Supreme Court Relaxes Filing Deadlines Due to Coronavirus (1)

March 19, 2020, 6:05 PMUpdated: March 19, 2020, 6:58 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday announced that it’s relaxing certain filing deadlines for new appeals “in light of the ongoing public health concerns relating to Covid-19.”

Showing that the global pandemic continues to affect even the nation’s highest court, the measure extends deadlines on filing petitions for high court review from lower court judgments to 150 days. It was 90 days previously.

Thursday’s order, which doesn’t apply to appeals that have already been granted certiorari, also relaxes court practices on certain time extension requests.

These new “modifications,” as the court put it in its order, “will remain in effect until further order of the Court.”

The justices earlier this week postponed the upcoming two-week oral argument session, which was set to start on March 23, amid virus concerns.

The building closed to the public starting March 12 but remains open for “official business.” April arguments are still set to go, as of now.

The justices meet in private conference on Friday to discuss pending matters, though some of them may call into that conference remotely, the court said this week.

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