DO I STILL HAVE TO GO TO MY SCHEDULED COURT HEARING WITH ALL THE CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWNS?
On Monday, March 16, the Missouri Supreme Court (they are in charge of all the courts in the state) issued this:
The spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a significant public health concern with the potential to affect daily operations in the Missouri court system. The Missouri judiciary continues to monitor the status of the virus daily and is working to lessen any impact on court operations. We are following updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and World Health Organization and will coordinate with the executive branch as we would in any potential state emergency.
On March 16, the Supreme Court of Missouri issued an order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other directives, the order suspends – with certain listed exceptions – all in-person proceedings in all state courts through April 3 and authorizing local courts to determine the manner in which the listed exceptions should be conducted.
To check the status of a particular proceeding, please check the case’s docket entries in Case.net or contact the local clerk’s office.
If you have a hearing, trial or settlement conference set for a date in March in any court in Missouri, it is very likely that it will be canceled so that the courts can keep the public out of the courthouses. If your attorney has not contacted you to let you know, you may want to contact their office, or the court itself.
The courts are rescheduling things and posting notices on Casenet https://www.courts.mo.gov/casenet/base/welcome.do
They will not be mailing any notices out so you will want to check Casenet frequently.
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