On September 20, 2016 Hurricane María, a category 4 storm, made landfall in Puerto Rico. This storm was the strongest to hit the Island in over 85 years and caused devastation to our infrastructure, particularly our electrical system and telecommunications. One month after the storm 80% of the population lacks electricity and around 30% don’t have water.
Our Court system was not immune to the effects of this hurricane. Operations in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico were disrupted, but returned to a normal schedule on October 16, 2017.
Puerto Rico State Courts on the other hand are not fully operational yet. All case hearings from September 19, 2017 to November 1, 2017 were continued until further notice. It is expected that most State Courts will return to normalcy on November 1, 2017.
Nevertheless Puerto Rico Courts are hearing limited urgent matters of family law and criminal nature. If you have an urgent or emergency matter that needs to be brought before a Puerto Rico Court, please do not hesitate to contact us at 787-919-0026 or 787-396-0125.