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First Amendment advocates probe court access in a post-pandemic world Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Courthouse News Service

The Covid-19 pandemic has darkened courtrooms and snarled court operations throughout the country. But it’s also been a driving force for tech innovation in the courts, with virtual hearings and phone conferences preserving press and public access to proceedings.

Whether these modern methods will carry over into a post-pandemic judicial landscape remains to be seen, but retired U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel told a group of reporters and First Amendment advocates Tuesday that he believes the courts are in a unique position to expand electronic access. That is, if they can overcome a resistance to change.

“There’s an opportunity to use this time to rethink what the courts do in terms of access. To study it,” Fogel said.

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