Judicial Division COVID-19 Resources

In response to the unprecedented demands on the legal system in general and the judiciary in specific, the Judicial Division has gathered resources from its members and outside entities to provide assistance to judges who are operating in uncertain conditions.

Sample Orders from around the country

State Specific Orders

Federal Court Orders

  • For the most current Federal information visit the Administrative Office of the Courts website. 
  • The Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure hand its five advisory committees have posted Public Input Received on Possible Emergency Procedures.
  • Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland- Virtual Hearings Webpage
  • The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit announced that all in-person arguments remain suspended, and that cases set for argument after the June 2020 session will be argued telephonically unless counsel is notified by separate a order that oral argument is unnecessary.  See full order.          
  • Notice of Extension of Paper Filing Deadlines (June 8, 2020)
    Due to ongoing activity in the vicinity of the National Courts Building limiting the ability of mail and physical delivery of filings to the courthouse, the Clerk’s Office for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has been, and will be, inaccessible within the meaning of Fed. R. App. P. 26(a)(3), for the period of time beginning on June 5, 2020, through June 10, 2020.  All deadlines for paper filings during this period are extended to June 11, 2020.

    All electronic filing deadlines remain in effect.  Arguments scheduled for Monday, June 8, 2020, will proceed as scheduled.  The full order is available on the court’s website.

    The Clerk’s Office continues to perform all other essential functions through limited on-site staff and expanded teleworking implemented as part of the court’s response to the ongoing public health emergencies impacting the National Capital Region.  See Administrative Order 20-01 (Mar. 20, 2020)
  • Notice regarding oral arguments US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 
  • News articles for COVID-19 and the Federal Courts.
  • Information from the Eastern District of Texas.

Administrative Orders

  • Federal Agencies Response to Covid-19 
  • SUMMARY: The Bureau of Prisons amends its regulations to provide inmates in federal custody with the opportunity for free video-teleconferencing and telephone usage during the national emergency with respect to Coronavirus Disease 2019. Full Text

Service of Process orders - Washington (reserving in person for firearms)

Coming soon

Open Court requirements

Domestic and Sexual Violence Resources  

Virtual Hearings

Post Pandemic



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