Chief Judge Orders COVID-19 Rules Remain In Effect
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Palm Beach County Chief Judge Krista Marx now says courts across Palm Beach County will remain in their “emergency only” mode through the end of May. While some judges are conducting hearings virtually, and emergency criminal justice matters continue, the vast majority of in-house courthouse proceedings in the main courthouse and satellite courthouses — including the Delray Beach courthouse — are suspended or drastically altered.
Marx has issued four guiding principles for court action through the end of May:
A. The presiding judge in all cases must consider the constitutional rights of crime victims and criminal defendants and the public’s constitutional right of access to the courts.
B. To maintain judicial workflow to the maximum extent feasible, chief judges are directed to take all necessary steps to facilitate conducting proceedings with the use of technology.
C. Nothing in this order is intended to limit a chief judge’s authority to conduct court business or to approve additional court proceedings or events (except for grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials, all of which are suspended) that are required in the interest of justice, if doing so is consistent with protecting the health of the participants and the public health.
D. Judges and court personnel who can effectively conduct court and judicial branch business from a remote location shall do so.
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