Legal World Adjusts to Pandemic

As different parts of the country adjust to Coronavirus outbreaks of varying degrees of intensity, government agencies and courts are issuing revised operating procedures.

The Federal Circuit announced today that some of the cases of the April argument calendar are being removed and will be submitted on the briefs.  In cases remaining on the argument calendar, if counsel for either party is located outside the National Capital area, the argument will be conducted by telephonic conference at the date and time previously scheduled.  In cases scheduled for argument where counsel for both parties are local, as of now, the court plans to proceed with in-person argument as previously scheduled.  Parties in all cases will be notified individually as to how we plan to proceed in their case.

The International Trade Commission (ITC), is postponing hearings scheduled in the next 60 days. The Commission will re-evaluate the schedule after 45 days for any additional postponements. All discovery will continue and any essential outside participation by staff will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Guidance on this matter will be forthcoming.

The USPTO has announced that no in-person meetings will be permitted (i.e., no examiner interviews or PTAB hearings).  Only video will be permitted going forward.

Additional information on popular districts/courts around the country is provided in the table below:

Court Status Notes Last Checked

Nothing to report


DDC Open

Any changes in operations due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) will be announced: here.


7th Circuit Open

The court is closely monitoring the progression of COVID-19 to determine possible impact to court operations. See News and Announcements: here.


Federal Circuit Open For the April sitting some arguments will be by video conference and certain appeals will be on submission: see:  here. 3/12/2020
DC Circuit Open Restricted Access starting 03/13/2020, See: here. 3/12/2020
Cook County Open Some procedural changes, See: here. 3/12/2020
DC Courts Open Nothing to report. 3/12/2020

Restricted Access, See: here.



Restricted Access, See: here.


NY State Courts Open

Restricted Access, See here.


2nd Circuit Open Restricted Access, See Announcements here. 3/12/2020

Possible restricted access, See: here.



Del. Ch. Open

The court will conduct video conferences when possible.  For other protocols see: here.


D.Mass Open

Restricted Access by Visitors, see here.

All Trials set before 4/27/20 delayed, see here.


1st Circuit Open No further information 3/12/2020
Mass Super. Courts Open No further information 3/12/2020

Restricted Access, see: here


CDCA Open Restricted Access, see: here 3/12/2020
9th Circuit Open The Court has cancelled its en banc hearings and all non-case related meetings scheduled for the week of March 9th. 3/12/2020
San Francisco County Superior Court Open The court is monitoring the situation. 3/12/2020
LA County Superior Court Open The court is monitoring the situation. 3/12/2020