There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 (also known as the coronavirus) outbreak, and how that affects us locally. To help ease your mind, our founder Kelly Circle took some time to answer some of your most pressing questions!
What should I take into consideration regarding my upcoming court date?
Given the current events, most of us will be staying home to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the virus outbreak. But what if you or one of your loved ones has a scheduled court date?
At this time, there is no set standard between the courts on what cases that they are postponing and what they are continuing to hear. Some courts are limiting the number of people allowed in a court room; some are even limited to only the defendant of the trial, so you may not be able to have moral support in the room. Other courts are doing phone-in hearings or video conferencing, but that is not as widely available.
What steps can I take to prepare for my trial?
As there is no guarantee for postponement, here are 5 steps you should be taking to prepare for your upcoming trial.
1.Call the courts the day before and ask the following questions:
- Is my hearing still at the date and time that I was told?
- What restrictions are going on at the courthouse?
- Can I bring a parent or friend to support me?
- Is it going to take longer getting through security at the courthouse?
- Can I wear a mask and or gloves?
- Can I appear by phone or video?
- What do I do if I am not feeling well?
2.Call your legal representation and make sure that they are ready for your hearing.
3.Pack hand sanitizer inside your car or purse for before and after the hearing.
4.Gather up all your court documents. (Use the Teton Bail Bonds folder you got when you were bonded out.)
5.Dress appropriately. Regardless of how long you have been quarantined, self-isolating, or social distancing, now is the time to put a little effort into your appearance! Clean clothes, brushed teeth, combed hair; these details matter.
A Final Note
With the rapidly changing nature of things, it is important to stay connected. If you are in Idaho, you can check the status of your case here. Regardless, it is best to contact the court where your case is scheduled the day before to get the most timely updates. If you are in Wyoming, you may be redirected; here is a link to the smaller municipal and city courts that may be more helpful.