You Should Know: Stay Safe While Courts Move into Phase II
Authored By: Louisiana Appleseed
Know Before You Go
As Louisiana and their courts begin to move into Phase II of a statewide reopening in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is extremely important to know what health and safety procedures are in place at your court.
At this time, no two courts are implementing the same health and safety requirements. However, the Louisiana Supreme Court has indicated minimum guidelines for each court to follow. Each court at a minimum must adhere to CDC guidelines regarding social distancing and may only allow a 50% of maximum capacity inside at any one time. The order further requires that use of video or telephone conferencing be used when possible.
What to Expect As Courts Reopen
- If going to court makes you feel unsafe, call the clerk's office and ask what the procedures are to reschedule an appearance.
- You may have the option to appear via video conference using your phone's video conferencing software. Ask your clerk before you are scheduled to appear.
- If you use video conferencing test it before your appearance.
- Ensure you are in a quiet space without a busy background.
- Make sure your scheduled appearance date and time has not changed before arriving.
- Before you arrive at the court, ask where you go to check-in. Some courts are using a virtual check-in smart phone apps. If so, ask how to download it.
- ARRIVE EARLY.
- A face-masks is required - Ask if you must bring one or if the court will provide one.
- Expect your temperature to be taken and to be asked questions about exposure prior to entry,
- Be prepared to wait once you have arrived and have checked in.
- Expect to wait in an outside waiting area or in your car once checked in.
- Expect strict social distancing to be enforced.