Attorney Marc Gann appeared on CBS New York to address the current state of criminal defense in New York City as local courts entered Phase 2 of reopening on June 24, 2020. However, many criminal cases – as well as family and civil cases – are currently in limbo, resulting in a massive backlog in the legal system.
Attorney Gann told CBS New York:
“People are sitting in jail, waiting for some kind of legal process, without knowing if and when that’s going to occur. I can only imagine the psychological effect that has on people.”
The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in a 44-percent increase in the New York City criminal court backlog and over 39,200 cases are still pending. Although arraignments continue to be held via video conferencing, juries are still prohibited from convening.
Marc believes trials will not resume until a vaccine has been developed. He also noted how uncomfortable deliberating in a small room with 12 people can be.
Phase two of reopening the NYC courthouses includes the return of non-judicial staff – a 40-percent rise in courtroom personnel – and more virtual courtrooms for Family Court matters. Most staff will continue to work remotely.
At Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC, our legal team continues to assist our clients facing both criminal and personal injury matters throughout New York during the pandemic. We are available remotely to ensure your legal needs are addressed.
If you or a loved one has been arrested in New York, contact us today at (516) 218-5131 and schedule an initial consultation. Get more than 80 years of collective experience on your side!