SJC Announces Updated Standing Order Closing Courts Until June 1st

What does the new order mean for your OUI case?

Per the new standing order, the initial court closure until May 4, 2020 has been extended to June 1, 2020 in light of the current surge of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts. Courts will continue to conduct business with limited staff through June 1st. Staff will be on site for in-person emergency proceedings and to take filings that cannot be made virtually. For the protection of the public and their staff, the courts will not be open to the public. Motions may be made for exceptions in emergency or extraordinary circumstances, and these decisions will be made on a case by case basis. No jury empanelment or trials shall occur during this time.

Per the order, the Trial Court Department is tasked with determining which non-emergency categories of cases they may be able to hear virtually. At present, these non-emergency categories are unknown and additional guidance is expected soon. The Court will post the notice of its decision regarding any hearing of non-emergency cases on the judiciary's COVID-19 webpage. The Law Offices of Attorney Joseph D. Bernard will be in touch with our clients affected by these changes with more information as soon as it becomes available.