Status as of  March 2, 2021

Court Closures & Delays

 

COUNTY

STATE

DATE OF UPDATE

REOPENING DATE

IMPACT

Notes

Mohave

AZ

02/25/2021

N/A

MEDIUM

Delays should be expected, courts are suffering staff shortages currently.

Yuma

AZ

02/25/2021

N/A

MEDIUM

Delays should be expected, courts are suffering staff shortages currently.

Gila

AZ

12/21/2020

N/A

MEDIUM

Please expect delays in this area as the clerks office is extremely short staffed

Alameda

CA

02/22/2021

TBD

LOW

Court furloughs have begun in this county, however, there are still clerks in the office and they are assisting. At this time, there is no closure coming that the clerks are aware of. The shortage in staff may cause minor delays.

Confirmed no change as of 2/22

Los Angeles

CA

6/15/2020

N/A

MEDIUM

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.

Marin

CA

02/22/2021

TBD

HIGH

Court records department is currently closed. We are able to process clears. Clerks are assisting to verify DOBs on possible cases and provide case info as they are able. There is an extremely large backlog that is being worked through. Please expect severe delays. Clerks are strictly working in the order they were received, we are completely at the clerk’s mercy here. 

Please be advised, Marin court clerk has informed us that the TAT to verify DOBs on possible cases as well as providing case summaries has been extended from 4-6 weeks to up to 12 weeks. According to the clerk, unfortunately COVID has impacted the operations at the court and they only have one person in the records division.

Riverside

CA

02/25/2021

TBD

MEDIUM

This court has reopened, however, only to court staff and not available to the public.

San Mateo

CA

12/16/2020

N/A

MEDIUM

Court is still closed, however, the clerks have created a Drop Box where requests can be dropped off and returned to vendors

Santa Barbara

CA

02/22/2021

TBD

HIGH

Clerks are back from furloughs, however, court remains closed although clerks are assisting. Delays should be expected.

Confirmed no change as of 02/22

Santa Clara

CA

02/22/2021

1/4/2021

HIGH

Initially was to reopen today, however, as per court official, the court will remain closed with no estimated reopen date. However, clerks are now allowing VERY limited access in 15 minute increments. Clerk services remain closed, therefore anything requiring clerk assistance cannot be processed. Delays should be expected. We will provide updates as they become available.

Confirmed court remains closed to the public as of 02/22 

Stanislaus

CA

02/22/2021

03/2021

HIGH

Court has closed. We are able to process clears at this time, however, anything with possible records will be affected. No reopen date available at this time. Court will no longer assist with verifying DOBs on orders with possible records.

Updated 02/22

Multiple

CA

02/22/2021

TBD

HIGH

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

Update 02/22: Mariposa is now open to the public. Delays should be expected.

All

DC

1/19/2021

TBD

HIGH

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.

Confirmed no change in DC courts on 1/19/2021

ALL

DE

1/19/2021

N/A

MEDIUM

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.

Confirmed no change in DE courts on 1/19/2021

Cobb

GA

02/15/2021

N/A

MEDIUM

PAT is fully functional again. Please expect delays as backlogs are being worked through.

Gwinnett

GA

1/19/2021

TBD

HIGH

Court is open, however, the main PAT has been removed from all computers at the clerks office. Clerks did not state if/when they will be replacing. We will provide updates as they become available.

Hall

GA

1/5/2021

N/A

HIGH

There has been a ransomware attack in this county. Parts of the case details were completely lost, therefore, many searches require clerk assistance to pull files. With Covid closures and reduced staff, clerks are assisting when they are able. Please expect major delays in this area.

Multiple

GA

03/02/2021

TBD

HIGH

Glynn: State court closed, still processing clears and records, any search requiring clerk assistance is currently being placed on hold.

CLOSED: Clayton, Cowetta, Dekalb, Echols, Gordon, Houston, Jasper, Johnson, Rabun, Richmond, and Whitfield 

DELAYED: Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Haralson, Polk, and Walton are operating with appointments only at this time.

REOPENED: Clay, Marion, and Turner have now reopened. Please expect delays while backlogs are being worked through.

We will provide updates on these courts, as available.

Multiple

GA

11/23/2020

TBD

HIGH

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, Hancock, Murray, Troup, 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.

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.

https://www.gasupreme.us/extend-judicial-emergency/”

Washington

KY

2/15/2021

TBD

HIGH

Court has closed and has no public access. Court will remain closed further notice.

Multiple

KY

03/02/2021

Multiple

HIGH

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 further notice. 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.

-CLOSED until further notice (NO access): Allen, Clay, Edmonson, Fayette (until April 1st), Hardin, Hopkins,  Lyon, Mercer, Nelson, Owen, and Simpson

-CLOSED until no longer labeled as “Red Zone”: Gallatin, Knox, Laurel, Rockcastle, and Union

Court remains closed, however, clerks are assisting with completing CLEARS ONLY: Boyd, Madison, and Perry

-Many other counties are closed, however, our runner has access and/or clerks are assisting. Delays should be expected in any counties not listed above.

REOPENED, however appointments only and are experiencing DELAYS: Bourbon, Butler, Carlisle, Carter, Christian, Daviess, Estill, Floyd, Garrard, Graves, Grayson, Greenup, Harrison, Hart, Henderson, Henry, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Livingston, McCracken, Morgan, Ohio, Pulaski, Trigg, Webster, and Woodford

ALL

KY

11/23/2020

TBD

HIGH

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.

https://kygeonet.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/543ac64bc40445918cf8bc34dc40e334

Red River

LA

1/26/2021

N/A

MEDIUM

Court has reopened, please expect delays while backlogs are being worked through.

Multiple

MA

1/19/2021

N/A

MEDIUM

The following courts are closed, however, we do currently have limited access in the following counties: Bristol, Hampden, and Middlesex. Delays should be expected in these areas.

Suffolk: Court is closed to the public, however, they are assisting when they are able. This court is currently extremely short staffed, therefore, severe delays should be expected. 

ALL

MI

1/6/2021

N/A

HIGH

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.

DELAYED (significant) due to backlogs and appointments being required: Allegan, Cass, Saginaw, Monroe, and St Joseph 

DELAYED due to Covid related staff shortages: Cass, Charlevoix, Manistee, Marquette, and Sanilac

Saginaw – (ONLY ALLOWED IN ONCE A WEEK) 
Wayne –  (daily)
Lenawee – (clerk assistance – daily)
Oakland – (daily – however archived records take significantly longer)
Kalamazoo – (daily)
Lapeer – (daily)
Ingham – (daily)
Ottawa -(daily)
Muskegon – Every day except Friday (they are closed on Fridays during covid)
Bay – (twice a week)

Warren

MS

02/25/2021

N/A

MEDUIM

Delays should be expected due to backlog.

Wilkinson

MS

1/25/2021

TBD

HIGH

Court has closed due to Covid. At this time there is no estimated reopen date. 

Jefferson

MS

1/29/2021

TBD

HIGH

Court has closed due to Covid. There is no reopen date available at this time. 

Madison

MS

12/1/2020

N/A

MEDIUM

Please expect delays in this area as the court house is only accepting appointments at this time.

Multiple

MS

11/5/2020

N/A

MEDIUM

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. 

ALL

NJ

1/19/2021

N/A

MEDIUM

All Superior Court locations are continue 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.

Confirmed no change in NJ Courts on 1/19/2021

Multiple

NY

8/3/2020

N/A

MEDIUM

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.

Hardin

TN

02/18/2021

N/A

MEDIUM

Court is partially open, however, the staff is still dealing with Covid. Visits to the court are being limited. Delays should be expected. These conditions are expected to continue until at lease April.

ALL

TN

02/18/2021

MULTIPLE

MEDIUM

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.

CLOSED: Clay, Davidson, Henderson, Houston, Monroe, Robertson (through Feb and probably March), Sevier Circuit, Sequatchie, and Union

CLOSED but allowing appointments: Coffee, Dekalb, Overton, Van Buren, and White

CLOSED, however, clerk is assisting: Wayne

DELAYED due to backlogs or staff shortages, backlogs, clerk assistance needed, etc: Hamilton, Overton, Marion, and Warren

REOPENED, expect delays due to backlogs, staff shortages, or appointments being required: Benton, Cheatham, Chester, Dekalb, Dyer, Gibson, Grundy, Henry, Jackson, Johnson, Lincoln, Meigs, Overton, Rhea, Stewart, and Warren

Sequatchie

TN

02/18/2021

TBD

HIGH

Court remains closed at this time, however, clerks are assisting as they are able. Please expect severe delays. These conditions are expected to continue until at lease April.

Orange

TX

12/16/2020

TBD

MEDIUM

District Court office is closed, any search requiring clerk assistance cannot be processed at this time. Circuit Court is fully functional.

ALL

WV

02/18/2021

TBD

HIGH

Most courts have resumed in-person operations. 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.

REOPEN, however, delays should be expected due to requiring appointments or working through backlog: Boone, Kanawha, and Upshur 

CLOSED, however, clerks are assisting: Hampshire 

Braxton is now clerk assisted due PAT being closed to the public.

 

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