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CLA Weighs In on Courts Reopening

ABC10 News interviewed C.E.O. Ona Alston Dosunmu for its May 28 report on the gradual reopening of courts in the Sacramento area.

“It’s incredibly important that courts resume their normal functioning in due course. But of course, that’s balanced against human safety and life,” Dosunmu said in the interview.

CLA trusts that county courthouses across the state will be able to reopen safely with guidance from local officials after two months of virtual proceedings. 

The report notes that each county is following the guidance of local health officers and taking steps to protect those who work and visit the courthouses.

While San Joaquin County Superior Court began reopening May 27, other courts are not planning to reopen until July. Some courts will require masks and temperature checks and limit the number of people who can go inside.

San Joaquin County Court Executive Officer Brian Riley said the court is renting the nearby Bob Hope Theater for jury assembly in order to maximize social distancing. Jurors who are concerned about their health or have a financial hardship can request a deferral. 

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