I’ve been moving around moving around in all of the Los Angeles criminal courts since the Coronavirus. The courthouses have only closed for one day.
Otherwise, they’ve been open for a lot of different business. As it currently stands, and on making this post in August 2021, we have a situation where all public is allowed in the courthouse.
That only changed recently. They were only letting in the defendants and the criminal attorneys in order to defend them, and of course, the court staff, judges and public defenders.
Public is Now Permitted in the Courts
But now, the entire public is permitted inside the courthouse. You have to wear a mask. Masks are still a requirement, surprisingly, in all parts of the courthouse.
I was just talking to one of the judges and she indicated they just had a meeting and they are trying to figure out who is vaccinated.
This is so because they can set up some sort of a system where the judges, prosecutors, public defenders and court staff will not have to wear a mask if they can prove that they’re vaccinated.
So, they’re actually trying to do something where some of these other locations that say you can come in as long as you’re vaccinated.
However, they don’t check, there’s no way to really confirm whether people moving in and out are really vaccinated.
Mask Protocol and Elevators
One big problem with a lot of these courthouses is the elevators are very small. Not all of them are operating right.
There’s too many people inside the courthouse for the elevators, so people are right on top of each other.
So, that’s probably a big reason why they still have the mask protocol in place and it looks like the mask protocol is going to be in place for quite some time.
Jury trials have resumed and are moving ahead at a fairly rapid pace, but the bottom line is, they have to be able to get jurors in the courthouse.
I think that’s going to start happening as people have been vaccinated. So, criminal law in Los Angeles county is back and most of the players are there.
Police are Making Arrest Again
People are being arrested again at massive numbers as far as I can see and talking to my colleagues and the caseload, talking to public defenders and prosecutors.
I think there’s a lot of things going on right now that are going to cause the police to start arresting a lot of people.
So, if you or a loved one has a criminal case in any of the 38 courts in LA county and you need someone, I’ve been doing this now for almost three decades.
I’ve worked for the District Attorney’s office, I’ve worked for a Superior Court Judge and I’ve been a criminal defense attorney defending people just like you since 1994.
So, pick up the phone. Set up a meeting with me, Ron Hedding. We’ll go over everything; we’ll get a strategy together and do everything we can to get you the best result.
Hedding Law Firm in based in Los Angeles County with two office locations. We offer a free case evaluation at (213) 542-0940.
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