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April 8, 2020 – PM Update

Check the CourtAlert Site, List of Federal Court Orders, List of State Court Orders for the latest updates. National Center of State Courts- Updated Courts State Profiles 4-08-2020

04/08/2020 – 6:00 PM Update

US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Order: Filing Dates  (3/2020)

State District Court of Connecticut
Order: Criminal Proceedings (4/7/2020)

State District Court of Connecticut
Order: Court Operations (4/2/2020)

New York Eastern District Court
Order 2020-14: Detainees (4/2/2020)

New York Southern District Court
Order: Probation (4/30/2020)

US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Notice of Amendment to Standing Order 20-01 (04/08/2020)

 

National Center of State Courts Updates
Florida
: Restrictions on in-person proceedings and suspensions of jury trials extended until May 29.

Illinois: The Chief Judges of each circuit may continue trials until further order of the Supreme Court. The continuances occasioned by this Order serve the ends of justice and outweigh the best interests of the public and defendants in a speedy trial.

Michigan: Restrictions on in-person proceedings and suspensions of jury trials extended until April 14. Administrative Order authorizes judicial officers to conduct proceedings remotely (whether physically present in the courtroom or elsewhere) using two-way interactive videoconferencing technology or other remote participation tools under specified conditions. A judge who wishes to participate from a location other than the judge’s courtroom shall do so only with the written permission of the court’s chief judge (email is sufficient).

Pennsylvania: Supreme Court declines to order the release of juveniles in detention, correctional, and other residential facilities. Directs "President Judges, or their designees, to engage with all relevant county stakeholders to review immediately the current capabilities of residential placements within their counties where judges have placed juveniles to address the spread of COVID-19."

Vermont: Suspensions of jury trials extended until May 15.

 

Previous News Alerts

New York State, Court of Appeals
The Court will not hear oral argument during its April/May session. The Clerk’s Office will be in contact with counsel to provide information regarding further consideration of their appeals. The Court will continue to consider previously filed pending matters and issue decisions. Full Notice here.

National Center of State (4/07/2020)
Updated Courts State Profiles 4-07-2020
Arizona: Suspensions of jury trials extended until May 1. Presiding superior court judge of each county shall determine how any in-person court proceedings are to be conducted in each of the county’s court rooms, under conditions that protect the health and safety of all participants.

California: Judicial Council approves temporary emergency rules, including
1. Adopts a statewide emergency bail schedule that sets bail at $0 for most misdemeanor and lower-level felony offenses;
2. Suspends the entry of defaults in eviction cases;
3. Suspends judicial foreclosures;
4. Allows courts to require judicial proceedings and court operations be conducted remotely, with the defendant’s consent in criminal proceedings;
5. Allows defendants to appear via counsel or remote technologies for pretrial criminal hearings;
6. Prioritizes hearings and orders in juvenile justice proceedings and set a structure for remote hearings and continuances
7. Extends the timeframes for specified temporary restraining orders;
8. Extends the statutes of limitations governing civil actions; and
9. Allows electronic depositions in civil cases.

Louisiana: Restrictions on in-person proceedings and suspensions of jury trials extended until May 4.

Massachusetts: During normal court hours all Massachusetts trial courts shall conduct all emergency matters virtually without the physical presence of the parties, counsel, or other members of the public.

New York: As of April 6, all essential and emergency court matters−throughout New York City and in every Judicial District outside the City−will be heard virtually, with all interactions taking place by video or telephone.

 

State District Court of Alabama Middle
Order 3910-05: CARES Act (4/5/2020)

 

State District Court of Alabama Southern
Order: CARES Act (3/30/2020)

 

State District Court of Florida Southern
Order 2020-04: Court Proceedings (4/3/2020)

 

State District Court of Georgia Middle
Order 2020-03: CARES Act  (3/30/2020)

 

State District Court of Georgia Northern
Order 20-01 Amended (3/30/2020)

 

State District Court of Georgia Southern
Order: National Emergency (3/30/2020)

 

State District Court of New York Southern
Order-M544: Electronic Signatures (4/6/2020)

 

State District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
Duty Court Proceedings Before United States Magistrate – Judicial Preference Order (04/06/2020)

State District Court of West Virginia Northern
Order: Criminal Proceedings (3/30/2020)

New York Statewide − Virtual Courts Up and Running Statewide. Statewide virtual court operations, allowing essential and emergency court proceedings is now in effect. All essential and emergency court matters, throughout New York City and in every Judicial District outside the City, will be heard virtually, with all interactions taking place by video or telephone.  Non-essential court functions had already been suspended by Administrative Order, with an amendment to this order permitting judges, criminal defendants, civil litigants, attorneys and some court staff to appear by videoconference for essential and emergency court proceedings. Read more here.

District Court for the Northern District of Illinois 
Second Amended General Order 20-0012  (March 30, 2020) 

California Northern
3rd Amended Order 73: Entrance Protocols (4/2/2020)

Delaware
Order: Deadlines Order: Deadlines (3/27/2020)

District Court of Missouri Western
Order: CARES Act (3/30/2020)

District Court of New Jersey
CARES Act (4/2/2020)
Order 2020-07: Electronic Signatures (3/30/2020)

National Center of State Courts – Other State Court Updates
Arkansas
: Any summonses for persons to participate in jury panels suspended until June 30.

Connecticut: All remaining open courthouses will be closed on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Beginning on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, all courthouses will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays until further notice.

Illinois: Supreme Court orders that the Chief Judges of each circuit may continue trials until further order of the Supreme Court.

Kansas: Restrictions on in-person proceedings and suspensions of jury trials extended until further notice/order of the Chief Justice.

North Carolina: Restrictions on in-person proceedings and suspensions of jury trials extended until June 1.

Massachusetts: Restrictions on in-person proceedings and suspensions of jury trials extended until May 4. Supreme Judicial Court order provides "pretrial detainees who have not been charged with an excluded offense as set forth in Appendix A are entitled to a rebuttable presumption of release on personal recognizance, and a hearing within two business days of filing a motion for reconsideration of bail and release…"

Pennsylvania: Supreme Court declines to order inmate/prisoner release. Directs "President Judges of each judicial district to coordinate with relevant county stakeholders to ensure that the county correctional institutions in their districts address the threat of COVID-19, applying the recommendations of public health officials, including the CDC’s Interim Guidance on Management of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Correctional and Detention Facilities (Mar. 23, 2020)."

Rhode Island: Supreme Court ordered expedited hearing for 52 inmates to reduce state prison population.

South Carolina: Restrictions on in-person proceedings and suspensions of jury trials imposed until further notice/order of the Supreme Court.

Northern Mariana Islands: Restrictions on in-person proceedings and suspension jury trials imposed until June 5.

West Virginia: Restrictions on in-person proceedings and suspensions of jury trials extended until May 4.

NY Supreme, New York County
Subject: New York County Emergency Applications Protocol. The court has issued updated Emergency Applications Protocols. Please find the latest version here.   

New York Supreme, 3rd District
Virtual Court Operations to Begin Next Week in Third Judicial District (4/03/2020)

National Center of State Courts
Alabama: Restrictions on in-person proceedings and jury trials extended until April 30.

Hawaii: Supreme Court appoints special master to examine petitions seeking a reduction of inmates held within correctional centers and facilities housing Hawaii prisoners to prevent loss of life and other public health impacts that would result from the introduction and spread of COVID-19 within those facilities.

Louisiana: Chief Justice sends letter to District Court judges "I ask that each judge in her/his criminal division, and in conjunction with prosecutors, public defenders and sheriffs, conduct a comprehensive and heightened risk-based assessment of all detainees (except those who have been convicted of felony offenses and remanded to the Department of Corrections) in accordance with the following guidelines…"

District Court of Connecticut
Order: Court Operations (3/24)
CARES Act (3/29/2020)

New York Eastern District Court
Order 2020-13: CARES Act (3/30/2020)


Missouri: Restrictions on in-person proceedings and jury trials extended until May1.
Pennsylvania: Restrictions on-in person proceedings and jury trials extended until April 30.
Wyoming: Previous orders extended to May 31, amended restrictions on in-person proceedings and jury trials order amended and reissued.

New York Courts – 4th District
Virtual Court Proceedings to Begin Next Week in Fourth Judicial District (4/02/2020)

New York State

New York Southern District Court
Court Operations - Read the full order here.

New York Courts- 9th and 8th Districts
9th Circuit
Starting Monday, April 6, 2020, virtual court operations will commence via Skype for Business video conferencing for all courts within Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties for essential proceedings. Read the full order here.

8th Circuit
District will begin holding “virtual” court proceedings in all Supreme, Surrogate, Family, County, City, and Town and Village Courts for essential matters to minimize courthouse traffic and contain the spread of the virus. Proceedings will be conducted remotely via Skype for Business starting in Erie County on April 3, 2020, and expanding to the District’s other counties–Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming−on April 6, 2020. Read the full order here.

US Bankruptcy Court of Western District of Oklahoma
2nd Amended Order: Telephonic Hearings (4/1/2020)

District Court of Texas Northern
13-9: CARES Act (3/29/2020)
Order 13-8: Entrance Protocols (3/20/2020)
Order 13-7: Criminal Proceedings (3/19/2020)

District Court of Massachusetts
Notice re Video and Teleconference Hearings (3/31/2020)

District Court of Maryland
Order: Court Proceedings (3/31/2020)

District Court of Oklahoma Western
2nd Amended Order: Telephonic Hearings  (4/1/2020)

District Court of Alaska
Order 20-11: Court Proceedings (3/30/2020)

District Court of Arizona
Order 20-18: CARES Act (3/30/2020)

District Court of California Eastern
Order 614: CARES Act 3/30/2020

District Court of California Southern
20: CARES Act (3/30/2020)

District Court of Guam
Order 20-0013: CARES Act (3/30/2020)

District Court of Hawaii
Order: CARES Act (3/30/2020)



 

Nassau County, New York Supreme
Effective today, all court operations in Nassau County will be conducted via SKYPE video conferencing.

 

Court Of Appeals District of Columbia
Paper Copies of Electronic Filings in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

Coronavirus and Court’s State Profiles 4-1-2020

Missouri: Chief Justice sends letter to trial court judges regarding pre-trial release, post-conviction release, and the court’s statutory authority to release an offender sentenced to a term in the county jail on judicial parole.

Ohio: issued an order which tolls the time requirements as established by all Supreme Court- promulgated rules.

Rhode Island: Business Recovery Court program unveiled. Plans call for the court to supervise and provide protections for Rhode Island businesses so they can remain operational, access new working capital and pay debts.

Sixth Judicial District
Virtual Court Operations to Commence in the Sixth Judicial District Courts Remain Open for Essential Proceedings (3/31/2020)  

District Court of Louisiana Middle
Order 2020-4: CARES Act  (3/30/2020)

District Court of Louisiana Western
3rd Supp Order: CARES Act (3/30/2020)

District Court of Pennsylvania Western
Order: CJA (3/31/2020)

 

New York Southern District
Restrictions on Visitors to the Courthouses – 3rd Amendment (3/31/2020)

Rhode Island
Rhode Island Chief Justice Paul Suttell announced that the Judiciary launched a COVID-19 Business Recovery Program designed to assist businesses that were not in debt before the current pandemic but whose operations have since been seriously disrupted. Read full order here.

US Courts
Judiciary Authorizes Video/Audio Access During COVID-19 Pan

Alabama Northern
Order 2020-03: CARES Act (3/30/2020)

Kansas
Order 2020-4: CARES Act 3/30/2020

Michigan Eastern
Advisory: Building Closure (3/27/2020)

New Jersey
Order 20-05: Building Closure (3/26/2020

South Dakota
Order 20-05: CARES Act (3/31/2020)

North Dakota
Order: CARES Act (3/30/2020)

District Court of Northern Indiana
Order 2020-07 Building Closure(3/23/2020)

 

District Court of Pennsylvania Western
Order: Cares Act (3/30/2020)
Order: Detainees  (3/16/2020)

District Court of New Hampshire
Order 20-12: Cares Act (3/30/2020)

District Court of Georgia Southern
Notice re Court Operations (3/20/2020)
Order 2020-2: Filings  (3/19/2020)
Amended Order 2020-1: 341 Meetings (3/18/2020)

 

New York State
Cover page Required for Essential Matters- With respect to AO/78/20 Exhibit A section E -Persons who believe that a specific pending or new matter should be included in the highly restrictive "essential matter" group should apply to the court for this designation by emergency application, including a detailed explanation of the applicant’s rationale. In order to assist in identifying those matters that are essential and being filed in accordance with AO/78/20 Exhibit A section E a new cover page has been created which must be filed along with any filing and must either: (1) specify that a court has deemed the matter essential, in which case they must indicate the method of prior approval, or (2) that the papers being filed seek such a designation. Notice of Essential Filing

Criminal and Family Court Expected to go Virtual on Wednesday.  Click here for Chief Judge DiFiore’s Message.

California Northern
Order 74 (CARES Act)  (3/30/2020)
Order 75 (Process Service) (3/30/2020)

Florida Southern
Order 2020-23 (CARES Act) https://web.flsd.uscourts.gov/uploads/adminOrders/2020/2020-23.pdf (3/28/2020)

Order 2020-22 (Grand Jury) https://web.flsd.uscourts.gov/uploads/adminOrders/2020/2020-22.pdf (3/26/2020)

Order 2020-21 (Court Operations) https://web.flsd.uscourts.gov/uploads/adminOrders/2020/2020-21.pdf (3/20/2020)

Order 2020-20 (Court Operations) https://web.flsd.uscourts.gov/uploads/adminOrders/2020/2020-20.pdf  (3/18/2020)

Order 2020-18 (Court Proceedings) https://web.flsd.uscourts.gov/uploads/adminOrders/2020/2020-18.pdf (3/13/2020)

District Court of Illinois Southern
Order 263 (CARES Act) https://www.ilsd.uscourts.gov/Forms/AdminOrder263.pdf  (3/30/2020)
Order 262: Criminal Proceedings (3/16/2020)

District Court of Nebraska
Order 2020-07 (CARES Act) (3/30/2020)

 

District Court of New Jersey

Expanded Use of Electronic Signatures Due to the Exigent Circumstances Created By COVID-19 – Read the full order here.

 
New York Southern District
Suspension of Jury Trials Until June 1, 2020 (20 MC 172)
Suspension of Local Rule 6 (20 MISC 173)
Court Closures and Updated 500 Pearl Street Instructions 

New York Eastern District
March 30, 2020: One Administrative Order has been issued today by Chief Judge Roslynn R. Mauskopf:
Administrative Order 2020-13 Use of Videoconferencing or Telephone Conferencing in Criminal Matters pursuant to the CARES Act

Suffolk County District Court - Virtual court operations will begin this week in Suffolk County’s District Court and County Court; the Rochester area’s Seventh Judicial District; and Central New York’s Fifth Judicial District. Read the full order here.

District Court of New Jersey
Standing Order 20-06: Video Conferencing and Teleconferencing for Criminal Proceedings under the CARE Act.  Read the full order here.

New Jersey State Courts
 Omnibus Order Continuing the Suspension of Court Proceedings and Extending Deadlines and Timeframes through April 26, 2020

District Court of Alabama Southern
Information re Coronavirus (3/10/2020)

First Circuit
Court Orders & Info - Order: Filing Deadlines

Third Circuit
Press Release (3/19/2020)
Notice re Court Operations (3/17/2020)

Fourth Circuit
Order 20-01: Court Operations  (3/23/20)

Sixth Circuit 
Notice re Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference (3/26/2020)

Coronavirus and the Courts State Profiles 3-30-2020

 

Guam – Order suspends sentences for those sentenced to weekend incarceration.

Idaho – Only emergency hearings and proceedings are to be conducted. No civil trials; criminal trials delayed at least 30 days from original starting date.

Kentucky – Supreme Court issues new amendments to order limiting in-person court proceedings, extends restrictions to April 24.

Michigan – Joint statement by Chief Justice and Executive Director, Michigan Sheriff’s Association- Judges should coordinate with law enforcement and prosecutors about expanding the use of appearance citations and summons (when appropriate and legally permissible) rather than custodial arrests and arrest warrants.

Maine – No jury trials or grand jury proceedings for the months of April and May 2020.

Mississippi – Order suspends criminal procedure rule that prohibited appearance by interactive audiovisual equipment in the context of a probation violating hearing and any felony sentencing.

Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania continues to monitor the most current information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the Administrative Office of the U.S Courts (AO), regarding the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus). The court is following recommended guidance in order to protect the public health. In accordance with this guidance, court operations have been adjusted in several areas and access to the courthouses restricted.
Details about current court operations and access may be found in the materials below.

Notices from the Court
Notice to Filers of Hard Copy Documents to Resubmit Electronically
Notice to Electronic Case Filing (ECF) Attorneys - Expanded E-Filing
Notice to Pro Se Litigants - Providing Your Current E-mail Address
Important Notice Regarding Paper Courtesy Copies

Standing Orders
Supplemental Standing Order - In Re: Courthouse Access During COVID-19 Outbreak
Standing Order - In Re: Additional Adjustments to Court Proceedings
Standing Order - In Re: Courthouse Access During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Standing Order - In Re: Temporary Continuance of Civil and Criminal Jury Trials
Standing Order - In Re: Electronic Filing of Complaints in Civil Cases

 

Fifth Circuit
Order 2020-4: Court Operations  (3/25/2020)

 

District Court of Florida – Jacksonville Division
Order: Court Proceedings (3/20/2020)

 

District Court of New York Western
Order 4: Attorney Admissions  (3/19/2020)

 

District Court of Ohio Southern 
Order 20-06: (CJA)  (3/25/2020)

 

District Court of Rhode Island

Order 20-005 (Electronic Signatures) (3/23/2020)

Order 20-004 (Court Operations) (3/23/2020)

Order 20-003 (Court Operations)  (3/23/2020)

 

District Court of Maine
Order 2020-3 (3/25/2020)

 

District Court of Western Pennsylvania
Order Entrance Protocals Order: Filing Dates (3/19/2020)

 

Second Circuit Filing Deadlines
Operations Continue at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit - The regular argued appeals and motions calendars continue to be heard as scheduled. As explained below, parties are expected to begin filing papers on April 6, 2020 pursuant to the Court’s March 16, 2020 order.

Document Filings and Form Deadlines - On March 16, 2020 the Second Circuit ordered a 21-day extension of time for all filings and deadlines. Filing dates set specifically by order after March 13, 2020 and the filing date for a notice of appeal or other document that confers jurisdiction on the Court were not covered by the March 16th order.

Applying the 21-day extension, filings and deadlines that were originally due between March 16 and May 17, 2020 are now due beginning April 6, 2020 and ending June 5, 2020. Absent an extraordinary circumstance, which is defined as “serious personal illness or death in counsel’s immediate family”, no additional extensions of time to file will be granted. Local Rule 27.1 (f)(1). Papers and deadlines that are due on May 18, 2020 and thereafter are due on the date specified in an order or rule. The Court does not anticipate issuing an order that further extends all filing dates and other deadlines.

District Court of Maryland
Order: Pandemic Procedures CJA  (3/25/2020)


District Court of California Northern 
Amended Order 73: Building Closure (3/25/2020)

March 26, 2020 AM Update

The federal courthouse in Pocatello, Idaho, was ordered closed for two weeks, after “a person working in the courthouse tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus after recent travel.” The individual is in self-quarantine.

The Northern District of Ohio is closing five federal courthouses until May 1. All jury trials are postponed, and “initial appearances, arraignments, and detention hearings will proceed and will be conducted by telephone or videoconference where practicable.”

The Western District of Virginia postponed all in-person hearings until May 1, and instructed judges to conduct criminal, civil, and bankruptcy proceedings by video or teleconferencing.

A growing number of bankruptcy courts have reduced in-person meetings by postponing hearings in which bankruptcy filers face their creditors. Other courts, including the District of Connecticut, are permitting parties to file electronic signatures to ease the finalization of documents.

 

New York Courts
The court is asking the public to submit a Covid19 Test Result Form if they have visited a courthouse in the last 14 days and have tested positive for Covid19 - Test Results Form Here

 

District Court of New Jersey
Remote Teleconference/Video Conference Hearing Guidelines – Read full order here
Closing of the Newark Vicinage Courthouses of the US District Court of New Jersey – Read full order here

 

District Court of North Carolina Middle (3/26 12:00 AM)
Restrictions on Visitors to Courthouses - Read full order here

 

District Court of Western Washington (3/26 12:00 AM)
Remote Access to Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19 – Read full order here

 

District Court of Western Virginia
Court Operations in Light of the Exigent Circumstances presented by the COVID-19 Pandemic
Read the full order here

District Court of Western Tennessee
Closure of Jackson, TN Federal Courthouse – Read the full order here

District Court of Montana
Court Operations Related to COVID-19 (Administrative Order No. 20-14 and General Order No. 2002-4-BPH) – Read the full order here

District Court of Southern Illinois
Handling of Criminal Cases Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by the COVID-19 Virus
Read full order here

District Court of Idaho
Federal Courthouse in Pocatello Closes – Read the full order here

District Court of Hawaii
Temporary General Order Regarding Hawaii Response to COVID-19 Emergency – Read the full order here 

District Court of New Hampshire
Order Clarifying Speedy Trial Act Findings in Response to Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19
Read the full order here

US State Courts Update (3/25)

Alaska: All trial court proceedings and civil marriage ceremonies are suspended through May 1, 2020, except priority hearings. All civil and most criminal proceedings still allowed to occur must be via telephone or videoconference

California: All jury trials are suspended and continued for 60 days.

Florida: Order suspending all grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials extended through April 17.

Idaho: Civil trials suspended until further notice. Criminal trials suspended through April 30.

AM Update

District Court of Alaska

Suspension of court proceedings effective march 22– Read full order here

District Court of Arizona

Court operations in Flagstaff, Arizona – Read full order here

District Court of Northern California

Notice Regarding Press and Public Access to Court Hearings (Updated March 23, 2020) – Read full update here

District Court of Southern California

1. CJA panel attorneys interim compensation – Read the full order here.

2. Suspension of personal appearances and in-person filing in civil cases - Read the full order here

District Court of Connecticut

Court operations under the exigent circumstances – Read the full order here.

 

Southern District of New York (3/24 5:00 PM)

COVID-19 Memorandum to the NYC Bar (3/20)

District Courts of Louisiana, New Jersey, New Mexico (3/24/2020 5:00PM)

Louisiana courts are instructed to follow all guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control, the President, and the Governor, and to further limit access to courtroom and other spaces to the maximum number of people set forth in any future guideline or official proclamation that may be issued.

New Jersey’s Supreme Court issues and order will suspend or commute county jail sentences for low-risk inmates in light of the public health emergency caused by coronavirus COVID-19.

New Mexico judges must conduct audio and video teleconferencing for civil and criminal proceedings except when an emergency requires in-person appearances.

Read the updates here.

New York Southern District (3/24 AM)
Modified entry procedures and locations, effective March 24, 2020.

Fifth Circuit

Order 2020-3: Court Operations

New Hampshire

Order 20-7: Court Proceedings (3/23/2020)
Order 20-10: Speedy Trial (3/22/2020)

New Jersey

Notice re Paper Filings/Drop Box (3/18/2020)

 

Ohio Northern   

 Order 2020-05-1: Court Operations (3/23/2020)

 

Utah

Order 20-010: Criminal Proceedings (3/23/2020)

 

Virgin Islands

Press Release  (3/23/2020)

Order: Court Operations (3/20/2020)

 

Virginia Eastern

Order re Richmond

Virginia Western

Order 2020-6: Entrance Protocols (3/18/2020)

Order 2020-5: Court Operations (3/16/2020)

Order 2020-3: Naturalizations (3/16/2020)

Order 2020-4: Entrance Protocols (3/13/2020)

 

Missouri Eastern

Order 20-3: 341 Meetings (3/23/2020)

Announcement: Telephonic Hearings

Announcement: Entrance Protocols

 

Courts of Special Jurisdiction Court Name Court Orders & Info U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Order: Entrance Protocols  (3/16/2020)

 

US Supreme Court (3/23/2020) 5:00 PM

Order 589 – Update Announcements for US Supreme Court. – Read full order here.

 

US District Court of Rhode Island (3/23/2020) 5:00 PM

Second General Order Regarding Continuity of Operations during Coronavirus  Pandemic - Read full order here

 

District Court of Nebraska (3/23/2020) 5:00 PM

Continuances due to Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19 Disease Extended through May 1, 2020 – Read full order here.

New York State (Updated 3/23 12:00 PM)

New York County Non-essential matters not accepted for filing due to the suspension of civil statues of limitation by the Governor’s executive order 202.8 – See the full order here.  (3/23)

Court of Appeals
The Court has adjourned cases scheduled for oral argument during the remainder of its March 2020 session. (3/19/2020 Update 5:00PM)

Bronx County (3/23/2020 Update 12:00PM)

Virtual Court Operations to Commence in NYC Mid-Week – Read full order here (3/23)

Administrative order of the chief administrative judge of the courts – Read full order here (3/23)

Foreclosure and Special Party Adjournments - here

 

Queens County (3/23/2020 Update 12:00PM)

Queens Supreme Civil Court Relocation - Read the full order here. (3/23)


Part Closures effective 3/17. Read order here.
Long Island City Court Closed Until Further Notice 3/18. Read order here.
Changes in Centralized Preliminary and Compliance Conferences 3/16. Read order here.  

Pursuant to Chief Administrative Judge Marks’ March 15, 2020 memorandum, Supreme Court, New York County-Civil Term is implementing the following temporary procedures, effective March 17, 2020 and continuing until further notice:

1.     Court facilities at 71 Thomas Street and 80 Centre Street, including the Public Access Law Library, are closed to the public.

2.     The court will hear essential applications - all other matters will be adjourned to future dates.

3.     Essential applications will be heard at 60 Centre Street by the Ex Parte Judge.

4.     Jury selection is postponed.

5.     Foreclosure auctions are postponed.

6.     MHL/Hospital Hearings will be conducted remotely from 60 Centre Street.

7.     Fully briefed motions will be marked submitted and considered by the assigned Justice on submission without oral argument, unless otherwise directed.

8.     Motions that are not fully submitted will be adjourned to a future date.

9.     Foreclosure conferences will be administratively adjourned

Queens County: No fault calendars for the next two weeks are being administratively adjourned. Judge Evans and Judge Katsanos will begin reaching out to the parties on No Fault cases to schedule telephone or Skype conferences.

Following the guidelines set by the state, the courts are closing for non-essential functions.

 Effective 5 p.m. on Monday, March 16, the court will be postponing all nonessential functions of the courts until further notice. All essential functions will continue.

Pending Trials: Pending criminal and civil trials will continue to conclusion. Consistent with directive of March 13, no other criminal or civil trials shall commence until further notice.

·        Click here for the Updated Protocols for all Judicial & Non-Judicial Personnel of the Unified Court System from Judge Marks

·        New York Supreme COVID site

AD1 – 3/19/2020 Update

Temporary Suspension Order.pdf (3/19/2020 Update 5:00PM)

Calendared matters will be heard as follows:

All matters calendared for oral argument on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and Thursday, March 19, 2020 will be heard ON SUBMISSION. There will be no oral arguments.

Commencing with the April 2020 Term and until further notice, all calendared matters will be heard on submission or oral argument by appearance through Skype.

Website with more information

AD2

·        NOTICE REGARDING HARD COPY FILINGS AT THE COURT

·        NOTICE REGARDING ORAL ARGUMENT BEFORE THE COURT

NOTICE TO THOSE WISHING TO ENTER THE COURTHOUSE

 

 

New York Southern District (Updated 3/18 5 PM)

The court is: Requiring body-temperature screening of persons serving a term of probation or supervised release who report to a courthouse. If any person’s temperature is 100.4 degrees or above, that person will be directed to leave the courthouse and seek medical attention. See full order here.

 

New Jersey Courts (Updated 3/23/2020 Updated 12:00 PM)

As of March 18, 2020 and until further notice, there are no in-person Superior Court As of March 18, 2020 and until further notice, there are no in-person Superior Court and Tax Court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing trials). As many matters as possible (including case management conferences, motions, and hearings) will be handled by telephone or video conference. Court offices also are closed for in-person submissions. Filings may be submitted electronically or by mail or dropped off at a designated drop-box. Court-ordered payments may be sent by mail or made electronically. Dedicated Covid-19 website for NJ Courts: https://covid19.nj.gov/ (3/23)

 All in-person court proceedings scheduled for Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at the trial level of the Superior Court and the Tax Court are postponed in all counties, except for proceedings listed in paragraph 3 below.

a. Attorneys and litigants scheduled to appear for in-person matters should not come to court and should await notice of a new hearing date;
b. Previously scheduled video and phone conferences will proceed at the judge’s discretion; and
c. Ongoing jury trials also will continue as announced in the March 12, 2020 notice, unless otherwise advised. 

 Oral arguments in the Supreme Court and the Appellate Division will be conducted on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020, as directed.  

 Click here for the complete order

 

US Court of Appeals Federal Circuit) (3/23/2020) 12:00 PM

Notice of modified Public Assistance from the Clerk’s Office - View full updates here.

 Notice of Modified Filing Procedures for Pro Se Parties – View full order here.

Notice of Modified Service Procedures for Pro Se Parties – View full order here 

Continued Modifications to Court Operations  - View full order here

 

District Court of Maryland (3/23/2020) 12:00 PM

View full updates here.

 

District Court of Arizona (3/23/2020) 12:00 PM

View full updates here.

 

United States District Court of Southern Texas

Restrictions on visitors to the Laredo Division Courthouse during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Read full order here

Restrictions on visitors to the McAllen Courthouse during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Read full order here

 

US Court of Appeals – Second Circuit (March 19, 2020 5:00PM Update)

3/19 – March 19, 2020 – Oral Arguments at the 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. All lawyers and pro se litigants who are scheduled to argue must do so by teleconference. The Clerks office will forward teleconference instructions to the lawyers and pro se litigant appearings each argument day. In the alternative, parties may request to submit the appeal for determination. All oral arguments will be audio livestreamed. Click here https://ww2.ca2.uscourts.gov/court.html

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that 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, as may be appropriate, by 21 days. This extension is effective today through May 17, 2020. Notwithstanding this extension, a judge or panel, by order issued after March 13, 2020, may direct a filing date that is not within the scope of this order. Read the order here.

 

US District Court of Rhode Island (March 19, 2020 5:00PM Update)

Second General Order Regarding Continuity of Operations During Coronavirus Pandemic. Read the full order here.

 

US District Court of Eastern New York (March 19, 2020 5:00PM Update)

Order No. 2020-08 – Supplemental Restrictions on Visitors to United States Courthouses in the Eastern District of New York. Read the full order here.

Order No. 2020-09 – Attorney Admissions under the Exigent Circumstances created by COVID-19. Read the full order here.

Order No. 2020-10 – Petty Offense Docket under the Exigent Circumstances created by COVID-19. Read the full order here.

 

US District Court of Southern California (March 19, 2020 5:00PM Update)

Suspension of Jury Trials and other Proceedings during the COVID-19 Public Emergency. Read the full order here.

 

US District Court for Maryland (March 19, 2020 5:00PM Update)

COVID-19 Pandemic Procedures Latest Update (3/19). Read the full order here.

 

US District Court of Minnesota (March 19, 2020 5:00PM Update)

Entrance Protocol in Response to COVID-19. Read the full order here.

 

US District Court for New Jersey (March 19, 2020 5:00PM Update)

Announces limited Clerk’s Office Hours (3/17). Read the full order here.

 

US District Court of Oregon (March 19, 2020 5:00PM Update)

District Clerk’s Office Operations in Response to COVID-19. Standing Order 2020-5 - Read the full order here.

 

US Bankruptcy Court – District of Southern California (March 19, 2020 5:00PM Update)

Case Management Procedures During the COVID-19 Public Emergency. Order No. 20-1 - Read the full order here.

 

US Bankruptcy Court – District of Colorado (March 19, 2020 5:00PM Update)

Current Operational Status During COVID-19 Pandemic – Restrictions on Entering and Courtroom Operations. Read the full order here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit

Delaware Chancery Update

Read the full order here.

 

District Court of Massachusetts

Order 20-4 - Read the full order here.

Order 20-5 – Read the full order here.

Order 20-6 – Read the full order here.  

 

District Court for Central California

Read the full order here.

 

District Court for Northern California 

Order 72 - Read the full order here.

Order 73 - Read the full order here.

 

Eastern District Court of California

Findings and Order as to court proceedings in light of COVID-19 also known as Coronavirus.

 Read full order here.

 

District Court for Northern Georgia

Read the full order here.

 

District Court for Western Washington

Read the full order here.

 

District Court for Puerto Rico

Read the full order here.

 

District Court of Nebraska

Read the full order here.

 

District Court of Kansas

Read the full order here.

 

US District Court - Eastern District of Missouri

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri recognizes the need to take measures to effectuate these goals, while also continuing to fulfill its mission and keep both its civil and criminal court functions operating. NOW THEREFORE, the Court hereby adopts the following measures to effectuate these goals, effective immediately and until May 31, 2020, or further Order of the Court:

1. The United States Courthouses located within the District shall remain open, but office hours for the Clerk of Court shall be reduced to 10am to 3pm.

2. All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin before May 31, 2020, are continued and shall be rescheduled by the presiding judge to a date after May 31, 2020.

3. All proceedings shall be conducted by means other than in-person meetings wherever possible by law and as directed by the presiding judge in the proceeding. Any proceeding not deemed essential by the presiding judge in the proceeding that does require in-person meeting will be continued until further notice by the presiding judge.

Read the full order here.

 

U.S. District Court of Appeals- District of Columbia Circuit

Read the full order here.

Upon consideration of current circumstances relating to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending limiting personal contact and public gatherings to reduce the possibility of exposure to the virus and to slow community spread, it is, on the court’s own motion, ORDERED that all in-person onsite oral arguments be suspended pending further order of the court. Each panel scheduled to hear argument on a particular day will determine for each scheduled case whether:

1.     Argument in the scheduled case or cases will proceed by teleconference

2.     Argument in the scheduled case or cases will be postponed until a later date

3.     The scheduled case or cases will be decided without oral argument.

Read the full order here.

 

District Court for Northern Illinois

Read the full order here.

 

Eastern District Court of Virginia

Read the full order here.

 

US Court of Appeals – Second Circuit Updated 3/17- 5:00 PM

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that 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, as may be appropriate, by 21 days. This extension is effective today through May 17, 2020. Notwithstanding this extension, a judge or panel, by order issued after March 13, 2020, may direct a filing date that is not within the scope of this order.

Read the order here.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will remain open to conduct the business for which the Court was established. However, individuals who do not have business with the Court will not be admitted until further order of the Court.

Read the order here.

US Court of Appeals – Eighth Circuit Updated 3/17- 5:00 PM

The Eighth Circuit remains open for business. Please note, the Eagleton Court House has posted restrictions on entrance to the Court House. These can be found on our website. Additionally, the public is not being admitted to the Eighth Circuit Clerk’s Office at the present time. If you come to the Burger or Eagleton courthouses to file, you may leave your documents at the front door to the office. There will be a file stamp for you to make a filed-stamped copy of your pleading. Documents are retrieved regularly throughout the day and will be filed as of the date received. Documents left after 5:00 p.m. will be filed on the next business day.

Read the order here.

US Court of Appeals – Federal Circuit Updated 3/17- 5:00 PM

Based on declared public health emergencies impacting Washington, D.C. and the National Capital Region and ongoing efforts to mitigate community transmission and the impact of COVID-19, the Federal Circuit will be restricting public access to the National Courts Building complex, effective March 16, 2020, noon (Eastern). These measures will help promote the safety and health of both court staff and members of the public conducting court business.

Read the order here.

 

Eastern District Court of Arkansas

Effective immediately this 16th day of March, 2020, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas will and does hereby suspend all IN COURT hearings until further notice. Accordingly, this requisite will be addressed in three ways.

 

First, every effort will be made to keep the clerk’s offices open in both Little Rock and Fayetteville in order to conduct business as usual in processing and dealing with filed cases and proceedings.

 

Second, all chambers are available by email and phone whether in office or working remotely. Every effort will be made to attend and be responsive to all parties’ needs and requirements.

 

Third, all matters currently set for March, April, May, and the reasonably foreseeable future will remain on each court’s docket. The initial purpose of this is to ensure the continuity of the bankruptcy process in the context of both liquidation and reorganization, regardless of chapter.

Read the full order here.

 

Eastern District Court of Louisiana

1.     All civil and criminal bench and jury trials scheduled to begin on any date from the date of this order until May 1, 2020 are continued to a date to be reset by each presiding judg

2.     All civil and criminal in-person hearings, proceedings, and conferences scheduled to begin on any date from the date of this order until May 1, 2020 are continued and will be reset by each presiding judge.

3.     For reasons given above and below, all grand jury proceedings in this District are suspended until May 1, 2020, subject to change upon motion from the government and further orders of the Court.

4.     Starting March 18, 2020, all attorney admissions will be handled by a motion and Order submitted by U.S. mail to the Clerk of Court, 500 Poydras Street, C-151, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 or email to ECF-Registration@laed.uscourts.gov. Contact the Clerk of Court for specific information.

Read the entire order here.

 

U.S. District Court District of New Hampshire

Information regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Court Operations

Effective immediately, the Rudman Courthouse will be closed to the public and all district court hearings scheduled before March 23, 2020, are continued.  Additionally, as previously ordered, the district court has canceled all jury trials, grand jury proceedings, and naturalization ceremonies scheduled before May 1, 2020.

Please note that court staff will continue to work remotely and attorneys and pro se parties may continue to file documents with the court electronically through CM/ECF, or in paper by using the court's outside filing depository behind the Cleveland Federal Building.

For more information on court operations, please see Standing Order 20-4 under the News & Events section of the website.

Read the order here.

Eastern District of Pennsylvania

This Standing Order is issued in response to the recent outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is closely monitoring developments with regard to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Court is also closely monitoring the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State and local public health authorities, and the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. The CDC has noted that the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to the virus and has recommended that precautions be taken to prevent such exposure and reduce the spread of the virus.

Court locations, and Court offices in this District (Philadelphia, Allentown, Reading, and Easton), effective immediately: The following persons shall not enter any courthouse, Court location, or Court office, including Probation and Pretrial Services Offices, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania:

 

Persons who, because of exposure to COVID-19 or travel to a country or region with an outbreak of COVID-19, have been advised to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital, or health agency

 

Persons who reside with or have had close contact with someone who has been advised to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital, or health agency

Persons who have been diagnosed with, or have had known contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with, COVID-19

Persons experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness such as fever, severe cough, or shortness of breath.

Read the order here.

Western District of Pennsylvania

1.     Administrative Order regarding Computation of Time for Filing of Informations or Indictments due to COVID-19 Matters

Read the order here.

2.     Administrative Order concerning Jury Trials and certain other Proceedings relative to COVID-19 Matters

Read the order here.

3.     Initial Criminal Procedures Protocol During Covid-19 Pandemic

Read the order here.

 

Eastern District of Tennessee

The governor of the state of Tennessee has declared a public health emergency throughout the state in response to the spread of COVID-19 and given that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health authorities have advised the taking of precautions to reduce the possibility of exposure to the virus and slow the spread of the disease. Effective as of March 16, 2020 at 3:15 PM.

Read the full order here.

 

Maryland District Court (Updated 3/17- 9:00 AM)

Maryland District Court

Amended Standing Order 2020-02 concerning restrictions on visitors to the courthouses

Standing Order 2020-04 concerning COVID-19 Pandemic Procedures

 

Western District of Louisiana (Updated 3/17- 9:00 AM)

This Order is being issued in response to the recent outbreak of novel coronavirus in the United States and the State of Louisiana. The World Health Organization has declared that COVID-19 qualifies as a global pandemic, having spread across more than 120 countries with more than 1,600 confirmed cases in the United States.

Read the order here.

 

Texas Eastern District (Updated 3/16)

All jury trials (criminal and civil) scheduled to begin on any date from March 16 through May 1, 2020, are continued.

Click here for the complete Order

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Circuit (CA2) (Updated 3/16 5 PM)

Oral Arguments - The regular argued appeals and motions calendars will be heard as scheduled

Filings - The national response to the pandemic will disrupt the ordinary course of all business activity, including the operation of the Judiciary. To minimize the disruption and assist the Court in managing Court business, 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 today through May 17, 2020. For example, a notice of appearance or scheduling notification currently due on March 18th is now due on April 8th. A brief currently due on April 15th is now due May 6th. However, a brief due on May 20th continues to be due on May 20th.

Visit the United States Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit website for more information

New York Eastern District (Updated 3/16)

March 16 - Administrative Order 2020-06 addressing jury trials, the Speedy Trial Act, and other issues.

Two new administrative orders have been entered with regard to the spread of the virus causing COVID-19. See Administrative Order 2020-04 here (regarding the presentation of detainees at court) and Administrative Order 2020-05 here (regarding restrictions on certain person from entering the courthouses).

California Southern District Court (Updated 3/16 2 PM)

The United States District Court for the Southern District of California announces visitor restrictions to all courthouses and probation and pretrial services offices in the District as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.  

Persons who have traveled to any countries within the last fourteen days for which the CDC has issued Level Two or Level Three travel health notices, including, as of the date of this order: China Italy Iran Japan South Korea

(This list may be updated as further guidance is received.)

Click here for updates.

Maryland District Court (Updated 3/14)

Second Amended 2020-03

ORDERED by the United States District Court for the District of Maryland that, effective immediately, all civil and criminal petit jury selections and jury trials scheduled to commence now through April 24, 2020 before any district or magistrate judge in any courthouse in the District of Maryland are POSTPONED and CONTINUED pending further Order of the Court

ORDERED that all other civil, criminal, and bankruptcy proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, including court appearances, hearings, and conference calls, naturalization and admission ceremonies, grand jury meetings, and Central Violations Bureau proceedings (misdemeanor and traffic dockets) now scheduled to occur from March 16, 2020, through March 27, 2020, are POSTPONED and will be rescheduled at a later date, unless the presiding judge in an individual case issues an order after the date of this Order directing that a particular proceeding will be held on or before March 27, 2020.

AAll filing deadlines now set to fall between March 16, 2020, and March 27, 2020, are EXTENDED by fourteen (14) days from the date of this Order, unless the presiding judge in an individual case sets a different date by an order issued after the date of this Order

 

Missouri Eastern District

The Missouri Eastern district published basic restriction.

Click here for more information.

Rhode Island District Court (3/13)

·     The U.S. Courthouse building at One Exchange Terrace is closed to the public until further notice.

·     The Court operations in the John O. Pastore Building (“Pastore Building”) will be closed Tuesdays and Thursdays; and will be open for limited purposes only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

·     The presiding judge’s case manager will cancel all in-person civil matters, and instead, where possible, arrange hearings to be conducted telephonically.

·      All permanent employees are expected to telework their regular hours and conduct any specific other duties at the Courthouse as required.

·     Click here for the complete order

Southern District of New York (Updated 3/16 1 PM)

 SDNY Announces Visitor Restrictions

·     Effective March 15, all jury trials scheduled to being before April 27 are continued.

Click here for the updated order 

·     Any requirement that the Unites States Marshals Service effect personal service of process under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(c)(3) or 28 U.S.C. § 1915(d) is suspended until further notice. This order does not apply to service by mail under N.Y. C.P.L.R. § 312-a, waivers of service under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(d), or service by electronic means.

 Click here for the complete order

Arizona District Court (Updated 3/14)

1.  All civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to commence on or before April 10, 2020, are continued pending further order of the Court. The Court may issue other orders concerning future continuances as necessary and appropriate. Trials that have already begun shall be completed.

2.  All trial-specific deadlines in criminal cases scheduled to begin before April 10, 2020, are continued pending further order of the Court. Individual judges may continue trial-specific deadlines in civil cases at their discretion.

Click here for the complete order

Indiana Southern District (3/13)

Basic Restrictions apply. The court remains open for trials and regular scheduled proceeding.

Click here for the complete order.

Ninth Circuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has canceled en banc hearings and all non-case related meetings scheduled for next week amid coronavirus concerns.

All scheduled oral arguments will proceed unless otherwise noted, and three-judge panels will have discretion over court proceedings pending before them.

Click here to view the Ninth Circuit’s announcements

New Jersey District Court (Updated 3/12)

NJD Notice

New Jersey State Courts (Updated 3/9 5:15 PM)

Attorneys, litigants, court users, and court employees not come to court if they are or may be at risk of exposure to or transmission of COVID-19. Instead, as stressed in the message posted on our public website (njcourts.gov), anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or a risk of exposure (including a risk based on recent travel) should contact the court by phone and request to reschedule the proceeding or seek some other accommodation.

Click here for the complete order.

3/13: Updated plans: here

Delaware’s Chancery

Delaware Chancery Court is increasing dial-in court due to the Coronavirus.

Click here to view the Delaware’s Court of Chancery announcements

 

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