Courts Change Amid Coronavirus

In Ohio, courts have had to make major adjustments to stay safe from the COVID19 pandemic. These adjustments include being open for only essential purposes, using technology to reduce interpersonal interactions, and lowering bonds and using summons rather than arrests. The state also reallocated $4 million from the Supreme Court’s budget to help strengthen local courts’ ability to video conference.

This is a rapid response story about a coping strategy. Due to the urgent crisis, we are relaxing the ‘evidence of effectiveness’ criterion for solutions coverage on COVID-19 to capture early stage, improvisational, and experimental responses that cope with the pandemic.

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