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Coronavirus Emergency Court Orders and Procedures
Multi-State Survey by Vaishnavi Arshanapally, Andrew Bassan, Elyse Giuffra, Chris Jefford, Kristyn Kaupas. Sheila King, Andy Marcus, Ed Mazzaferro, Sarabeth Rangiah, Wendy Stein Fulton, Michael Trumble, and David Walsh
April 3, 2020

Updated as of May 1, 2020

Below are the Coronavirus Emergency Court Orders and Procedures for the following states and jurisdictions:

  1. Connecticut
  2. District of Columbia
  3. Florida
  4. Maine
  5. Maryland
  6. Massachusetts
  7. New Hampshire
  8. New Jersey
  9. New York
  10. Pennsylvania
  11. Rhode Island
  12. Virginia

Connecticut

https://jud.ct.gov/HomePDFs/CourthousesOpened.pdf?v4

  • Connecticut State Courts
    • Supreme Court open, in session and hearing matters remotely - https://jud.ct.gov/HomePDFs/remoteoralconf.pdf
    • List of open Courthouses - https://jud.ct.gov/HomePDFs/CourthousesOpened.pdf?v4
    • April 22, 2020: Governor Lamont Executive Order – Pursuant to Governor Ned Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7BB, effective immediately no person is permitted to enter a Judicial Branch courthouse or facility without covering his/her mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering.
    • April 17, 2020 Civil Short Calendar – Civil Short will be reinstated effective May 4, 2020 for non-arguable matters, but no short calendar court sessions will be held until the Judicial Branch resumes normal operations. For more information
    • Beginning on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, all courthouses will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays until further notice.
    • Only essential court business may be conducted (see below). Court hours of operation (for open courthouses):  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wed and Fri. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (staff leaves at 2 p.m.)
    • Stamford, Danbury, Litchfield, Rockville, Middletown and Milford – still closed
    • Courts attempting to expand the scope of our work to include matters other than “Priority 1” matters, including, but not limited to: completing and issuing decisions in cases that were previously argued or submitted and processing other matters on the papers filed rather than requiring parties to appear in Court. Beginning April 20, 2020, the following types of Civil matter will be processed remotely: Withdrawals, Satisfactions, Requests to Conform, Removal of Federal Court, Remand from Federal Court, and Acceptance of Offer of Compromise.
    • Jury trials are still suspended indefinitely
    • All civil trials, trial management conferences, pre-trials, status conferences, J-ADR mediations and short calendars, arguable and non-arguable, have been cancelled so long as Judicial Branch operations are limited to Priority 1 functions only.
    • All deadlines contained in Civil Scheduling Agreements and Case Management Orders are hereby suspended until such time as Judicial Branch operations are fully restored
    • New, Suspended or Amended Practice Book rules: Emergency Meeting of the Rules Committee of the Superior Court pursuant to Section 1-9B of the CT Practice Book
    • The following pertinent orders and rules are suspended for the duration of the public health emergency:
  • All time limitations concerning civil process, service and return provided in Chapter 896 of the General Statutes;
  • All statutes of limitations provided in Chapter 926 of the General Statutes;
  • All venue and filing requirements including, but not limited to, C.G.S.§§ 51-345, 51-348, 51-352 and 51-353, provided in Chapter 890 of the General Statutes
  • All criminal jury trials are suspended until further notice, with the exception of criminal jury trials necessitated by the filing and granting of speedy trial motions
  • immediate stay of all issued executions on evictions and ejectments through May 1, 2020
  • Only limited courts are open - listof open courthouses – and only to schedule and hear those matters identified as “Priority 1 Business Functions” until further notice
  • “Priority 1 Business Functions” include:
  • Criminal arraignments of defendants held in lieu of bond and all arraignments involving domestic violence cases;
  • Juvenile Detention hearings;
  • Family orders of relief from abuse;
  • Civil orders of relief from abuse
  • Civil protection orders
  • Ex parte motions
  • Orders of temporary custody (Juvenile Matters)
  • Orders to appear (Juvenile Matters)
  • Emergency ex parte order of temporary custody
  • Juvenile detention operations for detainees held for juvenile court
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Domestic violence victim notification
  • Civil and family capias mittimus execution and bond review
    • Update on closed courthouses: 25.20 – Danbury (cases transferred to Waterbury); 3.26.20 - Litchfield, Rockville and Danielson courts closed; 4.1.20 - Stamford, Ansonia-Milford and Middlesex courthouses closed until further notice.  Stamford and Ansonia-Milford cases transferred to Bridgeport.  Middletown cases transferred to New Britain. 
    • All Judicial Branch Law Libraries are closed until further notice.
    • Limits Courthouse Entry - entrance to courthouses that remain open limited to those individuals who are:
      • filing or have a hearing for a Temporary Restraining Order;
      • filing or have a hearing for a Civil Protection Order;
      • filing or have a hearing on an emergency Ex Parte motion for custody; or
      • are involved in a criminal arraignment or other criminal proceeding.
  • Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts
  • https://jud.ct.gov/supremecourt/
  • https://jud.ct.gov/appellatecourt/
  • The time requirements for all Supreme and Appellate Court filings are suspended until further notice
  • Supreme Court has postponed oral arguments in cases scheduled to have been heard between March 24-April 2, 2020. Matters to be heard at a future date and time to be determined
  • No oral arguments will be scheduled at the Appellate Court during the Court's

seventh term (April 6-April 24, 2020).  If parties agree, fully briefed and ready

cases may be submitted for disposition based on the briefs, appendices and

record, without oral argument

  • Effective March 31, 2020 and until further notice, the daily hours of the Supreme and Appellate Courts will be 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Supreme Court will begin hearing cases remotely Monday, April 27, 2020 and is expected to hear two cases per day Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the weeks of April 27th and May 4th.
  • Appellate Court will begin hearing cases remotely Monday, May 11, 2020 and is expected to hear three cases per day, Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the weeks of May May 11th, May 18th, and May 25th.
  • No cases will be heard on May 25th due to the holiday.
  • S. District Court for Connecticut
  • http://www.ctd.uscourts.gov/
  • All in court (in-person) civil and criminal proceedings scheduled to commence on or before June 15, 2020, before any district or magistrate judge in any courthouse in the District of Connecticut shall be CONTINUED pending further Order of the Court, with the exceptions and under the procedures noted in paragraph 2 and 3 below;
  • During this period, the District Court will handle, in court or by video conference, presentment of new arrests, detention hearings, grand jury returns and civil matters requiring a prompt hearing under Fed. R. Civ. P. 65; in addition, each district or magistrate judge may, in his or her discretion, choose to handle other matters in court (as opposed to continuing the matter or handling it via video or teleconference) whenever the judge considers it to be in the interests of justice to do so, after giving due consideration to the public health risks presented by in-court appearances; each judge will notify the parties through CM/ECF system whether a particular proceeding assigned to that judge and scheduled to occur on or before June 15, 2020, will take place as scheduled and, if so, whether the proceeding will occur in court or through remote communication (i.e., video or telephone conference);
  • The District of Connecticut courthouses (including the facilities at 157 Church Street, New Haven) remain open for business. Court staff not physically present at the courthouse are equipped to work remotely, and will work normal hours during each business day.  Staff in the Clerk’s office are available by telephone, mail will be received, and paper filings can be made at the entrance to each courthouse.  Electronic filings may still be made through CM/ECF system.  The public is encouraged to continue utilizing Court services while following all applicable public health guidelines.  
  • Each judge has discretion to handle matters in court, via video or teleconference if the judge deems it necessary to do so in the interest of justice. If a proceeding will take place, the parties will receive notice through CM/ECF as to whether the proceeding will go forward in person or remotely.
  • Clerk’s office will be open for business, but staff will work remotely as much as possible. The Clerk’s office will not be open to the public, but will “continue to provide efficient service…”
  • visitor restrictions at all courthouses - http://ctd.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/general-ordes/20-5_%20%28EXT%29%20In%20Re%20Restriction%20on%20Visitors%20To%20Courthouses.pdf
  • There are no extensions for deadlines, and no tolling of the statute of limitations.
  • courtesy copies do not need to be provided to any judges chambers during such time as the court is operating under exigent circumstances created by COVID-1
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Clerk’s Office will forward teleconference instructions to the lawyers and pro se litigants appearing each argument day. In the alternative, parties may request to submit the appeal for determination. All oral arguments will be audio livestreamed. Click here for the livestream link.
  • 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 of Columbia (update as of May 1, 2020)

  • Superior Court
    • https://www.dccourts.gov/coronavirus
    • All trials (including jury) and civil hearings scheduled on or before May 15, 2020 will be rescheduled; the Court will mail notices of new court dates;
    • All mediations scheduled on or before May 15, 2020 will be rescheduled;
    • The Court is accepting electronic filings only including, pleadings, praecipes, motions, etc.;
    • Statutes of limitations and all court and rule based deadlines are tolled.
      • If an event before the start of the tolling period triggered a deadline that falls within the tolling period, the new deadline is extended by the length of the tolling period
      • If an event during the tolling period triggered a deadline, the clock would start running on the date the tolling period ends.
    • The Court itself is not open; calls to the Court will be redirected to staff working remotely.
  • C. Court of Appeals
    • https://www.dccourts.gov/court-of-appeals
    • All oral arguments scheduled on or before May 31, 2020 are cancelled;
    • All filing deadlines tolled through May 31, 2020;
    • All cases scheduled for the June 2020 Regular Calendar will be heard by a panel of judges via videoconference.
    • All cases scheduled for the June 2020 Summer Calendar will be considered by a panel of judges starting on the scheduled date.
    • Appellate mediations through May 31, 2020 are cancelled;
    • The Court remains open for new filings;
    • The Court strongly encourages filings via e-file or email: efilehelp@dcappeals.gov
  • S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Florida

  • All Florida State Courts
    • https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/Emergency
    • All grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials are further suspended through Friday, April 17, 2020.
    • Notaries may be via video through Friday, April 17, 2020.
    • District Court of Appeal Oral Arguments suspended through April 7, 2020.
  • 17th Circuit: Broward County:
  • 11th Circuit: Miami-Dade County:
    • https://www.jud11.flcourts.org/Court-Announcements
    • All non-essential court activities are suspended (essential are only emergency guardian, Baker Act, and criminal matters). The suspension ends June 1, 2020. All deadlines within that time period (March 13, 2020 to June 1, 2020) have an added 38 days.
  • 15th Circuit: Palm Beach County:
    • https://www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/Home/Components/News/News/206/16
    • All non-essential court proceedings will be suspended beginning March 18, 2020 through the end of business on June 1, 2020, unless the presiding judicial officer determines that the matter may be effectively conducted remotely with all parties using communication equipment.
  • S. Southern District of Florida
    • https://www.flsd.uscourts.gov/covid-19-updates
    • All jury trials are suspended until April 27, 2020. Individual judges may continue to hold hearings, conferences, and bench trials in the exercise of their discretion, consistent with this Order.
  • S. Middle District of Florida
  • S. Northern District of Florida

 

 

Maine

  • Maine State Courts
    • https://www.courts.maine.gov/covid19.shtml
    • While courthouses remain open on a limited schedule, only matters bearing on liberty or safety (e.g.: arraignments, bail reviews and protection orders) are being heard. All civil matters are postponed until May 15, 2020 (extended from May 1, 2020), an extension of this date is likely.  Exceptions can be made in extraordinary and urgent circumstances.
    • Similarly, the courts will accept a very limited subset of motions filed by email, (e.g.: child protection, bail review, and abuse prevention). Any other motions sent by email will be rejected.
    • Anyone entering a courthouse will be screened (via a series of questions) regarding potential exposure to COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19.
    • All jury trials (criminal and civil) are postponed until after May 29, 2020. This order will be reviewed monthly.
    • All oral arguments in front of the Supreme Judicial Court are cancelled until further notice.
    • 49 calendar days are added to the last date of any unexpired deadlines set by court order or court rules. This order does not affect any deadlines set by statute, including statute of limitations.
    • At any deposition conducted pursuant to Maine R. Civ. P., the “officer or other person” may administer the oath and take testimony remotely so long as they can see and hear the deponent clearly via audio-visual communication.
    • The Maine Bar Exam has been postponed from July 28-29 to Sept. 30-Oct. 1
  • S. District Court District of Maine
    • https://www.med.uscourts.gov/covid-19-coronavirus
    • The U.S. Court houses in Portland and Bangor remain open for filing of documents, whether electronically or in paper. However, the clerk’s offices are only open by appointment. 
    • All in-court hearings and conferences scheduled to occur before May 1, 2020 are continued and will be rescheduled. All previously scheduled teleconference hearings or conferences will be held as scheduled.
    • There are no civil and criminal jury trials in May or June, 2020.
    • There are no generalized extensions or suspensions of deadlines. Any party wishing an extension should file a motion in accordance with applicable rules.

Maryland

            https://mdcourts.gov/coronavirusupdate

  • Maryland State Courts – April 30, 2020 Update
    • Court of Appeals Order – April 28, 2020
      • Oral arguments scheduled before the Court of Appeals for April 30, 2020, May 1, 2020, May 4, 2020, remain postponed until further notice
      • Oral arguments before the Court of Appeals originally scheduled for Thursday, April 2, 2020 and Friday, April 3, 2020 (as per the March 17, 2020 order) are rescheduled for Monday May 11, 2020, Tuesday May 12, 2020, and Wednesday, May 13, 2020, and shall be held by video conference. –
    • Court of Appeals Order – April 24, 2020
      • All statutory rules and deadlines relating to the initiation of matters shall be tolled or suspended as applicable by the number of days that the courts are closed due to COVID-19
      • All statutes and rules deadlines to hear pending matters are tolled or suspended, as applicable, by the number of days that the courts are closed due to COVID-19
      • Deadlines will be further extended by another, upcoming order from the Court of Appeals
    • Circuit Court for Montgomery County – April 30, 2020
      • All persons entering the courthouse must wear a face mask, scarf, or other covering device covering nose and mouth
      • All non-courthouse employees must consent to thermometer check; if over 100, you may be denied admission/removed
    • Circuit Court for Montgomery County – April 29, 2020
      • Counsel are permitted to file papers of any type bearing an electronic signature.
    • Circuit Court for Baltimore City – April 27, 2020 Order
      • Electronic signatures in compliance with Maryland Rule 20-107 are now permitted
      • Electronic signatures shall include provider’s address, email address, telephone number, and CFP number
    • Maryland State Courts – April 23, 2020 Update
      • Circuit Court for Baltimore City April 22, 2020 Order
        • Motions and discovery responses in civil cases shall be filed virtually at baltimorecitylockboxfilings@mdcourts.gov
        • All such filings must still be filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City notwithstanding electronic filing
        • Every filing (motion or discovery) shall contain signer’s address, phone number, facsimile number, and email address
        • All civil paper filings shall be addressed to 100 North Calvert Street, Room 462, Cummings Court House, Baltimore, Maryland 21202.
      • Baltimore City District Court COVID-Protocols – April 20, 2020 Letter
        • Only emergency papers may be filed, as defined in March 25, 2020 order. File at the locked drop box (available between 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M., checked hourly) at each courthouse lobby and use electronic date stamp.
      • Maryland State Courts – April 16, 2020 Update
        • All courts closed from March 17, 2020 to June 5, 2020, with the exception of emergencies. April 14, 2020 Order.  This does not affect the Court’s ability to address matters without a proceeding.
        • All matters scheduled to be heard beginning March 16, 2020 are postponed or suspended. April 14, 2020 Order
        • Scheduling Orders in civil cases should be addressed by motions on case by case basis. April 14, 2020 Order
      • Maryland State CourtsApril 10, 2020 Update
        • The courts can and will still rule on matters that do not require a proceeding – for matters requiring a proceeding, the Court has authorized itself to conduct remote proceedings. April 8, 2020 Order I.
        • All matters scheduled to be heard from March 16 onward are postponed or suspended. April 8, 2020 Order I.
        • All statutes and rules deadlines to hear pending matters tolled or suspended as applicable, effective March 16, 2020. April 8, 2020 Order II
        • From Bar association of Baltimore City – Request from Administrative Judge Waxman: In light of no MDEC for Baltimore City, please limit filings to emergency filings. April 9, 2020 Request
      • Maryland State Courts – April 3, 2020 Orders
        • All statutory and rules deadlines related to initiation of matters, including statutes of limitation, are tolled or suspended by the number of days that the courts are closed due to COVID-19. April 3, 2020 Order
          • All statutes and rules deadlines to hear pending matters are tolled or suspended by the number of days that the courts are closed due to COVID-19. April 3, 2020 Order
        • All jury trials and grand juries are suspended until further notice from the Court – April 3, 2020 Order I
        • All courts are closed to the public through May 1, 2020, with limited exceptions. April 3, 2020 Order II
          • Essential court personnel available by phone 8:30—4:30 April 3, 2020 Order II
          • All matters to be conducted before the Court through the end of COVID-19 closure are suspended, unless otherwise notified (i.e. phone or video conferences/hearings) - April 3, 2020 Order II
        • Still Applicable to the Extent Not Overridden by New Order
  • Registered users of MDEC may file in new and pending matters all papers through MDEC originating in Baltimore City, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County. March 27, 2020 Order;
  • All jury trials scheduled to be heard between March 17 and May 1, 2020, postponed. March 25, 2020 Order;
  • Scheduling orders in civil cases shall be addressed by motion on case by case basis. March 25, 2020 Order;
  • All Courts in the Maryland Judiciary are closed except for emergency operations from March 17 to April 3, 2020; March 25, 2020 Order;
  • Courts shall continue to process MDEC and/or other electronic filings. March 25, 2020 Order;
  • Per March 25, 2020 order, Courts are closed to the public through May 1, 2020. March 25, 2020 Order;
  • Courts are authorized to conduct remote proceedings until further notice. March 20, 2020 Order .
  • Maryland Court of Appeals – General Information
    • Same as Maryland State Courts, except as stated below
    • Oral Arguments in the Court of Appeals scheduled through May 1, 2020, has been postponed until further notice. March 31, 2020 Order.
    • Oral Arguments previously scheduled for April 2 or 3 are now scheduled for May 12 and 13, 2020, respectively, potentially by videoconferencing (Court will advise 10 days before of format). March 31, 2020 Order.
    • Two new means of filing – via MDEC e-filing and a drop box at the basement entrance of the Court of Appeals Building. https://mdcourts.gov/coappeals
  • S. District Court for Maryland – General Information
    • Update as of April 16, 2020
      • The April 10, 2020 standing order (below) still controls.
      • Courtesy Copies: requirement to deliver courtesy copies is suspended.- March 27, 2020 Order
    • The terms of the April 24, 2020 order are now extended through June 5, 2020. April 10, 2020 Standing Order
      • All civil and criminal jury trials postponed through June 5, 2020.
      • All other proceedings in U.S. District Court of Maryland postponed through June 5, 2020, to be rescheduled at later date.
      • All filing deadlines between March 16, 2020 and June 5, 2020 now extended 84 days.
      • This order does not toll any statutes of limitations.
    • All civil and criminal jury selection and trials scheduled on or before April 24, 2020 have been cancelled and will be reset. March 20, 2020 Order;
    • All other trials, motions, hearings, or other appearance related events scheduled on or before April 24 are postponed. March 20, 2020 Order;
    • All filing deadlines that occur on or before April 24, 2020 are extended by 42 days. March 20, 2020 Order;
    • NO tolling of any statute of limitations, and electronic filing through CM/ECF remains available. March 20, 2020 Order
    • Court remains open for emergency criminal, civil, and bankruptcy matters concerning public safety, public health and welfare, and individual liberty. March 20, 2020 Order.

Massachusetts (4/30/2020)   

New Hampshire (updated 4.30.2020)

 

            https://www.courts.state.nh.us/aoc/corona-covid-19.html#jbresponse

New Jersey (updated 4/27/20):

  • Superior Court (all counties)
    • https://www.njcourts.gov/notices/2020/n200327a.pdf
    • https://njcourts.gov/notices/2020/n200424a.pdf
    • https://www.njcourts.gov/public/covid19.html
    • All new civil jury trials have been suspended until May 31, 2020
    • Summary Judgment deadlines and Trial deadlines are extended to May 31, 2020
    • Time periods for discovery, interrogatories, document production, requests for admissions, are extended to May 10, 2020
    • Deadlines for physical or mental examinations (IMEs) as per R. 4-19 are extended to May 31, 2020
    • In computing DEDs, March 16, 2020 – May 10, 2020 is excluded due to exceptional circumstances; further extensions of DEDs may be requested based on specific circumstances of a case
    • In computing filing deadlines based on Rules/statutes, March 16, 2020 – May 10, 2020 is deemed a “legal holiday”
    • All civil arbitrations will resume on April 27, 2020 via phone/video conference initiated by arbitrator
    • Filing of Notices of Tort Claims and depositions/appearances of doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers are suspended through May 31, 2020
    • To the extent practicable, all depositions, conferences, hearings and arguments should be conducted by phone/video conference
    • Time periods for dismissal of civil cases for lack of prosecution will be tolled from March 16, 2020 – May 31, 2020
    • Special Civil Part and Small Claims calendars suspended through May 31, 2020
    • Courtesy copies of motions are only required if papers/exhibits exceed 35 pages
    • Electronic signatures on all filings are permitted
    • Requests for extension of time in individual cases, based on specific circumstances, may be submitted by letter in lieu of a formal motion
    • In recognition of the pervasive and severe effects of the COVID-19 public health crisis, the Court in any individual matter consistent with R. 1-2(a) may suspend proceedings, extend discovery or other deadlines, or otherwise accommodate the legitimate needs of parties, attorneys and others in the interests of justice

New York

 

  • State Trial Courts

 

  • Virtual Court Model for non-essential matters in effect;
  • Each court to implement its own procedures;
  • Virtual proceedings to be conducted via Skype;
  • Parties can submit stipulated discovery orders and settlements;
  • Parties can request conferences in non-essential matters (except in Queens), which requests must be unanimous among the parties (except in New York County);
  • Courts are available to entertain discovery disputes that do not require filings;
  • Procedures for Virtual Court Model/remote conferences in non-essential matters are available for the cours indicated below:

 

  • New York County

https://www.nycourts.gov/legacypdfs/courts/1jd/supctmanh/PDF/Remote-Conference-Protocol.pdf

  • Bronx County

Procedures vary by individual judge/part

  • Queens County

https://www.nycourts.gov/LegacyPDFS/COURTS/11jd/supreme/civilterm/final_bar_notice.pdf;

Skype scheduling form must be used:

https://www.nycourts.gov/LegacyPDFS/COURTS/11jd/supreme/civilterm/skype_scheduling.pdf

 

  • Nassau County

https://www.nycourts.gov/legacypdfs/courts/10jd/nassau/pdf/nassaucountyvirtualchambersprotocols.pdf;

Skype scheduling form must be used:

http://ww2.nycourts.gov/sites/default/files/document/files/2020-04/Email%20Request%20For%20Conference%20Form.pdf

 

  • Suffolk County

https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Elected-Officials/County-Clerk/Expansion-of-Nonessential-Matters

 

  • Ninth Judicial District - Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange and Duchess Counties

https://www.nycourts.gov/LegacyPDFS/courts/9jd/pdfs/Phase1_9jd_VIRTUAL_CHAMBERS_PROTOCOL_0415.pdf

 

 

 

 

  • Governor’s Executive Order EO 202.14 – 4/7/2020

www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/EO_202.14_final.pdf

  • Statutes/statutes of limitations, orders, rules and regulations, compliance with which would prevent, hinder or delay actions necessary to cope with coronavirus disaster emergency are stayed through May 7, 2020.

 

  • State Court Administrative Order – AO/85/20 – Dated April 8, 2020

https://www.nycourts.gov/whatsnew/pdf/AO-85-20.pdf

  • Continues handling of essential matters set forth in AO/78/20
  • Directs courts to develop procedures for Virtual Court model.
  • State Court Administrative Order AO 78/20 – 3/22/2020

Indefinite Suspension of all Nonessential Court Filings

http://nycourts.gov/whatsnew/pdf/AO-78-2020.pdf

No paper or electronic filing accepted except for essential proceedings – with Supreme Court locations in all county closed with the exception of essential matters

  • AO 81A/20 – 3/26/2020

https://iappscontent.courts.state.ny.us/NYSCEF/live/legislation/AO-81A-2020.pdf

  • Listing of Essential Proceedings and courts that as of 3/26/20 accept consensual/voluntary e-filing and service of documents in essential matters
  • Paper Discovery

State Court Administrative Order AO 71/20 - 3/19/2020

https://www.nycourts.gov/whatsnew/pdf/AO71-20.pdf

  • In-person appearances and travel strongly discouraged.
  • If parties cannot meet current discovery deadlines for coronavirus-related reasons, they must use best efforts to negotiate postponements for a period not to exceed 90 days.
  • State Appellate Departments

 

  • First Department

Virtual Court Operations:

https://www.nycourts.gov/courts/ad1/PDFs/AD1v2.pdf

Emergency Procedures Order: https://www.nycourts.gov/courts/ad1/PDFs/COVID-19%20EmergencyProcedures%20Mar2020.pdf

 

  • Second Department

Virtual Court Operations https://www.nycourts.gov/courts/ad2/pdf/Second_Dept_Expands_Virtual_Operations.pdf

Emergency Procedures Order

http://www.courts.state.ny.us/courts/ad2/covid-19.shtml

  • Third Department

Virtual Court Operations

http://www.courts.state.ny.us/ad3/homepage_docs/expanded%20court%20operations.pdf

  • Fourth Department

Virtual Court Operations

https://ad4.nycourts.gov/press/notices/5e9a1baf33fc538828087b9c

https://nysd.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/2020-04/courthouseoperations.asofapril13.pdf

Pennsylvania

 

  • Pennsylvania State Courts
    • Per the April 28, 2020 Order of the PA Supreme Court, the general, statewide judicial emergency is extended through June 1, 2020. However, beginning May 4, 2020, unless otherwise provided by a local emergency order, PA courts generally shall be open to conduct all court business.  All in-person access and proceedings shall be limited according to the terms set forth below, or a more restrictive order issued by a local court.
    • Directives and Exceptions for All County Courts of Common Pleas & Magisterial District Courts:
      • Deadlines/Filing
      • The statewide suspension of time calculations and deadlines provided for in the courts previous orders will end effective May 11, 2020. In all events, legal papers or pleadings (other than commencement of actions where statutes of limitations may be in issue) which are required to be filed between March 19, 2020, and May 8, 2020, generally shall be deemed to have been filed timely if they are filed by close of business on May 11, 2020
      • Existing local/county emergency orders and directives, including any provisions of these affecting time calculations or deadlines, shall remain in full force and effect until they expire or are rescinded locally. However, any declaration extending a local emergency beyond June 1, 2020, should provide supporting reasoning. 
      • Existing President Judges are granted substantial discretion in connection with the enforcement of time deadlines and are directed to ensure that the enforcement of any deadline does not create an unreasonable risk to the health or safety of court personnel, attorneys, court users, or the general public
      • Any attorney or pro se litigant who believes the enforcement of time deadlines pose a danger to health and safety may file a certification with the court for consideration. Upon receipt of such a certification, the presiding judge shall set a deadline for responses and provide a reasonable opportunity to be heard to all parties.
      • All courts shall provide for court filings by means other than in-person delivery whenever possible. Any state or local rule that impedes such alternative means of filing is suspended through June 1, 2020.
      • Conducting Discovery
      • Attorneys are encouraged to conduct depositions remotely, via telephone, videoconference, or similar means. Absent articulable and specific concerns about reliability or other relevant considerations, court reporters need not be present in the same locations as witnesses and/or counsel.
      • Depositions of and required appearances for doctors, nurses, or other healthcare professionals who are substantially involved in responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency are suspended through June 1, 2020.
      • Court Access and Jury Trials
      • Jury trials, both criminal and civil, remain suspended and will be scheduled for a date in the future by the courts. Local court leaders shall assess options for resumption of jury trials consistent with prevailing health-and-safety norms.
      • Court leaders must implement and maintain procedures that limit potential COVID-19 exposure, including restricting in-person access to court facilities.
      • Subject to constitutional limitations, any state or local rule that impedes a judge’s ability to utilize available technologies to limit in-person contact is suspended through June 1, 2020.
      • For proceedings that must be held in person, appropriate safety measures, consistent with federal and state executive guidance, should be employed. All courts are encouraged to consider deciding matters on the papers and/or to conduct proceeding through the use of advanced communication technologies, to the extent constitutional requirements can be satisfied.
      • All courts -- including magisterial district courts -- are encouraged to consider deciding matters on the papers and/or to conduct court proceedings through the use of advanced communication technologies.
    • Guidance to Legal Professionals in Pennsylvania:
      • As previously prescribed with respect to Courts of Common Pleas, the Court continues to authorize and encourage use by legal professionals of advanced communication technology to the greatest extent possible. In addition, updated guidance has been provided by the executive branch explaining that:
        • [A]lthough law offices remain generally closed and lawyers and staff should continue to perform all work remotely to the extent possible, lawyers and staff may access physical offices on a limited basis as necessary to render legal services that cannot practically be completed through the use of advanced communication technology, and which are being rendered to comply with a court directive or deadline, or to meet client needs that are critical to the client's health or safety, including, but not limited to, matters of healthcare, incompetence, incapacitation, end-of-life decision making, government benefits necessary to sustain life and access healthcare and income, or legal functions necessary for the operation of government at all levels. Any in-person activity shall be subject to the Orders of Secretary of Health providing for building safety measures (issued April 5, 2020) and business safety measures (issued April 15, 2020), including any amendments, and related Department of Health guidance.
      • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
        • http://www.pacourts.us/ujs-coronavirus-information
        • There will be no public access to the Eastern District, Middle District, and Western District Supreme Court Filing Offices through April 30, 2020.
        • Due dates for any filings in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from March 16, 2020 through April 30, 2020 are extended, and those filings will be considered timely if filed on or before May 1, 2020.

 

  • Pennsylvania Superior Court
    • http://www.pacourts.us/courts/superior-court/
    • Filings via PACFile or U.S. Mail.
    • March 17, 2020 Order:
      • Due dates for all filings due in Superior Court between March 17, 2020 and April 17, 2020 are extended by 30 days.
      • All timelines imposed by Pa. R.A.P. 903, for appeals from orders entered between March 17, 2020 and April 17, 2020, that would be subject to the Superior Court’s jurisdiction, are extended by 30 days.
      • Due dates for applications for reconsideration or reargument, as imposed by Pa.R.A.P. 5242(a), are extended by 30 days.
    • March 19, 2020 Order:
      • A10-2020 oral argument session for April 21-22, 2020 is cancelled.
      • All cases currently scheduled for oral argument on this panel are hereby submitted for disposition on briefs.
        • If party concludes oral argument is still warranted, counsel shall file Application for Continuance to the next available oral argument panel in Philadelphia.
        • Parties have up to and until April 17, 2020 to request oral argument at a later date.
      • March 19, 2020 Order:
        • All cases on Panel A08/20 are submitted for disposition on brief.
        • All cases currently scheduled for oral argument are hereby submitted for disposition on briefs.
          • Parties can file Application for Continuance to the next available oral argument panel in Philadelphia as stated above.
        • Superior court filings must be made
      • March 23, 2020 Order:
        • Superior Court’s Miscellaneous Docket is open for filing praecipes for writs of summons that potential litigants are unable to file in appropriate court of common pleas in any of the districts in the Commonwealth.
        • Superior Court’s Miscellaneous Docket is open ONLY to such praecipes involving claims that are subject to expirations of the SOL.
        • Any such Praecipe shall be filed in the appropriate Superior Court District Office: Eastern, Middle, or Western.
      • April 3, 2020 Orders:
        • Oral Argument sessions before the Superior Court scheduled for the following panels/dates are cancelled: Panel A11-20 scheduled for May 5-6, 2020 at the Lackawanna County Courthouse; Panel A12-20 scheduled for May 5-6, 2020 in Pittsburgh; and Panel A13-20 scheduled for May 19-21, 2020.
        • All cases currently scheduled for oral argument on the above panels are now submitted for disposition on their briefs.
        • If a party concludes that a compelling reason requires oral argument, counsel shall file an Application for continuance specifying the compelling reasons in order to have the case scheduled for the next available oral argument panel. The Application for Continuance should be filed at the party’s earliest conveniences, but no later than May 7, 2020.
        • In light of the temporary closure of the public counters at the Superior Court Prothonotary offices, filings must be made via PACFile or by U.S. Mail.
      • April 21 Order:
        • Superior Court will commence hearing oral arguments by telephone conference on April 30th and May 1, 2020, in a limited number of cases previously ordered to be submitted on brief.
          • Cases: April 30, 10 am – O.G. v. A.B., J-A11040-20, 1952 MDA 2019, before Panel A-11
          • April 30, 2p.m. – Reis v. Reis, J-A08036-20, 3075 EDA 2019, before Panel A-08
          • Accessible to news media and public via links that will be published.
  • Pennsylvania County Courts of Common Pleas
  • Bucks County Court of Common Pleas (7th Judicial District)
    • http://www.buckscounty.org/Courts/CommonPleas
    • April 14 - Bucks County - Order Extending through May 15
    • April 27 - Bucks County - Order Extending through May 31
    • Court directs all parties, particularly members of the bar, to act in good-faith throughout COVID-19 emergency, to extend all reasonable courtesies and to refrain from using the emergency for any advantage either in the discovery process or litigation generally.
    • Court is closed to the public, except for essential functions, until at least May 31, 2020.
    • All civil trials are continued generally. No civil jury trials will be held prior to August 3, 2020.
    • All civil arbitrations are continued. Cases will be listed for a future date.
    • All civil action hearings shall be continued to a date after May 31, 2020.
    • All time calculations for purposes of time computation relevant to court cases or other judicial business, as well as deadlines, are suspended through May 31, 2020. Any legal papers or pleadings which are required to be filed between March 19, 2020 and May 31, 2020, shall be deemed timely filed if filed by June 1, 2020.
    • Clarification offered by Court: Civil pre-trial practice, including discovery, shall continue during judicial emergency in a matter consistent with government suggested and mandated social distancing guidelines. This direction includes, but it not limited to, filing of pre-trial motions, petitions and stipulations through Prothonotary’s e-filing or by mail, promulgation of written discovery requests, noticing and service of 3rd party subpoenas for documents and/or testimony, and scheduling depositions, which are encouraged to be conducted via any available and agreed upon telecommunication technology during periods in which the social distancing guidelines are operative. However, parties and counsel shall suspend any deposition or other required appearance of any healthcare professional during the COVID-19 emergency at the request of the subject healthcare professional.
  • Chester County Court of Common Pleas (15th Judicial District)
    • https://www.chesco.org/1333/County-Court-of-Common-Pleas
    • April 2 - Chester County - Order RE Access and Functions - Extending Through April 30
    • April 17 - Chester County - Order Extending Closures through May 31
    • All Chester County courts of common pleas and magisterial district courts generally will be closed to the public for non-essential functions through May 31, 2020.
    • All court calendars, scheduling notices, subpoenas or other court orders compelling the appearance of any attorney, litigant, or other participant in any non-essential case are hereby continued or postponed through May 31, 2020.
    • All civil jury trials and civil arbitration hearings are cancelled and suspended through May 31, 2020, and shall be rescheduled for a future date.
    • There is no specific suspension of deadlines or time calculations in any of the Chester County Emergency Court Orders – therefore, the extension of deadlines and time calculations is presumed to be through May 11, 2020, ONLY (per PA Supreme Court Order).
    • Unless otherwise required, or the assigned judge determines that such matters may be conducted through the use of advanced communication technology, any hearings or other in-person appearances, including but not limited to pretrial conferences, case management conferences, status conferences, diversionary programs, discovery motions practice, motions practice or other hearings, whether civil or criminal, are postponed through May 31, 2020. In accordance with the assigned judges' authority, the assigned judge may handle any non­essential matter he or she deems appropriate, provided judicial personnel, attorneys and other individuals can and do act in conformity with orders issued by the Governor, and that persons, not otherwise permitted to enter the Chester County Justice Center, participate in such matters remotely by advanced communication technology.
    • Each Magisterial District judge may handle any non-essential matter he or she deems appropriate, provided judicial personnel, attorneys and other individuals can and do act in conformity with orders issued by the Governor, and that persons, not otherwise permitted to enter the magisterial district court, participate in such matters remotely by advanced communication technology.
    • The Prothonotary’s office is closed, but there is no indication that electronic filings are affected.
  • Delaware County Court of Common Pleas (32nd Judicial District)
    • https://www.delcopa.gov/courts/index.html
    • April 7 - Delaware County - Order Extending Through April 30
    • April 28 - Delaware County - Order Extending Through June 1
    • All civil jury trials are cancelled up through and including June 1, 2020.
    • All calculations for purposes of time computation relevant to court cases or other judicial business, as well as time deadlines, are suspended through and including June 1, 2020, subject to applicable constitutional restrictions.
    • All civil arbitration hearings scheduled between March 18, 2020 and June 1, 2020 are continued and shall be rescheduled by Civil Court Administrator’s office no less than 90 days and no more than 120 days subsequent to June 1, 2020.
    • All civil pretrial conferences listed until June 1, 2020 shall be held via video conferencing and/or telephonically or continued by assigned judge to a subsequent date where pretrial conference can be conducted by all involved through technological means.
    • All civil bench trials and/or hearings otherwise previously scheduled by an unassigned judge and set between present through June 1, 2020 are continued and to be rescheduled by the designated judge, unless the judge deems it appropriate to proceed with the hearing through means of advanced communication technology.
    • All cases currently scheduled for conciliator mediation conferences before the Honorable Charles B. Burr, II (retired) between the present and June 1, 2020 are continued and will be relisted no less than 60 days and no more than 120 days subsequent, consistent with Judge Burr’s calendar. As Judge Burr’s calendar allows, conciliatory mediation conferences may be conducted via telephone, and if so, all involved counsel are directed to meaningfully participate.
    • E-filing for civil filings remains operational.
  • Elk County Court of Common Pleas (59th Judicial District)
    • http://www.co.elk.pa.us/index.php/government/court-information
    • April 3 - Elk County - Order Extending through April 30
    • April 30 - Elk County - Order Extending through June 1, Courts Open
    • Beginning May 4, 2020 at 8:00 a.m., all court facilities shall be open to conduct all court business, subject to the conditions below.
    • There is no specific suspension of deadlines or time calculations in any of the Elk County Emergency Court Orders – therefore, the extension of deadlines and time calculations is presumed to be through May 11, 2020, ONLY (per PA Supreme Court Order).
    • Any person entering a court facility in the 59th Judicial District shall be required to wear an appropriate face mask or covering that adequately covers an individual's mouth and nose, and shall maintain proper social distancing from other individuals of at least 6 feet.
    • The manner in which court proceedings, which includes meetings, conference, hearings, arguments and any other proceeding before the Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial District Courts, to be conducted beginning May 4, 2020 shall be as follows:
      • Advanced communication technology participation shall be the primary and preferred method of conducting court proceedings, to the extent possible.
      • In-person participation shall be the secondary method of conducting court proceedings. In-person presence at a court facility on or after May 4, 2020 should be minimized and should be a last resort or option for a person unless such in-person presence is absolutely essential and critical after considering all alternative methods of conducting personal business at a court facility
    • For any of the filing methods listed below, attorneys and any party filing legal documents must confirm in advance by telephone call with the filing office the necessary filing fee that must accompany any filing with the filing office:
      • The primary method of filing legal documents in non-essential judicial functions and/or proceedings that are presently pending or that are initiated between March 20, 2020 and June 1, 2020 is to be done by United States Postal Service to the filing office mailing address.
      • Secondary method of legal documents to be filed may occur by way of limited access to an established drop box area for each filing office immediately inside the respective courthouses and magisterial district judge offices. This manner of filing is available only during normal business hours for the courthouse and filing office.
      • Direct in-person filing between through April 30, 2020 should be limited to extreme, exceptional and extraordinary circumstances. Direct in-person filing in a filing office may be permitted provided the elected official of the filing office provides prior approval by telephone to such person for direct in-person filing to occur. This manner of filing is available only during normal business hours for the courthouse and filing office.
  • Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas (45th Judicial District)
    • https://www.lackawannacounty.org/index.php/departmentsagencies/courts-and-judiciary/court-of-common-pleas
    • April 1 - Lackawanna County - Extending Order Through April 30
    • April 20 - Lackawanna County - Order Extending Closures through May 31
    • Court calendars may be modified by the individual judges or the Court Administrator with appropriate notice to the parties who shall also have the authority to suspend or cancel jury or non-jury.
    • Time calculations for the purposes of time computation within this Judicial District for the filing of documents with the court or taking other judicially mandated action are suspended up to and including May 31, 2020. *Note that state rules addressing time calculations and deadlines are not indicated. Therefore, any extension of time calculations/deadlines per the PA Rules of Civil Procedure is presumed to be through May 11, 2020, ONLY (per PA Supreme Court Order).
    • The use of advance communication technology is included to permit the conduct of Court proceedings.
    • All Civil and Discovery Motions which would typically be presented in Motion Court are to be electronically submitted to the Court Administrator's Office in care of Jeff McLane at mclanej@lackawannacounty.org in PDF format. Each submission shall state if the motion is stipulated to or consented, where applicable. Pursuant to Lackawanna County Motion Practice, all notice requirements remain in effect, and each Motion shall include a certificate of service upon Jeff McLane, and list email addresses and phone number for all counsel or parties.  Once the Motion has been reviewed and signed by the Court, original Orders to existing dockets will be time stamped with the Clerk of Judicial Records' Office, with a time stamped copy returned to the presenter electronically or by mail. Any Motion which will originate a new docket will be available for pickup in the respective Court Administrator's Office.  Any emergency Motion and/or Orders that require Judicial review shall follow the same process, with Court Administration forwarding to the appropriate Motion Court Judge for their review.
    • At the discretion of the Magisterial District judges, all non-essential hearings shall be continued until at least May 31, 2020.
  • Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas (2nd Judicial District)
    • https://www.court.co.lancaster.pa.us/
    • April 1 - Lancaster County - Order Extending Through April 30
    • April 24 - Lancaster County - Order Extending Through May 31
    • Until further Order of Court, the Lancaster County Courthouse and Magisterial District Courts (with limited exceptions) are closed to public.
    • Civil jury trials scheduled for June 2020 shall be rescheduled by the presiding judge. Civil nonjury trials may be scheduled with permission of the President Judge.
    • Arbitration hearings are suspended until further Order of Court.
    • Discovery motions suspended pending further Order of Court.
    • All previously scheduled motions, hearings, and/or oral arguments are suspended until further Order of Court.
    • In any case assigned to a specific judge, all current proceedings are suspended until further Order from the assigned judge.
    • Any legal papers or pleadings which were required to be filed between March 18, 2020 and April 30, 2020 shall be deemed timely filed if they are filed within 60 days of the original filing date. Any such legal papers or pleadings required to be filed between May 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020 shall be deemed timely filed if they are filed within 30 days of the original filing deadline.  Further extensions of time may be granted by an appellate court, presiding judge, stipulation of the parties, or by Administrative Order.
    • The presiding judge in a matter may proceed with conducting court proceedings by advanced communication technology. When a court reporter or other approved form of recording court proceedings is unavailable, alternative forms of recording shall be permitted.
    • Alternative methods of signing, delivery, and service of court documents and orders shall be permitted. This includes, but is not limited to, facsimile signatures, electronic signatures, proxy signatures, and designated court employees authorized to sign on behalf of a judge after the judge has reviewed and approved the document.
  • Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas (31st Judicial District)
    • https://www.lccpa.org/
    • April 21 - Lehigh County – Order Extending through May 31
    • Courthouse closed to the public until May 31, 2020 (with exceptions for PFAU, Posting Bail, Emergency Petition for Child Custody or Guardianship)
    • Arbitrations, jury trials, and non-jury trials are continued through and including May 31, 2020, to a new date to be determined.
    • Motions, hearings, arguments, and conferences (status, pre-trial, and settlement) are continued through and including May 31, 2020, to a new date to be determined.
    • Emergency civil matters (e.g. injunctions, stays, and matters relating to public health involving immediate and irreparable harm) will be scheduled in the normal course.
    • Magisterial District Judge civil hearings are continued through and including May 31, 2020, to a new date to be determined.
    • Each judicial office may conduct business, including court proceedings, by telephone, videoconferencing, closed circuit television, facsimile, scanning, e-filing, or other advanced communication technology as it determines to be appropriate and feasible.
    • Time calculations for purposes of time computation relevant to curt cases and other judicial business, as well as time deadlines, are suspended. Any legal papers, pleadings, motions, or petitions, including original services, to be filed between March 17, 2020 and May 31, 2020, shall be deemed timely filed if they are filed by June 22, 2020, or on a later date as permitted by court order subject to constitutional restrictions, statute of limitations, or appellate court direction.
    • All proceedings, including preliminary objections, motions for judgment on the pleadings, discovery and post-trial motions, in all civil cases in which a party is a healthcare professional, para-professional, or institution directly providing screening, diagnosis, treatment or care for anyone suspected of having or having COVID-19 are stayed through May 31, 2020, provided however, the aforesaid stay may be lifted on a case by case basis upon application and a showing of prejudice more than mere delay.
  • Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas (11th Judicial District)
    • https://www.luzernecounty.org/AlertCenter.aspx?CID=1
    • April 2 - Luzerne County - Order Extending Through April 30
    • All proceedings, including jury trials and arbitration hearings, through April 30, 2020 are postponed to a later date, which will be determined by further Order of Court. Judges will review their individual calendars and whenever possible conduct necessary proceedings and/or conferences telephonically. 
    • Motions Court is suspended through April 30, 2020. The Court will entertain emergency motions only. Counsel should contact Court Administration at 570-825-1655 to fax or email emergency motions to be reviewed by a Judge to determine whether or not the emergency Motion will be addressed.
    • E-filing is available and encouraged for all civil filings; however, if necessary, in-person civil filings for Prothonotary can be made between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the Sheriff’s Department.
    • There is no specific suspension of deadlines or time calculations in any of the Luzerne County Emergency Court Orders – therefore, the extension of deadlines and time calculations is presumed to be through May 11, 2020, ONLY (per PA Supreme Court Order).
  • Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas (38th Judicial District)
    • https://www.montcopa.org/285/County-Courts
    • March 31 - Montgomery County - Order Outlining Closures, Extensions, and Procedures
    • April 14 - Montgomery County - Order Extending Closures and Extensions through May 31
    • All jury and non-jury trials, hearings, conferences, court calendars, appearances, scheduling notices, and subpoenas previously issued by the Court scheduled through May 31, 2020 are cancelled until further notice.
    • All court orders and Local Rules that address time requirements, time limitations, or filing deadlines are tolled until further notice. *Note that state rules addressing time calculations and deadlines are not indicated.  Therefore, any extension of time calculations/deadlines per the PA Rules of Civil Procedure is presumed to be through May 11, 2020, ONLY (per PA Supreme Court Order).
    • Local Civil Rule 4012 regarding place of taking depositions is suspended through May 31, 2020.
    • Non-emergency electronic filings will be accepted; however, the Filing Offices will remain closed to the public until further notice, except to process any filings related to emergency matters, only.
    • The Court will continue with limited operations for essential matters only in the Montgomery County Courthouse, Norristown. The hours of operation for the Common Pleas Court will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    • Magisterial District Courts in Montgomery County are closed to the public until further notice.

 

  • Northampton County Court of Common Pleas (3rd Judicial District)
    • https://www.nccpa.org/COVID-19
    • April 17 - Northampton County – Judicial Emergency declared through May 31, 2020.
    • Northampton County Court of Common Pleas will be closed to the public through May 31, 2020, except for essential services.
    • Time calculations for purposes of time computation relevant to Northampton County local rules are suspended from April 14, 2020 to May 31, 2020. *Note that state rules addressing time calculations and deadlines are not indicated. Therefore, any extension of time calculations/deadlines per the PA Rules of Civil Procedure is presumed to be through May 11, 2020, ONLY (per PA Supreme Court Order).
    • Until May 31, 2020, all cases previously assigned to any judges in the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas shall be reassigned to the President Judge.
    • Unless otherwise ordered by the President Judge, judges in the Northampton CCP shall not conduct any of the proceedings set forth below, and shall not conduct any type of hearing or proceeding which requires parties or attorneys to appear in court.
    • The following are suspended through May 31, 2020:
      • Civil Jury Trials for May 11, 2020
      • Civil Non-Jury Trials for April 27, 2020
      • Civil Magisterial District Court trials
      • Call of the Civil jury trial list for April 29, 2020
      • Motions Court
      • Civil Arbitrations
    • Civil jury trials previously scheduled for April 13, 2020 are continued to August 24, 2020.
    • Civil jury trials previously scheduled for May 11, 2020 are continued to September 21, 2020.
    • Civil non-jury trial scheduled for week of April 27, 2020 are continued to week of June 1, 2020.
    • Asbestos pretrial conferences previously scheduled for April 1, 2020 are continued until June 24, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. Asbestos pretrial conferences scheduled for April 29, 2020 are continued until July 22, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.
    • Argument Court for April 21, 2020 and May 26, 2020 is cancelled and cases will be decided based upon the submitted legal briefs. Attorneys or parties who wish to present oral argument shall contact the assigned judge’s chambers and schedule oral argument. Oral argument may only be conducted via two-way simultaneous audio-visual communication with the assigned judge using the Polycom RealPresence app or Skype for Business procedures set forth in Section II of Administrative Order dated April 17, 2020.
    • Beginning on May 6, 2020, attorneys and parties may schedule miscellaneous hearings for May 6, 2020, May 13, 2020, May 20, 2020, and May 27, 2020. A party or attorney shall email a .pdf copy of a praecipe for a miscellaneous hearing, together with the respective motion or petition, and all proposed exhibits to the Office of Court Administration (jgreene@nccpa.org) and to the opposing counsel or party at least 7 days prior to the miscellaneous hearing date. The President Judge will schedule the hearing and assign it to a CCP judge.  The hearings will be conducted via Polycom or Skype for Business, and the parties must be available 30 minutes before after the scheduled hearing time.
    • All uncontested motions and agreed-upon, stipulated orders may be submitted by email to the Office of Court Administration (jgreene@nccpa.org) and will be signed by the President Judge and filed by the Office of Court Administration
    • Any party who must present a contested motion or petition to the court prior to May 6, 2020 must:
      • email a PDF copy of the motion and memorandum of law in accordance with Local Rule N210 to the Office of Court Administration (jgreene@nccpa.org);
      • serve the motion and memo of law on opposing counsel/party by email, by first class mail, and by certified mail, return receipt requested, restricted delivery, with a statement to the opposing party and attorney that the opposing party and attorney must, within 5 days of receipt, email a PDF copy of the motion and memo of law in accordance with Local Rule N210 to the Office of Court Administration (jgreene@nccpa.org); and
      • if the motion or petition requires testimony, the parties shall arrange for depositions and submit a PDF copy of the depositions to the Office of Court Administration (jgreene@nccpa.org).
    • All Magisterial District Courts are closed to the public until May 31, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.
    • See April 17 Order for more specific guidelines that may be relevant to your case.
  • Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas (1st Judicial District)
    • https://www.courts.phila.gov/covid-19/
    • April 1 - Philadelphia County - Order (Continuation of Judicial Emergency until 5/1/20)
    • April 8 - Philadelphia County - Order RE Civil Litigation
    • April 14 - Philadelphia County - Notice to Bar Postponing Civil Trials and Arbitrations Scheduled Through May 29
    • April 14 - Philadelphia County - Notice to Bar Postponing Court Events Scheduled Through May 1
    • April 22 - Philadelphia County - Order Extending Closures through May 29
    • All Philadelphia courts and related offices are closed through May 29, 2020, unless otherwise ordered.
    • Per the April 15 Notice to the Phila. Bar, all civil jury trials and compulsory arbitration hearings currently scheduled through May 29, 2020, are postponed and will be rescheduled by the Court. Per the April 16 Notice to the Phila. Bar, all civil trials, currently scheduled for a trial date certain on Monday, June 1, 2020, are postponed and will be rescheduled by the Court.
    • All civil court events scheduled for a date and time certain through Friday, May 29, 2020, are postponed, including, but not limited to Discovery Lists, Status Conferences, Hearings, Pre-Trial Conferences, Oral Arguments, and Conciliation Conferences that appear on the official court docket of any case assigned to the Jury, Non-Jury, Commerce, Mass Tort, Motions, Foreclosure, Sequestration, or other Civil Program. All such events will be rescheduled by the Court.
    • Per the April 30 Notice to the Phila. Bar, all civil Case Management Conferences are waived in any civil case previously scheduled for a case management conference, between Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and Monday, June 1, 2020, but postponed as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) judicial emergency. In lieu of the case management conference, the Civil Case Managers will review the electronic court record, civil docket and case management memoranda and, based upon the presumptive case management track (which is determined by the court type, case type, number of parties and nature and complexity of the case) shall issue a Case Management Order assigning the case to either the Expedited, Standard or Complex case management track. If not already filed, Counsel shall file their case management memoranda no later than Monday, May 11, 2020.  The resulting Case Management Order will be docketed and issued to all counsel of record and unrepresented parties by electronic means or through the United States Postal Service, regular mail.
    • Per the April 28 Notice to the Phila. Bar, all civil matters previously listed for a Settlement Conference but postponed as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) judicial emergency, will be relisted for a Settlement Conference before a Judge Pro Tempore who has the ability and necessary technology to conduct audio and video conferences remotely utilizing Zoom or similar virtual conferencing software. Upon appointment, the Judge Pro Tempore will expeditiously contact all counsel of record, schedule, coordinate and host the virtual Settlement Conference.  Settlement Conference Memoranda must be electronically filed with the court and electronically delivered to the Judge Pro Tempore and counsel of record at least five (5) days prior to the date of the virtual conference.  Should counsel appear unprepared or fail to negotiate in good faith at the settlement conference, the JPT may issue a Rule to Show Cause before the Judicial Team Leader who will address the failure to appropriately participate in the virtual settlement conference.
    • Per Court Administrative Order No. 10, which is extended through May 29, 2020 by the April 22 Order, all time calculations for the purposes of time computation relevant to all civil filings and time deadlines are suspended through May 29, 2020. All writs of summons filed to initiate an action received through the E-filing System will be deemed docketed on the day the acknowledgement of receipt is sent via email.
    • The electronic filing system is open for the filing and docketing of all legal papers.
    • To the extent practicable parties shall engage in discovery consistent with governing scheduling orders. This includes all forms of discovery practice including depositions. No party shall use the current health crisis for advantage in the discovery process.
    • To the extent practicable, depositions should be conducted remotely through telephone, videoconference, or similar technology. Court reporters need not be present in the same location as witnesses and/or counsel, consistent with Governor Wolf’s Order dated March 21, 2020.
    • Depositions of and required appearances for doctors, nurses, or other healthcare professionals who are substantially involved in responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency are suspended.
    • Alternative methods of signing, delivery and service of court orders shall be permitted if authorized by each individual judge. This includes, but is not limited to, electronic signatures captured by image technology, facsimile signatures, proxy signatures and designated court employees authorized to sign on behalf of a judge after the judge has reviewed and approved the document for signature.
  • Pike County Court of Common Pleas (60th Judicial District)
    • http://court.pikepa.org/news.html
    • April 2 - Pike County - Administrative Order
    • Any civil hearing scheduled through April 30, 2020 is continued, and will be rescheduled by further Order of Court.
    • The Court of Common Pleas is available and open for essential proceedings only.
    • Any motions, petitions, or other legal documents are to be filed with the Prothonotary/Clerk of Court by United States mail through April 30, 2020. The Court will accept limited filings of motions or petitions regarding pending court cases or emergency filings in new court cases through e-mail transmission to the Court Administrator, but only after obtaining prior consent to do so through the Court Administrator who can be reached at 570-296-3556.  In-person filings at the Pike County Courthouse are prohibited through April 30, 2020.
    • All non-essential cases pending on the Magisterial District Court docket from through April 30, 2020 are continued until further Order of the Court.
    • There is no specific suspension of deadlines or time calculations in any of the Pike County Emergency Court Orders – therefore, the extension of deadlines and time calculations is presumed to be through May 11, 2020, ONLY (per PA Supreme Court Order).
  • S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • http://www.pacourts.us/ujs-coronavirus-information
    • April 10 - EDPA - Supplemental Order Extending Through May 31
    • All civil trials and arbitration hearings through May 31, 2020 are continued pending further court order.
    • The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will remain open for business, but access to EDPA courthouses and other EDPA Court locations will be limited to judges, Court personnel, and persons attending court proceedings or having other official business with the Court.
    • The Court’s Electronic Case Filing (ECF) system is not affected by the closure, and all registered users of the CM/ECF system are required to electronically file any case-related documents that can be filed electronically through the CM/ECF system, including Notices of Removal, Amended Complaints and Third-Party Complaints. The restrictions set forth in Local Civil Rule 5.1.2, subsection 2(b), stating that initial papers in civil cases cannot be electronically filed by counsel are suspended.
    • Any document that cannot be electronically filed should be emailed in PDF format to the following address: paed_documents@paed.uscourts.gov, indicating the case number and the title of the document or pleading in the subject line. 
    • Procedural rules concerning the form and content of filings are still in effect.
    • Electronic filers should not submit a paper courtesy copy of any document that has been either electronically filed or emailed to an EDPA Clerk’s Office email address for filing. Courtesy copies should not be submitted to judicial chambers or to the Clerk’s Office. This temporary restriction will continue until further notice from the Court.
    • For Paper Filings:
      • The Clerk’s Office in the Edward N. Cahn U.S. Courthouse in Allentown will be closed until further notice. No paper filings will be accepted at the Cahn Courthouse. Paper filings can be mailed to the Philadelphia Clerk’s Office where they will be processed on a limited schedule as described below.
      • The Clerk’s Office in the James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia will remain open and operational, but public access to the Clerk’s Office will be restricted.
      • Paper filings are strongly discouraged at this time. When necessary, paper filings, including sealed filings, should be left in the drop box in the lobby of the James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia. Sealed filings should be clearly marked as such. All payments should also be left in the drop box in the lobby of the Byrne Courthouse. Payments must be by check payable to “Clerk, USDC.” No cash will be accepted.
      • Due to current circumstances there may be delays in processing paper filings received through the drop box.
      • Clerk’s Office staff will be working mostly remotely but will be retrieving voicemail and responding to messages. When leaving a voicemail message, please supply an email address when possible. Mail and other deliveries will be received and processed on a limited schedule. However, paper filings and payments will not be accepted in person in the Clerk’s Office until further notice. For a directory of Clerk’s Office employees, please see: EDPA Court Directory
    • Filers with an emergency matter should inform the Clerk’s Office by emailing PAED_DOCUMENTS@PAED.USCOURTS.GOV and by calling one of these numbers: (215) 597-0374 or toll-free at (800) 525-5726 or (877) 437-7411.
      • In the email, filers should (1) indicate in the subject line the type of pleading and nature of relief sought; (2) include all relevant telephone and email contact information; and (3) attach a PDF version of the filing to the email.
      • Filers who send their pleading via email should NOT place a paper copy of the filing in the drop box unless their individual circumstances require the time stamp. If you believe you need to use the time stamp and the drop box please note in your email that a paper copy of the filing was placed in the drop box. Filers who are unable to provide their pleading as a PDF via email should use the time stamp and the drop box. If it is an emergency matter, notify the Clerk’s Office by calling one of the phone numbers listed above.
  • S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
    • https://www.pamd.uscourts.gov/
    • The Scranton divisional office has reopened as of March 30, 2020.
    • The Harrisburg divisional office has reopened as of March 24, 2020.
    • April 8 - Middle District of PA - Order Extending through May 31, 2020 : IN RE: General Continuance of Hearings and Proceedings Due to Public Health Concerns. The findings and directives of General Order 20-01, dated March 13, 2020, as supplemented on March 18, 2020 (see 20-01 (Supp.)), are hereby extended through May 31, 2020.
    • March 13, 2020 General Order No. 20-01:
      • All hearings and proceedings in all civil matters within 60 days of this order that would involve the physical presence of counsel or any party or individual before the Court are continued.
        • Exceptions, in relevant part, include the following: proceeding is conducted by video or audio teleconference with approval of the Court; or exigent circumstances.
      • Standing Order No. 20-14:
        • Members of the Court, visitors to the court (public, attorneys, litigants…) are required to wear a mask or face covering when in the common or public areas of the courthouse.
        • Any person seeking entry without a mask shall be delayed by Court Security Officers, who will inquire as to the office the person is visiting and purpose. Court Security or visitor shall then contact the office to determine whether the business needs can be handles other than by entry into building.

 

 

Rhode Island

  • Rhode Island State Courts
    • https://www.courts.ri.gov/PDF/EO.2020.09.Extension%20of%20Emergency%20Provisions.pdf
    • The Courthouses in Newport County and Washington County are closed. Any essential matter scheduled to be heard will be rescheduled to either Kent County or Providence County.
    • All trials scheduled on or before May 17, 2020, will be postponed and rescheduled.
    • All non-essential matters, including most motion hearings and conferences, are postponed. Some of these matters, however, may be heard remotely at the discretion of the presiding judge.
    • Statute of limitations are not tolled as complaints and pleadings can be filed electronically.
    • Clerk’s offices remain open and e-filing is encouraged.
    • These measures will remain in place through May 17, 2020, or until a new order is issued.
  • S. District Court District of Rhode Island
    • https://www.rid.uscourts.gov/news/general-order-regarding-continuity-operations-during-coronavirus-pandemic
    • The Courthouses will be closed for the next several months. The situation will be reassessed in August to determine whether a re-opening can be done in a safe and effective manner.   
    • The Court remains fully operational electronically and is still accepting filings.
    • Until the Courthouses re-open most functions, including conferences and hearings, will proceed telephonically or via Zoom.
    • All jury trials are suspended until further notice.
    • No end date – the Court will review the order periodically to determine when conditions should be changed.

 

Virginia

 

  • Virginia State Courts
    • Virginia Supreme Court Guidance
      • http://www.vacourts.gov/news/items/covid/2020_0422_scv_order_extending_declaration_of_judicial_emergency.pdf
      • All non-emergency matters, including trials, scheduled on or before May 17, 2020 are cancelled and will be rescheduled
      • All filing deadlines, time schedules, or statute of limitations that would otherwise run will be tolled during the duration of this order (currently until May 17, 2020);
      • Courtroom attendance limited to parties, attorneys, and necessary witnesses;
      • The issue with the clerk’s offices is not as clear. The Supreme Court requires e-filing, where available, but many jurisdictions in Virginia do not have an e-filing systems.  Most, if not all, Virginia clerk’s offices continue to operate with a limited staff, but inquiry should be made to the individual court to determine if they are still accepting filings. Also, note the courts that have moved to a drop-box system.

 

  • Fairfax County Circuit Court:
    • https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/circuit/sites/circuit/files/assets/documents/pdf/circuit-court-covid-19-procedures-3-16-20.pdf
    • This Court has adopted the Supreme Court’s Order, which continued all non-emergency matters, including trials, scheduled on or before May 17, 2020. These matters will have to be rescheduled.
    • All filing deadlines, time schedules, or statute of limitations that would otherwise run will be tolled during the duration of this order (currently until May 17, 2020);
    • This Court has not updated its own order to reflect the new dates in the Supreme Court’s Order. It is anticipated that this court will extend any dates to comply with the Supreme Court’s order. The following are from the Fairfax County Circuit Court Order:
      • All civil bench trials scheduled between March 17, 2020 and April 17, 2020 are suspended. These cases will be set for status/term day on May 26, 2020 at 10:00am., unless the parties agree to appear telephonically and set a new trial date in calendar control.
      • All civil jury trials are suspended between March 17, 2020 and April 17, 2020 are suspended. These cases will be set for status/term day on May 26, 2020 at 10:00am., unless the parties agree to appear telephonically and set a new trial date in calendar control.
      • All Friday Motions Practice are suspended through May 1, 2020, except those emergency matters set by calendar control order.
      • The Court has established a protocol to submit motions to be heard without oral argument. That protocol can be found here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/circuit/procedures-to-waive-oral-argument
      • All calendar control matters are to be heard telephonically.
      • The current civil term day docket is continued to May 26, 2020.
      • See Court’s Memorandum here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/circuit/sites/circuit/files/assets/documents/pdf/circuit-court-covid-19-procedures-3-16-20.pdf
      • This court does not have e-file capability and they do not appear to have drop-boxes available. The court’s website states that the court remains open, but recommends not coming to the courthouse unless you’re required to do so.

 

  • Fairfax County General District Court
    • https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/generaldistrict/coronavirus
    • It is anticipated the General District Court will adopt the recently updated guidelines issued by the Supreme Court, but no formal announcement has been made. However, the clerk of court confirmed that all matters on the docket through May 17, 2020 are continued.
    • Currently, the General District Court website state that they will not be holding regular court hearings through May 17, 2020, except for the following:
      • 8:30a.m. Bond Motions.
      • 8:30a.m. Video Advisements
      • 9:30a.m. Emergency Motions
      • 9:30a.m. Information on Attorney Court.
      • 9:30a.m. and 10:30a.m. Arraignment Court
      • 10:45a.m. Mental Health Specialty Docket
      • 1:30p.m. Protective Order Court

 

  • Arlington County Circuit Court:
    • https://arlingtonva.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2020/04/COVID-19-Civil-Cases-4-8-2020.pdf
    • All cases currently on the Court’s docket through June 10, 2020 are continued. See the above link for the Court’s instruction regarding new status dates, rescheduling, etc.
    • The following are other relevant excerpts from this court’s most recent order:
      • All pre-trial conferences on the docket through June 10, 2020 are removed and will need to be rescheduled.
      • Term Day of May 4, 2020 is continued and consolidated with the Term Day set on July 6, 2020.
      • The Court will be available to hear Friday motions on Fridays during May 2020 and the first week of June 2020 by telephone conference arranged by counsel by including in the motion the call-in number and access code for the Court with a courtesy copy emailed to copy@arlingtonva.us, with said motion filed within the time frame required under 17th Cir. R. P. found on the website of the Clerk of the Circuit Court
      • Emergency motions properly detailed may be filed in accordance with the 17th R.P. with a copy to chambers via email cct12.copy@arlingtonva.us. The Court will determine whether to docket the matter.
      • Telephonic appearances are permitted by filing a pleading requesting the same, with a copy to Chambers via email copy@arlingtonva.us. Counsel will be responsible for coordinating conference or multi-party communications and counsel’s written request must include the call-in number for the courtroom clerk to contact counsel at the start of the hearing.
      • Should a party believe any matter must be heard by the Court prior to May 17, 2020, the emergency motion procedure should be followed.
      • E-filing. All parties are encouraged to use the e-filing system in place by the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Otherwise, parties are encouraged to mail in any filings.

 

  • Arlington County General District Court:
    • https://arlingtonva.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2020/03/All-Orders-to-Date-March-31-2020.pdf
    • The General District Court has not issued an updated order to reflect the Supreme Court’s April 22, 2020 order. However, the clerk’s office advised that all matters on the docket through May 17, 2020, absent select emergency matters, will be removed from the docket.
    • If a matter is continued during this time period, the parties should contact the clerk of court to reschedule. Otherwise, the court will set the matter for a new status date and it will be the responsibility of the parties to ascertain the new date set by the court.
    • Tolling deadlines are extended to May 17, 2020.
    • The hours of operation during which the Office of the Clerk of the General District Court will be open to the public will be 8:00a.m., through 12:00p.m., Monday through Friday.
    • All authorized service of process are suspended until May 17, 2020.
    • All deadlines and time schedules requiring that service of process be effectuated within a prescribed period of time by any applicable statute, rule, or court order are tolled until May 17, 2020.
    • E-filing. All parties are encouraged to use the e-filing system in place by the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Otherwise, parties are encouraged to mail in any filings.

 

  • Loudoun County Circuit Court:
    • https://www.loudoun.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=5593
    • https://lfportal.loudoun.gov/LFPortalInternet/0/edoc/414363/COVID-19%20April%2023,%202020%20Order%20Extending%20Contingency%20or%20Action%20Plan%20Twentieth%20Judicial%20Circuit%20Court%20Ordered%20Procedures.pdf
    • All civil matters on the Court’s docket through May 17, 2020 are removed from the docket and docketed for tracking, as follows:
      • All matters previously set, or currently set, during the Judicial Emergency period of March 16, 2020 through May 17, 2020 are removed from the Court’s docket and witnesses are released from subpoena. These cases are reset to the Court’s docket of June 5, 2020, at 9:00am for status or to be set for hearing.
      • Emergency motions properly detailed may be filed with the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office with a copy to chambers via email to bain@loudoun.gov. The Court will determine whether to docket the matter.
      • No praecipes for civil motions may be docketed until June 5, 2020, or any civil motions day thereafter.
    • Judges shall exercise their discretion as necessary in determining whether the matter is urgent and must be heard without delay in order to protect important liberty and constitutional interests and the health and safety of the parties an others necessarily involved and affected by the proceedings.
    • The clerk’s office will have limited availability. All ordinary filings should be filed in a designated drop-box at the Courthouse. See website for details.

 

  • Loudoun County General District Court
    • All cases have been removed from the docket through May 17, 2020, with the exception of the following: (1) Civil Commitment Proceedings; (2) Bond Hearings; (3) Protective Orders; (4) Arraignments; (5) Criminal cases where the defendant is in jail.
    • Any motion, hearing, or trial that was removed from the docket should be rescheduled utilizing the Court’s standard procedures for each.
    • The clerk’s office will have limited availability. All ordinary filings should be filed in a designated drop-box at the Courthouse. See website for details.

 

  • Alexandria County Circuit Court:
    • https://www.alexandriava.gov/ClerkOfCircuitCourt
    • The Circuit Court has not issued an updated order yet, but the clerk of court confirmed that all matters on the docket through May 17, 2020 have been removed.
    • All civil bench and jury trials are suspended through May 17, 2020. These cases will be set for status conference on June 8, 2020 at 9:00a.m., unless the parties agree to appear telephonically by calling Judges’ Chambers at (703) 746-4123 and setting a new trial date.
    • All Motions Day dockets (2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month) are suspended through May 17, 2020, except those emergency matters set by contacting Judges’ Chambers.
    • All parties are encouraged to mail in pleadings or other filings. You may also drop off your pleadings at the marked box located at the screening post for the courthouse.

 

  • Alexandria General District Court

 

  • Prince William County Circuit Court:
    • http://www.courts.state.va.us/news/items/covid/2020_0316_prince_william_county_cc.pdf
    • This Court has not issued an amended order in response to the Supreme Court’s April 22, 2020 order. However, the Supreme Court’s Order is posted on the Circuit Court website and the clerk of court confirmed that all matters on the docket through May 17, 2020 will be continued.
    • Civil cases, including trials and motions, without statutory priority scheduled to begin after March 18, 2020 will be continued to a date after May 17, 2020. Counsel should contact Chambers to obtain a new date.
    • All matters originally scheduled between April 7, 2020 and April 30, 2020 will be rescheduled at the June 2, 2020 term day.
    • Prince William does not have e-filing and it does not appear they have provided any special instruction regarding filing pleadings or other papers.

 

  • Prince William County General District Court:
    • https://coronavirus.pwcgov.org/courts/
    • All civil matters are continued through May 17, 2020.
    • Parties are instructed to contact the clerk’s office to reschedule any matters that were continued.
    • Prince William does not have e-filing and it does not appear they have provided any special instruction regarding filing pleadings or other papers.

 

 

  • S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
    • http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov/notices/Gen%20Order%202020-12%20Court%20Operations%20Updated%20Notices.pdf
    • All in person civil matters, including jury trials, hearings, settlement conferences, etc., scheduled on or before June 10, 2020 are postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
    • All filing deadlines set to fall on or before April 14, 2020 are extended by fourteen days.
    • ****Unlike two prior General Orders issued by this Court (Gen. Orders 2020-03 and 2020-07), the instant order does NOT further extend any filing deadlines, and any further briefing extensions necessary due to the COVID-19 nationwide emergency will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the presiding judge in each case.
    • Parties and counsel are encouraged to continue submitting filings, and to the extent appropriate, disputes may be resolved by the Court without an in-person hearing.
    • The U.S. Courthouse in Newport News shall be repurposed as the Emergency Judicial Center (FJC) for the Eastern District of Virginia, serving as the “last resort” location for Court proceedings or other emergency functions, to be activated if, and only if, all other Courthouses (Alexandria, Norfolk, and Richmond) are rendered unusable at the same time. Therefore, beginning on April 1, 2020, the U.S. Courthouse in Newport News will be closed to the public and to all employees, unless activated for EJC proceedings.
    • Drop boxes are located at each U.S. Courthouse for any party that does not have e-filing capability. Otherwise, e-filing is strongly preferred.

 

  • S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
    • http://www.vawd.uscourts.gov/media/31965437/courtoperationscovid19-amended-2.pdf
    • All in person civil proceedings scheduled on or before June 10, 2020 are continued and will be rescheduled;
    • All civil jury trials scheduled on or before June 10, 2020 are continued and will be rescheduled and all issues regarding pre-trial deadlines will be addressed by the presiding judge;
    • Despite the continuance of in-person court proceedings, judges may continue to conduct proceedings by telephone and video conference where practicable and authorized by law.
    • Drop boxes are located at each U.S. Courthouse for any party that does not have e-filing capability. Otherwise, e-filing is strongly preferred.
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