Administration of Justice Bulletin #2020/04

COVID-19 Jail Restrictions and Access to Counsel

Friday, October 9, 2020

Many attorneys have expressed concerns about their ability to effectively communicate with their clients in jail during the pandemic. Courts too have recognized that the pandemic has interfered with the ability of attorneys to interact with their clients, particularly when they are in custody, and that COVID-related restrictions on access may take on a constitutional dimension given the essential role defense attorneys play in the criminal process. The following discussion explores the legal principles governing attorney access to clients and ways that attorneys can raise concerns.

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