The Court has adopted the following General Order(s):
20-35 -- Resumption of Grand Juries in the District of Arizona (SUPERSEDES General Order 20-27) -- Filed 09/11/2020
To view this new general order, please click on the following link, or copy and paste it into your browser:http://www.azd.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/general-orders/20-35.pdf
For the complete list of General Orders on the District of Arizona website, go to: http://www.azd.uscourts.gov/general-orders
Amended General Order 20-06 Reopening Intake Area in The Santa Ana Division
On September 11, 2020, Chief Judge Maureen A. Tighe issued Amended General Order 20-06 In Re: Procedures for Phased Reopening During COVID-19 Public Emergency in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to more closely align with District Court operations in light of the United States District Court General Order 20-09, entered on August 6, 2020, which closed Courthouses in the Central District of California to the public, with limited exceptions, and United States District Court Notice from the Clerk, dated September 11, 2020, which reopened the Santa Ana Courthouse to the public.
Effective Monday, September 14, 2020, the Intake area of the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Santa Ana will reopen to the public to accept in-person filings. Additionally, the Intake area of the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building in Los Angeles will remain open to the public and will be able to accept in-person emergency filings from any division. All other Intake areas in the other Divisions remain closed. Individuals filing bankruptcy without an attorney may also file by mail or through the Court’s Electronic Self-Representation (eSR) module. Please refer to Amended General Order 20-06 for specific filing requirements.
Judges will continue to hear matters remotely through telephonic or by video service, except a judge may order an in-person hearing where necessary in an emergency. Previously issued guidance regarding face coverings in Court facilities, mediations, and judges’ or courtesy copies remains in place.
For further information, please visit the Court’s website at https://www.cacb.uscourts.gov. You may also utilize the website’s Chat Live function or contact the Court’s Call Center at (855) 460-9641, during normal business hours.
To view the entire Public Notice from the Court's website select the following link: http://www.cacb.uscourts.gov/news
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana Releases Video on Jury Service During COVID Pandemic
Indianapolis, Indiana – August 27, 2020: Jury duty can induce anxiety even during normal times, but in the midst of a global pandemic, people who receive a summons for federal jury service may have more concerns than usual. In order to allay any worries, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has posted a video detailing the steps the Court is taking to help protect jurors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The video, featuring Chief Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson, provides jurors with an overview of what to expect from the moment they arrive at the courthouse through the conclusion of their service. The Court has a robust plan in place and is following guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as local and state health officials. Some preventive measures the Court is taking include:
- requiring everyone who enters the courthouse to wear a face covering, unless a valid medical excuse is presented or a judge orders otherwise;
- requiring social distancing of at least 6 feet throughout the courthouse, courtrooms, and jury rooms. Plexiglass barriers have been installed in the few spaces where social distancing is not possible;
- requiring all visitors to answer health screening questions before being allowed to enter a courthouse;
- conducting enhanced cleaning in all public spaces at least once per day. In between enhanced cleaning sessions, court staff will disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
The Court is taking numerous other steps designed to protect jurors, including only starting one jury trial per day and limiting onsite court personnel to just those necessary to maintain court operations. Jurors will receive a packet containing hand sanitizer and other materials when they check in. Jurors are also required take their temperature and do a health self-check before leaving home each day of their jury service. Many other precautions are detailed in the video. Jurors wishing to obtain more information about the steps the court is taking to protect them can be found athttps://www.insd.uscourts.gov/covid-19-juror-info.
- Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland- Virtual Hearings Webpage.
- US District Court of Maryland
The United States District Court for the District of Maryland has entered Amended Standing Order 2020-16 regarding limitations on spectators in the courtroom.
This order amends the public access procedures for criminal and civil jury trials. Criminal jury trials may only be observed via closed-circuit television from the public access courtroom in the Courthouse. If the public access courtroom exceeds its capacity of ten spectators, a public telephone conference line may be made available at the discretion of the presiding judge. Civil jury trials may be observed from the public access courtroom or, unless otherwise directed by the presiding judge, may also be listened to by dialing into a public telephone conference line. Neither the public access courtroom nor the public telephone conference line will be made available during individual voir dire of prospective jurors in civil or criminal trials.
- New Hampshire
New Standing Order on Civil Jury Trials and Mediations
The United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire has entered a new Standing Order (20-30) addressing the status of civil jury trials and mediations.
- Federal Bankruptcy Oregon
The Court's News and Announcements List has an update:
Proposed Federal Rule Amendments Published for Public Comment by February 16, 2021
On June 23, 2020, the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (Standing Committee) approved publication of proposed amendments to the following:
- Appellate Rule 25;
- Bankruptcy Restyled Rules Parts I and II; Rules 1007, 1020, 2009, 2012, 2015, 3002, 3010, 3011, 3014, 3016, 3017.1, 3017.2 (new), 3018, 3019, 5005, 7004, and 8023; and Official Forms 101, 122B, 201, 309E-1, 309E-2, 309F-1, 309F-2, 314, 315, and 425A;
- Civil Rule 12 and Supplemental Rules for Social Security Review Actions Under 42 U.S.C. § 405(g); and
- Criminal Rule 16.
The comment period is open from August 14, 2020 to February 16, 2021. Read the text of the proposed amendments and supporting materials.
- Rhode Island
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules have proposed amendments to the following rules and have asked that they be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment.
Appellate Rule: 25
Bankruptcy Rules: Restyled Rules Parts I and II; Rules 1007, 1020, 2009, 2012, 2015, 3002, 3010, 3011, 3014, 3016, 3017.1, 3017.2 (new), 3018, 3019, 5005, 7004, and 8023; and Official Forms 101, 122B, 201, 309E-1, 309E-2, 309F-1, 309F-2, 314, 315, and 425A
Civil Rules: Rule 12 and Supplemental Rules for Social Security Review Actions Under 42 U.S.C. § 405(g)
Criminal Rule: 16
The proposed amendments and the advisory committees’ reports explaining the proposed changes are posted on the Judiciary’s website. The information is posted in a printable format for those who prefer hard-copy documents.
The public comment period opens on August 14, 2020 and closes on February 16, 2021.