Below is an excerpt from the 2021 report ‘How Federal Courts Used Their Public Websites During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Overview and Some Lessons for the Future‘ that I wrote for the Federal Judicial Center.

“To successfully continue with court operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, federal courts have operated under various modified procedures and public access protocols. Courts have provided information about these pandemic procedures and accessibility primarily via their public websites. This report provides an overview of the availability of information about court operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically court information on the federal courts’ public websites [96/district courts; 90/bankruptcy courts and 14/appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme court] and how the information is presented to and accessed by website visitors. This overview also describes the differing approaches federal courts have taken for disseminating COVID-19 information on their websites and concludes with suggestions on how courts might enhance the accessibility of that information.” (view/download the report here)