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The Florida Supreme Court is gathering information on court closures in advance of Hurricane Dorian hitting the state.

The court’s website indicates that courts in some counties were closing early Friday, along with the 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach. Many courts were already announcing closures for Tuesday, the day after Labor Day, and some were also planning to be closed Wednesday.

The supreme court issues retroactive orders extending deadlines on a county-by-county basis for periods of time when state courts are closed due to a storm. Any orders extending legal deadlines due to the hurricane will be posted here.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida announced on its website that the courts’ weather-closure policy is tied to the public-school closing schedule. “Thus, if Miami-Dade County Public Schools close, so will the federal courthouses in Miami,” the website explains. Courthouses elsewhere in the district will follow the same policy based on local school closings in their areas.