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More Courts Reverting to Remote Criminal Trials as COVID-19 Surges

Posted on: December 7th, 2020 by joshw No Comments

CourtScribes has taken notice that the Minnesota Judicial Council has imposed a new 60-day pause on almost all in-person criminal jury trials, effective until February 1st, 2021. And they are not the only state.

There will be an exception process, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea said, but nearly all trials will revert to virtual proceedings. Unless doing so is “impossible or there is an emergency.”

The order will go into effect on November 30th, giving courthouse staff time to adjust. The Judicial Council approved it unanimously on November 19th.


Why are the Courts Taking This Step

This was precipitated by skyrocketing COVID-19 infections, which prompted Governor Tim Walz to reinstate tough restrictions on private gatherings, sports and entertainment venues and restaurant and bar services.

In a second vote, the Judicial Council also unanimously approved an order emphasizing remote courthouse counter services until February 1st, though in-person, over-the-counter services will remain available by appointment.

The new rules will create difficulties for the courts.

The decision coincided with the Minnesota Department of Health reporting a one-day total of 7,877 new COVID-19 infections and a one-day record 72 deaths. Unidentified court employees in Scott and LeSueur counties reportedly are among the 249,906 Minnesotans who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The order effectively re-imposes the court shutdown imposed in the opening weeks of the pandemic. Courts, however, gradually began holding more in-person jury trials. But they were allowed to do so only if they adhered to strict mask-wearing, social-distance and disinfecting guidelines.

In September, even the civil trial moratorium was lifted. Thursday’s order re-imposes it.

Thursday’s decision overrides recommendations from the council’s Other Side Work Group, which had suggested that courts begin ramping down out-of-custody, in-person hearings but continue to hold in-person jury trials involving speedy-trial requests, without exception requirements.

7th Judicial District Chief Judge Jay Carlson offered a motion to pass Gildea’s emergency order. Other than for trials already in progress, he said, no criminal jury trials will commence until February 1st, 2020, unless the Judicial District’s chief judge, in consultation with Chief Justice Gildea, grants an exception.

The order allows other kinds of in-person hearings to be held only if there is an emergency necessitating one, or if holding a remote hearing is not possible.

While demands for speedy trials might trigger an exception to the rule, that will be true only for demands made prior to Nov. 20—the date of the order’s issuance. To wait until the order’s Nov. 30 effective date, council members worried, might invite a crush of speedy-trial demands between now and the end of the month.

Judge John Hoffman offered an amendment related to grand juries. He suggested that prosecutors also be allowed to apply for exceptions so they can continue bringing major criminal charges.

The order puts no new limits on contested omnibus hearings or other proceedings that can be held remotely, council members said.

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Why is CourtScribes Even More Important During the Pandemic

Posted on: September 21st, 2020 by joshw No Comments


Covid-19 has changed everything when it comes to the courtroom. Trials, jury selections, and yes, depositions are all being handled in a completely different manner now. Technology and the ability to record without being directly present is now also the norm. This is why you need CourtScribes. CourtScribes is a team of professionals dedicated to giving the highest quality service to judges, attorneys, and all other court participants through their excellent court reporters and high-quality technology.

With a wide array of digital-based technology, high-quality video, and a plethora of professional-level recording systems, we capture every moment of the case and store it in a cloud-based databank. Also, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the extra steps are taken to provide all remote court needs. From scheduling to recording to video hosting, CourtScribes is here for all of your court reporter and remote court needs.


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CourtScribes prides itself on state-of-the-art technology that allows for crystal-clear court recordings. When you’re trusting your case to CourtScribes you can expect the following:


Remote Court Appearances for Judges and Lawyers

Posted on: June 8th, 2020 by Santino No Comments


In an attempt to limit public exposure to COVID-19, many courts, judges, lawyers and justice partners from around the country have been doing remote court appearances. Many cases have been seeing cancellations around the country due to lack of technology or means of making contact will all personnel. However, with leaders in remote court appearance technology such as Court Scribes, the court systems have been trying to keep up on as many cases as possible. It is imperative that we all remain in safe areas while conducting the business required to keep things going during the temporary shutdown.


National Health Crisis Calls for Remote Court


A national health crisis puts a lot of pressure on people all throughout the country. Those who are awaiting trial are now not only worried about the results, but have to worry about contracting a virus from their peers. Everyone’s health must be of the upmost importance during this all and we at Court Scribes are here to help you do that in any way possible.

The Court Scribes Remote Court Appearance service integrates 24/7 operator assisted support and remote technology to facilitate efficient and easy-to-use telephonic appearances at no cost to the Court. Our service provides flexibility and great cost savings for attorneys while helping courts with overcrowding issues and general efficiency.


Court Scribes is a Leader in Remote Court Appearance Technology


In order for these remote court appearances to continue and remain successful, the technology of the platforms for such appearances must be tried and true. Court Scribes takes pride in possessing the leading technology for areas of court reporting and remote court appearances. With the highest quality audio recording technology, videography equipment that is reliable and well maintained and an online repository of all transcripts, exhibits and videos, you’ll be using our company’s resources with confidence. For all appearances, including judge and attorney remote court appearances, contact Court Scribes today!

Are You Looking For A Court Reporter Near You?

Posted on: March 23rd, 2020 by Sfl Media No Comments


Are You Looking For A Court Reporter Near You?

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