Court and Legal Resources
The National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) has brought together Pandemic Resources for Tribal Courts including a NAICJA Statement regarding COVID-19, information and resources concerning NAICJA’s Rapid Response Webinar Series on Administering Justice in Tribal Courts During the COVID-19 Pandemic, and examples of pandemic related Tribal Court Orders.
American Indian Health Commission has Extensive COVID-19 Resources including many Helpful Models. Below are links to some of the resources included in the section of the website entitled COVID-19: Information for Tribal Courts including:
The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) has an interactive map for court operations during the pandemic which tracks five of the most common efforts state courts are taking to combat the coronavirus:
Restricting or ending jury trials
Generally suspending in-person state court
Restricting entrance into courthouses
Granting extensions for court deadlines, including deadlines to pay fees/fines
Encouraging or requiring teleconferences and videoconferences in lieu of hearings
The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) has also developed Coronavirus and the Courts resources which includes separate webpages on Pandemic-related administrative orders, Resources, Stories, and Webinars. The Resources webpage includes the following:
The Brennan Center for Justice has developed a Courts’ Responses to the Covid-19 Crisis webpage compiling the formal policy responses of federal courts, immigration courts, and state courts to the Covid-19 public health crisis including detailed charts that provide specific information concerning the responses from each federal and state court system along with links to the specific court orders and notices from each court system.
The National Judicial College has information and resources concerning a series of webcasts entitled “The Judge’s Role in a Pandemic” along with links to other relevant resources such as Pennsylvania’s Public Health Law Bench Book and a Pandemic Benchbook.
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has a page of COVID-19 Resources and Updates that, among other things, includes links to a virtual meeting to discuss COVID-19 and its effect on court operations and links to other national organizations such as National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and the National Association of Counsel for Children.
The American Bar Association (ABA) is hosting a number of COVID-19 related webinars and a Covid-19 webpage with items such as information on cyber risks to remote work, practice tips in time of disaster, mental health resources, and disaster response resources. The ABA’s Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice has also developed webinars and resources page including an April 8th webinar entitled Issues Affecting Native American Communities During the COVID-19 Crisis (program recording and additional resources from April 8th webinar). The Judicial Division has hosted an on-demand webinar entitled “It’s Not Business as Usual” and has other resources. The Task Force on Legal Needs Arising Out of the 2020 Pandemic launched a website to provide information about resources, changes in benefits and emerging legal issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) has developed is collecting and sharing resources on a COVID-19 Resource Hub to keep their community informed and prepared to safeguard the rights and wellbeing of young people.
The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) has created a COVID-19 Resources for Treatment Courts webpage to support treatment courts including information concerning a three-part online learning series for juvenile drug treatment court (JDTC) teams to share and discuss alternative strategies that address new and unprecedented challenges faced by JDTCs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The three-part webinar learning series is scheduled throughout the month of April.
The Center for Court Innovation (CCI) has a number of useful resources on topics such as “Keeping Our Community Safe: COVID-19 Updates”. In addition, they have resources on how problem-solving courts are using technology such as teleservices to serve families.