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Appriss Insights is closely monitoring court closures and access restrictions nationwide and has proactively implemented a variety of contingent processes to maintain the level of service that you’ve come to expect. Even with these contingencies in place, you may see a degradation of service in certain regions as government officials continue to close or curtail access to government offices and online systems which impact our ability to provide court research services. 

In order to apprise our customers of current closures which may affect our court research services, we are updating this page regularly with information on court closures and possible delays. Please note that while we are providing the best available information we have, due to the ever-changing nature of events related to COVID-19, accuracy is not guaranteed.  

We remain dedicated to providing your business with accurate and timely court research services and appreciate your trust in Appriss Insights during these challenging times.  

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STATUS AS OF APRIL 12, 2021

***All new updates are bolded below***

Court Closures & Delays


COUNTY STATE DATE OF UPDATE REOPENING DATE IMPACT Notes
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
Multiple CA 03/18/2021 TBD MEDIUM

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.

DELAYS:

Alameda -We are currently unable to process any document requests in this court as the Clerk’s Counter is closed.

Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, Shasta, Solano, Stanislaus -Cases requiring clerk assistance may be delayed.

El Dorado - Court is moving to clerk search only, expect delays.

Imperial - Court has reduced staff which will severely delay

Mono - Each hit has to be performed by clerks, causing delays.

San Bernardino- Court has reopened, however are short staffed. They are estimating it may take up to 21 days to complete searches requiring clerk assistance. 

Sutter - Court is open, however, clerk assistance is NOT available. Only searches that can be completed from the PAT will be completed. Even those will be delayed due to appointment times. 

 

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 03/11/2021 TBD HIGH

Court has closed again, however, clerks are assisting as they are able. Major delays should be expected in this area. 

ALL DE 04/01/2021 04/05/2021 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
Coweta GA 03/31/2021 N/A MEDIUM

Closed due to tornado and storm related damage.

Multiple GA 04/12/2021 TBD HIGH

DELAYED, allowing limited access or appointments only:  Atkinson, Bacon, Baldwin, Berrien, Bibb, Butts, Bryan,  Calhoun, Clayton, Cobb, Dade, DeKalb, Elbert, Floyd, Franklin, Gilmer, Glascock, Gordon, Grady, Greene, Gwinnett, Haralson, Harris, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, McDuffie, Miller, Montgomery, Murray, Newton, Oglethorpe, Pulaski, Rabun, Seminole, Stewart, Talbot, Tattnall,   Toombs, Turner, Walton, Washington, Webster, Wheeler, and Whitfield

We will provide updates on these courts, as available.

Multiple KY 04/09/2021 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): , Estill, Hardin, Hopkins (closed until 4/1), Lyon (Closed until 5/1), Nelson (possibly May 1st appointments may resume), and Simpson and Washington

-CLOSED until no longer labeled as "Red Zone": Gallatin, Knox, Laurel (possibly May 1st appointments may resume)    

Court remains closed, however, clerks are assisting with completing CLEARS ONLY: Boyd 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: Allen, Bourbon, Butler, Carlisle, Carroll, Carter, Christian, Clay, Daviess, Edmonson, Fayette, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Graves, Grayson, Greenup, Hardin, Harrison, Hart, Henderson, Henry, Hopkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox,  Lawrence, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, McCracken, Mercer, Morgan, Ohio, Owen, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Simpson, Trigg, Union, Washington, 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
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)
Jackson MS 03/11/2021 N/A MEDUIM Delays should be expected as this area is requiring appointments. 
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 4/1/2021 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, Monroe, Sevier Circuit, Sequatchie, and Union

CLOSED but allowing appointments or clerks are assisting: Campbell, Coffee, Dekalb, Overton, Van Buren, Wayne, and White

DELAYED due to backlogs or staff shortages, backlogs, clerk assistance needed, etc: Hamilton, Houston, 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, Robertson, Stewart, and Warren
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: Braxton and Hampshire 

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PLEASE NOTE: 

  • This regular update is limited in scope to the jurisdictions in which Appriss Insights provides court research services. 
  • Any updates following the time of publication shown above will not be reflected until the next update.  
  • Due to the ever-changing nature of events, Appriss Insights does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided herein. 

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