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COVID-19 Related News Articles

Track all of the news articles about the federal Judiciary's response and recovery during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Some Courts Slow Reopening Plans as COVID Cases Rise

Published onJuly 16, 2020

At a time when some states are backtracking on plans to restore business and government operations, a number of federal courts also are slowing plans to reopen courthouse doors as coronavirus (COVID-19) case numbers escalate in many states.

Even During COVID, Courts Find Ways to Welcome New Americans

Published onJuly 7, 2020

When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic first forced courthouses to limit access to the general public, one of the first events to be canceled was an especially joyous rite: the naturalization of new U.S. citizens.

Judge Testifies at House Hearing on Pandemic Impacts

Published onJune 25, 2020

Through a combination of advance planning, expanded use of technology, and the dedication of thousands of employees, the federal Judiciary’s response to the pandemic has enabled courts to continue to operate, while ensuring the health and safety of the public and court personnel, U.S. Senior District Judge David G. Campbell told Congress on Thursday.

Judiciary Employees Find Ways to Help During Pandemic

Published onJune 23, 2020

Learn about the countless Judiciary employees across the court system who have volunteered to help people in need in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A New Road to Citizenship in Detroit

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Published onJune 18, 2020

Federal judges in the Motor City are embracing a novel approach to welcoming people eager to take their citizenship oaths in the age of coronavirus: Drive-through naturalization ceremonies.

Virtual Internships Provide Inside Look at Court

Published onJune 16, 2020

For more than a decade, an annual summer intern program hosted by the Northern District of Alabama has given law students a vivid close-up view of the criminal and civil process.

Officers Innovate in the Field During COVID-19 Crisis

Published onJune 11, 2020

Federal probation and pretrial offices replaced many of their face-to-face operations with digital alternatives to protect the well-being of officers, the individuals they supervise, and the public, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Officers now utilize an array of telephone and video conferencing and location monitoring services, administer drug tests remotely, and facilitate telemedicine sessions to fulfill investigative and supervision duties from afar.

Judiciary Issues Report on Restarting Jury Trials

Published onJune 10, 2020

A comprehensive new report on conducting federal jury trials and convening grand juries during the pandemic details the number of factors for courts to consider, from changes to prospective juror questionnaires to creating safe spaces for jurors to deliberate safely.

Judiciary Seeks Funding, Legislative Changes to Aid COVID-19 Response

Published onMay 5, 2020

The Judiciary has asked Congress for $36.6 million in supplemental funding, as well as several legislative reforms designed to help federal courts respond effectively to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.

Courts Begin to Consider Guidelines for Reopening

Published onApril 27, 2020

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has distributed to the courts guidelines for restoring operations that rely heavily on conditions in local communities and on objective data from local and state public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Courts Deliver Justice Virtually Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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Published onApril 8, 2020

From home offices and kitchen tables, federal judges are foregoing their traditional courtroom settings to continue some of their courts’ vital operations virtually amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Judiciary Provides Public, Media Access to Electronic Court Proceedings

Published onApril 3, 2020

Media organizations and the public will be able to access certain criminal proceedings conducted by videoconference or teleconference for the duration of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, according to new guidance provided to federal courts.

Courts Search for Protective Gear to Aid Hospitals

Published onApril 1, 2020

Two district courts in Florida have discovered stockpiles of urgently needed protective gear and donated them to local hospitals, prompting a call to federal courts across the country to search for surplus medical supplies in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Judiciary Authorizes Video/Audio Access During COVID-19 Pandemic

Published onMarch 31, 2020

In order to address health and safety concerns in federal courthouses and courtrooms, the Judicial Conference of the United States has temporarily approved the use of video and teleconferencing for certain criminal proceedings and access via teleconferencing for civil proceedings during the COVID-19 national emergency.

Courts Suspend Jury Trials in Response to Coronavirus

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Published onMarch 26, 2020

Dozens of federal courts have postponed jury trials, grand juries, and other court proceedings to safeguard the health of jurors, court employees, and the public, as COVID-19 cases grow in the U.S. To maintain quick and reliable communication with jurors, most of the 94 federal court districts use an automated messaging system that can send email alerts, phone calls, and text messages informing jurors of courthouse cancellations or changes in service. 

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