Court Administration

49 ABA Journal Court Administration articles.

Florida lawyer wears full hazmat suit to court amid COVID-19 crisis
Miami lawyer Samuel J. Rabin Jr. decided not to take any chances when he went to the federal courthouse recently for his client’s sentencing hearing amid the novel coronavirus crisis.
Afternoon Briefs: PACER gets a redesign; SCOTUS turns down border wall case

PACER is redesigned to be easier to use

PACER, the federal judiciary’s website for electronic court filings, has gotten a redesign. The site has new navigational tools, simplified instructions…

Afternoon Briefs: California law schools announce fall online classes; law protects monuments, state AG says

2 California law schools announce plans for fall online classes

Because of COVID-19 concerns, fall 2020 classes will be online at the University of California at Irvine School of Law…

With latest appellate confirmation, Trump has appointed 200 federal judges
With the confirmation Wednesday of Cory Wilson to a federal appeals court, President Donald Trump has appointed 200 federal judges.
Privatized services and onerous fees hurt public confidence in the justice system, ABA report says
About 10 million Americans owe more than $50 billion in debt related to their involvement in the criminal justice system, according to a report released Wednesday by the ABA Working Group on Building Public Trust in the American Justice System.
Trial by Zoom: A strange but true story of how one lawyer prepared for court

“On June 12, I was in federal court cross-examining a witness about strawberry shortbread. Only, I wasn’t in the courthouse, and neither was the judge. The witness was my law partner, Michelle, and I wasn’t wearing pants,” writes lawyer David A. Lowe.

Law clerk speaks up after judge’s courtwide email sparks debate over removing Confederate symbols
A black law clerk was the first to respond after a federal appeals judge shared an email with hundreds of colleagues in which he opined as “madness” a proposal by Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
State chief justice urges courts to ‘provide equal justice for all’ and join ‘a battle for the nation’s soul’
The first black Connecticut Supreme Court chief justice sent a letter to employees of the state’s judicial system Tuesday, urging them to “double and even triple our efforts to provide equal justice for all those that we serve.”
ABA president calls for continued access to SCOTUS oral arguments amid coronavirus crisis
ABA President Judy Perry Martinez is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to continue to provide the public with live audio streams of its oral arguments in the October 2020 term.
Afternoon Briefs: DC protesters sue over park ouster; 21 federal courthouses damaged

DC protesters sue over their ouster from Lafayette Square

Protesters and Black Lives Matter D.C. allege in a lawsuit that their ouster from Lafayette Square on June 1 violated their…

Websites for Texas courts are shut down after ransomware attack
Websites for appellate-level courts in Texas were shut down Friday because of a ransomware attack that was discovered in the early-morning hours of May 8.
State supreme court allows in-person jury trial, which ends with defendant nearly collapsing
An Ohio judge tried to hold Tuesday what may be the nation’s first in-person jury trial since shutdown orders began. But it ended when the defendant was carried out of the courthouse on a stretcher.
Coronavirus has not stopped many cash-strapped courts from seeking fines and fees

In Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, the sheriff’s department has turned an old bank into a socially distanced payment location where residents can pay court fines and traffic tickets. “Drive-Thru ONLY,” the…

Lawyer who took off pants at security checkpoint fights bid to be ousted from representing clients
Atlanta lawyer Robert Ward acknowledges that he took off his pants at a security checkpoint at a federal courthouse in Tampa, Florida.
Boston law school leads initiative to develop mobile court forms during pandemic crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has limited access to courts across the country, including in Massachusetts.

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