THE BRONX — When Gov. Andrew Cuomo told courts to go “on pause” in mid-March, as the severity of the coronavirus pandemic became clear, it turned criminal justice proceedings upside down—forcing prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges to get creative.
“Things turned virtual,” said Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark this week. “Now we’re well into the 21st Century.”
Since March, more than 2,500 criminal arraignments have been handled “live” online, with the case players appearing on computer from different locations. A large monitor is often placed in courtrooms for interested parties to observe, while keeping socially distant.
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