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Court expiration dates and deadlines during COVID-19 pandemic

Some expiration dates and deadlines have been extended during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is what you need to know about court dates.

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Expiring injunctions and similar orders

If a restraining order, injunction, or similar order was issued before March 17, 2020, after a hearing where the defendant appeared and had a chance to be heard, or failed to appear, that order remains in effect until the matter is rescheduled and heard, unless otherwise ordered by the court. Trial Court departments are beginning to reschedule and hear these matters and, whenever practicable, conducting the proceedings virtually.

Statutes of limitation

Civil statutes of limitation were tolled from March 17, 2020 through June 30, 2020, and will not be tolled any further.  Criminal statutes of limitation are tolled from March 17, 2020, through September 30, 2020, because of the limited availability of grand juries.  For instructions on calculating the new date for the expiration of a statute of limitation, see paragraph 13 of Supreme Judicial Court third updated order regarding court operations under the exigent circumstances created by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Deadlines set forth in statutes or court rules, standing orders, tracking orders, or guidelines

Unless otherwise ordered by the applicable appellate court, court department, or judge(s) presiding over the court case, all deadlines in statutes or court rules, standing orders, tracking orders, or guidelines that expired at any time from March 17, 2020 through June 30, 2020, were tolled until July 1, 2020, when the tolling period ended. For instructions on calculating the new deadline, see paragraph 14 of Supreme Judicial Court third updated order regarding court operations under the exigent circumstances created by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Court-ordered deadlines in particular cases

Unless otherwise specifically ordered by the judge presiding over the court case, all deadlines established by a court in a particular case prior to March 17, 2020, that expired at any time from March 17, 2020, through June 30, 2020, were tolled until July 1, 2020, when the tolling period ended.  For instructions on calculating the new deadline, see paragraph 14 of Supreme Judicial Court third updated order regarding court operations under the exigent circumstances created by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Date published: August 20, 2020
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