COVID-19: Delays and/or Closures Updated 02/15/2021 | Legal Locator Service: Nationwide Employment Background Checks and Tenant Checks

 

Due to the COVID-19 crisis there are court requirements across the country and employment and tenant background checks can be affected. Select courthouses in various states have temporarily closed onsite access. Automated (electronic) access may still be available.

In states where courts have closed clients can talk to us about options. Please contact us to discuss options for screening applicants and employees during these closures. Options may include modifying background check packages and/or submitting requests to stay ahead of researcher backlogs. 

The following includes current courthouse closures that may affect background check turnaround times.

Today’s updates/additions are as follows:

Added Closures/Delays:

  • Boyd, KY – Court is closed, however, clerks are assisting with clears only.
  • Carter, KY – Court is closed, however, clerks are assisting with clears only.
  • Harrison, KY -- Court is closed, however, clerks are assisting with clears only.
     

Reopening Courts:

  • Cobb, GA - PAT is fully functional again. Please expect delays as backlogs are being worked through.

 

Holiday Closures:

  • CA- Closed 2/15 for Presidents Day
  • HI- Closed 2/15 for Presidents Day
  • IL– Closed 2/15 for Presidents Day
  • MA- Closed 2/15 for Presidents Day
  • NH - Closed 2/15 for Presidents Day
  • NV- Closed 2/15 for Presidents Day
  • OH- Closed 2/15 for Presidents Day
  • Bexar, TX- Closed 2/15 for Presidents Day
  • Dallas TX- Closed 2/15 for Presidents Day
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Court Closures & Delays

COUNTY STATE DATE OF UPDATE REOPENING DATE IMPACT Notes
Gila AZ 12/21/2020 N/A MEDIUM Please expect delays in this area as the clerks office is extremely short staffed
Alameda CA 12/18/2020 TBD LOW Court furloughs have begun in this county, however, there are still clerks in the office and they are assisting. At this time, there is no closure coming that the clerks are aware of. The shortage in staff may cause minor delays.
Los Angeles CA 6/15/2020 N/A MEDIUM Courthouses are now implementing new safety protocols, and will be allowing the public to enter via appointment. We will continue processing searches, but please be advised that we still anticipate delays as access remains limited.
Marin CA 1/19/2021 TBD HIGH

Court records department is currently closed. We are able to process clears. Clerks are assisting to verify DOBs on possible cases and provide case info as they are able. There is an extremely large backlog that is being worked through. Please expect severe delays. Clerks are strictly working in the order they were received, we are completely at the clerk’s mercy here. 

Riverside CA 12/29/2020 TBD MEDIUM This court has closed due to Covid, however, we do currently have access. Delays should be expected.
San Mateo CA 12/16/2020 N/A MEDIUM Court is still closed, however, the clerks have created a Drop Box where requests can be dropped off and returned to vendors
Santa Barbara CA 1/8/2021 TBD HIGH Clerks are back from furloughs, however, court remains closed although clerks are assisting. Delays should be expected.
Santa Clara CA 1/5/2021 1/4/2021 HIGH Initially was to reopen today, however, as per court official, the court will remain closed with no estimated reopen date. However, we do have access and can complete clears at this time. We will provide updates as they become available.
Stanislaus CA 2/9/2012 03/2021 HIGH Court has closed. We are able to process clears at this time, however, anything with possible records will be affected. Planning to reopen in early March.
Ventura CA 12/17/2020 MULTIPLE MEDIUM We would like to inform you that the Ventura County Superior Court will be closed for Furlough on 12/16, 12/23, 12/24, 12/30 and 12/31. Our team will monitor this situation closely and will provide updates as soon as they are made available.
Multiple CA 11/13/2020 TBD HIGH Counties throughout the state are either closing or are severely limiting public entrance. We should expect significant delays in processing, particularly in areas that require clerk assistance.

We have confirmed that the following courts will be closed to the public: Mariposa, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara
All DC 1/19/2021 TBD HIGH In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, courts will now be closed to the public. Our local partner is working directly with court clerks to verify case information. Only orders that have potential records will be delayed, as they now require clerk assistance.

Confirmed no change in DC courts on 1/19/2021
ALL DE 1/19/2021 N/A MEDIUM Courts have resumed Phase 2 of their reopening plan, and are allowing limited visitation for the public. We will continue to process orders, but please be advised that we anticipate minor delays.

Confirmed no change in DE courts on 1/19/2021
Cobb GA 02/15/2021 N/A MEDIUM PAT is fully functional again. Please expect delays as backlogs are being worked through.
Gwinnett GA 1/19/2021 TBD HIGH Court is open, however, the main PAT has been removed from all computers at the clerks office. Clerks did not state if/when they will be replacing. We will provide updates as they become available.
Hall GA 1/5/2021 N/A HIGH There has been a ransomware attack in this county. Parts of the case details were completely lost, therefore, many searches require clerk assistance to pull files. With Covid closures and reduced staff, clerks are assisting when they are able. Please expect major delays in this area.
Multiple GA 1/26/2021 TBD HIGH CLOSED:  Rabun has closed with no reason provided.

Dekalb superior offices have now closed until 1/8/2021

Glynn: State court closed, still processing clears and records, any search requiring clerk assistance is currently being placed on hold.

CLOSED: Clayton, Cowetta, Echols, Jasper, Johnson, and Richmond 

DELAYED: Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Gordon, Haralson, Polk, and Walton are operating with appointments only at this time.

REOPENED: Clay, Marion, and Turner have now reopened. Please expect delays while backlogs are being worked through.

We will provide updates on these courts, as available.
Multiple GA 11/23/2020 TBD HIGH In an effort to reduce public exposure to COVID-19, courts in these counties will continue conducting only essential in-person business: Banks, Bibb, Chatham, Chattooga, Emanuel, Fulton, Hancock, Murray, Troup, Whitfield, Wilcox. On requests that require clerk assistance, we expect delays to continue. Gwinnett has now opened on a very limited basis. We are processing this county, but delays should continue to be expected.

The Supreme Court of GA has once again extended their judicial emergency until December 9th, and we are monitoring this state closely for updates. You can read the order by following the link below.
https://www.gasupreme.us/extend-judicial-emergency/"
Washington KY 2/15/2021 TBD HIGH Court has closed and has no public access. Court will remain closed further notice.
Mason KY 2/9/2021 N/A HIGH PAT is currently down. IT has been notified and is working on the issue. We will provide updates as they become available.
Campbell KY 1/19/2021 TBD HIGH Courts are open, however, searches cannot be completed at this time due to an I.T. issue. A ticket has been submitted and we will provide updates as they become available. 
Multiple KY 02/15/2021 Multiple HIGH We have been notified that due to the increase in Covid 19 cases in Kentucky, the Administrative office of the Courts (AOC) sent down an order to all the county courts that access will be severely restricted until further notice. Per the order public access is no longer allowed. This being said, certain counties still allow researchers to make appointments to utilize the Public Access system (PAT) while other courts are interpreting this order as NO public access. We will provide updates on jurisdictions as they are available.

-CLOSED until further notice (NO access): Allen, Bourbon, Christian, Clay, Daviess, Edmonson, Estill, Fayette (until April 1st), Garrard, Hardin, Henry, Hopkins,  Livingston, Lyon, Mercer, Nelson, Ohio, Owen, Pulaski, Rockcastle, and Simpson

-CLOSED until no longer labeled as "Red Zone": Gallatin, Graves, Johnson, Knox, Laurel, McCracken, and Union

Court remains closed, however, clerks are assisting with completing CLEARS ONLY: Boyd, Carter, Harrison, Madison

-Many other counties are closed, however, our runner has access and/or clerks are assisting. Delays should be expected in any counties not listed above.

REOPENED, however appointments only and are experiencing DELAYS: Butler, Carlisle, Hart, Henderson Jefferson, Lincoln, McCracken, Morgan, Trigg, Webster, and Woodford
ALL KY 11/23/2020 TBD HIGH Due to the increasing spread of COVID throughout the state, the Chief Justice has issued new guidance for court operations. Counties that are in COVID "Red Zones" are encouraged to halt all in-person activities, and are advising clerk's offices to close. Currently, there are over 50 counties affected, limiting in-person access, or only allowing searches to be performed with clerk assistance. We expect delays throughout the state.

As a result, we anticipate significant delays in processing throughout the state, and counties affected by this guidance to fluctuate on a weekly basis. A list of these Red Zone counties can be found by following the link below.
https://kygeonet.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/543ac64bc40445918cf8bc34dc40e334
Red River LA 1/26/2021 N/A MEDIUM Court has reopened, please expect delays while backlogs are being worked through.
Livingston  LA 1/26/2021 N/A LOW This court has fully reopened and is processing as normal.
Multiple MA 1/19/2021 N/A MEDIUM The following courts are closed, however, we do currently have limited access in the following counties: Bristol, Hampden, and Middlesex. Delays should be expected in these areas.

Suffolk: Court is closed to the public, however, they are assisting when they are able. This court is currently extremely short staffed, therefore, severe delays should be expected. 
ALL MI 1/6/2021 N/A HIGH In response to the spread of COVID-19, courts in MI are taking measures to limit public exposure. Following the governor's stay-at-home order, all courts are operating with essential staff only. In areas that require clerks to assist with searches, delays should be expected. We are continuing to process orders in areas with remote access, where our researchers are able to access PATs in courts, and where clerks are willing to assist.

Please be advised that the District Court in Branch had closed due to COVID exposure in the courts. They are once again open, but access is limited.

DELAYED (significant) due to backlogs and appointments being required: Allegan, Cass, Saginaw, Monroe, and St Joseph 

DELAYED due to Covid related staff shortages: Cass, Charlevoix, Manistee, Marquette, and Sanilac

Saginaw - (ONLY ALLOWED IN ONCE A WEEK) 
Wayne -  (daily)
Lenawee - (clerk assistance - daily)
Oakland - (daily - however archived records take significantly longer)
Kalamazoo - (daily)
Lapeer - (daily)
Ingham - (daily)
Ottawa -(daily)
Muskegon - Every day except Friday (they are closed on Fridays during covid)
Bay - (twice a week)
Wilkinson MS 1/25/2021 TBD HIGH Court has closed due to Covid. At this time there is no estimated reopen date. 
Jefferson MS 1/29/2021 TBD HIGH Court has closed due to Covid. There is no reopen date available at this time. 
Tallahatchie MS 1/19/2021 TBD HIGH Court has reopened, please expect delays while backlogs are being worked through.
Madison MS 12/1/2020 N/A MEDIUM Please expect delays in this area as the court house is only accepting appointments at this time.
Multiple MS 11/5/2020 N/A MEDIUM In response to the spread of COVID-19, courts are taking measures to limit public exposure. However, almost all courts are now open on at least a limited or by appointment basis. We will continue to expedite our pending orders as much as possible, but we still do anticipate longer than normal TATs. We have learned that Humphreys county courts have re-opened again, and our local partners are processing the backlog.
ALL NJ 1/19/2021 N/A MEDIUM All Superior Court locations are continue to remain closed to the public. We have been granted access to the new remote portal, and are processing on a limited basis. The new portal does have require an increased fee for use, so please contact your account manager for more information.

Confirmed no change in NJ Courts on 1/19/2021
Steuben NY 12/16/2020 12/11/2020 MEDIUM Courts have reopened on 12/14 and is fully functional. Delays should be expected as backlogs are being worked through.
Multiple NY 8/3/2020 N/A MEDIUM In response to the spread of COVID-19, courts are taking measures to limit public exposure. However, all courts are now open on at least a limited or by appointment basis. We will continue to expedite our pending orders as much as possible, but we still do anticipate longer than normal TATs.
Henry TN  1/19/2021 1/5/2021 MEDIUM Court closed due to roof damage. Terminal access is still unavailable as of today (1/19)
Hardin TN 12/14/2020 N/A MEDIUM Court is partially open, however, the staff is still dealing with Covid. Visits to the court are being limited. Delays should be expected.
ALL TN 1/29/2021 MULTIPLE MEDIUM In response to the spread of COVID-19, courts are taking measures to limit public exposure. However, almost all courts are now open on at least a limited or by appointment basis. We will continue to expedite our pending orders as much as possible, but we still do anticipate longer than normal TATs.

CLOSED: Cheatham, Clay, Davidson, Henderson, Houston, Monroe, Robertson (until 1/31), Sevier Circuit, Sequatchie, and Union

CLOSED but allowing appointments: Coffee, Dekalb, Overton, Van Buren, and White

CLOSED, however, clerk is assisting: Wayne

DELAYED due to backlogs or staff shortages, backlogs, clerk assistance needed, etc: Hamilton, Overton, Marion, and Warren

REOPENED, expect delays due to backlogs, staff shortages, or appointments being required: Benton, Chester, Dekalb, Dyer, Gibson, Grundy, Henry, Jackson, Johnson, Lincoln, Meigs, Overton, Rhea, Stewart, and Warren
Sequatchie TN 1/19/2021 TBD HIGH Court remains closed at this time, however, clerks are assisting as they are able. Please expect severe delays.
Orange TX 12/16/2020 TBD MEDIUM District Court office is closed, any search requiring clerk assistance cannot be processed at this time. Circuit Court is fully functional.
ALL WV 1/12/2021 TBD HIGH Most courts resumed in-person operations on 5/18. While we expect researchers will once again have access to conduct research, we also expect TATs will be extended until we are able to process the backlog of orders from the closures as many searches require clerk assistance. We have confirmed that Hampshire, WV has closed to researchers again, but clerks will process requests for a fee. We have also learned that Logan county has closed due to COVID-19 exposure in the courts. Braxton county is now requiring a notarized release from the individual being checked.

REOPEN: Upshur county has re-opened with very limited access. Delays should be expected.

Cabell has reopened, please expect delays while backlogs are being worked through.

CLOSED: Boone, Braxton, Clay, Hampshire, Harrison, Jackson, Lincoln, and Logan has now closed indefinitely, due to Covid

Calhoun closed through 12/22 due to a possible Covid exposure

Tucker is now clerk assisted due to the court being closed to the public

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