Are the Courts STILL Closed for the Coronavirus?


Last week we wrote about the closure of the Corona Virus.    The Supreme Court initially closed any non-essential court hearings. In addition, they have tolled speedy trial issues during this time the courts are closed.  

Essential Court Hearings

Essential hearings are considered first appearance; criminal arraignments as necessary; hearings on motions to set or modify monetary bail for individuals who are in custody; juvenile dependency shelter hearings; juvenile delinquency detention hearings; hearings on petitions for temporary injunctions relating to – 3 – safety of an individual; hearings on petitions for risk protection orders; hearings on petitions for the appointment of an emergency temporary guardian; hearings to determine whether an individual should be involuntarily committed under the Baker Act or the Marchman Act; and hearings on petitions for extraordinary writs as necessary to protect constitutional rights.

New Order

Just today the Supreme Court issued a new Order keeping as is until April 17, 2020.  See here.   In addition, the Supreme Court makes reference to the need of those in custody to get out.   There is a reference to authority that gives Judges and Prosecutors ability to communicate and help those arrested on warrants out of jurisdiction to plead out, instead of being transferred across counties.

Need for action

This Order reflects what I feel will be a hot topic if/when the Corona Virus gets into the jail system.   This article explains the dangers and the need to avoid it.

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