Employers Choice Screening is closely monitoring court closures and access restrictions nationwide and has proactively implemented a variety of contingent processes to maintain the level of service that you’ve come to expect. Even with these contingencies in place, you may see a degradation of service in certain regions as government officials continue to close or curtail access to government offices and online systems which impact our ability to provide court research services.

In order to apprise our customers of current closures which may affect our court research services, we are updating this page regularly with information on court closures and possible delays. Please note that while we are providing the best available information we have, due to the ever-changing nature of events related to COVID-19, accuracy is not guaranteed. 

We remain dedicated to providing your business with accurate and timely background check services and appreciate your trust in Employers Choice Screening during these challenging times.

STATUS AS OF OCTOBER 4, 2021
Court Closures & Delays

COUNTYSTATEDATE OF UPDATEREOPENING DATE IMPACTNOTES
SeveralCA09/30/2021TBDHIGH
  • Alpine CA  – Court reopened 09.23.2021.  We are processing orders as quickly as possible.  Expect Delays.

  • Solano – DELAYED
  • Stanislaus CA –  Clerks are behind by  8-12 weeks. They are not accepting rushes as court is understaffed.
  • Shasta – Understaffed;  Expect Small Delays
  • Tulare – Clerk available by Appointment only;   Expect Delays. 
  • KINGS CA DELAY/CLOSURE
The court lobby remains closed to the public. PAT access by appointment only.  Expect Delays.

Los Angeles CA PII  08.24.21  

As California moves forward with redaction of PII from online and in-court PATs, we will face some challenges in volume-heavy areas. Within the past month, Los Angeles has pulled the DOB filter from the online index and replaced it with a months and year of birth (M&YOB) filter. Appriss utilizes the in-court process as it’s always been the most accurate, timely, and price-effective process for our clients. Late last week, the in-court PAT replaced a full DOB with a M&YOB.   

What does this mean for searches in this county?  

  •    The month and year are still available on the PAT, but even the clerk will not verify more than month and year
  • Defendants who physically appear in court are the only ones allowed to have full DOB accessed. 
  • Attorneys are also excluded from the PII and will not be able to access the full DOB. 

Appriss is currently working to assess the impact on our searches both in turnaround time and clerk fees. The Superior court hasn’t yet indicated a fee schedule for the assistance linked with confirmation of Month and Year (M&YOB) on searches. We will continue to update clients as we obtain firm information. 

California & Michigan DOB Redaction Information – Professional Background Screening Association (thepbsa.org)

ALLCT09/10/2021TBDMediumState of CT Judicial Dept initiated a new procedure effective 8/13/2021 to verify DOB & other info. This is being done by email only TAT is within 5 days.
MultipleGA09/30/2021TBDMedium

Bibb – Limited, By Appt – Expect Delays.

Butts – Closed – Clerk Assisted

Calhoun – Limited – Expected Delays

Clayton – Clerk Assisted, TAT 2-3 weeks.

Cobb – Limited Access – Expect Delays

DeKalb – Limited Access – Delays on Hits

Glascock – Closed, Clerk Assit, Appt Only.

Gwinnett – PAT is currently down with no ETA on resolution. Expect Delays.

Hancock – Court Updating PAT – Appt Only – Expect delays.

Houston – Clerk Assisted – Clerk Backlogged – Expect Delay

Greene – Closed, by appointment only. Expect delays. ETA depends on number of cases found.

Lincoln – Closed – Clerk Assisted – By Appt Only.

Mitchell – Limited Access; Expect Delays

Murray – Closed, but we can run clears. If hits or possible hits then clerk assisted, expect delays.

Sumter – Limited Access; Expect Delays

Walton – Closed, by appointment only.

Webster – Limited Access; Expect Delays

Wilkinson – Closed, by appointment only.

LincolnKY09/02/2021TBDHIGHCourthouse Closed
SeveralLA09/29/2021TBDHIGH
Cameron The court has reopened post hurricane. We are processing orders as quickly as possible.
JeffersonThe court has reopened post hurricane. We are processing orders as quickly as possible.
St. HelenaThe court has reopened post hurricane. We are processing orders as quickly as possible.
St. JamesThe court has reopened post hurricane. We are processing orders as quickly as possible.
St. John the BaptistClosed due to hurricane, no ETA at this time.
Terrebonne The court has reopened post hurricane. We are processing orders as quickly as possible.
SeveralMA09/13/2021TBDMedium

CLOSED: Hampden, Springfield.

DELAYED: Taunton District, Worchester District.

SeveralMI09/16/2021TBDHIGH

Michigan PII Redaction: Courts have redacted PII on cases.

Also the following counties are not being searched at this time due to Supreme Court Order: Cass, Keweenaw, Missaukee, Wexford, Charlevoix, Crawford, Keweenaw.

Wayne – Please expect LONGER then Normal TATs We are at a Minimum of 15 business days for records due Covid 19 restrictions .

California & Michigan DOB Redaction Information – Professional Background Screening Association (thepbsa.org)

MultipleMS09/10/2021TBDHIGH

Washington: Circuit Court Terminal is down with no ETA on its restore. ALSO Justice Court system is down with a part on order. 

Jackson: Justice Court Delays- COVID cases within this county is further delaying service out of the Justice Court. Clerks are slowly starting to assist with searches.

Prentiss – Closed

Itawamba: Reopened – Expect Delays

Amite –  Closed due to hurricane.

Chickasaw  – Both the Justice and Circuit courts are closed due to Covid. NO Reopen ETA

Forrest – Court has reopened post hurricane. We are processing orders as quickly as possible.

George – Closed due to hurricane.

Green – Court has reopened post hurricane. We are processing orders as quickly as possible.

Hancock – Closed due to hurricane.

Harrison  – Court has reopened post hurricane. We are processing orders as quickly as possible.

Itawamba – The terminal in the Justice Court has been repaired. We are processing orders as quickly as possible.

Jackson – Court has reopened post hurricane. We are processing orders as quickly as possible.

Lamar – Closed due to hurricane.

Marion – Closed due to hurricane.

Oktibbeha – Closed due to hurricane.

Pearl River – Closed due to hurricane.

Perry – Closed due to hurricane.

Pike – Court has reopened post hurricane. We are processing orders as quickly as possible.

Prentiss – Closed due to Covid

Stone – Closed due to hurricane.

Walthall – Closed due to hurricane.

Wilkinson – Court has reopened post hurricane. We are processing orders as quickly as possible.

YellowstoneMT09/22/202109/27/2021HIGH9/10 – Email Down at Midnight, Court Shut down 9/22-9/26 – Database Change. Database will Shut down unavailable for ANY purpose including but not limited to research and copies.
ClarkNV09/10/2021TBDMediumCLOSED – JUSTICE COURT – TRAFFIC. No further info is available.
DouglasNV09/22/202110/08/2021MediumDouglas NV District Court -expect delays as clerk processing requests will be on vacation. Resolution of late searches and delays expected by October 8, 2021
WashoeNV09/28/2021TBDHIGHWashoe NV Justice court’s case management system is down. This limits the clerk’s ability to search the court’s records. We are limited to a 3-year search on pending searches. We have asked the clerks to hold the searches until the case management system’s issues have been resolved. Please contact your CSR if you wish to have a limited search run.
RensselaerNY09/10/202109/07/2021HIGHALL searches require clerk assistance. The clerk will be out of the office during this time, Therefore, there will be no searches processed.
SeveralTN09/10/2021TBDMedium

Henderson : Delayed

HARDEMAN CO, TN – REOPEN – Please allow time for backlog processing 

Tattnall: CLOSED: – Covid Exposure.

BRADLEY – Delayed – Short Staff

Gibson – Reopen – please allow time for backlog processing

Laurderdale – Reopened – Delayed for backlog

MEIGS – Delayed – Short Staff

MORGAN – Delayed – Short Staff

SEQUATCHIE – Delayed – Short Staff

UNION – 8/24 – Expect Delays due to Fire

St CroixUS VI09/24/202110/01/2021HIGHSt. Croix, VI Records Department will be closed until 10/01/2021. Expect Delays.
ALLVT09/10/2021N/AMedium**Effective July 21, 2021 – Vermont has implemented a new database which no longer requires fees. A $0.25 per page fee will be applied only when dockets are needed.**
McDowellWV09/10/2021TBDHIGHThe court had the bulk of the Circuit cases (hard copies) removed by the Supreme Court to scan via an off-site location for use in the new computer system. This will cause a delay in reporting in this county. Clerks have confirmed that normal processing should be back in about two weeks. Please expect extensive delays until the scanning has been completed and hard copies are returned to the circuit court.