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Council Working Group Releases Pandemic Recovery Resource Guide for Courts

June 4, 2020

A Judicial Council working group of 23 volunteer judges and court executives released a 75-page resource guide to assist the state’s trial courts with their pandemic continuity of operations, while providing a safe environment for court users, staff, and justice partners. 

Developed by the Pandemic Continuity of Operations Working Group, the guide addresses more than 200 questions and topics identified by the working group and contains a range of resources to address challenges related to facilities, personnel, jury management, case management and processing, and communications.  

In addition to the resource guide, the council’s facility modification committee agreed to designate $5 million in statewide maintenance funds to reimburse courts for temporary safe distancing measures related to courthouse operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The guide and facility modification funding are just two resources among a  slate of emergency orders and rules  approved by  Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye or the Judicial Council of California in recent weeks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The full press release can be found here.

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