As of March 16, 2020, the District of Columbia Superior Court has issued an Order regarding how it is dealing with the Coronavirus (COVID19) and pending court cases.
All evictions on or before May 1, 2020 are stayed.
All court hearings currently scheduled on or before May 1, 2020 in many branches of the Civil Division, including Landlord and Tenant, Foreclosure, and Housing Court will be rescheduled. Parties should not appear and the court will set new dates and notify the parties.
Filings will still be accepted through the e-filing system.
Hearings in all other civil matters may be held only by telephone. If all parties and lawyers are not able to participate by telephone, the court will reschedule the hearing. Specifically, our office spoke with the Civil case manager this morning and he indicated that all mediations scheduled for this week will be continued and telephonic mediations will be under consideration in the future.
Other DC agencies are closed or working with limited capabilities. Specifically the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) has cancelled upcoming hearings. The Rental Accommodations Division (RAD) is closed, but exploring ways to have documents file-stamped. The Rental Housing Commission (RHC) is open, but working from afar.
Battino & Sokolow PLLC remains open, albeit with all employees telecommuting. Do not hesitate to call or email us regarding this changing situation. We will do our best to keep you informed. Please be safe.