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U.S. Courts Announce Juneteenth Closures, Some Stay Open (1)

June 17, 2021, 11:21 PMUpdated: June 18, 2021, 5:21 PM

Roughly 50 federal courts were closed in some capacity Friday to observe Juneteenth National Independence Day, a newly minted federal holiday.

June 19 commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. President Joe Biden signed legislation on Thursday enacting the federal holiday, prompting courts to scramble to put out their plans.

Due to the decentralized nature of the judiciary, individual courts make their own decisions about operations. “In addition, courts are always open for emergency matters,” David Sellers, a spokesman for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, said.

The following is a list of the operations status of federal courts for Friday, June 18:

Closed

The majority of the federal circuit courts announced they would close. Those courts were:

A few of those courts, including the Ninth and Federal Circuit, noted filing deadlines would be moved to Monday.

The district courts that announced they would close were:

In the Southern District of Texas and Northern District of Georgia, closures varied by courthouse.

The Eastern District of Arkansas said it would be open to public only for limited essential business. And the Southern District of New York said it was observing Juneteenth as a holiday, but urged people to check with chambers to see if they still needed to report for previously scheduled case events.

Clerk’s Office Closed

Some courts announced only their clerk’s office would close. Those courts were:

Open

A handful district courts indicated they would remain open. Those courts were:

The Southern District of California didn’t indicate whether they would close, but said employees would get additional leave time and could ask for the day off from supervisors.

(Updates with additional court closures.)

To contact the reporter on this story: Madison Alder in Washington at malder@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Seth Stern at sstern@bloomberglaw.com; John Crawley at jcrawley@bloomberglaw.com

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