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Puerto Rico state COVID-19 update provided by The HOF Law Group

Posted: 10/08/20

The federal courts in Puerto Rico will be transitioning this month to a new platform for being able to conduct hearings and trials via remote technology.  By October 15, 2020, judges of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico will  be using the Zoom platform to hold hearings, conferences and proceedings by Video Tele-Conference (“VTC”) in civil and criminal cases. This change will ensure all parties a more reliable and consistent connection to VTC proceedings, while also offering a wide array of new tools and features.  This will make it easier and more efficient for conduct of hearings,  This will be particularly useful for servicers and lenders that might otherwise have to have witnesses travel to the island for live testimony.

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Puerto Rico state COVID-19 update provided by The HOF Law Group

Posted: 07/17/20

Click on the URL link below to view the Second Amended Standing Order Continuing Civil and Criminal Proceedings until September 7, 2020, in Re: Corona Virus (COVID-19) Public Emergency, 20mc88(GAG), document 20, issued on July 17, 2020.

https://www.prd.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/Second%20Amended%20Order%20Extending%20Court%20Closing%20Until%20Sept%207%202020.pdf

The Clerk’s Office Intake Area at the Federico Degetau Federal Office Building will be open on a limited schedule of Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

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HMB Law Group

Puerto Rico state COVID-19 update provided by HMB Law Group

Posted: 06/23/20

As of June 12, 2020, Puerto Rican Governor Wanda Vazquez suspended almost all restrictions in Puerto Rico due to COVID-19, though social distancing is still required.  Puerto Rican courts require masks while on premises and encourage remote proceedings.  Puerto Rican foreclosure cases were stayed through May 30, 2020 (see link below), though the de facto effect is likely a stay through August 31, 2020, in keeping  with the moratorium placed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA and VA.

https://www.prd.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/Coronavirus%20-%20Order%20Staying%20Foreclosure%20Proceedings%20Until%20May%2030%202020%20-%20Docket%20No.%2011.pdf

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Puerto Rico state COVID-19 update provided by HMB Law Group

Posted: 05/22/20

On May 21, 2020, the Governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vazuez-Garced, extended lockdowns on the island through June 15, 2020.  The governor said the 7 pm curfew would continue, and most businesses, with restrictions, have been able to begin reopening as of May 26th, after submitting preparedness plans to the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources.  Please see https://www.estado.pr.gov/en/executive-orders/, which is in Spanish. 

The United States District Court in Puerto Rico stayed all eviction and foreclosure cases until May 30, 2020.  Please see https://www.prd.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/20200319-USDCPR-20mc088.pdf.

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