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What to know before going to a courthouse during COVID-19

Courthouses are open and conducting most business in person, although certain proceedings will be heard virtually -- by videoconference and phone. If you are going to court in person, here is what you should know.

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Visiting a court

  • You should self-screen before coming to court. 
  • You may bring your cell phone or electronic device to all courthouses
  • Courts may provide a drop-box to deliver pleadings or documents for filing. Please review department standing orders or call ahead to confirm the court you are visiting has a drop box.
  • You may not enter a courthouse if you:

    • Have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 5 days
    • Are waiting for COVID-19 test results after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
    • Have been directed to isolate or quarantine
    • Currently have COVID-19 symptoms
    • Are not up to date on vaccinations and have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 within the past 5 days
  • Mask wearing is not require inside of courthouses, except when persons have tested positive, experienced symptoms, or had close contact with someone with COVID-19 within the previous 10 days. Mask wearing is encouraged, especially by those who are not up to date on vaccinations, have a weakened immune system, are at increased risk for severe disease due to age or an underlying medical condition, or live in the same household as someone in those circumstances. 
  • The Trial Court has cleaning and disinfecting protocols in place.
  • If you have any questions, please call the court directly.

Specific information for each court department

Date published: July 10, 2020
Last updated: December 21, 2022

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