In an effort to help curb the spread of coronavirus, many businesses and government entities have been forced to shut down temporarily to limit in-person contact. On March 14, the Montgomery Advertiser reported that the Alabama Supreme Court suspended all in-person court hearings in the state until April 16, 2020. The order states that “all judges and court clerks are urged to limit in-person courtroom contact as much as possible by utilizing available technologies, including electronic filing, teleconferencing, and videoconferencing.”
Are there any exceptions to the order?
There are some exceptions to the recently issued order. For instance, if a trial is already underway or there is an emergency proceeding, it shall continue through the court system. Some of the types of cases that shall be excluded from the order include:
- Bonds and plea agreements for inmates “necessary to protect the constitutional rights of criminal defendants.”
- Abuse protection
- Emergency child custody and protection proceedings, including the Department of Human Resources emergency matters.
- Emergency mental health orders.
- Emergency protections of elderly or vulnerable people.
- Temporary injunctive relief.
- Matters “directly related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.”
- Matters needed by law enforcement.
The news source also highlighted that the presiding judge in each circuit will have the power to determine how they wish to conduct business for the above-mentioned cases. Although in-person court hearings are going to be limited, the order does not “prohibit court proceedings by telephone, video, teleconferencing, or other means that do not involve in-person contact.” Therefore, many of the cases that can be resolved outside of the courtroom likely won’t be postponed.
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