The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed criminal court operations. This webinar explores these changes, with a focus on how they are impacting public defenders and defendants. We examine the use of video, hybrid and in-person trials with pandemic conditions. Topics include masking issues for defendants, witnesses and jurors, identification issues, courtroom set-up, the impact of maintaining social distancing, and jury composition challenges.
- Alicia Bannon, Managing Director, Democracy, Brennan Center for Justice
- Zac Hlavaty, Metropolitan Public Defender, Portland, OR
- Kelly Villanueva, Metro Division Managing Attorney, Law Office of the Public Defender, State of New Mexico
- Loren Williams, Deputy Public Defender, Alameda County Public Defender’s Office, California
- Malia Brink, Counsel for Indigent Defense, ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense
Joint Sponsor: ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense
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