On April 30, 2020, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice, Tom Parker, issued an Order which extended all previously issued administrative orders related to COVID-19. As a result, the following rules will remain in place through May 15, 2020: All in-person court proceedings are suspended. Any workers’ compensation settlement hearing in any court may be conducted telephonically or by videoconferencing. Any workers’ compensation settlement may be approved by an ombudsman of the Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL) or by a circuit judge. If a workers’ compensation case pending in a court is settled with written approval of an ombudsman from the ADOL, that settlement shall result in the dismissal of the workers’ compensation claim pending in court.