COVID-19 is impacting ALL aspects of American life and unfortunately the legal system is not immune. The Florida Supreme Court issued Administrative Orders AOSC20-12 and to provide guidance to courts.
For now, all grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials are suspended during the period beginning Monday, March 16,2020, through Friday, March 27, 2020. Of course, this is subject to change and might be extended by additional orders.
Additionally, all time periods involving the speedy trial procedure, in criminal and juvenile court proceedings, are suspended through March 30, 2020.
Courts are required to try and come up with some ways to minimize face-to-face interactions and to promote "social distancing." Many courts are suspending "non-essential" hearings but essential access remains. For example, first appearances (when a person is arrested in Florida they must be brought before a judge within 24 hours) in criminal cases remain intact. Also, people will continue to have access to domestic violence injunctions. Many judges are suspending their hearings or rotating their schedules. So although the world is grinding to a halt, the wheels of justice continue to turn (slowly). Many law offices are shut down but some continue to operate virtually. Trabin Law is still available by phone or text at 407-925-2949 and will be setting up video-conferencing for clients.
So wash your hands frequently. Avoid crowds or any group of people of 10 or more. Ideally, stay home unless you absolutely must go out. Wash your hands. Don't touch your face (or anyone else's face!). If you feel sick, stay home and call your doctor before seeking any medical treatment. Wash your hands.
If you need a lawyer or legal advice, Trabin Law remains available to you. Call 407-925-2949 or email TrabinLaw@gmail.com and help is on the way!
We're all in this together.