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The Collision of the Speedy Trial Clock with the Coronavirus’s Slowdown Realities: Justice in the Time of COVID-19

Against the backdrop of the coronavirus, it remains to be seen just how much delay can be tolerated under the Sixth Amendment and the Speedy Trial Act. As the pandemic continues to ebb and flow throughout the United States and with some predicting (and planning for) a “second wave,” a “speedy” recovery appears increasingly unlikely, and with it, speedy trials
will likely be much more elusive. As seen in the nation’s most populous state, California, some extensions have already reached into 2021, and other jurisdictions have left their extensions pending indefinitely.

WEBINAR: Resilient Court Leadership: Building a “Better Normal” & Reimagining the Future of Work

It is no wonder court leadership teams are experiencing “disruption fatigue.” The past seven months of COVID-19 and the many other persistent and looming uncertainties triggered by the pandemic have been challenging and exhausting. Admittedly, it’s hard to refocus on creating a better tomorrow when in the throes of surviving and adapting to immediate issues. Nevertheless, it is exactly what resilient organizations and leaders do. Courts are no exception.

Russian campaign spreads disinformation about American justice system: ABA, state courts, National Center fight back

Donald Trump asked Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s emails during the 2016 election, and special counsel Robert Mueller alleged Russians began attempting to gain access to Clinton campaign email accounts shortly thereafter. The ultimately successful email hacking was one element of wide-ranging Russian efforts to interfere in the last American presidential race, and the U.S. intelligence community has warned that Russia is reportedly meddling in the current election cycle as well. But national security lawyers say the Kremlin also is using both social and state-sponsored media to spread disinformation about the justice system with the goal of weakening American confidence in the rule of law.

Tyler Technologies discovers a data breach

Tyler Technologies, a major provider of software to state and local courts, reported last week that an unknown intruder broke into its phone and information technology systems. Tyler Odyssey Courts & Justice Solutions™ provides web-based, configurable software serving courts in more than 24 states, including 14 statewide implementations in the United States. According to Tyler marketing information, Odyssey software not only focuses on court case and scheduling management concerning such applications as party information, events, warrants, and fees/fines processing but also facilitates e-filing, online dispute resolution, jury selection and access to self-represented litigant processes.

WEBINAR: Meaningful Strategies to Combat Systemic Racism in Trial Courts – Part III

This is the third in a series of webinars on combating systemic racism in trial courts. It was held on September 24, 2020. It centers on action plans and lessons learned by two court systems – Massachusetts and Oregon – in their efforts to tackle racism in their justice systems. Both states are at different points in their work and each brings a distinctive perspective to the challenge.