COVID-19 State and County Updates
Document Recording & Jurisdictional Updates
We are closely monitoring any county and state offices for changes in operation. As of this posting, all Secretary of State offices are open for e-filing and most counties continue to accept e-filing and/or mail.
Regardless of jurisdictions status, we will continue to process your requests, meeting all deadlines in partnership with our expert Attorney Network. NCS is operating at 100% capacity. Please submit time sensitive requests as soon as possible.
UCC filings continue to be processed nationwide, via online and mail.
Key State Notes
If you have questions or concerns regarding a specific county, please contact us. (**New updates are in red**)
- California: Effective 3/17/2020 through 5/1/2020 San Francisco area shelter-in-place mandate. Suit deadlines will be extended by the number of days to court is closed.
- Delaware: Effective March 23, 2020, mechanic’s lien deadlines from March 23, 2020 thru April 15, 2020 have been extended to April 21, 2020 by order of DE Supreme Court.
- District of Columbia: Effective March 19, 2020 the court has postponed all civil collection matters between now and May 1st, to a future date.
- Georgia: Effective March 23, 2020, Georgia Supreme Court has extended any statute of limitation, discovery deadline or such other legal proceedings as determined necessary until April 13, 2020. Dekalb County Clerk will close after possible staff exposure.
- Illinois: Effective March 17, 2020, IL courts are closed for at least a month.
- Kansas: The Supreme Court of Kansas has ordered that the court’s take no action until the end of April on pending or new cases except those that are deemed emergency actions. The legislature has passed a bill that will toll all time periods and limits for the period of this emergency; however, the governor has not yet signed this bill.
- Massachusetts: Massachusetts courts are closed except to emergency matters. Effective March 27, 2020 Attorney General ordered no unsolicited debt collection calls to consumers for at least 90 days which effects attorneys ability to contact consumers but not commercial entities.
- Missouri: Effective March 17, 2020, the court is cancelling all non-emergency hearings through April 3, 2020.
- New Hampshire: Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 the court system is open but closed for all hearings.
- New Jersey: Effective March 19, 2020, hearings are suspended but courts are accepting overnight mail.
- New York: Effective March 23, 2020 NY courts are only accepting essential filings via in person and online. **Starting May 25, e-filing through NYSCEF system will be restored for the five New York City counties, Nassau, Suffolk, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, UIster, and Westchester counties.
- North Carolina: Effective March 19, 2020 documents due to be filed from March 16 to April 17 will be deemed timely filed if received before the close of business on April 17, 2020, and that any actions required to be done during that time can also be postponed until April 17, 2020. The courts are now closed through June 1, 2020. **Visit the North Carolina Judicial Branch COVID-19 Updates page for recently released updates on filing deadlines.
- Ohio: Effective March 27, 2020 the Supreme Court issued an order tolling or stopping statutes of limitations, time limitations and deadlines through July 30, 2020 or the expiration of the court order.
- Oklahoma: Tulsa County Courts are closed until further notice.
- Ontario (Canada): Originally, effective March 16, 2020, deadlines were suspended for maximum of 90 days. However, on April 9, 2020, clarification was issued that this suspension does not apply to the Construction Lien Act.
- Pennsylvania: Effective March 18, 2020, Pennsylvania courts are closed until April 3, 2020, statutes frozen until April 6, 2020. Court closing extended to May 31, 2020.
- Rhode Island: Effective March 17, 2020, all court hearings (District and Superior) are suspended until April 17, 2020.
- Tennessee: Courts are not going to be in session until at least May 1, 2020.
- Texas: Harris County Courts are closed. Other courts closed for at least two (2) weeks, cancelled appearances, limiting post judgment remedies.
- Virginia: Effective March 18, 2020, court hearings are stayed through at least April 6, 2020.
- Wisconsin: Effective March 22, 2020, court appearances are suspended thru April 30, 2020 and trials set to begin before May 22, 2020 will be rescheduled after that date.
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