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The Law & You

Impacts of Coronavirus on the Legal System

The Law & You
March 25, 2020

The Law and You

Impacts of Coronavirus on the Legal System

Attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli discuss how coronavirus has impacted the legal system.

Haley Bianco: It’s time for the Law and You at home edition. Joining us now we have Ed Ciarimboli and Greg Fellerman from the comfort of their homes. Guys its so nice to see you. We’re dealing with the coronavirus right now. Give us an update about the courts.

Ed Ciarimboli: Well hello Haley, hello everybody. We hope everyone is being safe and you know, staying in your house. Obviously, it sounds like this is going to be the path forward to victory against this deadly virus so hopefully everyone is staying safe. What’s happening with the courts is really a fluid situation. I’ll start with some of the civil stuff and then pitch it to Greg for some updates on the criminal stuff. So, there are orders all over the state and each county is a little bit different. Luzerne county, a lot of the jury trials are being continued but really our president Judge ( Mike Burg) and the civil team lead by Judge Lisa Gallup they have been doing a tremendous job. Civil cases are still moving forward the courts have really embraced the use of technology including you know, what we’re doing today which is Zoom. Teleconferencing in order to be able to have case management conferences, discovery disputes, things of that nature. So, the nice thing is that all of our clients, their cases are still hopefully going to be able to move forward absent of you know a jury trial system right now. But they’re really—Luzerne county is doing a great job on that. Now I’ll pitch it to Greg on the criminal stuff because that’s a little more of a fluid situation But Greg can give us an update on our clients and what’s going on in the criminal world.

Greg Fellerman: The criminal courts are still moving forward to some extent. Dealing very limited with bail, and different things like that. So they’re doing their best. You know the problem is its very hard to suspend the rule of law so they’re doing the best they can. Even from the civil side, we just got an order last night talking about how we have to protect the statute of limitations–how we always talk about protecting those statutes of limitations. We can’t file them electronically, so we now can file them with the Superior Court. Very fluid. Everythings changing but the courts–you’re doing a great job and again, at the end of the day, you can’t suspend the rule of the law. The courts have to keep working and they’re doing their best. The good news is that they’re actually embracing the technology which is clearly the concern that we’re going to build upon going forward through the post virus when this is all over. So hats off to everybody, keep up the good work. Thank you.

Haley: Alright some good information today on the Law and You. Now guys, are you still working from home with your clients? How can people reach out to you during this time?

Greg: Yeah. So we’re set up totally remotely. We’re taking phone calls, FaceTime. Eddie and the team have been doing Zoom calls with the defense lawyers so we’re busy. Phones are working, email, internet, whatever you guys need we’re here no problem.

Ed: Yeah, so two days ago I did a mediation completely on Zoom. It works really well you know it’s a good process. We got a good process in place to handle this. We’re available 24/7 just as normal. We just have to do it virtually.

Haley: Alright guys, thank you so much for your time and advice today. If you at home have questions for the Law and You go to PAHomePage.com or give the hotline a call.

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