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Douglas Co. Courthouse; Jail make changes due to virus

Posted at 5:52 PM, Mar 17, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Courthouses and jails are taking precautions because they likely won't shut down.

At the state's largest courthouse, the Douglas County Courthouse, they're restricting access to the courtroom.

Officials involved in the justice system updated the Douglas County Board of Commissioners on what they’re doing to flatten the curve.

Some attorneys and personnel are working from home if they can. Security is taking extra steps to avoid getting sick. They're also working to get tablets to inmates so they can talk to their attorneys while awaiting trial.

"What if we have to quarantine some of our lawyers? Well, if we have these tablets they can be at home and they can still remote into the jail to interview their client and those of us who are not in quarantine at work can move the cases along,” said Douglas County Public Defender Tom Riley.

Jury trials are being continued to later dates. The soonest still scheduled are in April.

The jail has suspended on-site visits and won't let the public attend initial court appearances at the jail.