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 JANUARY 12, 2021

Added Closures/Delays

  • Turner, GA – Court has transitioned from delayed to closed. Updates will be provided as they become available.
  • Hampden, MA – Courts in this county are closed, however, we do have limited access. Delays should be expected.
  • Bristol, MA – Courts in this county are closed, however, we do have limited access. Delays should be expected.
  • Middlesex, MA -- Courts in this county are closed, however, we do have limited access. Delays should be expected.
  • Braxton, WV – Court has closed, clerks are not assisting currently. We will provide updates as they become available.

Reopening Courts

  • Henderson, KY – Court reopened today for appointments only. Please expect delays as the backlog is being worked through.
  • Webster, KY – This court reopened on 01/04, please expect delays as the backlog is being worked through
  • Overton, TN – Court has reopened, however, is allowing limited access. Please expect delays.
  • Cabell, WV – Court has reopened, however, delays should be expected while backlogs are being worked through.

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. 
COUNTY STATE DATE OF UPDATE REOPENING DATE IMPACT Notes
Gila AZ 12/21/2020 N/A MEDIUM Please expect delays in this area as the clerks office is extremely short staffed
Santa Clara CA 1/5/2021 1/4/2021 HIGH Initially was to reopen today, however, as per court official, the court will remain closed with no estimated reopen date. However, we do have access and can complete clears at this time. We will provide updates as they become available.
Riverside CA 12/29/2020 TBD MEDIUM This court has closed due to Covid, however, we do currently have access. Delays should be expected.
Santa Barbara CA 1/8/2021 TBD HIGH Clerks are back from furloughs, however, court remains closed although clerks are assisting. Delays should be expected.
Alameda CA 12/18/2020 TBD LOW Court furloughs have begun in this county, however, there are still clerks in the office and they are assisting. At this time, there is no closure coming that the clerks are aware of. The shortage in staff may cause minor delays.
Stanislaus CA 12/17/2020 TBD HIGH Court has closed. We are able to process clears at this time, however, anything with possible records will be affected.
Ventura CA 12/17/2020 MULTIPLE MEDIUM We would like to inform you that the Ventura County Superior Court will be closed for Furlough on 12/16, 12/23, 12/24, 12/30 and 12/31. Our team will monitor this situation closely and will provide updates as soon as they are made available.
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
Plumas CA 11/30/2020 N/A MEDIUM Please expect delays in this area for any search that requires clerk assistance. The court houses are short staffed due to Covid. We will provide updates as they are available.
Kern CA 11/19/2020 TBD MEDIUM Please expect delays as these courts have closed to the public. Our local partner is working directly with court clerks to verify case information. Any orders that require clerk assistance will be delayed
Fresno CA 11/17/2020 MULTIPLE MEDIUM The county has issued a notice stating there will be court closures, due to budget cuts, for the Winter of 2020 through Spring 2021. During the dates specified, there will be no PAT access in any buildings, therefore the searches with unlimited search scope or needing clerk assistance will be delayed until the court resumes its operating hours.
November 23-25, 2020
December 24-31, 2020
April 1 and 2, 2021
San Luis Obispo CA 11/10/2020 N/A MEDIUM Please expect delays in San Luis Obispo, as court staff is being furloughed to half staff each week. This is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. We will provide updates as they are available.
Los Angeles CA 6/15/2020 N/A MEDIUM Courthouses are now implementing new safety protocols, and will be allowing the public to enter via appointment. We will continue processing searches, but please be advised that we still anticipate delays as access remains limited.
Multiple CA 11/13/2020 TBD HIGH 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.
 
We have confirmed that the following courts will be closed to the public: Mariposa, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara
All DC 7/6/2020 TBD HIGH In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, courts will now be closed to the public. Our local partner is working directly with court clerks to verify case information. Only orders that have potential records will be delayed, as they now require clerk assistance.
ALL DE 8/5/2020 N/A 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.
Hall GA 1/5/2021 N/A HIGH There has been a ransomware attack in this county. Parts of the case details were completely lost, therefore, many searches require clerk assistance to pull files. With Covid closures and reduced staff, clerks are assisting when they are able. Please expect major delays in this area.
Multiple GA 1/12/2021 TBD HIGH CLOSED:  Rabun has closed with no reason provided.
Dekalb superior offices have now closed until 1/8/2021
Clayton, Cowetta, Echols, Jasper, Johnson, Marion, Richmond, and Turner courts have closed due to potential Covid outbreaks.
 
DELAYED: Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Gordon, Haralson, Polk, and Walton are operating with appointments only at this time.
 
REOPENED: Clay has now reopened and is by appointment only, please expect delays while backlogs are being worked through.
 
We will provide updates on these courts, as available.
Multiple GA 11/23/2020 TBD HIGH In an effort to reduce public exposure to COVID-19, courts in these counties will continue conducting only essential in-person business: Banks, Bibb, Chatham, Chattooga, Emanuel, Fulton, Hancock, Murray, Troup, Whitfield, Wilcox. On requests that require clerk assistance, we expect delays to continue. Gwinnett has now opened on a very limited basis. We are processing this county, but delays should continue to be expected.
 
The Supreme Court of GA has once again extended their judicial emergency until December 9th, and we are monitoring this state closely for updates. You can read the order by following the link below.
 
https://www.gasupreme.us/extend-judicial-emergency/"
Multiple KY 1/12/2021 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 Feb 01, 2021. 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): Allen, Bourbon, Carlisle, Clay, Daviess, Edmonson, Estill, Fayette, Garrard, Hardin, Hart, Henry, Hopkins,  Lincoln, Livingston, Lyon, Madison, Mercer, Nelson, Ohio, Owen, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Simpson, and Trigg
 
-CLOSED until no longer labeled as "Red Zone": Gallatin, Graves, Johnson, Knox, Laurel, McCracken, and Union
 
-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: Butler, Henderson Jefferson, Morgan, Webster, and Woodford
ALL KY 12/1/2020 MULTIPLE MEDIUM 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 Feb 01, 2021.   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.
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
Red River LA 12/29/2020 TBD HIGH Court has closed due to Covid.
Livingston Updated 11/13 LA 11/13/2020 N/A MEDIUM Please expect delays, as courts are now essential staff only. Any search requiring clerk assistance may be delayed. We will provide updates as they become available.
Multiple MA 1/12/2021 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.
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.
 
CLOSED: Muskegon
 
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
Tallahatchie MS 11/30/2020 TBD HIGH Closed due to Covid Outbreak. At this time there is no re-open date available. We will update as information becomes available.
Madison MS 12/1/2020 N/A MEDIUM Please expect delays in this area as the court house is only accepting appointments at this time.
Multiple MS 11/5/2020 N/A 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. We have learned that Humphreys county courts have re-opened again, and our local partners are processing the backlog.
ALL NJ 7/30/2020 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.
Steuben NY 12/16/2020 12/11/2020 MEDIUM Courts have reopened on 12/14 and is fully functional. Delays should be expected as backlogs are being worked through.
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.
Henry TN  1/5/2021 1/5/2021 MEDIUM Court closed due to roof damage. Expected to reopen on 1/5.
Hardin TN 12/14/2020 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.
ALL TN 1/12/2021 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: Cheatham, Chester, Clay, Davidson, Gibson (until 1/15), Henderson, Houston, Lincoln, Meigs, Monroe, Robertson (until 1/31), Sevier Circuit, Sequatchie, Stewart, and Union
 
CLOSED but allowing appointments: Coffee, Dekalb, Overton, Van Buren, and White
 
CLOSED, however, clerk is assisting: Wayne
 
DELAYED due to backlogs or staff shortages: Overton, Marion, and Warren
 
REOPENED, expect delays due to backlogs, staff shortages, or appointments being required: Benton, Dekalb, Dyer, Henry, Jackson, Johnson, Overton, Rhea, Stewart, and Warren
Sequatchie TN 12/1/2020 TBD HIGH Closed until further notice due to Covid outbreak
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 1/12/2021 TBD HIGH Most courts resumed in-person operations on 5/18. 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: Upshur county has re-opened with very limited access. Delays should be expected.
Cabell has reopened, please expect delays while backlogs are being worked through.
 
CLOSED:
Boone, Braxton, Clay, Hampshire, Harrison, Jackson, Lincoln, and Logan has now closed indefinitely, due to Covid
Calhoun closed through 12/22 due to a possible Covid exposure
 
Tucker is now clerk assisted due to the court being closed to the public

Additional Resources  

Law 360 Court Closures and Restrictions  

PBSA: COVID-19 Impact on Public Records