Federal Courts In Mass. Delay Trials To End Of April

Tuesday, 17 Mar, 2020

THE Courts Service has introduced measures which will scale back the number and size of court hearings.

The court cited guidance from Alberta's chief medical officer of health, who recommended Thursday that public gatherings over 250 people be cancelled.

"All courts remain open for regular business and many previously scheduled court-related events will be held as scheduled, albeit by alternative means such as videoconferencing and telephone, consistent with constitutional rights", the Saturday statement said.

All Victorian Courts and VCAT are expected to hear other matters as usual unless otherwise advised.

Special Traffic Magistrates shall deal with only urgent matters pertaining to release of seized vehicles and defer all other routine matters for the present, the circular adds.

People who have any pending cases which are not considered emergencies are encouraged to call the proper court office to find out information about whether the case is proceeding or if it has been postponed, the statement said.

A key case of this involved Troy Allan Donovan who served two years in prison awaiting a trial for manslaughter, which was dismissed days before the trial was due to start.

Criminal Trials - which have commenced will continue - jurors in these cases are required to continue attending. Suddaby said the court is trying to avoid bringing jurors into the courthouse at all, including for grand juries.

Changes to adjourn civil and family proceedings will be introduced to minimize appearances in court.

Please ensure that all parties are copied on e-mails requesting adjournments. Asked if Brazile had sought permission for modifications to court operations, a spokesperson for the Supreme Court said, "To my knowledge, not yet". Please check www.courts.ie for any specific variations or notices. The order includes procedures to mitigating the impact of coronavirus/COVID-19 in small claim cases, juvenile cases, appellate cases and problem solving courts.

Unnecessary crowding in the Lock-up be curtailed and appropriate steps in this regard be taken by all the Principal District and Sessions Judges in consultation with the prison authorities.

Those with jury summons who are not already on a jury have been told they are no longer required to attend for any jury selection up to the end of May.

In criminal matters, the courts will continue to issue search warrants for police investigations. There will be no jury duty. The Court of Appeal will stagger the calling of lists to minimise the numbers in court at the same time.

The threat caused by COVID-19 has thrown uncertainty into Ontario's court system.

The court will keep its online docket updated with schedule changes.

Public offices and courtrooms are being sanitised on a daily basis with hand sanitizers now being installed in public areas.