In keeping with many federal courts, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts today set forth courthouse access restrictions in the face of the Coronavirus outbreak. General Order 20-1 restricts courthouse access to those who have travelled to a country with a CDC level 2 or 3 travel advisory (presently China, Italy, Iran, Japan and South Korea) as well as to those who have had contact with such travelers and/or those displaying Coronavirus symptoms. They ask that affected parties scheduled to appear contact their attorneys, that attorneys impacted by the order contact the session before which they are to appear, and that impacted jurors contact the Jury Department at 617-748-9082.
The Court further announced that, while the Massachusetts federal courts would remain open, all jury trials scheduled to begin before April 27th would be put on hold until further order of the Court, with that date subject to further extension as the situation warrants. Hearings, conferences and bench trials are to proceed at the discretion of the individual judges, who are strongly encouraged to conduct court proceedings by telephone or video conferencing where practicable.
Stay safe everyone!