes, ordinances, administrative rules, or otherwise that are set to expire between March 13 and April 30, 2020 are extended through May 6, 2020. Statutes of limitations and statutes of repose that would otherwise expire during the period between March 13 and April 30, 2020 are extended through May 6, 2020. See Supreme Court Order ADM2020-00428 for details.

 

Texas

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Fifth circuit:  John Minor Wisdom Building is closed to the public until further notice.  In-person oral arguments scheduled for March 30, 2020, through April 2, 2020, as well as oral arguments scheduled for April 27-30, 2020, are cancelled.    Requirement to file paper copies of filed pleadings and documents suspended.  See General Order 1 and General Order 2 and notices for further details.
  • Northern district of Texas:  All civil bench and jury trials scheduled to begin through May 1, 2020 are continued, to be rest by each presiding judge.  All other deadlines remain in place.   Individual judges may continue to hold bench trials, in-person hearings, scheduling conferences and other court proceedings but the use of telephone or video conferencing is encouraged. Visitor restrictions imposed.  See special order no. 13-5 and notices for details.
  • Eastern district of Texas:  Plano division closed until April 1, 2020.  All civil matters scheduled for an in-person appearances continued until further notification.  See divisional standing order for details.   All jury trials in all divisions through May 1, 2020 continued to a date to be re-set by the presiding judges.  All other deadlines remain in place.  Individual judges may continue to hold bench trials, scheduling conferences and other court proceedings on a case-by-case basis, as they deem appropriate.  See general order 20-03 for details.  Visitor restrictions implemented under general order 20-04.
  • Western district of Texas:  All settings in civil matters scheduled before May 1, 2020 are cancelled pending further order of the court.  Civil bench and jury trials scheduled to begin through May 1, 2020 remain continued to a date to be reset by the presiding judge.  All other deadlines remain in place.  Individual judges may continue to hold in-person hearings and conferences but the parties are encouraged to appear by telephone or video.  See amended order for details. 
  • Southern district of Texas – division by division
    • Brownsville division: All jury trials scheduled to begin  through May 1, 2020 are continued to a date to be re-set by each judge.  All other deadlines remain in place.   Individual judges may continue to hold bench trials, in-person hearings, scheduling conferences and other court proceedings but the use of telephone or video conferencing is encouraged. Visitor restrictions imposed.  See order no. 2020-001 and order 2022-002 for details.
    • Corpus Christi/Victoria division:  All jury trials scheduled to begin through May 1, 2020 are continued to a date to be re-set by each judge.  All other deadlines remain in place.   Individual judges may continue to hold bench trials, in-person hearings, scheduling conferences and other court proceedings but the use of telephone or video conferencing is encouraged. Visitor restrictions imposed.  See order no. 2020-02 and order no. 2020-04 for details
    • Houston/Galveston division: All jury trials scheduled to begin through May 1, 2020 are continued to a date to be re-set by each judge.  All other deadlines remain in place pending order of the presiding judge.   Individual judges may continue to hold bench trials, in-person hearings, scheduling conferences and other court proceedings but the use of telephone or video conferencing is encouraged. Visitor restrictions imposed.  See order no. 2020-06 and order no. 2020-07 for details.
    • Laredo division: All civil trials scheduled to begin in April, after the regularly scheduled pretrial conferences are continued, to a date reset by each presiding judge.  The continuances do not affect any deadlines other than the jury trial dates.  Individual judges may continue to hold bench trials, in-person hearings, scheduling conferences and other court proceedings but the use of telephone or video conferencing in these proceedings is encouraged when feasible.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See special order L-2020-3 and special order L-2020-4 or details. 
    • McAllen division: Visitor restrictions imposed.  See general order 2020-01 for details.

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Texas supreme court:  Supreme Court Building indefinitely closed to the public.  Four matters scheduled for oral argument on March 25 postponed.   See  coronavirus update for details.  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: a. No trial, hearing, or other proceeding may be conducted, and all deadlines are tolled, until after April 19, 2020; b. A writ of possession may issue, but the posting of the written warning required by § 24.0061(d)(1) of the Property Code and the execution of the writ of possession may not occur until after April 26, 2020, and the deadlines in Rules 510.8(d)(1)-(d)(2) are tolled while this Order remains in effect; and c. New filings may be accepted, but the time period in Rule 510.4(a)(10) is suspended, and issuance and service of citation may not occur until after April 19, 2020.  See Emergency Order 4 for further details.
  • Texas courts of appeals:
    • Second Court of Appeals – Fort Worth: Oral arguments for March 17, March 31, and April 7 have been canceled and will not be rescheduled. All cases previously scheduled for oral argument on those days will now be submitted on those same days without oral argument.  See announcements posted on the court website for details.
    • Third Court of Appeals – Austin: Oral arguments and any other in-person proceedings through May 8, 2020 suspended pending further order of the court. See order regarding the COVID-19 state of disaster for details.
    • Fourth Court of Appeals – San Antonio: Court operating on a virtual basis while monitoring the COVID-19 situation.  Other than working remotely, the court remains fully operational.  See announcements posted on the court website for details.
    • Seventh Court of Appeals – Amarillo:  Court maintaining normal hours of operation but litigants with pending deadlines scheduled to present argument or whose schedule has been substantively affected by COVID-19 may bring the matter to the court’s attention by appropriate motion.  See announcement posted on the court website for details.
  • Lower state courts: Widespread court closures, visitor restrictions and cancellations.  See website for county-specific information.  All courts may modify or suspend all deadlines and procedures and allow or requires parties involved in any hearing, deposition or proceeding to participate remotely.  See Misc. Docket No. 20-007 for details.      

Utah

Federal court reactionslast updated March 31, 2020

  • Tenth circuit:  Courthouse closed to the public and the requirement to submit paper copies of briefs, appendices and petitions for rehearing en banc is temporarily suspended.  See announcement for details.  Additional email from clerk states:  court is assessing all cases set for argument in April/May.  Cases will be argued telephonically, submitted on briefs, or reset for in-person argument at a later date.  Counsel will be notified of the court's determinations ahead of the scheduled argument.
  • District of Utah:  Civil jury trials scheduled until May 1, 2020 continued pending further order of the court.  Subject to an exception for temporary restraining orders and other emergency matters, all in-person hearings in civil cases between March 17, 2020 and March 31, 2020 are vacated.  Absent all exceptional and unavoidable circumstances, all hearings in emergency matters should be conducted by telephone or video conference.  Settlement conferences set before May 1, 2020 are vacated.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See general order 20-008 and general order 20-009 for details. 

 State court reactionslast updated March 31, 2020

  • Utah supreme court:  Oral arguments to be conducted by remote transmission.  Cases not set for oral argument may be decided on the briefs.  Briefs shall be forwarded to the court by a .pdf attachment to an email, with paper copies to be filed later upon the clerk's direction.  See administrative order dated March 21, 2020 for details.  Further information to be posted here.
  • Utah court of appeals:  Oral arguments to be conducted by remote transmission.  Case not set for oral argument may be decided on the briefs.  Briefs shall be forwarded to the court by a .pdf attachment to an email, with paper copies to be filed later upon the clerk's direction.  See administrative order dated March 21, 2020 for details. Further information to be posted here
  • Lower state courts:  District courts shall continue to perform all "mission-critical" functions and may holde other hearings provided the hearing is conducted by remote transmission and court staff is available.  Absent exigent circumstances, all hearings shall be conducted on the papers, or through remote transmission, such as by telephone or video conferencing.  All civil jury trials suspended until after June 1, 2020.  See administrative order dated March 21, 2020 for details.  Further information to be posted here.
    • Wasatch county: District court closed to public until April 6, 2020.   See alerts for details.

Vermont

Federal court reactions: - last updated April 1, 2020

  • Second circuit:  The regular argued appeals and motions calendars continue to be heard as scheduled. Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 and until the COVID-19 crisis passes, the Court will hear all oral arguments using a teleconference platform. Arguments will be live-streamed.  All filing dates and other deadlines set out in the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Court’s Local Rules and the Court’s orders are extended or tolled by 21 days, effective March 16-May 17, 2020.  All documents conferring jurisdiction on the Court are not affected.  See order extending deadlines and court information for details.
  • District of Vermont:  All civil matters scheduled for in-court appearance are postponed until further notice.  Judges may make exceptions for emergency hearings.  Judges may case-by-case exceptions to postponements in non-jury matters.  Civil motions that can be resolved via telephone conference, or without oral argument, are unaffected.  See general order 86 for details.   Individual judges are authorized to conduct civil motion hearings by telephone, with or without the presence of a court reporter. Counsel and the parties do not need to travel to the courthouse for a telephone hearing. The court will send out the call-in details in advance of any telephone hearing. Decisions about whether to hold a telephonic hearing and whether to record it, whether to provide a court reporter by telephone, or whether to memorialize it in a written order are left to the individual discretion of the assigned judge.  See general order 88 for details.

 State court reactions: - last updateApril 1, 2020

  • Vermont supreme court:  May hold oral arguments by telephone or consider the case without oral argument in its discretion.  See court information.
  • Lower state courts:  Jury trials suspended at least until April 15.  All nonemergency hearings, whether evidentiary or non-evidentiary, will be postponed until after April 15 but nonemergency hearings may proceed remotely at the court's discretion.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See AO 49 and amendment to AO 49 for details.

Virginia

Federal court reactionslast updated March 31, 2020

  • Fourth circuit: Oral arguments are being scheduled remotely via video conference or teleconference.  See remote oral argument page for details.  The court temporarily suspends its oral argument requirement for published opinions.  Per standing order 2020-01, cases calendared for oral argument in March or April 2020 but not presented at oral argument may be decided by published opinion with unanimous consent of the panel.  See court information for details.
  • Eastern district: All in-person proceedings, including court appearances, trials, hearings, and settlement conferences, scheduled to occur through May 1, 2020, with the exception of critical or emergency proceedings, are postponed and continued.  All filing deadlines set to fall on or before April 14, 2020 are extended by 14 days, unless the presiding judge sets a different date.  The court will remain open for critical or emergency civil or criminal matters. The order does not toll any applicable statutes of limitations.  Certain individuals diagnosed with or exposed to coronavirus are excluded from the courthouses. Pursuant to General Order 2020-08 the Clerk’s Office counters are closed to the public until further notice, to minimize personal interactions.  The public may use the drop boxes during hours when the courthouses are open to the public. Federal employees with building access may use the drop boxes during the evening or weekend hours as well.  Clerk’s Office staff retrieve documents from the drop boxes at 9:00 AM each day that the Court is open  See order and court information for details.
  • Western district:  All in-person criminal, civil, and bankruptcy proceedings on or before May 1, 2020 are continued. All jury trials on or before May 1, 2020 are continued.  Judges may conduct proceedings by telephone or video conference.  See order and court information for details.

State court reactionslast updated March 30, 2020

  • Statewide:  Judicial emergency declared for all district and circuit courts from March 16 through April 6, 2020.  All non-essential and non-emergency proceedings in circuit and district courts are suspended, and deadlines extended for 21 days.  Courts shall limit courtroom attendance to attorneys, parties, and necessary witnesses and members of the press in any matters that cannot be continued.  Courts shall use telephonic or video technology, as provided in the Code of Virginia, for all necessary hearings, trials, or other matters.  See appellate and local court information and court information for details.
  • Supreme court: Supreme Court is closed to public until further notice.
  • Appellate court: Dockets through June 30, 2020, will be conducted via teleconference. 
  • Lower state courts: Varies by jurisdiction. 

Washington

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Ninth circuit:  Courthouses closed to the public during non-court weeks. Oral arguments scheduled in March through May are being evaluated one at a time and will issue orders in those cases providing direction; 60-day briefing extensions will be granted.  See notice for details.
  • Eastern district of Washington:  All hearings scheduled for in-person from March 19, 2020, to April 14, 2020, vacated pending further order of the court.  Fifth, seventh, eighth and ninth floors of Spokane courthouse and Richland and Yakima courthouses closed to the public through April 30, 2020.  See general order 20-101-1, general order 20-101-2, and FSC Order 20-01 for details. See court information for details.
  • Western district of Washington: Courthouses closed to the public until April 16, 2020.  All civil hearings in Seattle and Tacoma courthouses scheduled to occur before June 1, 2020, are continued pending further order of the court.  The court may proceed with video/telephonic conferences as appropriate in the discretion of the individual judges.  See general order 02-20. See announcement here. See court information for details.

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Washington supreme court: Temple of Justice closed to the public until May 5, 2020, but all court business will continue.  See announcement for details.  See court information for details.
  • Lower state courts:  Widespread court closures but clearinghouse for court modifications and local court orders created. See court closures and emergency modifications to operations and search by county for county-specific information.

West Virginia

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Fourth circuit: Oral arguments are being scheduled remotely via video conference or teleconference.  See remote oral argument page for details.  The court temporarily suspends its oral argument requirement for published opinions.  Per standing order 2020-01, cases calendared for oral argument in March or April 2020 but not presented at oral argument may be decided by published opinion with unanimous consent of the panel.  See court information for details.
  •  Southern district:  Courthouse closed to general public.  All jury matters and in-person civil proceedings in the Southern District of West Virginia scheduled to occur between March 23, 2020 and April 24, 2020 are continued pending further order. See court information for details. 
  • Northern district: Certain people restricted from entering; otherwise open for business as usual. See court information for details.

State court reactions – last updated April 1, 2020

  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia: Implementing guidance for all judicial offices regarding persons exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19.  See court information for details.  All proceedings and deadlines set between March 23 and April 10 are postponed until after April 10 (except emergency matters, i.e., criminal matters, child neglect petitions, domestic violence petitions, and mental health matters).  Court attendance shall be governed by separate COVID-19 planning document

Wisconsin

Federal court reactionsupdated April 1, 2020

  • Seventh circuit: All cases scheduled for oral argument from March 30, 2020 through April 30, 2020 will be argued telephonically.  The courtroom will be closed to the public.  All FRAP Rule 33 mediations will be conducted by telephone until further notice.  See announcement for details. Effective March 31, 2020, until further notice, paper copy requirements for electronically filed documents are suspended. See order for details.
  • Eastern district:  Courthouse closed to the public through May 1, 2020 with limited exceptions.  All jury trials scheduled to begin before May 1, 2020 continued.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See general order 20-2general order 20-3general order 20-04, and general order 20-6 for details. Further updates will be posted here.  
  • Western district: Jury trials suspended through May 18, 2020.  Pretrial deadlines remain in place.  The court has also rescheduled all in-person hearings until after May 18, 2020, subject to case-by-case exceptions justified by extraordinary circumstances. Certain criminal hearings will be conducted by video teleconference or telephone. Further updates will be posted here.

 State court reactionsupdated April 1, 2020

  • Wisconsin supreme court:  All in-person proceedings suspended through April 30, 2020, with the exception of oral arguments scheduled for April 20, 2020.  Oral arguments scheduled for March 30, 2020 and April 1, 2020 cancelled. See order and order for details.  Further updates to be posted here.
  • Wisconsin court of appeals:  All in-person proceedings suspended through April 30. 2020.  See order for details.  Further updates to be posted here.
  • Lower state courts:  Pursuant to supreme court order, all civil jury trials scheduled to begin through May 22, 2020 are continued and will be rescheduled by the presiding judge.  See order for details.  County-by-county information available here (click "COVID-19" tab)
    • Dane county: From March 17, 2020 to April 17, 2020, all matters requiring in-person appearances, including jury trials, are suspended.  Any hearing that can be done by phone will proceed as scheduled. See order regarding emergency temporary measures  for details.
    • Milwaukee county: All matters requiring in-person appearances, including jury trials, are suspended until after April 30, 2020 or until further order of the court.  Non-evidentiary hearings that can be done by phone will proceed as scheduled but may be rescheduled by the presiding judge.  See order regarding emergency temporary measures for details.

Wyoming

Federal court reactionsupdated April 1, 2020

  • Tenth circuit court of appeals: Courthouse closed to the public and the requirement to submit paper copies of briefs, appendices and petitions for rehearing en banc is temporarily suspended.  See announcement for details.  Additional email from clerk states:  court is assessing all cases set for argument in April/May.  Cases will be argued telephonically, submitted on briefs, or reset for in-person argument at a later date.  Counsel will be notified of the court's determinations ahead of the scheduled argument.
  • District of Wyoming: All in-person hearings scheduled in civil cases between March 20, 2020 and May 31, 2020 to be held by telephone, video conference or other means that do not require a personal appearances.  All civil trial scheduled prior to June 1, 2020 vacated, including the final pretrial conference and associated deadlines.  Courthouse only open to the public between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. until April 6, 2020.  See memo to the bar and general order 20-02 for details. 

 State court reactionsupdated April 1, 2020

  • Wyoming supreme court: Court closed to the public.  Rules requiring paper copies suspended.  See Wyoming Judicial Branch COVID-19 updates for details and further updates.
  • Lower state courts: Pursuant to chief judge order dated March 18, 2020, all district and circuit courts should suspend in-person proceedings (including trials, hearings and motions) except in limited circumstances until April 10, 2020.  Judges are encouraged to use video or telephone conferencing to the extent possible. All civil trials should be rescheduled.  See supreme court order and additional county-specific information for further details. 
    • Albany county:  All hearings by telephone or video conference when possible.  All non-essential hearings that cannot be conducted by telephone or video will be vacated.  No "in chambers" conferences or hearings will be held.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  Protocols to remain in place through April 30, 2020.  See order for details.
    • Big Horn county: Courthouse closed to the public.  Clerk’s offices are still accepting original filings via mail and courthouse drop boxes. It is strongly encouraged that Parties file by fax and/or email until further notice. The Clerk’s office will waive fees and the page limits associated with fax/e-mail filing until further notice. For hearings and trials, with the exception of emergency Title 25 and Shelter Care hearings, no new settings will be made prior to April 10, 2020. See order.
    • Campbell county:  Courthouse closed to the general public as of March 23, 2020 at 5:00 pm. See order.  All jury trials before May 1, 2020 are vacated.  Filing fee for fax filings suspended.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See general order 2020-04 and order regarding appearing at the courthouse for details.
    • Carbon county:  Hearings and trial sremain set as scheduled but attorneys and clients should appear by video or telephone whenever possible.  Fax filing encouraged.  See protocols for details. 
    • Converse county:  All hearings by telephone or video conference when possible.  All non-essential hearings that cannot be conducted by telephone or video will be vacated.  No "in chambers" conferences or hearings will be held.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  Protocols to remain in place through April 30, 2020.  See order for details.
    • Crook county:  All jury trials before May 1, 2020 are vacated.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See general order 2020-02 and general order 2020-04 for details.
    • Fremont county:  Courthouse open "by appointment only" for all necessary hearings.  See order for details.
    • Goshen county: All hearings by telephone or video conference when possible.  All non-essential hearings that cannot be conducted by telephone or video will be vacated.  No "in chambers" conferences or hearings will be held.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  Protocols to remain in place through April 30, 2020.  See order for details.
    • Hot Springs County:Courthouse closed to the public. Clerk’s offices are still accepting original filings via mail and courthouse drop boxes. It is strongly encouraged that Parties file by fax and/or email until further notice. The Clerk’s office will waive fees and the page limits associated with fax/e-mail filing until further notice. For hearings and trials, with the exception of emergency Title 25 and Shelter Care hearings, no new settings will be made prior to April 10, 2020. See order here:order.
    • Laramie county:  All in-person procedings suspended except in limited circumstances utnil April 10, 2020.  All civil trials to be rescheduled.  See supreme court order and Laramie county's response for details.
    • Lincoln county:  Scheduling orders and deadlines in civil cases shall remain provisionally set, pending any case-specific adjustments.  All scheduling conference and status conferences must be conducted by telephone or video. Parties and their attorneys shall notify one another and the court if they reasonably suspect a participant in any scheduled hearing, trial, conference, deposition or other proceeding has an elevated risk of transmitting the novel coronavirus.  See general order 2020-01 and general order 2020-02 for details. 
    • Natrona county:  With limited exceptions, from March 23, 2020 through May 15, 2020, the district court will conduct hearings via telephone or video.  Previously-scheduled non-evidentiary civil hearings will be conducted by video or telephone in the judge's distriction.  Previously-scheduled evidentiary civil hearings have been continued and will be rescheduled.  Previously scheduled civil jury trials have been continued and will be rescheduled.  See notice for details.
    • Niobrara county:  All hearings by telephone or video conference when possible.  All non-essential hearings that cannot be conducted by telephone or video will be vacated.  No "in chambers" conferences or hearings will be held.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  Protocols to remain in place through April 30, 2020. See order for details. 
    • Park county:  Courthouse closed to public effective March 20, 2020.  Fax and email filing fees temporarily waived.  See order for details. 
    • Platte county:  All hearings by telephone or video conference when possible.  All non-essential hearings that cannot be conducted by telephone or video will be vacated.  No "in chambers" conferences or hearings will be held.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  Protocols to remain in place through April 30, 2020. See order for details.
    • Sheridan county:  Courthouse closed to public effective March 19, 2020 until further notice but court system will remain open with limited access.  All proceedings will be by Microsoft Teams.  Bench trials will "likely be rescheduled" See pandemic order and media release for details. 
    • Sublette county:  Courthouse closed to public effective March 20, 2020.  Judge Tyler vacating bench trials in civil matters.  All matters likely to be continued or vacated if participants are unable to appear remotely.  See notice for details.
    • Sweetwater county:  Limited public access to courthouse.  Non-critical district court hearings may be scheduled and conducted by telephonic or video conference.  No one may attend in person unless specifically ordered by the court for extraordinary circumstances.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See general order 2020-01 for details. 
    • Teton county:  Courthouse closed to the public. Filings should be made by email for fax. Hearings should take place as phone or video hearings. Some may be admitted to enter the courthouse by appointment or on a case-by-case basis. All hearings scheduled in district court through March 31, 2020 remain set as scheduled but the court will reset them as telephone or video hearings as possible.  Non-essential jury trials shall be continued as needed, but there are no jury trial jury trials until May.  Filings should be done by fax or email.  See protocols and notice for details.
    • Uinta county:  All hearings must take place by phone or video until further notice, unless specifically ordered by court for extraordinary circumstances. In-court hearings shall remain as scheduled unless continued, on a case by case basis, by the district judge.  Scheduling orders and deadlines in civil cases shall remain provisionally set, pending any case-specific adjustements.  Parties are encouraged to explore conducting discovery through means that avoid unnecessary travel or personal contact. All scheduling conferences and status conferences shall be conducted by telephone or video.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See general order 2020-01, general order 2020-02 and notice for details.
    • Washakie county:  Courthouse closed to the public. Clerk’s offices are still accepting original filings via mail and courthouse drop boxes. It is strongly encouraged that Parties file by fax and/or email until further notice. The Clerk’s office will waive fees and the page limits associated with fax/e-mail filing until further notice. For hearings and trials, with the exception of emergency Title 25 and Shelter Care hearings, no new settings will be made prior to April 10, 2020. See order.
    • Weston county:  All jury trials before May 1, 2020 are vacated. Visitor restrictions imposed.  See general order 2020-02 and general order 2020-04 for details.

Washington, D.C.

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020 

  • D.C. circuit:  In-person on-site oral arguments suspended pending further order.  The clerk's office will contact counsel in cases where the panel determines argument by telephone is advisable.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See standing order dated March 13, 2020 and standing order dated March 17, 2020 for details.  Pro se litigants may email their filings to the clerk.
  • District court for the District of Columbia:  All civil jury trials scheduled to commence from March 17, 2020 to May 11, 2020 postponed pending further order.  All other civil proceedings, including non-jury trials, hearings and settlement conferences scheduled to occur between March 17, 2020 and April 17, 2020 postponed and will be rescheduled, unless the judge directs the particular proceeding will be held by teleconference, video conference or in-person on a date before April 17, 2020.  Visitor restrictions imposed. See standing order and notice for further details.

 State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020 

  • District of Columbia court of appeals: The DC Court of Appeals Historic Courthouse building at 430 E Street, NW, will be closed to the public through May 31, 2020.  Oral arguments and mediations through May 31 are cancelled.  In the cases where oral argument was cancelled, the court will decide the matter on the briefs, but parties may request oral argument if they believe it is necessary.  All filing deadlines are suspended/tolled/extended until May 31,2020.  Parties will then have 30 days to submit filings once the suspension is lifted.  Paper copy requirement suspended.  Motions for extension to be liberally granted.  See March 23 Covid-19 Order and addendum to general order (explaining the deadline extensions) for more details.  Further updates will be posted here.
  • Lower state courts:  
    • District of Columbia superior court: No on-site staff members in clerk's office.  All nonpriority matters scheduled before May 15, 2020 will be rescheduled and new dates set.  All deadlines and time limits in statutes, court rules, and standing orders that would otherwise expire before May 15, 2020, including statutes of limitations, tolled "during the period of the current emergency."  All evictions of tenants and foreclosed homeowners on or before May 15, 2020 stayed.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See 3/15/20 Order, amended order (3/19/20), and addendum to general order (explaining the deadline extensions) for more details.  Further updates will be posted here.

Puerto Rico

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • First circuit:  In-person oral arguments scheduled for April 6 through April 9, 2020 are cancelled. Clerk's office closed for in person filings – drop box only.   See court information for details. The deadline for non-emergency filings in certain cases due to be filed between March 26, 2020, and April 24, 2020, is automatically extended for 30 additional days. See order for more information. Also, the Clerk’s Office is not accepting in-person filings until further notice.
  • District of Puerto Rico:   The clerk's office is closed until March 30, 2020. See court information for details. All civil and criminal proceedings are continued until May 4, 2020. See order for details. The court stays all eviction proceedings in foreclosures until May 30, 2020.  All motions filed and pending action in foreclosure cases are denied without prejudice and may be refiled after May 30. See order for details.  All deadlines set from March 16 to April 9, 2020 are extended until April 10, 2020.  See order for details.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See standing order for details.

State court reactions – last updated April 1, 2020

  • All hearings are suspended until April 12, 2020, with certain exceptions.  Court deadlines from March 16, 2020 to April 26, 2020 are extended to April 27, 2020. See court information for details

Guam

Federal court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Ninth circuit:  Courthouses closed to the public during non-court weeks. Oral arguments scheduled in March through May are being evaluated one at a time and court will issue orders in those cases providing direction; 60-day briefing extensions will be granted.  See notice for details.
  • District of Guam: Effective March 20-April 3, court closed to the public with limited exceptions.  Jury trials scheduled to begin before April 26, 2020 continued pending further order.  Individual judges may continue trial-specific deadlines, and may continue to hold hearings, conferences, and bench trials in their discretion.  Visitor restrictions imposed.  See general order 20-0009, general order 20-0011 and general order 20-0012 for details. 

State court reactionslast updated April 1, 2020

  • Supreme court of Guam: Effective March 16, 2020, court closed to the public.  All matters scheduled to be heard between March 16, 2020 and April 15, 2020 are postponed pending further order.  Effective from March 27 until April 15, 2020, all filing deadlines—including statutory filing deadlines—shall be tolled. Any court filing due during this period shall be deemed timely filed if filed when the court opens for regular business on April 15, 2020.   See ADM20-210, ADM20-203, and ADM20-214 for details.  Further updates available here.
  • Lower territory courts:  Effective March 16, 2020, all Judiciary of Guam facilities closed to the public but essential court operations will continue at the Guam Judicial Center in Hagåtña.  All matters scheduled to be heard between March 16, 2020 and April 15, 2020 are postponed pending further order of the court.  Effective from March 27 until April 15, 2020, all filing deadlines—including statutory filing deadlines—shall be tolled. Any court filing due during this period shall be deemed timely filed if filed when the court opens for regular business on April 15, 2020.   All jury trials through April 15 are suspended, without exceptions. Visitor restrictions (here) imposed.  See ADM20-207, ADM20-210, ADM20-203, and ADM20-214 for further details.  Further updates available here.