New York Law Journal: Public Defenders Call on NY Courts to Reconsider In-Person Appearances During Reopening Process

“A group of public defender organizations in New York City objected Thursday to the planned return of in-person court proceedings for nonemergency matters, which was announced Tuesday by Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks.

In the letter, The Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn Defender Services, the Bronx Defenders, the New York County Defender Services, the Queens Defenders and the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem asked Marks to abandon the plan “until our experts have the opportunity to work together to develop plans and protocols for returning to Court in a safe manner and even then, only upon consent for cases where there are no better and safer options.”

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