The Office of Court Administration provided updated court operation guidance on May 5, reaffirming its instructions to delay all non-essential in-person proceedings until June 1 and offering additional guidance for court proceedings after that date.
According to an OCA announcement, effective June 1, courts may begin holding non-essential in-person hearings consistent with OCA’s “Guidance to Courts Regarding All Court Proceedings.”
The guidance notes that the local administrative district judges in each county and the presiding judge of each municipal court are required to submit to the regional presiding judge for their administrative judicial region a plan for all courts in the county or city, listing measures taken to protect litigants, the public, court staff, judges, and others visiting court buildings. The plans should be developed in consultation with local health authorities and the county judge or mayor, according to OCA.
In-person hearings, other than essential hearings that cannot be conducted remotely because doing so is not possible or practicable, may not be held on or after June 1 unless an operating plan has been submitted and acknowledged in writing by the regional presiding judge, the OCA announced.
Read the full guidance here.