At the Law Office of Ronald G. Brower, we hope that everyone in California and throughout the country is taking precautions to protect themselves from COVID-19. The deadly coronavirus is sweeping across the country; there are now more confirmed cases in the U.S. than any other country around the world.
The coronavirus is highly contagious and can lead to loss of life; 1,301 people have died in the U.S. as of today. However, if you follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization guidelines, then you can protect yourself and your loved ones.
Our hearts go out to all the families who have lost loved ones because of COVID-19. We will keep you in our thoughts as you mourn your staggering loss.
While New York is the current epicenter of the crisis in America (39,140 confirmed cases and 461 deaths), California could eventually overtake the Empire State. Time will tell what is in store for the Golden State; we currently have 4,040 sick Californians, and 82 members of our communities have succumbed to the coronavirus.
On Wednesday, state officials reported that the coronavirus cases are doubling every three to four days, CNN reports. In eight weeks, more than half the state could be sick with COVID-19. In a letter to The White House, Governor Gavin Newsom wrote:
“We project that roughly 56 percent of our population – 25.5 million people – will be infected with the virus over an eight-week period.”
Orange County Courts Closed Indefinitely
Despite Gov. Newsom’s projections, the state is taking significant steps to prevent that terrible outcome. The criminal justice system is taking measures as well, which we shared with you last week.
Since our last post, there have been some developments in Orange County. After facing public backlash for holding several criminal cases at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana last Thursday, Orange County Superior Court system courthouses closed to the public and attorneys on Monday, CBS Los Angeles reports. The closure is indefinite. The O.C. Superior Court said in a statement:
“California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has issued an emergency order permitting the closing the Court’s facilities to the public, at least until March 30.”
One hour north in Los Angeles, the legal system has made changes as well. The Los Angeles County Superior Court system is partially open, according to the article. Only “essential and emergency” functions are occurring in the L.A. court system. Trials are suspended – both civil and criminal jury and non-jury – and jury duty is suspended through the week of April 6.
Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney
Again, we hope that Californians follow CDC and WHO guidelines, and mandates or recommendations from your elected local and state officials. If you require legal assistance, please contact The Law Office of Ronald G. Brower.