Status of State Courts
Most state courthouses and clerk’s offices have re-opened to the public. Check this list to find out which courthouses are open. If you have questions about the status of your case or about visiting the court in person:
Note: If you get court papers such as a Summons or a Notice of Suit that instruct you to file an Appearance and Answer with the court, you should file these forms as soon as possible. As of September 20, the court can issue a default judgment against you. A default judgment means that you lost the case without a trial because you didn’t file your Appearance and Answer. If you get a default judgment in an eviction case, the judge can then issue an Execution, which is an order that allows a marshal to physically evict you from your home. Learn more about evictions during COVID-19 crisis.
- You can get the forms online or at the clerk’s office at the courthouse listed on the Summons or Notice of Suit. If you go to the courthouse, you must wear a mask and avoid bringing children or other people with you.
Note: If you have a remote hearing, call the clerk’s office and give them an email address where they can send you a link to your hearing. Do not assume that the hearing is not happening because the clerk’s office has not reached out to you. If you have questions about remote hearings, see this guide from the Judicial Branch.
Temporary Restraining Orders
You do not need to visit a courthouse to apply for a Temporary Restraining Order or Civil Protection Order. Learn more about applying for an order to protect you from abuse.
If you have very low income, you can apply for free legal assistance by calling Statewide Legal Services at 1-800-453-3320 or applying online.
Get more information about the Judicial Branch’s official COVID-19 updates.