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Courts and Law Enforcement Respond to Coronavirus

In light of the national emergency due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), courts and law enforcement agencies at every level of Government have taken extraordinary actions:

FEDERAL

● The District of New Jersey is extending the stay of in-person appearances in criminal cases until late September. Chief Judge Freda Wolfson entered Standing Order 20-06, which extends the existing restrictions for 90 days or until otherwise ordered. Felony plea hearings and sentencing hearings may proceed remotely via video or telephone conference only with the consent of the defendant after consultation with counsel, as well as a finding by the trial judge that the proceeding cannot be further delayed without serious harm to the interests of justice.

● For more information, see our prior posts.

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

● For more information, see our prior posts.

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