I Was Suing someone in Civil Court. Now the Court is Closed. What do I do?

I Was Suing someone in Civil Court. Now the Court is Closed. What do I do?

Carlee Sutera
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Courts across the country have closed, or put limits on how many people can be in the building. That means that civil cases in many states have come to a halt.

If you were involved in a civil case before or during the pandemic, here is what you should know.

Keep checking your courthouse web site and email. 

While there have been many court closures, some courts have resumed limited operations.  Regularly s check to see if your court is open and if your hearing is still on the schedule.

Some courts are performing online hearings, and it is possible that your case could still be heard on time that way. Visit your court’s website or call to ask about how they are handling civil cases and what is specifically happening with your case.

If  fail to appear at your hearing, the judge could dismiss your case or file a default judgement for the other party.  It is essential that you stay up to date on what is happening with your case.

If your case has been postponed, you should have received a letter or notice notifying you of that change. If you have received a notice it might contain a new date for your hearing and information on what will happen with your case moving forward.

What if my case is postponed but not rescheduled?

Because of courthouse closures, there is no guarantee of when you will receive information on your rescheduled hearing or when your hearing will happen.

If you have received notice that your hearing has been postponed but have not yet received a rescheduled hearing date, you should call the court to check in.

They should be able to give you information on when they are planning to begin rescheduling hearings so that you will know when to expect a notice.

While it's frustrating, try to see the bright side. You now have more time to find documents, think about your case and perhaps even hire a lawyer to help you.


 

This article is intended to convey generally useful information only and does not constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author, not LawChamps.
 
Carlee Sutera

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