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ORLEANS PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE RELEASES STATEMENT ABOUT ATTORNEY-CLIENT VISITATION

NEW ORLEANS - 03-19-2021

Following is a statement from the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office regarding attorney-client visitation at the Orleans Justice Center:

"The Orleans Parish Criminal District Court is closed the week of March 22-26, 2021 for repairs. However, the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office will facilitate meetings between attorneys and their clients in jail.

Specifically, the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office is working with the Orleans Public Defenders Office to utilize the Zoom court conferencing system that is used by the judges for client meetings during the week of March 22, 2021.

"The OPSO also welcomes any private defense attorneys who wish to conduct remote visits during that week to contact OPSO at 504-202-9305 to be placed on the schedule. Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman hopes that these visits, which allow attorneys to remain at their homes or offices, will speed the resolution or make progress in the backlog of cases in the Criminal District Court because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"While the on-site attorney video visitation system is still available, as well as face-to-face visitation through plexiglass dividers, we are providing an additional accommodation for attorneys to meet with their clients.

"Sheriff Gusman said: 'We hope to install a system in the near future which will allow remote attorney and family video visits to increase access, while reducing wait times for onsite visits. In the meantime, we look forward to continuing to work with attorneys to safely meet with their clients during the pandemic.'"


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