Thursday, 29 October 2020

Guidelines for COVID precautions in ‘red zones’ as cases surge this fall and winter

I hope this email finds you safe and well as we head into our eighth month of the pandemic. I want you to know how proud I am of your perseverance as we find ourselves fighting “COVID fatigue.” I recognize that having to conduct remote proceedings, enforce social distancing, and sanitize courtrooms and workspaces is wearing thin but, even so, you continue to forge ahead with your dockets and safety measures.

Monday, 27 July 2020

Supreme Court provides new guidance on staffing, access to court facilities, jury trials, evictions

Today the Supreme Court entered two orders that provide further guidance on how the Judicial Branch can safely carry out court operations. These orders clarify requirements for court facilities and proceedings, address staffing concerns raised by circuit court clerks, and provide updates on the handling of jury trials and evictions.

Friday, 29 May 2020

Supreme Court provides updates on how courts will expand services starting June 1

On May 15, the Supreme Court announced the court system’s reopening plan, which provides guidance on how the Judicial Branch will gradually expand court services starting June 1. As a follow-up to the initial order, the Supreme Court released six orders today that offer further direction to the courts and the public about court operations on June 1.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Supreme Court provides guidance on jury trials as courts plan to gradually expand operations starting June 1

Today the Supreme Court provided guidance on jury trials in Administrative Order 2020-40, dated May 19, 2020, and effective June 1, 2020. The complete order can be found here and the highlights are below:

Friday, 15 May 2020

Judicial Branch announces plan to resume limited in-person court services starting June 1

Two weeks ago we announced that the Judicial Branch had formed three task forces to determine how to gradually resume in-person services starting June 1. Our priority is to implement a limited, phased reopening that will allow greater access to the courts while keeping court personnel and the public safe through social distancing and other precautions.

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