Lawsuit seeks to halt some in-person appearances at L.A. County courts due to COVID-19 concerns

Five organizations filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday, Feb. 9, seeking to halt some in-person court appearances until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

The lawsuit at the Spring Street Courthouse asked the court system to put a pause on in-person hearings for cases in traffic court and unlawful detainer court, which handles evictions, said Jesselyn Friley, an attorney at Public Counsel, one of the organizations that filed the suit. In a virtual news conference, Friley and others said that conditions at the courts are not meeting public health guidelines, putting lawyers and their clients at risk.

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