Pandemic-related administrative orders

In this section, we are providing selected examples that highlight particular areas courts are addressing with their administrative orders related to COVID-19. These are only a sample of all orders. Courts are issuing new orders daily. Check back frequently for more.

  • Alabama Supreme Court 3-13-2020 ("Exceptions to this suspension of in-person court proceedings include…Proceedings related to protection from abuse…Orders of protection and temporary injunctions that otherwise expire between March 16, 2020, and April 16, are hereby extended until April 16, 2020, unless the court elects to enter an order to the contrary.")
  • Connecticut Judiciary 3-19-2020 ("Under the terms and provisions of the Judicial Branch’s Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), the courts will schedule and hear only those matters identified as "Priority 1 Business Functions"...Family orders of relief from abuse; Civil orders of relief from abuse; Civil protection orders…")
  • Maryland Chief Judge 3-18-2020 (" Those foreclosures of residential properties and foreclosures of the rights of redemption of residential properties pending in the circuit courts shall be stayed effective immediately…Residential eviction matters pending in the District Court of Maryland and all pending residential eviction orders shall be stayed effective immediately…New foreclosure of residential property, foreclosure of rights of redemption after a tax sale, and residential evictions shall be stayed upon filing…")
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court 3-18-2020 ("In light of these circumstances, it is further DIRECTED that, during the period encompassed by this Order or the judicial emergency, whichever is longer, no officer, official, or other person employed by the Pennsylvania Judiciary at any level shall effectuate an eviction, ejectment, or other displacement from a residence based upon the failure to make a rent, loan, or other similar payment. Nothing herein is intended to preclude requests for orders of possession resulting from judgments entered in landlord-tenant actions to be filed by mail. However, any execution on an order of possession is stayed to a date on or after April 3, 2020, subject to further orders.")
  • Alabama Supreme Court 3-13-2020 ("The local and state courts of the State of Alabama are open and will remain open under all circumstances, subject to the provisions of this order…All in-person proceedings in all state and local courts in Alabama, including, but not limited to, proceedings in the circuit court, district court (including cases on the small claims docket), juvenile court, municipal court, probate court , and appellate courts, are suspended beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through Thursday, April 16, 2020, subject to the exceptions below…")
  • Arkansas Supreme Court 3-17-2020 ("The courts of the State of Arkansas shall remain open. Nevertheless, pursuant to this Court’s constitutional superintending authority to supervise the administration of the state judicial system, the Supreme Court of Arkansas hereby suspends all in-person proceedings in all appellate, circuit, and distict courts, subject to the exceptions in this order…")
  • Kentucky Chief Justice (letter) 3-20-2020: " As we take aggressive steps to ensure social distancing in our judicial facilities, Kentucky’s overcrowded jails desperately need our attention. State and national media outlets are sounding the alarm about what a COVID-19 outbreak would do to inmates and jail staff and the law enforcement officers who come into contact with them. Much like nursing homes, jails are susceptible to worse-case scenarios due to the close proximity of people and the number of pre-existing conditions…We know what a potential disaster this could be and it’s our responsibility to work with jailers and other county officials to safely release as many defendants as we can as quickly as we can."

  • Montana Chief Justice (letter) 3-20-2020: "[w]e ask that you [Courts of Limited Jurisdiction Judges] review your jail rosters and release, without bond, as many prisoners as you are able, especially those being held for non-violence offenses."

  • New Jersey Supreme Court 3-22-2020: "No later than 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, except as provided in paragraph C, any inmate currently serving a county jail sentence (1) as a condition of probation, or (2) as a result of a municipal court conviction, shall be ordered released."

  • Tennessee Supreme Court 3-25-2020: "The presiding judge or the designee of the presiding judge of each judicial district shall develop a written plan to affirmatively address issues regarding the incarceration of nonviolent offenders in furtherance of efforts to reduce the jail population, including but not limited to bond reductions or eliminations, deferred sentences, and suspended sentences. The presiding judge or the designee of the presiding judge of each judicial district shall submit its plan to the Administrative Office of the Courts by the close of business on Monday, March 30, 2020, absent an extension granted by the Chief Justice."

  • Alabama Supreme Court 3-13-2020 ("Nevertheless , all judges and court clerks are urged to limit in- person courtroom contact as much as possible by utilizing available technologies , including electronic filing , teleconferencing , and videoconferencing . Any Alabama state or local rule , criminal or civil , that impedes a judge ' s or court clerk ' s ability to utilize available technologies to limit in- person contact is suspended until April 16 , 2020 .")
  • Arkansas Supreme Court 3-17-2020 ("All judges and court clerks are encouraged to utilize all available technologies including facsimile machines, e-mail, teleconferencing, and video conferencing-to continue handling judicial matters and further limit in-person courtroom appearances. Any criminal or civil rules that would impede a court clerk or judge's ability to utilize such technologies are hereby suspended until Friday, April 3, 2020, and may be extended by order of this court as circumstances may warrant."
  • North Carolina Chief Justice 3-13-2020 ("I further order that the clerks of superior court shall post a notice at the entrance to every court facility in their county directing that any person who has likely been exposed to COVID-19 should not enter the courthouse…")
  • Oklahoma Supreme Court 3-16-2020 ("The following persons are prohibited from entering any courtroom, court clerk's office, judges' offices, jury room or other facility used by the district courts [persons listed]…")
  • Delaware Superior Court 3-15-2020 ("All Civil and Criminal Jury Trials are suspended through and including April 15, 2020. Petit jury duty is suspended through and including April 15, 2020. Individuals summoned for petit jury duty during this time period are excused and should not appear. Grand Jurors should report as directed.")
  • Hawaii Supreme Court 3-16-2020 ("All ongoing trials will be postponed to a date after Thursday, April 30, 2020…Civil trials and hearings will be postponed to a date after Thursday April 30, 2020… To the extent reasonably possible, criminal trials, grand jury proceedings, and hearings will be postponed to a date after Thursday, April 30, 2020…")