The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) has a pandemic website available that is cataloging state court actions to address COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and also provides other important resources.
The website includes a data visualization that provides an at-a-glance look at what state courts are doing, and the NCSC continues to monitor how state courts are dealing with the pandemic. Here’s an overview of how courts are responding:
- Postponing jury trials and non-emergency hearings.
- Using videoconferencing in courts that regularly employ that technology.
- Extending deadlines for litigants who owe fines and fees.
- Encouraging lawyers to use e-filing to submit documents.
- Cleaning courthouses more often and more thoroughly.
Many states have issued directives that allow local court officials to decide how to reduce public traffic in courts. Various courts in those states have responded by postponing jury trials and other proceedings, and barring access to those who show coronavirus symptoms.