With the Covid-19 pandemic still affecting day to day life around the country, the General Sessions Judges at the Criminal Courthouse in Memphis, TN, known as “201 Poplar,” have implemented new changes to the way criminal cases will proceed. These changes are to take place immediately and for the foreseeable future. These adjustments only apply to cases pending in General Sessions court, not Criminal Court.
- If you have retained an attorney, and your case is not being disposed of on that particular date, your attorney will appear on your behalf via videoconference to obtain a new court date. Your physical presence at court will be excused.
- If you are set for an arraignment, attorney setting, or preliminary hearing you must personally attend court with your attorney of record. If you hire an attorney prior to that date, he/she can advise you as to whether your presence will be necessary.
- No jury trials for the foreseeable future, as most cases set for a jury trial will be provided a new trial date.
These changes will hopefully limit the number of people occupying 201 Poplar, thereby offering additional health protection to the personnel whose physical presence is required at the courthouse each day. If you or a family member have a pending criminal case at 201 Poplar, it is important to contact your attorney to determine if any of the new changes affect your matter.
If you have been charged with a crime, and you have not hired an attorney, contact a member of the criminal defense team at The Chiozza Law Firm. We offer free, confidential consultations over the phone or in-person for those needing assistance. We work for you to assure that you receive the best possible representation for any felony or misdemeanor criminal charge. We will also work out a reasonable fee arrangement so that you can concentrate on family and work obligations during the proceedings.
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