The Latest COVID-19 Court Closures and Restrictions

    The Latest COVID-19 Court Closures and Restrictions
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    Updated on Tuesday, August 24, 2020.

    The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly impacted how business is now functioning. As offices close their doors and employees turn to remote work, the legal system has also been forced to make alternate arrangements. To remain abreast of how the courts are handling COVID-19, we’ve compiled a list of all court closures and related restrictions announced for federal and state courts across the country.

    We’ll continue to update this list as additional news is announced.

    Federal Appeals Courts

    U.S. Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court, the highest court in the country, postponed all March and April oral arguments. The court justices will, however, still hold their scheduled conference on Friday, March 20, with some justices joining remotely. The court will still publish its Order List on Monday, March 23 at 9:30 a.m.

    The court is still open for other official business and has not extended filing deadlines under Rule 30.1. The court building is closed to the public until further notice.The court has extended the filing deadline for any writ of certiorari due March 19 or later for 150 days.

    The court announced on Monday, April 13, 2020 that it will hear May oral arguments via teleconference. The press will have access to live audio of the arguments.

    U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

    The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has moved all scheduled hearings for April to remote arrangements. No in-person hearings will be held until further notice. The court will release audio of daily hearings to their website. Public access to the court buildings is suspended, effective March 16, 2020, noon EST. Requirements for paper documents alongside electronic filings are suspended until further notice. Pro se parties may submit case-initiating documents via email or fax.

    On August 13, 2020, the court extended its access restrictions to the National Courts Building complex. Access is restricted to court personnel; others who wish to gain access must submit a request in writing at least 24 hours in advance. The extension is scheduled to remain in effect until September 14, 2020.

    District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals

    The D.C. Circuit serving Washington, D.C. has moved all scheduled oral arguments to remote arrangements until further notice. Access to the court building is restricted to official court staff or related visitors. Visitors are required to submit to a temperature check before they will be allowed entry. Anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus, had contact with an exposed party, or is experiencing symptoms is barred from entering the courthouse. Pro se parties may email filing documents to [email protected]

    First Circuit Court of Appeals

    The First Circuit serving Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Puerto Rico has cancelled all arguments scheduled for April 6 through April 9, 2020. The Clerk’s Office is also not accepting in-person filings at the intake window until further notice. Filing deadlines falling between March 26 – April 24, 2020 were extended 30 days.

    The First Circuit will hold oral arguments by teleconference during its September 2020 session. Live streaming audio, as well as recordings, will be available via the court’s YouTube channel or its website. The court has also temporarily suspended the requirement in Local Rule 25.0(b)(1)(c) that appendices to briefs must be filed in paper form. Appendices may instead be filed electronically.

    Second Circuit Court of Appeals

    The Second Circuit serving Vermont, Connecticut, and New York will continue to hear in person arguments as scheduled. The court has also established a teleconference option for parties who wish to not appear in-person. The courthouse remains open for official business only—any public visitors will not be admitted. Filing deadlines through May 17, 2020 have been extended by 21 days to minimize court disruption.

    Electronic filing options have also been expanded for petitions for review from the Board of Immigration Appeals. The requirement to file paper copies in other matters, however, resumed July 1, 2020.

    Third Circuit Court of Appeals

    The Third Circuit serving New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the Virgin Islands will continue to hear all scheduled arguments. Parties may file a motion to request a remote appearance option. Filling paper briefs and appendices is suspended until further notice.

    The Third Circuit Judicial Conference scheduled for May 13-15, 2020 in Philadelphia was cancelled.

    Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

    The Fourth Circuit serving Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina postponed arguments scheduled for March 17-20, 2020 and for April 7, 2020. Those scheduled arguments will be rerouted via video-conference. The courthouse is closed to the public and all documents should be filed electronically.

    In-person oral arguments have been suspended for September 9-11, 2020. The session will be scheduled for video or teleconference. The Court will provide a live audio stream of the arguments in each case.

    Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

    The Fifth Circuit serving Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas postponed all oral arguments until its April 27-30, 2020 session. The court has also suspended the requirement to file paper documents and will accept electronic versions. The courthouse is closed to the public until further notice. Deadlines for pro se parties to file are extended 30 days from their original due dates.

    The Court cancelled its in-person hearings for the September session, scheduled for August 31-September 3, 2020. Hearings will be held by video or teleconference, and the Court will provide a live audio feed.

    Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

    The Sixth Circuit serving Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee postponed any oral arguments scheduled between March 17-20. Clerk’s Office staff is working remotely and the rule stipulating that non-prisoner pro se litigants must file only in a paper format is suspended through July 31, 2020. Non-prisoner pro se litigants may email documents as a PDF.

    Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

    The Seventh Circuit serving Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin will hear all oral arguments scheduled for March 30 through the end of April 2020 remotely. Hearings and arguments will be recorded and available via the court website. The courthouse is closed to the public and any staff deemed unable to work remotely have been put on administrative leave indefinitely.

    Cases scheduled for oral argument through December 31, 2020 will be heard remotely. The Court will provide a live audio feed of hearings as well as recordings posted to the court’s web page.

    Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

    The Eighth Circuit serving Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota remains open. Access to the courthouse is restricted for the public and for anyone displaying symptoms of coronavirus or who has been in contact with an infected person.

    Oral arguments scheduled for September 21-25 and October 19-23, 2020 will be conducted remotely. The court has not yet decided whether to cancel in-person oral arguments for the remainder of 2020.

    Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

    The Ninth Circuit serving California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands is evaluating all hearings scheduled for April and May. The court plans to continue fully remote hearings “at least through August 2020.” Access to the courthouse is restricted for the public.

    Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

    The Tenth Circuit, serving Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Kansas was only open to official court personnel and to members of the public who have pending business with the court until July 1, 2020. The requirement for paper filing was reinstated on July 1, 2020.

    Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

    The Eleventh Circuit, serving Georgia, Florida, and Alabama is open to only official court personnel. Court documents should be filed electronically or left in the dropbox outside the court building until further notice. Any individual with coronavirus symptoms or who has been exposed to an infected person is barred from entering the courthouse.

    Chief Judge Ed Carnes cancelled the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference scheduled for May 2020 in Atlanta.

    Federal District Courts and State Courts

    Alabama

    Northern District of Alabama: The court is restricting entrance to the court by any person who has recently travelled to China, Italy, Japan, Iran or South Korea or anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Jury trials are suspended until further notice. All unexpired discovery deadlines and depositions are extended by 14 days. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Middle District of Alabama: The court suspended jury summons for 30 days beginning on March 17, 2020. The court will conduct initial appearances, arraignments and detention hearings remotely. The court also restricts entry to the courthouse for anyone exposed to coronavirus.

    Southern District of Alabama: The court restricts entry to the courthouse for anyone exposed to coronavirus or anyone who has recently visited Europe, China, Italy, Iran, or South Korea. The court will consider remote hearings with the approval of the presiding judge.

    Alaska

    District of Alaska: The court has postponed civil and criminal jury trials until after October 5, 2020. Civil hearings have also been postponed until after October 5, 2020. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    State Courts: The court is open only for official court personnel and urges anyone feeling ill to conduct their business by phone rather than come to court.

    Arizona

    District of Arizona: The court has suspended civil and criminal jury trials scheduled on or before May 4, 2020 pending further order of the court.  Any trial-specific deadlines scheduled to begin before May 4, 2020 still stand. Judges may choose to hold hearings via phone or video conference as they see fit.

    Cases are postponed in the Tucson division through March 29 and are subject to further delay. Court proceedings in Yuma involving few than 10 people (including court personnel) may carry on.

    Arkansas

    Eastern District of Arkansas: The court cancelled civil jury trials scheduled between March 18 and April 30, 2020. Criminal jury trials are postponed until September 25, 2020. Other court proceedings will continue via phone or video conference where able.

    Western District of Arkansas: The court cancelled all civil and criminal trials through May 1, 2020. Other proceedings such as initial appearances, arraignments, and detention hearings will continue as planned or remotely per the presiding judge’s decision. Access to the courthouse is restricted for anyone who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    California

    Central District of California: The court suspended jury summons until April 13, 2020. Access to the courthouse is restricted to anyone who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Civil case hearings are suspended except for in emergency situations.

    Eastern District of California: All courthouses in the district are closed to the public until May 1, 2020. Proceedings will be conducted in writing unless the presiding judge deems a hearing necessary, then it will be conducted via phone or video conference. The court has also suspended jury summons until May 1, 2020. Any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person is restricted from entering the courthouse.

    Northern District of California: The court suspended all jury trials until after May 1, 2020. Civil proceedings will be handled in writing or, if a hearing is necessary, it will be via phone or video conference.  For criminal proceedings, initial appearances and other proceedings before the magistrate judge will be held only in San Francisco and, when possible, by phone or video conference.  Members of the press and the public may access a conference call line to hear these hearings—dial-in information will be available on each case’s docket on PACER.

    Southern District of California: The court postponed all jury trials until after April 16, 2020. A limited quorum of grand jurors may serve in limited periods starting on May 20. Access to the courthouse is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Colorado

    District of Colorado: The court postponed all jury selection and trials scheduled between March 13 and April 3, 2020. Ongoing hearings will be routed remotely where deemed appropriate by the presiding judge. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    Connecticut

    District of Connecticut: The court postponed all in-person court proceedings and jury trials until May 15, 2020. The court will arrange for the U.S. Marshals Service to screen the health of any detainee who is scheduled to appear in court. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Delaware

    District of Delaware: The court has postponed all jury trials scheduled to begin before August 31, 2020. Sitting grand juries are allowed to continue to meet, but no new juries are to be formed. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Florida

    Middle District: The court has restricted courthouse access for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. The court postponed all jury trials scheduled between March 16 through May 31, 2020. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis. Some criminal proceedings may be conducted by video or teleconference through September 25, 2020.

    Northern District: The court has restricted courthouse access for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Southern District: The court postponed all jury trials scheduled between May 1 and June 30, 2020. The court will be screening those entering the courthouse and denying entry to anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms or who has recently travelled to a high-risk country. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Georgia

    Middle District of Georgia: The court suspended all trials for 60 days starting March 16, 2020. Access to the courthouse is restricted to only official courthouse personnel and individual judges will continue hearings as they see fit. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Northern District of Georgia: The Rome, GA courthouse has reopened. The other courthouses are closed until further notice. Jury trials and summons are also suspended for 30 days. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    Southern District of Georgia: Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country, has been in contact with an infected person, or who does not have official business with the court, except in the case of criminal trials.

    Hawaii

    District of Hawaii: The court postponed all trials scheduled between March 17 and May 3, 2020. All other proceedings in that period are cancelled or will be routed remotely. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    Idaho

    District of Idaho: The court postponed all jury trials and grand jury proceedings scheduled on or before May 11, 2020. For all civil cases, all motions will be decided in writing unless all parties request a hearing. If granted, the hearing will be via video conference or phone. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    Illinois

    Central District of Illinois: The court postponed all jury trials until May 18, 2020. All civil hearings will be conducted remotely. The court urges anyone over 60 or who has been potentially exposed to coronavirus to contact the Clerk’s Office before coming to court.

    Northern District of Illinois: The court cancelled all hearings and other proceedings scheduled for March 17 through April 3, 2020. All court deadlines have been extended by 49 days from the original date. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Southern District of Illinois: The court has postponed all civil proceedings until further notice. All criminal proceedings will occur, if necessary, and be held remotely, if possible. All grand jury proceedings will still occur. Attorneys must notify the judge if they intend to bring anyone potentially exposed to coronavirus into court. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    Indiana

    Northern District of Indiana: Visitors to the court must submit to a temperature check. All jury trials are scheduled to begin before July 6, 2020. Judges are authorized to schedule hearings via video or teleconference until at least September 21, 2020.

    Southern District of Indiana: The court has postponed all jury trials through at least September 1, 2020. Unless the presiding judge says otherwise, all other court proceedings will continue as planned. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Iowa

    Northern District of Iowa: The court postponed all jury trials until April 24, 2020. Non-jury proceedings will continue on a case by case basis, based on the presiding judge’s decision. Other deadlines remain in place.

    Southern District of Iowa: All grand jury proceedings for April were cancelled. The court postponed all jury trials until May 4, 2020. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Kansas

    District of Kansas: The court has begun allowing in-person hearings and trials at the judge’s discretion. Judges are “strongly encouraged” to use video and teleconferencing in criminal matters. The court has also restricted courthouse access to any person potentially exposed to coronavirus. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Kentucky

    Eastern District of Kentucky: The court postponed all civil and criminal trials scheduled through May 17, 2020 for at least 30 days. Any ongoing trials are subject to the decision of the presiding judge. Grand jury proceedings will continue.

    Western District of Kentucky: The court postponed all civil and criminal trials scheduled through May 1, 2020, for at least 30 days. All in-person appearances for civil and criminal matters are cancelled through at least May 31, 2020. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Louisiana

    Eastern District of Louisiana: The court postponed all civil and criminal jury trials until May 1, 2020. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Middle District of Louisiana: The court postponed all civil and criminal jury trials until May 1, 2020. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Western District of Louisiana: The court postponed all civil and criminal jury trials until May 1, 2020. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Maine

    District of Maine: The court postponed all jury trials for March, April, and May 2020. The court has also postponed all jury selection until further notice. Any court deadlines between March 28 and May 1, 2020, are extended 30 days. The Clerk’s Office is open by appointment only. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Maryland

    District of Maryland: The court postponed all jury trials and selections through April 24, 2020. All other court proceedings scheduled through March 27, 2020 are cancelled and will be rescheduled. As of March 18, 2020, all in-person proceedings in the Southern Division court in Greenbelt are suspended until further notice. All emergency hearings will be routed to the Northern Division court in Baltimore. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Massachusetts

    District of Massachusetts: The court postponed all jury trials and selections through May 29, 2020. Certain criminal proceedings are postponed for at least 60 days. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    Michigan

    Eastern District of Michigan: The court postponed all in-person court appearances until further notice. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Western District of Michigan: In-person hearings resumed on May 18, 2020, but the court will continue to entertain remote arrangements on a case by case basis. Persons displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are warned not to enter federal court buildings.

    Minnesota

    District of Minnesota: The court postponed all jury trials through April 27, 2020. All criminal and grand jury proceedings are postponed through April 16, 2020. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Mississippi

    Northern District of Mississippi: The court will move all in-person proceedings to phone or video conference arrangements, where possible. Counsel must notify the court if any party scheduled to appear is potentially infected or exposed to COVID-19.

    Southern District of Mississippi: The court postponed any nonessential hearings through March 31, 2020. For more urgest proceedings, counsel must notify the court if any party scheduled to appear is potentially infected or exposed to COVID-19.

    Missouri

    Eastern District of Missouri: The court postponed all jury trials through May 31, 2020. Other proceedings should be done remotely when possible, or as directed by the presiding judge. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    Western District of Missouri: The court postponed all jury trials and selections through March 29, 2020. Certain criminal proceedings will continue as planned. In-person document filing rules are suspended and electronic filing is encouraged. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Montana

    District of Montana: The court suspended all jury trials set to begin through May 1, 2020. They will be rescheduled for a future date by the presiding judge. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Nebraska

    District of Nebraska: The court postponed all in-person court appearances scheduled for March 17, 2020 through May 1, 2020. All jury trials were postponed for the month of March. Video teleconferencing for criminal proceedings will continue through September 24, 2020. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Nevada

    District of Nevada: The court postponed all trials and related deadlines through April 10, 2020. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    New Hampshire

    District of New Hampshire: The court suspended all jury trials and grand jury proceedings through June 1, 2020. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis. The court will hold in-person proceedings on Tuesdays and Thursdays with no more than 10 people in attendance.

    New Jersey

    District of New Jersey: The court has postponed all jury trials and selections through September 25, 2020. Individual judges may continue to hold individual hearings at their discretion and by remote arrangements where possible. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    New Mexico

    District of New Mexico: The court has postponed all jury trials and related deadlines set to begin through May 1, 2020, until further notice. Video and teleconferencing in criminal matters is extended at least through June 26, 2020. Anyone entering the court will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.

    New York

    Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks issued a memorandum on April 7, 2020, announcing the New York Unified Court System would begin hearing pending non-essential cases via Skype beginning Monday, April 13, 2020.

    Eastern District of New York:  The court postponed all jury trials and selections through April 27, 2020. The status of related deadlines is at the discretion of the presiding judge. Any detainees scheduled to appear in court will have their temperature taken and will not be admitted with a temperature over 100.4. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Northern District of New York: The court postponed all jury trials and selections through April 30, 2020. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Southern District of New York: The court postponed all jury trials and selections through April 27, 2020. Although jury trials have since resumed, jurors barred from entry to the courthouse due to displaying COVID-19 symptoms may defer their jury service.

    The court has also restricted access to the courthouse only for those with business with the courts, parties required to appear for Bankruptcy Court, and official court personnel. Probation hearing parties will have their temperature taken and will not be admitted with a temperature over 100.4. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Western District of New York: The court postponed all civil jury trials and grand jury selections for 60 days starting on March 13, 2020. The court has also suspended criminal jury trials scheduled for March 18 through May 13, 2020. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    North Carolina

    Eastern District of North Carolina: The court has postponed all jury trials scheduled for March 18, 2020 through May 1, 2020. Individual judges may hold in-person hearings but will route them remotely when possible. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    Middle District of North Carolina: The court remains open and deadlines have not been extended. The court has postponed any jury trials scheduled through October 5, 2020. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently traveled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Western District of North Carolina: The court postponed all jury trials through June 1, 2020. Judges will stagger their hearings and use the largest courtrooms available. Non-evidentiary hearings will be routed over video conferences.

    Courthouses reopened as of May 29, 2020, subject to certain social distancing requirements. Civil hearings and civil and criminal jury trials have resumed subject to the availability of jurors, but judges have discretion to use video or teleconferencing when needed.

    North Dakota

    District of North Dakota: The court suspended all jury trials scheduled for March 16 through May 1, 2020. Criminal case deadlines are also suspended, but civil deadlines remain in place. Individual judges may route in-person hearings via phone or video conference at their discretion. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    Ohio

    Northern District of Ohio: The court has postponed all jury trials and court hearings through September 21, 2020. All public gatherings at the court building other than court proceedings are suspended, and the courthouses are closed to the public until further notice. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Southern District of Ohio: The court will continue a limited schedule of in-court proceedings. Civil and criminal jury trials are suspended until August 31, 2020. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Oklahoma

    Eastern District of Oklahoma: The court has resumed jury trials, grand jury proceedings, and naturalization ceremonies as of June 24, 2020. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    Northern District of Oklahoma: The court has suspended all jury trials, grand jury sessions, and related deadlines until further notice. This does not apply to proceedings which do not involve oral arguments.

    Western District of Oklahoma: The court suspended all jury trials through April 2020. Grand jury sessions for April 7 and 21, 2020 were cancelled. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Oregon

    District of Oregon:  The court postponed all jury trials and selections through April 26, 2020. Other court proceedings are also postponed through April 26, 2020, unless all parties reach an agreement for a remote arrangement. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Pennsylvania

    Eastern District of Pennsylvania: The court has postponed all Central Violations Bureau proceedings, civil and criminal jury trials, and grand jury selections scheduled through July 31, 2020. This extends to all related deadlines. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    Middle District of Pennsylvania: The court has postponed all hearings and proceedings in all civil and criminal matters for 60 days starting on March 13, 2020. Jury trials may resume as of August 17, 2020, with priority given to criminal jury trials. Non-jury proceedings may continue at the discretion of the presiding judge. Until further notice, all Harrisburg Courthouse proceedings will be transferred to either the Williamsport Courthouse or the Scranton Courthouse. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Western District of Pennsylvania: The court postponed all jury trials and selections through April 27, 2020. All related deadlines remain in place unless otherwise notified. Individual judges will continue to hold in-person hearings and will hold them via phone or video conference when possible.

    Rhode Island

    District of Rhode Island: The court has closed the court building to the public and restricted access for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. All grand jury and ongoing criminal hearings are postponed until further notice. All in-person civil hearings are cancelled, unless they can be conducted remotely.

    South Carolina

    District of South Carolina: The court postponed all civil and criminal jury selections, jury trials, and roster materials through May 8, 2020. Any in-person hearings are postponed, unless they can be conducted remotely. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    South Dakota

    District of South Dakota: The court postponed all jury trials through July 6, 2020. Any non-jury proceedings will proceed at the discretion of the presiding judge. Parties are encouraged to participate remotely if possible. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    Tennessee

    Eastern District of Tennessee: The court suspended all civil and criminal jury trials scheduled for March 16 through April 24, 2020. All grand jury proceedings in Greeneville and Chattanooga courts are suspended through April 24, 2020. All civil trials without a jury are pending decisions of the presiding judges. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Middle District of Tennessee: The court postponed all jury trials, selections, and grand jury proceedings for March 17 through April 30, 2020 until further notice. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Western District of Tennessee: The court postponed all jury trials and selections through August 28, 2020, until further notice. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Texas

    Eastern District of Texas: The court postponed all jury trials through May 1, 2020. All related deadlines will still remain in place. Individual judges may continue to hold in-person hearings at their discretion. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. The Plano courthouse is closed through April 1, 2020, and any in-court appearances are suspended. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Northern District of Texas: The court postponed all jury trials, selections, and grand jury proceedings through May 1, 2020. Individual judges may continue to hold in-person hearings or may conduct hearings remotely, when possible. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Southern District of Texas: The court suspended all jury trials in the Houston and Galveston courts until May 1, 2020. The courts will otherwise remain open, pending presiding judges’ decisions. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    Western District of Texas: The court postponed all jury trials through May 1, 2020. All related deadlines will still remain in place. Parties should contact the Clerk’s Office if they have been possibly exposed to coronavirus prior to coming to the court. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Utah

    District of Utah: The court has postponed all jury trials through September 1, 2020. Any trials already underway will continue. All grand jury proceedings were also suspended through August 1, 2020. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    Vermont

    District of Vermont: The court has postponed all civil and criminal proceedings until further notice.  All grand jury proceedings were postponed until April 23, 2020. Use of video and teleconferencing in criminal cases is extended at least until September 25, 2020. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently traveled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Virginia

    Eastern District of Virginia: The court postponed all civil and criminal proceedings through May 1, 2020. All jury trials, selections, and grand jury proceedings are also postponed through May 1, 2020. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Western District of Virginia: The court postponed all jury trials through April 30, 2020. Judges may continue to conduct certain proceedings remotely, where possible. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently traveled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    Washington

    Eastern District of Washington: The court suspended all jury trials and related deadlines through April 14, 2020. Yakima grand jury sessions and all criminal jury trials through August 31, 2020 are cancelled. The Spokane office is open as of June 1, 2020, but the Yakima and Richland offices, while open, will not admit members of the public until at least August 31, 2020. Naturalization Ceremonies for April 2020 were cancelled.

    Western District of Washington: The court postponed all civil and criminal hearings and trial dates through June 1, 2020. Individual judges may proceed with remote hearings, where possible.

    Washington, D.C.

    District of D.C.: The court postponed all jury trials and selections through May 11, 2020. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently traveled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    West Virginia

    Northern District of West Virginia: Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    Southern District of West Virginia: The court postponed all jury trials and grand jury proceedings through April 23, 2020. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently traveled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    Wisconsin

    Eastern District of Wisconsin: The court will hear all civil hearings remotely and anyone attempting to access the courthouse will be screened for coronavirus symptoms. All jury trials and selections are postponed until further notice. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Western District of Wisconsin: The court suspended all civil and criminal jury trials through May 28, 2020. All related deadlines remain in place. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Wyoming

    District of Wyoming: Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. All civil trials scheduled through June 1, 2020 were postponed. Deadlines unrelated to a trial date remain in place. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Other Territory Courts

    Guam

    Guam: The court postponed any jury trials or selection scheduled for April 26, 2020 or earlier. Court proceedings will be held remotely where able and courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person.

    Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rico: The court has postponed all non jury trials and hearings until further notice. Any ongoing trials and grand jury proceedings will continue.

    Northern Mariana Islands

    Northern Mariana Islands: The court has suspended all jury trials and selections until further notice. Courthouse access is restricted for any person who has recently travelled to a high-risk country or has been in contact with an infected person. Judges may route hearings remotely on a case by case basis.

    Immigration Courts

    U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review will only hold hearings for detained parties. All non-detained hearings are postponed. The Seattle, Atlanta-W. Peachtree St., Charlotte, Houston-S. Gessner Road, Memphis, New York City-Broadway, New York City-Federal Plaza, Newark, Los Angeles-Olive Street, and Sacramento immigration courts are closed.

    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

    All USPTO offices have been closed to the public since Monday, March 16, 2020. They will remain closed until further notice. Access to the offices are for official USTPO personnel only. Deadlines are not extended.

    International Courts

    Court of Justice of the European Union & General Court of the European Union: The courts remain open, but priority is given to especially pressing matters. Hearings scheduled through March 27, 2020 at the Court of Justice and April 3, 2020 at the General Court are postponed until further notice. All prior case deadlines remain in place.