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Old 05-16-2020, 11:34 AM   #1
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Default Do all courts have to be open to the public?

Do all courts have to be open to the public? I thought that was a strong general rule in the US.

So how is that done if the cases are being handled on zoom currently?
As mine apparently is in 2 weeks???
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Old 05-16-2020, 11:47 AM   #2
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Default Re: Do all courts have to be open to the public?

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Do all courts have to be open to the public?

Apparently not, since many are closed.


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So how is that done if the cases are being handled on zoom currently?

What state?
What court?
What kind of case?


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As mine apparently is in 2 weeks???

That's not a question despite the presence of three question marks.


However, if your case is in 2 weeks, I would think you would have gotten some sort of notice by now as to how it will be handled.


Have you checked the online docket to see if anything has been posted?
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Old 05-17-2020, 02:59 AM   #3
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Do all courts have to be open to the public? I thought that was a strong general rule in the US.

So how is that done if the cases are being handled on zoom currently?
As mine apparently is in 2 weeks???


Your hearing may be on zoom but many courts now (at least during the crisis) also show the courtroom itself on separate video or on live youtube e.g. so anybody can still watch just as they could come to the courtroom before.
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Old 05-26-2020, 09:30 AM   #4
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All this zoom and video court nonsense should be ending soon I would guess, if all the stores are opening back up. Right?
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Old 05-27-2020, 04:36 AM   #5
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Do all courts have to be open to the public? I thought that was a strong general rule in the US.

So how is that done if the cases are being handled on zoom currently?
As mine apparently is in 2 weeks???
"Proceedings" should be open to the public as much as possible and very good reason has to exist to close them or seal it off from the public.
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