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The following is a summary of the status of courts and workers compensation proceedings in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia as of 3/20/2020. The links below should be checked as the dates are changing frequently depending on the perceived length and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Effective March 17, 2020: The United States District Court for the District of Columbia is limiting court operations in consideration of the exigent circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Court Operations Standing Order 20-9.
Essentially this says that all civil jury trials between March 17, 2020 and May 11, 2020 are postponed and continued pending further Order of the Court. All other civil proceedings between March 17, 2020 and April 17, 2020 are postponed and will be scheduled for a later date, unless the presiding Judge issues an order that a particular proceeding will be held by teleconference on or before April 17.
The Superior Court of the District of Columbia has essentially postponed all civil trials and hearings through May 15, and they will be rescheduled to dates to be determined by the Court.
Generally, the DC Courts response to the COVID-19 pandemic is at this link:
The D.C. Department of Employment Services has issued the following concerning its operations during the Covid-19 emergency:
Essentially, the Office of Workers Compensation remains operations to process compensation claims and to respond to inquiries. Administrative hearings Division and the Compensation Review Board have suspended all hearings until after March 31, 2020. They will resume on or after April 1, 2020.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland has issued Amended Standing Order 2020-02 concerning restrictions on visitors to the courthouses and Standing Order 2020-04 concerning COVID-19 Pandemic Procedures.
The Maryland State Bar has collected information as to how courts and administrative agencies in Maryland and the District of Columbia have altered their operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Maryland WCC posted this notice on their website:
March 14, 2020: Effective immediately - All claims scheduled to be heard between March 16 and April 3, 2020 are postponed. Commission operations shall continue to the extent possible but Commission offices are closed to the public. Certain previously scheduled emergency hearings during that time frame will be heard on dockets to be set on March 23 in Baltimore and Beltsville.
VWCC evidentiary hearings and mediations through March 31 have been postponed. (It appears that on the record hearings and reviews will proceed as scheduled.) The Commission will contact all interested parties to reschedule.
The Supreme Court of Virginia has declared a judicial emergency. In summary, from Monday, March 16 to Monday, April 6, 2020, all non-essential, non-emergency court proceedings in all circuit and district courts are suspended and all deadlines are tolled and extended, for a period of 21 days. All circuit and district courts were ordered to continue all civil matters, including jury trials, during that period.
The Virginia Judicial System website has posted a list of COVID-19 Appellate and Local Court Information.
On March 27, 2020, the Supreme Court of Virginia issued an order extending the judicial emergency response to the COVID-19 emergency beginning April 6 through April 26, 2020, for all district and circuit courts of the Commonwealth.
The Virginia State Bar has created a resource page helpful for lawyers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 related updates from various courts and the VSB may be found on the VSB website here.