LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Starting Monday, Los Angeles County’s court system will expand its audio and video court appearances for hearings to all of its criminal courtrooms.
Hearings via audio and video provided by Webex that have been in place in 32 courtrooms throughout the county since April will expand to nearly two dozen courthouses Monday.READ MORE: Son Arrested For Murder Of Mother Found Dead In Mission Viejo Home
The hearings are conducted for defendants who are willing to waive their court appearances in order to appear via video from jail for arraignment.
“The court has prioritized and expedited remote appearance options throughout the nation’s largest trial court system to achieve social distancing and to provide safe, convenient alternatives to in-person court appearances during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile said in a statement released by the court last week.READ MORE: New Health Order Will Require Proof Of Vaccination Or Negative Test At Outdoor LA County Events Of 10,000 Or More
Brazile says the service will be available in all litigation types throughout the court by next month.
The presiding judge ordered the courts to substantially scale back operations in mid-March to comply with state and county public health directives to slow the spread of coronavirus. The court-wide expansion of audio and video appearances is intended to offer alternatives to in-person court appearances during the pandemic.MORE NEWS: Marsh Homers Off Kopech In 8th, Angels Top White Sox 3-2
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