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Short Update: NYC lawyers file lawsuit to stop in-person hearing due to COVID-19

FairTrialsAdmin - July 15, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Court closures

Public defenders in NYC have filed a federal lawsuit to stop the resumption of in-person court hearings. They argue that the reopening of court hearings in the midst of the sustained and devastating COVID-19 pandemic forces people to choose between their health and their liberty, since not attending the court can lead to a warrant and possibly incarceration. They denounce a rushed and unnecessary reopening of the courts and the lack of clear plan for ensuring people’s safety from the transmission of COVID-19. 

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