Court Closures in Response to COVID-19
Updated: Mar 17
Several courts across the country are closing or severely limiting operations in response to the pandemic. We will try to keep you updated on all closures, delays, or interruptions to services as they develop. We are currently aware of the following: Arkansas: Pulaski County has restricted access to the public through 03/31/2020.
Contra Costa and El Dorado County is closed until 04/01/2020. Santa Clara County, while still currently operational, is rescheduling most matters effective March 16th through April 5th, but the county has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus outbreak so we are monitoring the county court operations closely for any change. Ventura County will be closed Monday, March 16th through Wednesday, March 18th. Limited operations will resume Thursday, March 19th through Friday, March 20th. At that time, the court will announce whether limited operations will continue.
Connecticut: Courts limit criminal and civil jury trials by delaying them for 30 days as of 03/12/2020, but courthouses will still remain open.
Georgia: The following counties, Public Access Terminals are inaccessible to the public. They will not reopen until further notice.
Burke, Crawford, Evans, Fannin, Gilmer, Henry, Jefferson, Liberty, Long, Marion, McIntosh, Muscogee, Peach, Pickens, Polk, Talbot, Tattnall, Taylor
In the following counties, the Public Access Terminals are still accessible, but the counters are closed. Records and possible records cannot be completed until they are reopened.
Bibb, Bryan, Chattahoochee, Clayton, Columbia, Dougherty, Fayette, Harris, Madison, Richmond, Spalding Fulton County is closed until 03/30/2020. Illinois: Cook county is postponing any cases or trials from 03/17/2020 to 04/15/2020. As of now, courts are still open, but the county is asking any non-essential employees who can work from home to please do so.
Kentucky: All county courts are closed to the public effective immediately and all hearings will be done remotely until April 10th at the earliest. It is up to the individual court whether or not access will be granted to public records.
Kentucky courts that are now closed to the public with no access for researchers until further notice:
Allen, Barren, Boyd, Bullitt, Calloway, Carter, Christian, Clark, Clinton, Davies, Greenup, Hancock, Hardin, Harlan, Harrison, Hopkins, Marion, Marshall, McCracken, McLean, Morgan, Ohio, Union, Washington Massachusetts: All courts are closed on 03/16/2020 and 03/17/2020.
All Maryland courts are closed to the public. Searches can be done; however, files cannot be ordered until further notice.
The courts in the following counties are closed to the public, effective immediately, until further notice.
Delta, Eaton, Kalamazoo, Lenawee, Marquette, Muskegon, Oceana, Tuscola New Hampshire: All New Hampshire courts will be closed for 30 days as of 03/13/2020
All New Jersey courts are closed to the public for an undetermined amount of time.
Cattaraugus, Saratoga, and Schenectady county are closed to the public effective immediately and no searches can be done until further notice. North Carolina: All courts are closed but our researchers will have the ability\to obtain public access remotely so the only delays will be on orders that require clerk assistance. Pennsylvania: Delaware and Montgomery County courts are closed on 03/16/2020 and 03/17/2020.
All Rhode Island courts are closed to the public. Searches can be done; however, files cannot be ordered until further notice. Tennessee The courts in the following counties are closed to the public, effective immediately, until further notice.
Bradley, Henderson, Grundy, Hickman, Loudon, McMinn, Polk, Sequatchie
Access to the courthouses by the public has been restricted, but searches can still be completed at this time. Please expect some delays. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as we receive them.
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