MONTGOMERY, Ala.(WDHN) — As many courthouses in Alabama close, the court system remains open for business.
The public is prohibited from courthouses until April 16, 2020. However, the judicial branch is continuing to do business in several innovative ways.
Business can be done by phone, email, teleconference and video conference. They are working to ensure the safety of victims, lawyers, district attorneys, and others while still protect the rights of the accused.
Both in-state and out-of-state witnesses can also be sworn in remotely in many cases according to a March 24 order. This allows testimonies and sworn statements to still be given.
Judge Pulliam, president of the Alabama Circuit Judges Association, and Judge Medley, president of the Alabama District Judges Association, wrote, “Please know that providing access to justice and the protection of the legal profession will continue to be our priority…”
They are also setting emergency hearings on a case-by-case basis, and they are determining if in-person meetings or trials are needed per the Supreme Court.
The Alabama State Bar has also put together a series of Facebook Live webinars to help with navigating through this crisis. You can watch these webinars on the Bar’s Facebook page.