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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 United States federal courts have implemented various measures designed to protect litigants, jurors, court personnel, and members of the public, and to reduce the obstacles to litigation arising from the pandemic.As this Sidebar discusses in more detail,the courts generally possess significant discretion to modify their procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are some areas where further changes would require congressional action…”

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