LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles County Supreme Court system will begin operating on Monday after being forced to reduce its activity in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mental health, youth addiction and crime, documents and recipients, complex civil and personal injuries as well as settlement courtrooms will be fully functional again on Monday.
Estate, civil and family courts will resume operations.
There will be various health and safety protocols. People have to have an appointment to enter a courthouse. Plastic / acrylic films and improved disinfection are available, and face masks are required. Persons who come to a courthouse without a face covering are temporarily made available.
The Appeals Department will resume full operations on June 25th. The criminal division will begin a gradual expansion on July 6th.
In most cases, judicial officers can request remote appearances through one of two programs: LACourtConnect and Webex.
From June 22, LACourtConnect will initially be available for cases involving civil law settlements and estate matters.
According to the court, the program will be started gradually for the rest of the summer for all limited civil, unlimited civil and complex, family law and traffic court areas.
Webex is expanded to new process areas and expanded to include additional criminal courts. According to the court, 580 courtrooms are expected to use remote technology by the end of August.
"As we delve into the gradual recovery approved by state and regional health authorities, the Court is taking a step-by-step approach to ensure safe access to justice in the country's largest judicial process," said Judge Brazile in a statement earlier this month. “We're going to do this COVID-19 recovery slowly and carefully using remote courtroom technology, the mandatory use of masks / facewear, protocols and barriers for social distance, improved cleaning, hand disinfectant and disinfectant wipes, and direct visitor signs where stand. We are doing everything we can to safely reopen our doors and restore access to justice in Los Angeles County. "
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