Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

COVID-19: Justice Delayed

May 2020 Bar Bulletin

By Fatima Dilek

The legal world is facing an unprecedented challenge due to the COVID-19 virus, and undeniably, one of the most affected fields is criminal defense. From the already overcrowded jails and prisons, to the chaos of courts finally shutting down and re-
scheduling an insurmountable amount of hearings, the task at hand for defense counsel is increasingly complicated and demanding.

Many criminal defense attorneys average two to three court hearings per day. In between and after court appearances, they schedule meetings with new clients or continue working on existing cases. With often very hectic schedules, days seem to blend right into the next and awareness is more of...

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