Florida Courts Dealing with Massive Case Backlog due to COVID-19

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Since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many businesses and operations to limit public access or completely shut down. While Florida’s court system has handled hundreds of thousands of cases via Zoom, there is a backlog of hundreds of thousands of more cases that still must be heard from last year. 

Many individuals facing criminal charges in the state either have experienced delays in their case or were forced to remain in custody until their day in court. While the average timeline from an arrest to a person’s first day in court is 180 days, the courts do not guarantee that deadline because of the pandemic. 

Other legal areas are also experiencing major setbacks, from personal injury to child support. For example, insurance companies are taking advantage of trial delays and slowly handling cases, knowing that injured parties do not have the money and resources to fight a lengthy case. In addition, nursing home abuse cases are being hit the hardest because clients are just too old to wait years until their day in court. 

If you are dealing with delays in your criminal case, do not hesitate to reach out to your lawyer and have him/her explain the reasons behind such delays. Fortunately, several courts throughout the state have begun to restart trials. 

If you or a loved one has been arrested in Miami, contact the Law Office of Armando J. Hernandez, P.A. today at (305) 400-0074 and schedule a free consultation. Get a knowledgeable and skilled criminal defense attorney with more than 19 years of trial-tested experience on your side!