The following are court closings and/or delays due to COVID-19 related issues.
|Jurisdiction||State||Delay/Information as of 11/30/2020|
|All courts||AL||All courts have closed. Courts that have automation can still be run.|
|Plumas||CA||Please expect delays in this area for any search that requires clerk assistance. The court houses are short staffed due to Covid. We will provide updates as they are available.|
|Santa Clara||CA||Santa Clara courthouse is planning to close due to COVID on the following dates: Dec 21-Jan 1. Court is calling this a Furlough event that will not assist any nonessential activities. Clerk office will close and so will the Public Terminals. Searches will not be conducted during this time. Courthouse will resume business on January 4.|
|Santa Barbara, Kern and Mendocino||CA||Please expect delays as these courts have closed to the public. Our local partner is working directly with court clerks to verify case information. Any orders that require clerk assistance will be delayed|
|Fresno||CA||The county has issued a notice stating there will be court closures, due to budget cuts, for the Winter of 2020 through Spring 2021. During the dates specified, there will be no PAT access in any buildings, therefore the searches with unlimited search scope or needing clerk assistance will be delayed until the court resumes its operating hours.
December 24-31, 2020
|San Luis Obispo||CA||Please expect delays in San Luis Obispo, as court staff is being furloughed to half staff each week. This is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. We will provide updates as they are available.|
|Los Angeles||CA||Courthouses are now implementing new safety protocols, and will be allowing the public to enter via appointment. We will continue processing searches, but please be advised that we still anticipate delays as access remains limited.|
|Multiple||CA||Counties throughout the state are either closing or are severely limiting public entrance. We should expect significant delays in processing, particularly in areas that require clerk assistance.
We have confirmed that the following courts will be closed to the public: Mariposa, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara
|All Courts||CT||All courts are closed. Most orders can be completed using an online source and clerk assistance. However, some case information may not be available at this time. If all case information cannot be obtained the result will be held.|
|All||DC||In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, courts will now be closed to the public. Our local partner is working directly with court clerks to verify case information. Only orders that have potential records will be delayed, as they now require clerk assistance.|
|ALL||DE||Courts have resumed Phase 2 of their reopening plan, and are allowing limited visitation for the public. We will continue to process orders, but please be advised that we anticipate minor delays.
Due to the heavy storms in the state yesterday, many court locations lost power, and researchers were unable to process requests. We expect minor delays as a result.
|Bay, Calhoun, Dade, Hendry, Highlands, Leon, Putnam, Sarasota||FL||Courts are closed. Orders can still be completed through automation and online sources. Delays may occur for file retrieval and court copies.|
|Multiple||GA||Lincoln’s computer system is down.
Cook and Rabun has closed with no reason provided.
Berrien and Cook closed until Dec. 4th due to Covid outbreak.
Walton, Jasper, and McIntosh courts have closed due to potential Covid outbreaks.
We will provide updates on these courts, as available.
|Multiple||GA||Cowetta and Berrien- BOTH STATE AND SUPERIOR COURT CLERKS OFFICES WHERE THE PUBLIC ACCESS TERMINALS AND DOCKET BOOKS ARE LOCATED ARE STILL CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC, THERE IS NO CURRENT DATE OF REOPENING.
Haralson – CLOSED due to COVID-19 outbreak.
|Multiple||GA||In an effort to reduce public exposure to COVID-19, courts in these counties will continue conducting only essential in-person business: Banks, Bibb, Chatham, Chattooga, Emanuel, Fulton, Gordon, Hancock, Murray, Troup, Walton, Whitfield, Wilcox. On requests that require clerk assistance, we expect delays to continue. Gwinnett has now opened on a very limited basis. We are processing this county, but delays should continue to be expected. While the vast majority of orders can be completely processed in Dekalb, anything requiring clerk assistance cannot be completed as the court itself is now closed until further notice.
Clayton county has now begun allowing researchers to make appointments on a limited basis. Please be advised that there is a large backlog of orders in this county, and we anticipate delays to continue.
The Supreme Court of GA has once again extended their judicial emergency until December 9th, and we are monitoring this state closely for updates. You can read the order by following the link below.
|Dekalb||GA||Superior Courts will be closed until 12/10, only essential staff will be allowed inside the buildings. We will be monitoring and providing updates as they are received.|
|ALL||KY||We have been notified that due to the increase in Covid 19 cases in Kentucky, the Administrative office of the Courts (AOC) sent down an order to all the county courts that access will be severely restricted until Feb 01, 2021. Per the order public access is no longer allowed. This being said, certain counties still allow researchers to make appointments to utilize the Public Access system (PAT) while other courts are interpreting this order as NO public access. We will provide updates on jurisdictions as they are available.
Campbell, Fayette, and Kenton Courts will be closed until February 2021.
Butler and Gallatin courts will remain closed until the counties are no longer considered a “Red Zone”
|ALL||KY||Due to the increasing spread of COVID throughout the state, the Chief Justice has issued new guidance for court operations. Counties that are in COVID “Red Zones” are encouraged to halt all in-person activities, and are advising clerk’s offices to close. Currently, there are over 50 counties affected, limiting in-person access, or only allowing searches to be performed with clerk assistance. We expect delays throughout the state.
As a result, we anticipate significant delays in processing throughout the state, and counties affected by this guidance to fluctuate on a weekly basis. A list of these Red Zone counties can be found by following the link below.
|Livingston||LA||Please expect delays, as courts are now essential staff only. Any search requiring clerk assistance may be delayed. We will provide updates as they become available.|
|ALL||MA||Courts have reopened for allowing some in-person business. While researchers will now have more access to the public terminals, we do still anticipate continued delays as we process the backlog of orders from the extended closures. Please be advised that the server hosting the records system has been experiencing intermittent outages, causing additional delays.|
|ALL||MI||In response to the spread of COVID-19, courts in MI are taking measures to limit public exposure. Following the governor’s stay-at-home order, all courts are operating with essential staff only. In areas that require clerks to assist with searches, delays should be expected. We are continuing to process orders in areas with remote access, where our researchers are able to access PATs in courts, and where clerks are willing to assist.
Please be advised that the District Court in Branch had closed due to COVID exposure in the courts. They are once again open, but access is limited.
|Tallahatchie||MS||Closed due to Covid Outbreak. At this time there is no re-open date available. We will update as information becomes available.|
|Madison||MS||Justice Clerk has tested positive for Covid. The courthouse is now closed until further notice. The court is working on a plan for reopening and will keep you updated.|
|Multiple||MS||In response to the spread of COVID-19, courts are taking measures to limit public exposure. However, almost all courts are now open on at least a limited or by appointment basis. We will continue to expedite our pending orders as much as possible, but we still do anticipate longer than normal TATs. We have learned that Humphreys county courts have re-opened again, and our local partners are processing the backlog.|
|Cascade||MT||Due to a Covid outbreak inside the courthouse, among court personnel, the Justice Court in Cascade County has completely closed. The closure is estimated to be for 2 weeks. We will provide updates as they are received.|
|Hill||MT||Beginning at the end of day 10/21, the court has begun a system update that is scheduled for two weeks. During this time, searches will not be able to be performed. Our local partners will be monitoring daily, and we will provide updates as they are received.|
|Strafford||NH||Courts are closed. Orders can be completed using clerk assistance, however, expect delays.|
|ALL||NJ||All Superior Court locations are continuing to remain closed to the public. We have been granted access to the new remote portal and are processing on a limited basis. The new portal does have require an increased fee for use, so please contact your account manager for more information.|
|Steuben||NY||Closed due to possible Covid case in clerk’s office. Closure will persist to 12/11/2020. No searches being completed during this time|
|Multiple||NY||In response to the spread of COVID-19, courts are taking measures to limit public exposure. However, all courts are now open on at least a limited or by appointment basis. We will continue to expedite our pending orders as much as possible, but we still do anticipate longer than normal TATs.|
|Philadelphia||PA||Courts are closed. Orders can be completed using automation, however, if file retrieval or court copies are required expect delays.|
|Dickson||TN||Courthouse will be closed 11/21 to 11/30. The court is moving to a new building.|
|ALL||TN||In response to the spread of COVID-19, courts are taking measures to limit public exposure. However, almost all courts are now open on at least a limited or by appointment basis. We will continue to expedite our pending orders as much as possible, but we still do anticipate longer than normal TATs. Benton, Cheatham, Dekalb, Gibson, Houston, Sevier Circuit, Stewart, White, and Wayne county courts have closed. Coffee, TN is now allowing very limited visits by appointment.
Dyer, Henry, and Jackson county courts have reopened, but please be advised delays should be expected due to their closures last week.
|Multiple||TX||The courts in Orange, TX have closed due to a failed air-quality test, and at this time we do not have a date for when they plan to reopen to the public. However, our researchers are able to process limited searches with clerk assistance.
Hunt and Travis have limited services. Orders can be completed but expect delays at this time.
|ALL||WV||Most courts resumed in-person operations on 5/18. While we expect researchers will once again have access to conduct research, we also expect TATs will be extended until we are able to process the backlog of orders from the closures as many searches require clerk assistance. We have confirmed that Hampshire, WV has closed to researchers again, but clerks will process requests for a fee. We have also learned that Logan county has closed due to COVID-19 exposure in the courts. Braxton county is now requiring a notarized release from the individual being checked.
Upshur county has re-opened with very limited access. Delays should be expected.
Boone is accepting appointments
Tucker is now clerk assisted due to the court being closed to the public