In response to the COVID – 19 pandemic, Chief Justice Harold Melton has extended the Judicial Emergency until July 12, 2020. The Supreme Court has issued guidelines for handling essential and non-essential matters during this time. You can read the judicial extension order below.
What does this mean if you have pending charges currently?
- STAY IN CONTACT with your attorney. Each county has developed guidelines for handling cases. Your attorney should be in contact with your specific court and able to make decisions about your case and answer your questions.
- NO JURY TRIALS until at least August, or later.
- Deadlines for filing motions have been reinstated depending on your type of case.
- Other hearings (bond hearings, status hearings and plea hearings) may be conducted but it is up to the discretion of the Judge whether they are in person or held remotely.
- Judges have discretion in each county to increase the restrictions and make broad decisions concerning how cases are handled during this judicial emergency.
We understand this is a challenging time with many uncertainties. If you currently have charges pending and you are unsure of what these guidelines mean for your case contact us. We are here to help you through this ever-changing process.