Tag Archives: Courts

Evictions likely to skyrocket this summer as jobs remain scarce. Black renters will be hardest hit.

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. Eviction moratoriums and unemployment benefits are expiring, which will have a bigger effect on minority neighborhoods, experts […]
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Jury Trials Begin Again, Carefully

Read Stateline coverage of the latest state action on coronavirus. “The courts are trying to be very, very cautious.” On a drizzly spring day in mid-May, potential grand jurors lined up 6 feet apart outside the Multnomah County Courthouse. Raincoats and umbrellas dripping, they filed one by one into the courthouse and through a metal detector, all […]
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Businesses Seek Sweeping Shield From Coronavirus Liability Before They Reopen

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story directly from the source, state employees can access this New York Times story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800.

Multnomah County placed entire mental health court staff on leave following internal investigation

Four employees resigned for a range of misconduct allegations, a county investigation reveals. Multnomah County placed its entire team of mental health court monitors on paid administrative leave, and the four employees later all resigned following investigations of misconduct, county documents show. Three of the employees worked as case managers for the mental health court […]
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Judges Were Ordered to Postpone Court Hearings During the Pandemic. Some Hesitate.

WW has viewed a stream of emails between Multnomah County circuit judges and lawyers that show confusion about an order—and how it is or is not being followed. For many Portlanders, life has come to a halt during the pandemic. But in some parts of the state’s court system, it’s still business as usual. Source: […]
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Oregon Chief Justice Says Court Proceedings Will Continue With Health At Forefront

Oregon Chief Justice Martha Walters has ordered courthouses statewide to postpone most trials and to limit in-person court service. Source: Oregon Chief Justice Says Court Proceedings Will Continue With Health At Forefront

Federal Judge In Portland Denies Effort To Change Immigration Courts Amid COVID-19 Crisis

A federal judge in Portland denied efforts Wednesday that would have forced the nation’s immigration courts to implement measures that further prevent the spread of COVID-19. Source: Federal Judge In Portland Denies Effort To Change Immigration Courts Amid COVID-19 Crisis . News | OPB

Umatilla County, Oregon, Suspends Habeas Corpus Hearings Over Coronavirus Concerns .

Umatilla County has canceled all habeas corpus hearings and trials until June. It’s the latest step taken by government officials to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. Source: Umatilla County, Oregon, Suspends Habeas Corpus Hearings Over Coronavirus Concerns . News | OPB

Coronavirus and the States: Gun Shops vs. Governors; Chloroquine Restrictions 

Read Stateline coverage of the latest state action on coronavirus. Some die waiting for test; another state calls abortion “nonessential.” Gun shops are clashing with governors and other civic leaders around the country — from Pennsylvania to California — over whether they are “essential” and can remain open during the coronavirus pandemic. Under pressure from gun rights […]
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Police shift priorities as novel coronavirus crisis grows

Police departments are shifting resources and adjusting priorities in an attempt to maintain public safety while doing their best to prevent infection among officers and suspects. Police officers in Fort Worth and Denver have stopped arresting people for some low-level crimes. The district attorney in Brooklyn is declining to prosecute them. And many courthouses across […]
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