Procedures During the Pandemic.
This is an unprecedented time.
First, contact your attorney.
Most legal offices are operating from remote locations. Reach out to your attorney. If it is an emergency, most courts have staff available--but it must be legitimately urgent.
Second, expect a delay
The shut-down will push most cases back sixty to ninety days. As judges schedule hearings months in advance, those dates adjourned during the shut down are competing with already full calendars.
What about ZOOM hearings?
The good news is that the shut-down has forced many courts to move into the twenty-first century. Courts are now expanding their e-filing system and holding some hearings and conferences by ZOOM or similar software.
Can I file a new divorce case?
it depends on the Court, but most are not accepting newly filed cases.
How do I get more information?
Check on your Court's website. Most county courts have published specific COVID19 procedures and practices for download. Many courts are waiving judge online fees.
Follow your court orders. Judges will not be pleased with litigants who take advantage of the current state of affairs.
Finally, stay inside and wash your hands. Life will return to normal soon.
As far as the legal community goes, we should be more efficient and accessible when the dust settles.
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