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Courts and Lawmakers Take Action in Response to Coronavirus Concerns

Posted Mar 25, 2020

Federal and state courts and legislators are responding to the coronavirus pandemic. In California, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye ordered at least a two month delay for criminal and civil trials in all 58 counties. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has closed to the public and is live-streaming hearings; other federal courts have taken similar measures. In Washington, D.C., Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court have closed to the public and the Supreme Court has postponed oral arguments. The Senate is scheduled to vote on a $2 trillion rescue package in response to the pandemic. This will provide funding for expansion of unemployment insurance, aid to businesses, and new funding for the healthcare industry. See Los Angeles Times,, New York Times, NBC News.