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Supreme Court Rules That Georgia Can’t Copyright Its Annotated Code “The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5–4 today that the state of Georgia can’t claim copyright over its annotated code. The ruling is a victory for Carl Malamud, an open government activist who posted the state’s annotated code online in 2013. Malamud and his organization, Public.Resource.Org, have been working for more than a decade to digitally… Continue Reading

How Virus Surveillance And Civil Liberties Could Collide

Law360: “…“Do you give up a little liberty to get a little protection?” [per Dr. Anthony Fauci]…The answer seems to be yes in at least 23 countries, where dozens of “digital contact tracing” apps have already been downloaded more than 50 million times. Authorities in Australia, India, the United Kingdom and Italy are also deploying… Continue Reading

Coronavirus: The Latest Court Closures And Restrictions

Law360 UPDATED April 21, 2020, 2:42 PM EDT | “As courts across the country take measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, some are restricting access and altering their procedures. Here is a roundup of changes. This list will be updated with new information as it becomes available. Latest updates include Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho,… Continue Reading

Remote Courts Worldwide

“As the coronavirus pandemic spreads and courts around the world are closing, this website is designed to help the global community of justice workers – judges, lawyers, court officials, litigants, court technologists – to share their experiences of ‘remote’ alternatives to traditional court hearings. To ensure ongoing access to justice, governments and judiciaries are rapidly… Continue Reading

Freedom of Association in the Wake of Coronavirus

CRS Legal Sidebar – Freedom of Association in the Wake of Coronavirus, April 16, 2020: “…At least 42 U.S. states have issued emergency orders directing residents to “stay at home,”with many states prohibiting gatherings of various sizes to control the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). California’s March 19thstay-at-home order effectively banned public gatherings outside… Continue Reading

Constitutional Considerations of Remote Voting In Congress

CRS Legal Sidebar – Constitutional Considerations of Remote Voting In Congress April 14, 2020: “COVID-19 has had an impact on almost every facet of American life. Congress has not been spared. Largely because the risk of transmission of the disease is highest in concentrated groups, there have been calls to alter the internal operation of… Continue Reading

The Judge Will See You On Zoom, But The Public Is Mostly Left Out

The Marshall Project – Volunteers who monitor courts across the country say they are getting little access to online-only proceedings. “…Monitoring court hearings has become difficult, in some cases even impossible, for dozens of court watch programs scattered throughout cities and towns in the country. They rely on volunteers to sit in open court and… Continue Reading

SCOTUS to Break Tradition Hold Oral Arguments by Teleconference

“The Court will hear oral arguments by telephone conference on May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 in a limited number of previously postponed cases.  The following cases will be assigned argument dates after the Clerk’s Office has confirmed the availability of counsel: 18-9526, McGirt v. Oklahoma 19-46, United States Patent and Trademark Office… Continue Reading

ACUS Launches Webpage to Help Agency Adjudication Offices Navigate Coronavirus

“The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) is pleased to announce the launch of a new webpage to help federal agency adjudication offices navigate challenges posed by the ongoing national emergency surrounding COVID-19. The new webpage compiles relevant orders, policies, news releases, and other statements related to federal agencies’ responses to the ongoing situation. It includes… Continue Reading

Legal Issues Related to the COVID-19 Outbreak and Overview

CRS Legal Sidebar Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress – Legal Issues Related to the COVID-19 Outbreak: An Overview Updated March 30, 2020: “The COVID-19 outbreak has rapidly shifted the congressional agenda in recent weeks, while altering the daily lives of millions of American residents. Alongside the many medical, economic, social, and public policy… Continue Reading

The Courts and COVID 19

CRS Legal Sidebar Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress – The Courts and COVID-19 March 30, 2020: “The spread of the respiratory disease COVID-19 has prompted far-reaching responses affecting many areas of American life. As Americans strive to practice social distancing to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes the disease, the… Continue Reading