California Extends Critical Criminal Trial Deadlines Amid Viral Outbreak

Desperate times call for unprecedented measures, even for the courts. At an emergency meeting Saturday, California’s Judicial Council voted unanimously to delay criminal arraignments, extend timelines for criminal trials, and use technology wherever possible to help courts conduct remote proceedings as they grapple with ensuring due process while protecting public health.

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California Courts Shutting Doors: ‘Does Not Warrant Secrecy’

As California courts scramble to comply with a statewide shelter-in-place order, First Amendment advocates and press groups are asking Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to ensure that the media and public can still cover court hearings, which are ongoing, and review new court records, which continue to be filed.

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Fight for Trump’s Tax Returns Is Held Over McGahn Subpoena

A federal judge put the House lawsuit for President Donald Trump’s tax returns on hold Friday. Unlike other cases across the country that have ground to a halt, however, this stay relates not to the coronavirus pandemic but to another subpoena facing appellate scrutiny.

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Court Documents

The Washington Supreme Court vacated a writ of mandamus that compelled a court clerk to comply with a rule the judges of Benton and Franklin Counties Superior Court issued ordering clerks to maintain paper files of court documents. The clerk prefers to maintain the records electronically and prints out a copy of an electric file when a judge requests a paper version.

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