COVID-19 Impact on Court System
On Friday, March 13 President Trump declared a National State of Emergency concerning the novel coronavirus. The following week Governor Ron DeSantis said there was evidence of potential community spread in Broward County. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention issued guidance recommending that gatherings of 50 people or more be cancelled or postponed for at least the next eight weeks. And we all know what’s happened since that week, and the various disruptions to daily life that we’ve gotten used to.
One of the systems that’s had to respond to social distancing in ways it’s never done before is the court system. To get a sense of how these past three months have unfolded, and what modifications have been made, and how things are proceeding as the state opens up, we’re joined by Judge Michael McHugh, Chief Judge of Florida’s 20th Judicial Circuit, which includes Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties.