This webpage is intended as a helpful source of information about the coronavirus and affects to the court system. It includes resources our committee chairs thought would be most beneficial to our membership.
We hope to keep this site updated as the COVID-19 situation progresses and would appreciate receiving new, relevant information. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with submissions for consideration.
- The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) was awarded a three-year SJI grant to support the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) in its commitment to improve the justice system response to those with mental illness and co-occuring disorders. Read the Year One Transition Report from May 2020 here.
- An article recently published by Concord Law School titled "Adapt and Innovate: Tips for Operating a Virtual Law Practice During the Pandemic" discusses how lawyers can still appropriately market themselves to clients during these times and how they can best adapt their law practice virtually going forward. Read the full article here.
- NAWJ members are encouraged to make use of the latest information, reports, materials, webinars and other resources from the CCJ/COSCA Pandemic Rapid Response initiative. Visit their website here.
- ABA and NAWJ hosted a webinar on May 20, 2020 - Unsheltered at Home: COVID-19, Guns and Domestic Violence. This webinar offered valuable insights on victim safety, gun violence, and access to courts for the victims. It can now be viewed here.
- NAWJ's webinar Courtroom Tools for Addressing Human Trafficking, Domestic and Sexual Violence, and Child Exploitation in the Time of COVID-19 that was hosted on May 19, 2020 is now available here.
- ABA hosted a webinar on May 18, 2020 - From Jury Summons to Jury Trials: Preparing for the Return of Juries to Courthouses during COVID-19 and it can now be viewed here.
- NAWJ hosted its first webinar Courts on the Frontline: Providing Access to Justice While Protecting Public Health During a Pandemic on May 13, 2020, featuring four Chief Justices and the steps they are taking in their respective states. You can watch the recorded webinar here.
- NAWJ strength lies in its membership, through sharing experiences and learning from each other. Circuit Judge Lisa Walsh of the 11th Judicial Circuit, interviewed several NAWJ members to get a sense of the different challenges in responding to the pandemic. To learn more about the experiences of how states are responding, please click here.
- IAWJ hosted a webinar "Comparative Discussion on COVID-19 and the Courts" on April 24, 2020. You can register to watch this recording on-demand here.
- NAWJ member Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby posted a video on the DC Courts Response to COVID-19.
- NAWJ member and Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School Judith Resnik wrote an article about decreasing prison populations during this pandemic.
- The American Bar Association (ABA) has created an expansive COVID-19 page with information on practice tools and remote work, court access and rule changes, legal needs, public benefits, pro bono mobilization, COVID-19 legal media/news and state and local goverment action. ABA has also formed a COVID-19 Task Force of volunteer lawyers and judges to identify the legal needs arising from the pandemic, make recommendations to address those needs, and help mobilize legal professionals to assist those that need help.
- The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has designed a COVID-19 microsite to give members access to critical resources. AAJ is also posting Latest Updates from AAJ on COVID-19 periodically via their News page.
- The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) has developed a comprehensive resource page on Coronavirus and the courts. NCSC's COVID-19 page contains resources, news, court orders, and more and is updated on a daily basis.
- The National Judicial College (NJC) is offering occasional webcasts directed at how the COVID-19 Pandemic is affecting the court system. In March, they put on a webcast "The Judge's Role in Responding to a Pandemic" and it can be accessed by signing into NJC On-Demand. On April 14, they had another COVID-19 webcast "A Constitutional Examination of the COVID-19 Pandemic" planned. You can register for any upcoming webcasts here.
- The State Justice Institute (SJI) remains fully operational and continues on its mission to improve the administration of justice in state courts.
- UCLA School of Law has compiled an extensive list of legal responses from all levels of government to COVID-19 via the Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library site.