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As the coronavirus spreads across the United States, many courts are shutting down – placing court proceedings on hold until further notice.

It’s unclear how long these closures will last for, but criminal and civil actions making their way through court will likely be delayed or scheduled court dates will be rescheduled. Top Class Actions readers can consult the sidebar on this article for more information about specific court closures.

“Coronavirus” refers to a large family of viruses which cause respiratory illnesses in people. Previous outbreaks such as MERS and SARS were both part of the coronavirus family.

The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, was first detected in Wuhan, China in late 2019. Since then, the virus has quickly spread around the world – including the United States.



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For the most part, symptoms of the coronavirus mirror those associated with the flu including fever, cough, shortness of breath, and more.

However, older adults and people with certain health conditions may be at risk of developing serious, life-threatening complications, such as sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

The fast spread and concerning death rate of COVID-19 prompted the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern,” in late January.

In addition to a stock market crash and widespread cancellation of events such as professional and college sports, COVID-19 has resulted in mass closures of court systems all over the country.



“Public spaces in courthouses tend to be small, tightly packed bench seats that provide the type of situations public health officials have encouraged people to avoid during the COVID-19 outbreak,” Chief Justice Jeff Bivins noted in a statement, according to the Lexington Herald Leader.

In light of these risks, some courthouses have been completely closed. Other courts have opted to instead delay trials or excuse jurors who are over the age of 60 – a group of people who are at a higher risk for developing coronavirus complications.

Corona virus attacking blood cellsOn March 13, jurors in Los Angeles reportedly requested to sit apart from each other during an attempted murder trial, showcasing social distancing as an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Although these measures allowed jurors to hear evidence regarding a homeless woman who allegedly set another person on fire, these measures may not be applicable in all situations.

For example, in Michigan, representatives from state courts are recommending that all civil and criminal trials be halted unless a defendant is already in custody. Additionally, the state courts recommend that hearings including at-risk individuals be paused.



Courts in Connecticut and Massachusetts have opted to postpone all jury trials until mid or late April as a precaution. Florida recently suspended most face-to-face legal proceedings in light of a statewide order. Federal courts in regions with significant outbreaks, including places such as Kirkland, Wash., have decided to completely halt all trials and grand jury proceedings.

According to CNN, Chief Judge Ricardo Martinez for the Western District of Washington notes that the court’s public operations are being placed on hold “given the significant number of identified and projected cases of Covid-19 in this District and the severity of risk posed to the public, and given the above public health recommendations from local public health authorities.”

Although many acknowledge that cancelled events and social distancing are a vital part of “flattening the curve,” others argue that keeping the court systems functional is also important.

“You can’t just shut down the public safety function in a crisis,” Michele Hanisee, president of the union representing Los Angeles County deputy district attorneys union, told the Los Angeles Times. “We cannot deprive those accused of a crime their due process rights. The courts have to keep working.”

How Are Normal Consumers Affected By The Coronavirus Closures?

If you are a plaintiff or defendant in a pending civil or criminal action, you will likely be immediately affected by the coronavirus court closures. However, these delays could affect normal consumers as well.

Class Members in class action settlements could be forced to wait a significant amount of time for any compensation. Final approval hearings, which authorize a settlement and allow payments to move forward, may be delayed in light of court closures. This means that, although Class Members may have submitted valid claims for compensation under a settlement, they will have to wait even longer to receive any payments.

Top Class Actions will continue to update readers about closures and rescheduled hearings as the situation develops.

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Coronavirus Court Closures

U.S. Supreme Court – The high court announced on April 13 that a limited number of oral arguments that were previously postponed will be handled remotely throughout the month of May. Writ of certiorari petitions due on or before March 19 have been extended by 150 days.

Federal Circuit Court of Appeals – arguments scheduled throughout May will be held remotely. As of March 16, the public is not allowed into the National Courts Building unless authorized by staff.

D.C. Court of Appeals – all oral arguments have been canceled until further notice. The public has limited access to the courthouse.

First Circuit Court of Appeals – all oral arguments occurring in April have been canceled. Live audio feeds of arguments will be available on Fox News, the network pool chair, as well as C-SPAN and the Associated Press. The clerk’s office is not accepting in-person case filings.

Second Circuit Court of Appeals – deadlines and filing dates scheduled between March 16 and May 17 are postponed by 21 days. Only those with official court business may enter the court. Anyone set to argue before the court must inform the clerk if they’ve recently visited China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea or if they’ve been in contact with someone who has. Arguments may be remote if possible.

Third Circuit Court of Appeals – scheduled oral arguments will continue, however, parties can request audio conferences. The Third Circuit Judicial Conference in Philadelphia is canceled between May 13-15.

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals – cases scheduled between May 5-8 as well as April 7 are postponed or will be heard remotely. The Powell Courthouse located in Richmond, Virginia is not allowing public entrance. Oral arguments scheduled from May 5-8 will be suspended.

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals – deadlines to file paper copies have been postponed until further notice. Oral arguments will be held remotely if possible.

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals – People diagnosed with the coronavirus are not allowed to enter any courtroom, and those who have had contact with someone who has the virus are also barred. In addition, individuals who have recently visited Italy, Iran, China or South Korea or have been in contact with someone who has are also prohibited. Oral arguments are allowed to be held via video conference.

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals – Chicago’s courtroom is closed to the public. Oral arguments scheduled between March 30 through the end of April will be held via phone conferencing. Arguments are set to be recorded and posted on the court’s website.

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals – the public is prohibited from entering the Eighth Circuit Clerk’s Office. Parties wishing to file court documents at the Burger Courthouse in St. Paul, Minnesota or the Eagleton Courthouse in St. Louis can leave documents at the office’s front door.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – the public is prohibited during non-court weeks. Cases scheduled for March, April and May will be evaluated individually to decide if they should be postponed or heard via telephone or video. Arguments will be available through the public through livestream.

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals – the public is prohibited indefinitely. Denver’s courthouse will only allow judges, staff, security officers and those with official court business.

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals – only judges, staff, media and visitors with official court business are allowed to enter.

FEDERAL DISTRICT COURTS AND STATE COURTS:

Alabama – the Northern District of Alabama is not allowing anyone into the courthouses if they’ve tested positive for the coronavirus or have been exposed to it. Most cases will be held remotely.

The Middle District of Alabama is postponing civil and criminal jury trials for 30 days as of March 17. In addition, the court is not allowing anyone into the courthouses if they’ve tested positive for the coronavirus or been exposed to it. No one is allowed to enter if they’ve recently visited Italy, Japan, Iran, China or South Korea. Cases will be held remotely, if possible. Telephone conferences will be held for the bankruptcy court until May 31 or later.

The Middle District’s Bankruptcy Court will hold telephone hearings until at least May 31.

The Southern District of Alabama is not allowing anyone into the courthouses if they’ve tested positive for the coronavirus or been exposed to it. No one is allowed to enter if they’ve recently visited Italy, Japan, Iran, China or South Korea.

Alabama state courts have postponed all in-person court hearings through May 15. Jury trials that were being heard as of March 13 will continue. Court deadlines before April 16 were given a April 20 extension, statutes of limitations are not included.

Alaska – all criminal and civil jury trials set to begin on or before June 1 will be rescheduled. The court has canceled jury trials that were set to begin on March 16 in Anchorage, Kenai and Palmer. Grand jury proceedings that were supposed to be held from Feb.18 through June 1 are postponed indefinitely. Bankruptcy hearings scheduled up until June 1 will not occur. Bankruptcy appeals scheduled before June 1 are canceled.

In the state court system, Superior Court and District Court proceedings are canceled through May 31. Priority hearings will continue. Trial court proceedings and criminal jury trials are suspended until May 31. Trials that were already underway since March 23 are still set to continue.

Arizona  – all criminal and civil jury trials set to begin on or before June 1 will be rescheduled. Grand juries scheduled to begin on or before June 1 have been postponed. Those who recently traveled from an area with COVID-19 and those experiencing virus symptoms are not allowed in the courthouse. In the Tucson Division, all court proceedings through March 29 are postponed. Grand juries occurring before June 1 are being canceled temporarily.

Flagstaff Courthouse is closed to the public until May 29, at least. Only necessary court matters will occur. A maximum of two people are allowed in the court’s seating area.

The state court system has suspended new petit juries through June 1.

Arkansas – the Eastern District of Arkansas has canceled all civil and criminal trials occurring before May 29. Grand jury proceedings will be rescheduled.

The Western District of Arkansas will reschedule all jury trials, civil and criminal bench trials after May 1. Civil and criminal proceedings that do not require an oral argument or can be conducted remotely will continue.

The state court system is stopping all appellate, Circuit and District court matters until May 15. Emergency proceedings are an exception. Jury panels will be suspended until May 1.

California – the Central District of California is closed to the public until after May 1, except for emergency criminal hearings. Bankruptcy court hearings will take place via telephone through April 30.

The Eastern District of California is closed to the public. In addition, all criminal and civil jury trials will be rescheduled after June 15. Criminal matters may be postponed until after June 1.

The Northern District of California is closed to the public. Criminal and civil jury trials will be rescheduled after June 1. Essential courthouse matters for Oakland, San Jose and Eureka/McKinleyville.

The Southern District of California has postponed all criminal and civil jury trials until May 16.

The California Supreme Court is rescheduling all in-person oral arguments.

Los Angeles County Superior Court is closing every Clerk’s Office at all 38 courthouses starting on March 23. Courthouses and courtrooms are open for handling emergency matters in civil, criminal, probate, family law and dependency/juvenile cases.

Orange County Superior Court is suspending all unlimited civil jury trials until May 22, 2020.

Contra Costa County Superior Court is closed indefinitely.

San Bernardino County Superior Court is suspending all civil jury trials.

San Diego Superior Court is hearing a limited number of cases through May 22.

San Francisco Superior Court – new civil jury trials have been postponed for 90 days from their previous scheduled date. Trials already in progress will continue.

Ventura County Superior Court is closed indefinitely.

Colorado – criminal and civil jury trials and jury selections set to start before May 29 will be rescheduled.

Colorado state courts are postponing all jury calls through June 1, with the exception of criminal trials with immediate deadlines.

Connecticut – criminal and civil jury trials and jury selections that were set to start before June 15 will be rescheduled. Visitors who have been to China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, or Iran in the past two weeks are prohibited from entering the courthouse. In addition, individuals who have visited New Rochelle, N.Y. (unless in a train or car) are not allowed to visit probation offices or courthouses.

Connecticut state courts are also postponing all criminal and civil jury trials.

Connecticut Supreme Court is rescheduling oral arguments throughout April. As of March 13, appellate pre-argument conferences will not be held for 30 days.

Delaware – the J. Caleb Boggs U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in Wilmington is closed. Criminal and civil jury trials set to begin before May 31 will be rescheduled. No new grand juries will be enrolled before May 31. Attorneys and court personnel must stay home if they show virus symptoms. Further, attorneys have been asked to let the court know if they have tested positive for coronavirus and have been in the courts within the past 14 days. Delaware courts are also conducting hearings by phone when possible for both state and federal courts.

Delaware Bankruptcy Court is cancelling proceedings until May 18, the earliest. Court hearings before this time will be conducted through a video conference or phone call.

Delaware Supreme Court is cancelling all in-person hearings through May.

Delaware state courts have the ability to reschedule trials and hearings for the next 30 days.

Delaware Chancery Court is conducting hearings and trials remotely.

Florida – the Florida Southern District Court is suspending all jury trials from March 16 to July 6. Grand juries are canceled until July 6.

The Northern District of Florida closed courts to the public to everyone, except those with official court business. Naturalization ceremonies are canceled indefinitely.

Security officers are screening individuals before entering the courthouse and won’t allow anyone to enter if they have visited Italy, Iran, South Korea or China recently. Individuals who had contact with someone who has visited those countries or been diagnosed with the coronavirus are also prohibited from entering district courts. State courts will take precautions and try to conduct business remotely.

The Middle District of Florida is prohibiting anyone with coronavirus symptoms from entering any courthouse. Orlando Division jury trials are postponed if they are set to begin before June 30.

Florida state courts started suspending in-person legal proceedings until May 29. Criminal and civil jury trials are canceled through June 1. Nonessential court proceedings are canceled unless they can be conducted remotely. Time periods for criminal and justice court proceedings have been suspended through June 1.

Georgia – the Northern District of Georgia isn’t allowing the public to enter its courthouse if they have visited China, South Korea, Japan, Italy or Iran in the past two weeks. In addition, individuals who have had contact with someone diagnosed with the coronavirus are prohibited. No jurors will be summoned through May 29.

The Middle District of Georgia is canceling jury trials for 60 days. People with coronavirus symptoms are allowed in any courthouse. Nonemergency criminal proceedings through May 16 are canceled.

The Southern District of Georgia is only admitting people with official court business into the court. Criminal juries are postponed through May 31.

The Georgia Supreme Court is urging visitors and attorneys not to enter the court if they are showing any virus symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has the flu or COVID-19. In addition, filing deadlines have been posted through May 13.

Guam – the District of Guam is postponing all jury trials scheduled to start before May 5 until further notice. Grand jury proceedings are also postponed until June 5. Emergency proceedings will proceed at the discretion of the United State’s government. Naturalization ceremonies from March through April have been canceled. Sentencing and revocation hearings that were supposed to take place before June 5 are canceled indefinitely.

The court and U.S. District Pretrial and Probation Office is blocking public access through June 5.

Hawaii – the District of Hawaii is prohibiting courthouse visitors who have been in China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea in the last two weeks. In addition, individuals who have had contact with someone who has been in those countries or have the coronavirus are prohibited. Inessential criminal matters are being delayed through June 15. Civil and criminal trials up to May 3 are postponed.

Hawaii state courts are postponing ongoing trials, criminal trials, civil trials and grand jury proceedings until May 29.

Hawaii state Supreme Court is postponing all hearings, motions and civil trials for an unknown later date.

Idaho – all jury and grand jury trials, as well as criminal hearings, that are set to begin before May 31 are suspended. In-person bankruptcy or civil cases have been canceled until further notice. Remote proceedings will be conducted by a magistrate judge for preliminary felony and post-conviction litigations. People with coronavirus symptoms are not allowed in the court.

In the state court, there will be no jury trials for criminal cases until Aug. 3, and no jury trials for civil cases until Oct. 5. Most proceedings are being held remotely at this time.

Illinois – the Northern District of Illinois is extending all civil case deadlines by 21 days. All trials, settlement conferences and civil case hearings that were set between March 17 and April 3 are canceled and will be rescheduled on June 1, if not later. In addition, all jury selections and civil jury trials before June 1 are postponed.  Judges will schedule phone or video proceedings when feasible.

The Central District of Illinois will reschedule civil and criminal criminal jury trials as well as petty offense proceedings that were scheduled before May 18. Civil hearings will be conducted via telephone and video conference.

Cook County Circuit Court is stopping all criminal and civil jury trials 3o days from the original date. Essential criminal matters, temporary custody hearings and mental health hearings will continue. Emergency civil hearings will be conducted remotely or in the courthouse.

In the Southern District of Illinois, all in-person civil matters have been postponed indefinitely. Only certain criminal matters will occur in-person. Grand juries will continue to meet. Emergency criminal cases taking place before May 31 will occur remotely. Previously scheduled bankruptcy hearings will be conducted via phone call.

The Cook County Circuit Court is postponing all civil matters occurring in-person for 30 days. Emergency civil hearings will occur in person or remotely.

Indiana – the Southern District of Indiana postponed all jury trials through May 1. Civil court hearings will continue, but may be done remotely.

As of March 18, the Indianapolis Division, Terre Haute Division and New Albany Division have denied public access.

The Northern District of Indiana prohibits the public from visiting the Fort Wayne, Hammond, Lafayette and South Bend divisions. The public also does not have access to the district’s bankruptcy court and probation office.

The Indiana Supreme Court has paused all deadlines for appellate filings through May 4.

Iowa – the Northern District of Iowa prohibits anyone who has been exposed to, or who has had the coronavirus, to not enter the court. Civil and criminal matters will be postponed until through May 11 or later.

The Iowa Supreme Court is not allowing anyone with an increased risk of transmitting the coronavirus into the court. This includes attorneys, jurors, clients and witnesses.

The Southern District of Iowa has postponed civil and criminal jury trials set from April 8 to July 6.

In state courts, any criminal trial not in progress will be rescheduled until after April 20. Civil juries that were scheduled before May 4 have been postponed indefinitely and civil bench trials will be conducted over the phone or postponed until May 4, the earliest. Statutes of limitation have been given a 48 day extension. Statutes of limitation for filing a district court action are extended by 48 days.

Kansas – the District of Kansas has postponed non-emergency hearings indefinitely. Jury proceedings will be postponed for 30 days.

In the state court system, civil and criminal jury trials scheduled on or before March 18 will be rescheduled. Trials in progress as of March 18 will continue if the judge sees fit.

Kentucky – the Eastern District of Kentucky will postpone all civil and criminal trials scheduled before May 17. Grand jury proceedings are occurring as usual.

The Western District is postponing civil and criminal trials scheduled before May 29.

The state court system cancelled all in-person proceedings through May 31, with the exception of emergency matters.

Louisiana – the Eastern District of Louisiana has postponed all civil and criminal bench trials until May 1. Civil and criminal hearings are also postponed. The district is restricting anyone who traveled to China, South Korea, Japan, Italy or Iran in the past 14 days from entering the New Orleans courthouse. In addition, those who have been in close contact with someone who traveled to those countries are prohibited. Those with the coronavirus or who have been in contact with someone with the virus are also restricted.

The Middle District of Louisiana has postponed all civil and criminal trials until May 1 or later. Hearings scheduled before that time are postponed and will be rescheduled by the assigned judge. In-person filings will not be accepted before April 13. In person civil hearings, rearrangements and sentencing hearings scheduled before April 10 are postponed.

The Western District of Louisiana plans to reschedule all jury trials that begin before May 1. Grand juries will continue and judges are permitted to conduct hearings, but are encouraged to do so remotely. Events that aren’t case related until May 1 are canceled.

Additionally, the public no longer has access to Louisiana Western District Clerk of Court Offices in the Alexandria, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe and Shreveport divisions. For those who wish to submit court filings, the document can be stamped and submitted to the drop box at the appropriate division.

State courts have suspended all legal deadlines until May 4, the earliest. All jury trials scheduled to start before this time are postponed until May 4 or later. Essential matters will be held remotely if possible.

Maine – the District of Maine has postponed all grand jury proceedings. The clerk’s office is open by appointment only, and a judge must approve of any public access to scheduled hearings. Court proceedings are limited to issuing search warrant issues, emergency relief motions and other urgent matters.

The courts will schedule certain proceedings such as custody and child protection hearings. Other matters will not be rescheduled or conducted until May 1 or later. All cases previously scheduled are postponed as well.

Maryland – the District of Maryland is rescheduling all civil and criminal jury selections set to begin before June 5. All grand jury meetings, naturalization ceremonies, civil, criminal and bankruptcy proceedings dating between March 16 and June 5 are postponed. The court will remain open for emergency cases. Misdemeanor proceedings scheduled through May 31 are canceled.

In court proceedings will occur Monday, Wednesday and Friday unless otherwise noted by a judge.

In addition, the court isn’t allowing individuals who have visited China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Egypt, Washington State and New Rochelle, N.Y., in the last 14 days from entering the courthouse. Anyone who has been diagnosed with the coronavirus or who has been in contact with someone who has it are prohibited, as well.

All Maryland court offices, clerk’s offices and administrative offices are closed to the public as of March 16.

Massachusetts – the Massachusetts District Court reports that courthouses in Boston, Worcester and Springfield remain open. However, jury trials beginning before May 29 are suspended until further notice. Criminal cases, grand juries, the clerk’s office, bankruptcy court and the probation agency will remain open. Those who recently traveled to China, Italy, Japan, Iran and South Korea aren’t allowed in any courthouse, along with those who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Criminal proceedings and pretrial deadlines are postponed by 60 days. Grand jury proceedings will not occur until April 27.

In the state court system, only emergency matters will be conducted in the courthouses, with civil and criminal jury trials that were scheduled before April 17 being postponed until at least May 4.  Grand juries will not be empaneled until July 6. Civil bench trials will continue if they can be handled remotely.

The state appeals court will conduct oral arguments via phone.

Michigan – the Eastern District of Michigan is restricting individuals who have recently visited China, South Korea, Italy and Iran until further notice. Criminal cases occurring in front of a magistrate judge will take continue to take place.

On March 25, a security officer tested positive for the coronavirus at the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit. The courthouse is closed to the public until further notice. On March 27, the court announced that a total of 10 court security officers showed COVID-19 symptoms. Four were hospitalized and two tested positive for the virus.

The Western District plans to hold as many proceedings as possible remotely. Facilities are closed to the public until April 30 or later. The Ford Building in Grand Rapids and the Marquette Facility are open by appointment only.

In the state court system, trial courts are reportedly allowing only ten people in the courtroom at a time, staff included. Criminal juries will resume after April 3 and many civil and business matters and trials will be held remotely until April 30 or later.

Minnesota – the District of Minnesota has postponed civil and criminal proceedings until May 17. Jury trials are also postponed through June 14. The court is restricting individuals who have recently visited China, South Korea, Italy and Iran until further notice. The district is also restricting those who have been in close contact with someone who has visited those countries.

In the state court system, district court trials that began as of March 13 will continue unless suspension is needed. No new jury trials will begin before May 4 or later. The public has limited access to courtrooms.

Mississippi – the Northern District of Mississippi will hold remote proceedings when feasible. Misdemeanors scheduled for April and May are scheduled to be continued through June and July.

In the Southern District of Mississippi, all nonessential matters set through May 1 are postponed indefinitely.

In the state courts system, courts are scheduling remote proceedings. Jury trials and emergency matters will continue in court if remote meetings are not possible.

Missouri – the Eastern District of Missouri has postponed all criminal and civil jury trials that were scheduled before May 31. Proceedings will be held remotely when possible. People who have the coronavirus or cold or flu symptoms are not allowed inside any courthouse. Naturalizations are postponed until until April 6.

The Western District of Missouri postponed all non-emergency trials through July 6. Criminal matters will continue to be held in front of magistrate judges. Bankruptcy hearings and trials may be rescheduled or conducted remotely.

The state court system is suspending proceedings occurring in-person through May 1. Emergency proceedings will still happen at the discretion at the judge.

Montana – the District of Montana will reset all jury trials beginning on or before May 29. Individual judges can choose to hold non-trial proceedings in-person or remotely. Creditors meetings in bankruptcy court will be halted until April 16 or later. Section 341 meetings will be conducted remotely when possible, or postponed.

In the state court system, judges will conduct matters remotely whenever possible. Priority will be given to protection orders, child abuse cases and neglect proceedings and criminal matters deemed necessary. It is recommended by the Montana Supreme Court that judges postpone civil jury matter through April 3o or later.

Nebraska – the District of Nebraska has postponed all jury trials until further notice and all grand jury proceedings that were set to begin in March. The court is not allowing in-person court proceedings for those who have recently visited China, South Korea, Japan, Italy or Iran. Nebraska is also restricting those who have been in close contact with someone who has visited those countries to enter the courthouse. Civil and criminal matters are postponed through June 1.

Nevada – the District of Nevada halted all trials until March 20. The court will attempt remote hearings whenever possible. Filing deadlines are still in effect, however, the clerk’s office is closed to the public.

The bankruptcy court will hold all hearings remotely.

In the state court system, oral arguments in the appellate courts are postponed indefinitely.

New Hampshire – the New Hampshire District Court will postpone all civil and criminal jury trials dating before June 1. Court sessions will be held at Rudman Courthouse in Concord on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Restrictions for the amount of people in the courtroom will be enforced. Criminal hearings scheduled before April 13 are cancelled. Civil hearings and conferences will be conducted remotely after June 1.

Naturalization events that were scheduled before June 1 are canceled.

In the Circuit, Superior and Supreme courts in-person proceedings have been suspended indefinitely.

New Jersey – the New Jersey District Court is not allowing anyone into the courthouses who have been diagnosed with coronavirus or who have been in contact with someone who has travelled to China, South Korea, Japan, Italy or Iran int he past two weeks. Civil and criminal jury trials scheduled to begin before May 31 will be postponed until further notice.

After multiple employees tested positive for the coronavirus, the district courthouses in Newark closed on March 26 through April 6.

New Jersey state courts are postponing any new jury trials. Pending motions will be held via telephone conference. From March through April 26, time constraint deadlines will be relaxed and given an extension. Municipal court proceedings are canceled indefinitely.

Small claims hearings will be spread out to prevent human contact. Staff is forbidden from out-of-state travel.

Bankruptcy court trials will be rescheduled if the date was set before April 30.

New Mexico – the District of New Mexico has postponed criminal and civil jury trials that were schedule on or before May 1. Grand jury proceedings are also postponed.

In the state court, courtrooms will not allow more than 15 people together at a time. Civil and criminal proceedings that have not started yet are canceled. Deadlines for payment fines beginning March 19 and ending May 29 are all extended by 30 days.

New York– the Eastern District of New York is postponing civil and criminal trials that were supposed to begin before April 27. On March 16, the court made the decision to halt naturalization ceremonies for 45 days. The district is also restricting individuals who have recently traveled to China, Italy, Iran, Japan or South Korea.

The Southern District of New York has postponed all new trials that were supposed to begin before April 27 until further notice. In addition, activities such as Continuing Legal Education events and school events have been canceled. The Southern District is also restricting individuals who have recently traveled to China, Italy, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Malta, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Vatican City, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino and Spain. In addition, those showing any virus symptoms are not allowed to enter the court.

The Western District of New York postponed civil and criminal juries for 60 days since March 16.

In the New York bankruptcy court, those with Chapter 13 cases before Chief Judge Cecelia G. Morris and Judge Sean H. Lane are exempt from in-person court proceedings.

In state courts, civil and criminal jury trials are suspended. On March 25, the New York City Criminal Court started holding conferences via video. On March 26, the New York City Family Court began hosting remote meetings. Governor Andrew Cuomo created an executive order tolling all deadlines on or before April 19. State courts are also postponing all new trials and restricting individuals who have recently traveled to China, South Korea, Japan, Italy or Iran from entering any of its 350 courthouses. In addition, New York state courts are also restricting those who have been in close contact with someone who has visited those countries or have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

The U.S. Court of International Trade in Manhattan is restricting individuals who have recently visited China, Italy, Iran or South Korea. The court is also restricting those who have been in close contact with someone who has visited those countries or have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

North Carolina – the Eastern District of North Carolina trials before May 1 will be postponed. Grand juries are encouraged to participate remotely. All non-case events beginning before May 1 are canceled.

The Middle District of North Carolina will reschedule all civil trials and criminal cases beginning on or before May 4. Grand jury meetings scheduled throughout March are canceled.

The Western District of North Carolina plans to spread out hearings in the largest courtrooms available. Non-evidentiary hearings will be conducted remotely when feasible.

The state court system extended filing deadlines until the end of June 1. Appellate courts are not included in this extension.

North Dakota – the District of North Dakota has postponed all jury trials starting before May 1. Grand jury proceedings scheduled through May 1 will be rescheduled.

The North Dakota Supreme Court stopped state jury trials until April 24 or later. Nonjury proceedings are being scheduled when possible.

Northern Mariana Islands – the District of the Northern Mariana Islands postponed all civil and criminal jury selections and trials indefinitely. Grand jury proceedings are postponed unless otherwise notified by a chief judge. All non-case proceedings are also postponed.

Ohio – the Southern District of Ohio will hold certain in-court proceedings. As of March 17, the court will not host additional jury trials for 30 days or more. Naturalization ceremonies are on hold until June 1 or later. Civil and criminal matters occurring before June 1 will be postponed.

In the Northern District of Ohio criminal trials and grand juries will not proceed unless a judge deems necessary. Civil and criminal matters are postponed until further notice. All courthouses are closed in the district until May 1 or later. Also, mass public gatherings are canceled until at least May 1.

The Ohio Supreme Court is conducting video conferencing and other remote hearing techniques when possible.

Oklahoma – in the Northern District of Oklahoma, civil and criminal matters that are not held remotely will be postponed. Grand juries are postponed as well. Civil and criminal motions that do not require an oral argument are set to continue.

The Western District of Oklahoma will postpone April grand jury trials. Three grand jury sessions for April and March have reportedly been canceled.

The Eastern District of Oklahoma is cancelling all jury sessions starting before June 1, at the Ed Edmondson Federal Courthouse in Muskogee.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals is requiring state courts to cancel jury trials and to release jurors on trial through May 15. Civil and criminal jury trials will be rescheduled through May 15. On May 16, rules and deadlines will begin to be enforced. From March 16 through May 15 will be a tolling period.

Oregon – the District of Oregon postponed civil and criminal jury trials scheduled on or before June 1. Civil and criminal matters will be rescheduled as well, unless it can be conducted remotely. The District’s Clerk Office is closed to the public and only accessible through phone.

The state court system trials and hearings scheduled will be rescheduled for after June 1. There are limited exceptions. Trial courts are reportedly decreasing the amount of jurors summoned. Potential jurors who are high risk for for severe illness can reschedule their service by calling the court house.

Pennsylvania – the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is postponing all civil and criminal jury trials until May 31.

The Western District of Pennsylvania is postponing all civil and criminal jury trials and grand jury selections until April 27.

The Middle District of Pennsylvania is postponing all civil and criminal proceedings for 60 days (as of March 13). There are some exceptions for individual cases.

In Pennsylvania state courts, oral arguments set for March 17 through March 19 in the Widener Building have been rescheduled for March 24 through March 26 at the Pennsylvania Judicial Center.

In Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, all offices are closed until April 1.

In Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, jurors scheduled for the week of March 16 are dismissed from serving.

In Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, jury trials scheduled through March 27 have been canceled.

The Supreme Court ordered intermediate and trial appellate courts to close until April 30 or later.

Puerto Rico – the District of Puerto Rico is postponing civil and criminal trials, conferences and hearings until June 3. Grand jury proceedings will continue.

The Puerto Rico bankruptcy court is closed to the public through May 6, all hearings scheduled between March 16-30 will be rescheduled. Deadlines dating from March 16 through April 9 have been extended to April 10.

Rhode Island – in the District of Rhode Island, the One Exchange Terrace, Providence courthouse has been shut down until further notice. The John O. Pastore Building in Providence will be closed Tuesdays and Thursdays and available for limited purposes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. A case manager will cancel all civil matters occurring in-person and reschedule remote hearings. Unless liberty interests are affected, criminal hearings are postponed. Grand jury proceedings are canceled.

In the state court system, all Superior Court jury trials and grand jury proceedings are cancelled until after May 17. Emergency and essential matters will continue. All payment dates and filing deadlines have a 3o day extension (as of March 17). Those who are scheduled to appear in court but are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, or those who have recently traveled to China, Iran, Italy and South Korea in the past two weeks are not allowed to enter the courthouse.

South Carolina – the District of South Carolina postponed all civil and criminal jury selections scheduled to begin before July 5. Grand jury proceedings are postponed until this date as well, unless otherwise notified by the chief judge. Deadlines for civil cases have been extended by 21 days. Statutes of limitations are not delayed at this time. Unless civil and criminal matters can be conducted remotely, in-court appearances beginning before July 5 are postponed.

In the state court system, oral arguments are cancelled in the appellate court. Emergency hearings are permitted in Circuit Court and jury trials are postponed indefinitely.

South Dakota – the District of South Dakota postponed all criminal and civil trials scheduled to begin on or before July 5. Civil and criminal trials before July 5 are postponed indefinitely if the trial can’t be held remotely.

The South Dakota Supreme Court declared a judicial emergency. Every circuit will enforce policies to prevent people who have the coronavirus and those who are high-risk to be exempt from appearing in court.

Tennessee – the Eastern District of Tennessee will postpone civil and criminal jury trials starting on or before May 30. Misdemeanor dockets through May 30 are postponed, as well. Oral proceedings that can be held remotely are encouraged to take place.

The Middle District of Tennessee will reschedule all criminal and civil jury selections that were supposed to take place between March 17-31. In addition, grand jury proceedings set to occur through May 31 are postponed.

The Western District of Tennessee halted all civil judicial trials and criminal proceedings until May 30. Civil and criminal jury selections and trials scheduled to begin on or before April 17 are postponed indefinitely. Selected grand juries will not meet until after May 30. The federal courthouse located at 111 S. Highland Ave. in Jackson is closed indefinitely.

Tennessee state courts are restricting in-person proceedings until July 3, with exceptions for emergencies. Statutes of limitations, orders of protection and temporary injunctions that originally expired between March 13 and May 31 will be postponed until June 5.

Texas – the Northern District of Texas is rescheduling all civil, criminal bench and jury trials set to occur now through May 31. Naturalization ceremonies, public tours and grand jury proceedings are postponed through May 31. Public events such as tours are also canceled until May 31 or later.

The Southern District of Texas is postponing all jury trials until May 15. However, Houston’s federal courthouse will remain open for certain matters, such as bankruptcy court hearings.

In the Eastern District Court, counsel and all parties decided that attorneys and parties must inform the court if they are aware that meeting could cause someone to be be exposed to the coronavirus.

The Western District of Texas is rescheduling civil, criminal bench and jury trials that were supposed to occur before May 1. Grand jury proceedings will continue to take place. Naturalization ceremonies and public tours are cancelled through May 1.

In Texas state courts, all jury trials and large docket calls are postponed until at least May 31. Deadlines are pushed until June 1.

The Harris County Civil District Court postponed all criminal jury trials until March 20 and all civil jury trials are suspended until the end of March.

In Dallas County all jury trials are canceled through May 8.

The Collin County District Courts postponed nonessential court cases until April 1. Attorneys with essential cases must contact the court for placement. The court is reportedly developing a plan for appearances to be held electronically.

The state side tolled filing deadlines until June 1. Dallas County canceled all jury trials until May 8. The Harris County Civil District Court suspended jury trials through May 31.

U.S. Virgin Islands – all bench trials for civil and criminal cases before May 12 are postponed indefinitely. Sitting grand juries are not aloud to meet before April 16. Those who tested positive for coronavirus, have been exposed to the virus or those displaying symptoms are not allowed in the courthouses.

The Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands is halting all matters of the judicial court that are deemed nonessential. Deadlines for appeals beginning March 20 are being extended by two weeks or until June 1.

In the Superior Court, case deadlines pending since April 23 are extended by 14 days or until June 1. Depositions that were already scheduled will continue as normal. However, depositions are encouraged to be postponed if all parties agree.

Utah – the District of Utah will postpone jury meetings as well as civil and criminal jury trials through June 15. Criminal trials that have been underway as of March 16 will proceed.

In the state court system, criminal and civil jury trials are suspended indefinitely. Hearings will be conducted remotely. People with coronavirus symptoms or who may have been exposed to the virus may not enter the courthouse. If possible, remote hearings will be conducted. Criminal and civil trials will be rescheduled until June 1 or later.

Vermont – the Vermont Judiciary postponed all grand jury proceedings until April 23. All civil and criminal matters that cannot occur remotely or without oral argument will be rescheduled.

In the state court system, all non-emergency hearings will be postponed until May 31 or later.

Virginia – the Eastern District of Virginia is rescheduling all civil and criminal proceedings scheduled through June 10. Grand juries are not meeting.

In the Western District of Virginia, grand jury trials scheduled before May 1 are postponed. All civil and criminal proceedings will be rescheduled until on or before June 10. Veterans Treatment Court, Reentry Court and Drug Treatment Court sessions scheduled on or before June 10 are canceled.

In the state court system, Court of Appeals filings have been extended by 21 days as of March 16. Remote arguments will be conducted remotely through June 30 or later. Virginia Supreme Court and Rose Lafoon Building in Richmond are closed to the public until further notice.

Washington – the Western District of Washington has suspended all grand jury proceedings occurring before June 1. Criminal and civil cases scheduled before June 1 are postponed. For non-jury cases, the court will evaluate on a case-by-case basis.

The Eastern District of Washington vacated civil and criminal cases through May 15.

In the state court system, nonemergency civil trials and civil and criminal jury trials are suspended until after May4. Emergency matters will be held remotely if practicable. Criminal trials in process will continue under strict health guidelines. If the defendant agrees to do so, the trial can be postponed.

The Snohomish County Superior Court has suspended all criminal jury trials until April 24 and civil jury trials until June 1. No one is allowed to enter any court if they show any symptoms of the coronavirus.

The King County Superior Court has suspended all jury trials until April 24.

The Pierce County Courts and Tacoma Municipal Courts have allowed criminal cases scheduled between March 16 and April 24 to remain on the docket. Non-trials are also not affected. However, jury trials schedule through April 24 will be postponed except those already in progress.

Washington D.C. – all D.C. courts with civil and criminal jury trials are postponed until at least June 11. Other proceedings, such as civil and criminal jury trials will be postponed until June 1. Federal trial and bankruptcy courts will remain open.

The D.C. Superior Court is conducting most matters remotely. Only four courtrooms are open.

The D.C. Court of Appeals is cancelling oral arguments through March 31. Filing deadlines from March 16 or later are delayed until March 31.

The U.S. Tax Building is closed and many trials from March through April have been canceled.

West Virginia – the Northern District of West Virginia prohibits all people who tested positive for the coronavirus and anyone who may have come in contact with the virus from entering the court.

The Southern District is following the same procedure and postponed all civil and criminal jury trials, as well as grand jury trials, indefinitely. Jury trials and selections that were scheduled to begin before May 31 are postponed.

In the state court system, proceedings and judicial deadlines scheduled through May 15 are postponed until further notice. Certain emergency matters will continue. Deadlines that were set to expire between March 23 to May 15 will be pushed to May 18. Proceedings involving a grand jury will continue after June 15. Jury trials are permitted to continue on or after June 29.

Wisconsin – the Eastern District of Wisconsin will reschedule all civil and criminal jury trials dating before June 1. Petty offense and grand jury trials will be postponed. Civil hearings will be conducted remotely.

The Western District of Wisconsin plans to keep the Kastenmeier Courthouse in Madison open. Those who feel sick should stay at home. Both civil and criminal hearings will be conducted remotely until May 18, the earliest.

The state court system extended deadlines that were supposed to end on May 15 or earlier until May 18. Grand jury proceedings are set to proceed on or before June 15, with jury trials beginning on June 29 or later.

Wyoming – the District of Wyoming is conducting all matters remotely, if possible. Those who have tested positive for coronavirus or who have recently visited China, Iran, South Korea and various European countries are forbidden from entering the courthouse. All District and Circuit courts are closed to the public.

In the state court, District and Circuit courts prohibited in-person proceedings until May 31. Civil trials will be rescheduled and the courts will attempt to do the same for criminal trials. The Wyoming Supreme Court building located in Cheyenne shut down to the public.

52 Comments

  • LANITASHA HINTON May 27, 2020

    Add me please

  • Michelle May 14, 2020

    Where do I sign up?

  • Floyd Abel April 29, 2020

    Our Son has been unduly restrained in his liberties for a year now by a State Trial court; All of his basic, human and citizen constitutional rights (what are these?) have been trampled upon and ignored. We filed a petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus to no avail; Filed the writ in Federal District Court and denied with a glossed-over transient look see by the Magistrate assigned to look at the writ (I thought they were supposed to take these writs seriously). Our son is innocent with exonerating evidence to prove it yet they still keep him in holding. He is languishing over when the covid-19 virus will be inevitably introduced into the jail facility where he is held and will he survive to see us again (no visitation rights).

    • Jessie May 3, 2020

      So sad this system is backwards

  • Sandra Soriano April 22, 2020

    My son was denied his preliminary hearing therefore his 5th, 8th, and 14th amendment rights have been violated by the States courts.

  • Janelle March 31, 2020

    I have been tied up with the Merced Courts for 2 years over a probate matter. I currently have an Estate in the close of escrow and they postpone my case again, for another 2 months. I have done Courts calls in the past for this matter and paid the $100. fee. Why wasn’t a solution like this offered instead of cancelling my hearing?

  • BENNIE E. SAWYER March 24, 2020

    add me

  • Monica Rainey March 23, 2020

    Please add me my 17 year old is suffering depression from being stuck in house. I have lost wages at work becasue my employer would not let me work from home

  • Terri Underwood March 22, 2020

    My husband is being held in Maricopa county jail for 4 months now and with no evidence on a crime he didn’t commit. His court date finally was the day after they shut down and they postponed him for TWO months! Now he is in there sick with possibly virus and ignored. Please include us!

  • Beatrice Morris March 22, 2020

    As a student funeral director in nyc area what about those who attended the facility and were not notified that there was a pissible exposure, but closed the school as they became aware of information that wasn’t shared to us and closed without explainations until this covid19 hit the media, leaving others wondering if something was actually in the school or the building add me for that as well, I’m feeling I’ve been let to acquire symptoms without the truth of closure

  • Beatrice and Deatrice morris March 22, 2020

    My daughter is incarcerated for a crime she didnt commit, and my beingher power f attorney working closelywith her lawyer we were on our way to an arguement on appeal, after serving already 7 yrs everything is going to be pushed be she’s getting anxiety amongst other physical and mental anquish, knowing not now how much longer these proceedings will take. I’m her way of support to survival while in there what will happen now if all government offices close down and Im no longer receiving funds to help her through this time as shesnot getting proper medical treatments for ongoing medical situations cause the jails is closed down as well add us to the suit

  • Wayne March 21, 2020

    My eviction of a non paying tenant on a house that I just purchased is now postponed so that I have to now pay my own rent and my mortgage while this person is paying nothing causing a serious financial burden to me and my family

  • charles caudill March 21, 2020

    I had to quit my job. I felt at risk going to Ohio to load Ethanol. Ohio declared state of emergency. I have lost thousands of dollars in wages and had to buy products over priced dud to the covid19.

  • Steve Hemphill March 21, 2020

    I have a COURT CASE coming up in April 28, I hope. Thanks again !

  • Melody Woods March 20, 2020

    What about
    West Virginia

    • Jessie May 3, 2020

      I’m wondering that too

      • Jessie May 3, 2020

        About wv my son is in there

  • Clint March 20, 2020

    Please add me mental anguish

  • Lora Callender March 20, 2020

    I have a court appearance on 5/7/20 in a civil case, and will see if court is closed by then, I am 76 and don’t want to be exposed to this virus. Our court here in Saginaw,Mi is closed til 4/6/20. Will see if they have to be closed longer

  • Lisa sharkozy March 20, 2020

    My fiance is laid off work short on food and supplies. Trying to stay positive but every minute there’s more death. We have a seven year old son. This impacts everyone. God bless you all and let’s pray this ends soon.

  • Crystal renninger March 20, 2020

    I have 3 kids that have been out of school and i see the government handing out money only to those who work what about us that dont work that have kids and the daily lives have been affected what do we get?

  • Mary Richardson March 20, 2020

    Add me

  • Mary Richardson March 20, 2020

    Yes it have lack of work

  • Alisa Patterson March 20, 2020

    add me please this affecting me mentally and physically.

  • tamekia thomas March 18, 2020

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  • Beverly Heiman March 18, 2020

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  • lynn M wright March 18, 2020

    I live in cape Canaveral Florida and my country is more concerned about the tourist industry then us resistance no one is adhering to the 2 per item per customer my children & I with copd,asthma,chronic bronchitis can’t quarantine becz all they are concerned with is money so plz add us to the suit

  • Polly Lever March 18, 2020

    Add me please

  • Poppy Clarkson March 18, 2020

    I work in a public place. I come into contact with 1,000s of customers each day I work. My boss is not supplying me with protective gloves or disinfecting wipes nor Lysol. I can’t wash my hands inbetween checking each customer out and after exchanging money with them. My anxiety is high because of this. As of yesterday I informed my boss of the struggle and that Saturday 21st will be the last day I want to have any contact with customers due to not being protected is causing high stress levels. My boss said I would terminated for this. What should I do?

  • Robert Hair March 18, 2020

    Add me pls I’m disabled and I support 3 children.2 of them are autistic.

  • Latricia Dorsey March 18, 2020

    I take care of 4 kids and I had to shut down I lost $11000

  • monica sanchez March 17, 2020

    add me please.

  • Sholla Hines March 17, 2020

    Add Me

  • Konikita Canada March 17, 2020

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  • beverly p bonner March 17, 2020

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  • Michael boone March 17, 2020

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  • Pamela D Todd March 17, 2020

    Add me please do to the coronavirus

    • robert coleman March 19, 2020

      Please add me

      • JohnConyers March 19, 2020

        Please add John Conyers and Violet Conyers Sarena GILLIARD Dezire Selton

  • Madeline Torres March 17, 2020

    Please add me

  • Lillie B Harrison March 17, 2020

    Loss of foods and other

  • Karen Rice March 17, 2020

    Add myself, I want to call to go and see my MD, have been having lots of pain and other health issues almost over my entire body/cancer complications, but I’m afraid to leave the house to only go to the store, and afraid to be around many people. What do you do? I’m hoping I can soon get my RX’s filled, I’m diabetic as well.

  • Marquita Simpson March 17, 2020

    marquitas@outlook.com
    I have suffered tremendous without pay, and I have a college student that I had to bring back home and a high school child that isnt in school right now due to this and with no money coming in its hurting us… I’m in Tennessee

  • Nune March 17, 2020

    I take care of 5 little kids in my place. I shut down the place I don’t know for how long. Parents can’t pay me because of shut down of their work places. I lost $10000 for this month plus my confusion and stress

  • Nune March 17, 2020

    Add me too. I have 5 children I take care in my house. I shut down my place, I don’t know how long it will last. Parent’s can’t pay me. I don’t know what to do. I lost $10000 this month

  • Stanley Gonzalez March 17, 2020

    I am unable to attend my court date on March 19.

  • Darkyn Franklin March 17, 2020

    Please add me.

  • Ethel Schuler March 17, 2020

    I am unable to go out to see my medical doctor for thyroid problem and anemia. I have nobody to get food for me. I am elderly, and feeling very afraid. I hope I can live through this period.

  • Sheila Cassiano March 17, 2020

    Add me too! Don’t know how long it will take to get a hearing.

  • Tina Baleria March 17, 2020

    please add me

  • Barbara Maddalena March 17, 2020

    Yes I am suffering terribly, from this CORONAVIRUS pandemic: worry, restrictions, cost of repeated cleaning & disinfecting& all the stores near me are out of cleaning/ disinfecting supplies & hand wipes, worry about my beloved pets getting CORONAVIRUS,fear of doing laundry in a public or shared common laundromat: because my landlord doesn’t allow individual laundry machines in my apartment. Due to Township/County/State Social distancing restrictions, the local laundromat tells me I have to pay/load the Wash machine & then sit in “my car” until it’s finished& that the Police are there watching everyone! I don’t own a car to sit in & I’m handicapped, can’t do hand washing in apt. forever . Add me there’s more. China’s lies will be killing us all. I read an article where a Chinese Dr. was reprimanded for telling the truth that it was a CORONAVIRUS , Chinese Dr. was told to “stop spreading panic” & wait weeks for the Govmt. to get test kits & stop using their own! I want to sue as well . Pls. Add me, Barbara Maddalena

  • Robert March 16, 2020

    add me please

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