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Court proceedings before the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico

By: Carlos Rodriguez-Vidal, Esq.

March 25, 2020

As a result of the global Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, on March 15, 2020, the U.S. Court for the District of Puerto Rico issued an Order Concerning Proceedings Before the United States District Court of Puerto Rico (“the original emergency Order”), continuing or suspending all civil and criminal proceedings until March 30, 2020. Given the quarantine measures taken by Puerto Rico and federal governmental agencies, and the uncertainty of how long they will remain in place, the Court issued a new Order on March 24, 2020 by which:

All civil and criminal proceedings in the District of Puerto Rico are continued until Wednesday April 15, 2020.

After April 15, 2020, the Court will operate through a virtual courtroom system. The Court has enabled a Video Tele-Conferencing (“VTC”) system that will allow all judges to hold civil and criminal hearings and conferences. Attorneys will receive advanced notification of their participation in a VTC hearing or conference and will be provided instructions on how to connect to the Court’s VTC system.

Criminal hearings that require the presence of defendants (i.e. Sentencing Hearings, Changes of Plea Hearings, etc.) will be held using the VTC system available at the Puerto Rico Metropolitan Detention Center and the Bayamón, Puerto Rico Penitentiary. For those hearings, counsel of record must be present in Court.

The Clerk’s Office will continue to operate with essential personnel only until further notice.

The Court may issue other orders concerning future continuances as necessary and appropriate.

Notwithstanding the original emergency Order, and the March 24th Order, as of this date, all scheduled deadlines and hearing dates in the Title III cases and related adversary proceedings filed in the District of Puerto Rico under the U.S. Congressionally-imposed Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, remain in effect until further order of the Court.

Goldman Antonetti & Cordóva, LLC stands ready to assist you and your business to adjust to Puerto Rico’s regulatory and legal changes. If you have any specific questions about your case, or need further assistance regarding proceedings before the federal district court during this crisis, please contact any of the following members of our firm (note that during this emergency, it will be easier for you to communicate with us through electronic mail, as provided below):

Carlos A. Rodríguez Vidal 787.759.4117
Rossell Barrios Amy 787.759.4139
Solymar Castillo Morales 787.759.4213
Edgardo Colon Arrarás 787.759.4141
Rosanna Rivero Marín 787.759.4119
Wilda Rodríguez Plaza 787.759.4214
Katherine Ruiz 787.759.4108

If your question or case involves a labor and employment matter pending in the federal district court, please contact any of the following members of our firm:

Howard Pravda 787.759.4110
Angel Berberena 787.759.4143
Luis Ortiz Abreu 787.759.4110
Vicente Antonetti 787.759.4112
Romel Meléndez 787.759.4115
Gabriel Quintero 787.759.4130
Javier Vazquez 787.759.4113

Disclaimer: Although the information included in this document may concern legal issues, it is not a legal opinion or professional advice and clients shall not use it as such. We assume no responsibility or liability of any kind for any information contained herein, and we expressly disclaim all liability for any claim for damages arising from the use, reference to, or reliance on, such information. If legal or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.

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