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Country-wide court closures due to COVID-19 have put many aspects of the civil and criminal justice systems on hold. One unexpected result — or maybe not so unexpected — has been many defendants’ attempts to delay or stall litigation, using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse. So, to help plaintiffs’ counsel address and overcome these tactics, Public Justice is compiling relevant court orders and briefs into one place.

COVID court closures
The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system, has compiled a helpful infographic about court changes and closures across the country.

On their resources page, the organization includes the following:

  • Orders, statutes, and rules, such as those addressing the use of technology to conduct judicial proceedings and court operations remotely
  • Case-specific, state court-specific orders, statutes, and rules, including several orders involving state asbestos litigations
  • Federal court-specific orders, statutes, and rules in each circuit
  • Sample briefs opposing defendants’ motions to extend deadlines, postpone depositions, and more

If you have a resource you’d like to add to this list, you can email Staff Attorney Stevie Glaberson using the subject heading “COVID-Delays” and describing the resource in the body of your email.

Public Justice has spent more than three decades combating social and economic injustice, protecting earth’s sustainability, and challenging predatory corporate conduct and government abuses. We at Milestone commend the organization for providing a helping hand to plaintiffs’ attorneys during this unprecedented time. When we each offer our time, unique expertise, and resources for the benefit of protecting citizens, we can keep our justice system strong, even during the coronavirus pandemic.

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