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COVID-19 Courthouse Closures and Background Check Impacts

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Mar 19, 2020

COVID-19 Courthouse Closures

Due to social distancing/quarantine requirements across the country, employment or 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 not all courts have closed (only select Counties), VeriFirst clients can talk to us about options to conduct electronic court searches, national database searches, and/or statewide criminal searches.

We urge HR teams to contact us to discuss options for screening applicants and employees during these closures. Options may include modifying current background check packages and/or proactively submitting requests to stay ahead of researcher backlogs. 

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

Update: Courthouse Closures

Related to COVID-19 

📅 Updated Regularly - Closures as of March 25, 2020, @ 1:45pm EDT


AR: Pulaski courts are closed to the public. Orders can still be completed through clerk assistance.

AZ: Maricopa courts are closed. Duration is currently unknown. Orders cannot be completed at this time.

CA: Contra Costa, Calaveras, San Francisco, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Lake, San Luis Obispo, Tehama closed until April. Orders cannot be completed at this time. Kings, San Diego, Orange, El Dorado, San Mateo, Marin, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Sierra, Santa Cruz, Mendocino, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Tulare, Yolo, Santa Clara, Nevada, Alameda, Ventura, Sonoma, Amador, Imperial, Kern, Monterey, Napa, Solano, Riverside, are closed until April. Clears can be completed using online source. Case information will be limited and may not be completed at this time.

DE: All courts have closed. Duration is currently unknown. Orders cannot be completed at this time.

FL: Broward, Dade, Hillsborough, Orange, Volusia courts are closed. Orders can still be completed through automation and online sources. Delays may occur for file retrieval and court copies. Marion closed 3/18/2020. Orders cannot be completed at this time.

GA: Appling, Camden, Coffee, Glynn, Greene, Pierce, Ware, Bacon, Baker, Brooks, Bulloch, Crawford, Emmanuel, Gwinnett, Hancock, Laurens, Murray, Washington, Butts, Bryan, Columbia, Clayton, Jasper, Henry, Spalding, Clarke, McIntosh, Richmond, Liberty, Madison, Crawford, Jefferson, Taylor, Dawson, Dougherty, Jenkins, Jones, Lee, Montgomery, Newton, Oglethorpe, Whitfield are closed until April. Orders cannot be completed at this time. Bibb, Bartow, Cobb, Coweta, Dekalb, Miller, Fayette, Long, Polk, Brantley, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Forsyth, Gordon, Johnson, Mitchell, Muscogee, Oconee, Terrell, Toombs, Walker, Wayne, are placing limits on PAT time and researchers permitted in the courthouse at once. Please expect delays in these counties.

IA: Johnson courts are closed until April. Orders can still be completed via automation and online sources. Delays will occur for any file retrieval and court copies.

IN: All courts limiting access to 4hrs per day for a minimum of 2 weeks. Orders can still be completed using automation. Delays may occur for file retrieval and court copies.

IL: Cook has closed more courts within the county. At this time orders can still be completed but severe delays are expected due to the reduced amount of PATs available.

KY: Bath, Breckinridge, Bourbon, Crittenden, Daviess, Estill, Floyd, Graves, Green, Knox, Powell, Simpson, Spencer, Madison, Montgomery, Morgan, Taylor, Rowan, Woodford, Boyd, Carter, Clinton, Greenup, Harrison, Hopkins, Marion, McCracken, Union, Washington, Hardin, Marshall, Bullitt, Calloway, Letcher, Lincoln, Lyon, Mason, McCreary, Meade, Wayne are closed to the public. Duration is currently unknown. Orders cannot be completed at this time. Barren, Clark, Fayette, Hancock, Jefferson, Pike have limited services. Orders can still be completed. Please expect delays.

LA: Orleans, Caddo, Jefferson Davis, Point Coupee closed 3/16/2020 until April. Orders can still be completed using online source. Delays may occur for file retrieval and court copies. Allen, Cameron, Livingston, St. James courts are closed. Duration is currently unknown. Orders cannot be completed at this time.

MA: All courts closed. Duration currently unknown. Orders cannot be completed at this time.

MD: All courts closed to the public from 3/16/2020 to 4/6/2020. Orders can still be completed using automation. Delays may occur for file retrieval and court copies.

MI: Allegan, Berrien, Branch, Charlevoix, Chippewa, Clare, Clinton, Menominee, Midland, Saint Clair, Washtenaw, Missaukee, Schoolcraft, Calhoun, Ingham, Antrim, Alcona, Barry, Cass, Cheboygan, Crawford, Genesee, Grand Traverse, Huron, Ionia, Iron, Jackson, Keweenaw, Lake, Leelanau, Lingston, Luce, Mackinac, Manistee, Mecosta, Monroe, Montmorency, Muskegon, Marquette, Ogemaw, Osceola, Oceana, Presque Isle, Tuscola, Washtenaw, Hillsdale, Iosco, Isabella, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Van Buren courts have closed until April. Limited services are available through clerk assistance and online access. Orders will be completed when possible. Delta, Eaton, Kalamazoo, Lenawee, Oakland, Ottawa, Roscommon, Saint Jospeh, are closed to the public until April. Orders cannot be completed out of those counties while the courts are closed.

MS: Itawamba, De Soto courts have closed. Duration is currently unknown. Orders cannot be completed at this time.

NJ: All courts are closed. Duration is currently unknown. Civil orders can be completed using Promis Gavel online. Criminals orders cannot be completed at this time.

NY: Albany, Essex, Greene, Otsego, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Schenectady, Schoharie, Franklin, Washington are closed for a minimum of two weeks. Orders cannot be completed at this time. The OCA is also short staffed which may result in delays on Statewide orders.

PA: Delaware, Montgomery are still closed to the public as of 3/18/2020. Orders can still be completed using automation. Delays may occur for file retrieval and court copies.

SC: All courts have been closed to the public, however researchers are currently still allowed access. Orders can be completed. Please expect delays.

TN: Bradley, Cheatham, Decatur, Dickson, Hickman, Gibson, Grundy, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marshall, McMinn, Sevier, Wayne courts are closed until April. Orders cannot be completed at this time. Dekalb, Fayette, Fentress, Hamiliton, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Montgomery, Giles, Loudon, Polk, Sequatchie courts are closed to the public. Orders can still be completed through automation and/or clerk assistance. Delays may occur for file retrieval and court copies.

TX: Crane, McCulloch, courts are closed. Orders cannot be completed at this time. Brewster, Matagorda, Hunt, Travis have limited services. Orders can still be completed at this time. Please expect delays.

VA: Richmond, Dinwiddie, Hanover, Chesterfield closed to the public. Orders can still be completed using automation. Delays may occur for file retrieval and court copies.

WV: All courts are closed to the public. Duration is currently unknown. Orders cannot be completed at this time.

Please contact VeriFirst if you have any questions regarding employment or tenant background checks during this time.

Topics: Human Resources, Tenant Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting