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COVID-19 Update; 01/13/22

Jan 13th, 2022

Notice

NOTICE TO ALL LAWYERS AND PERSONS ATTENDING (OR PLANNING TO ATTEND) JUDICIAL HEARINGS
CURRENT COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS/PROCEDURES

A mask (free) is available upon request.

Hand sanitizer is available for use.

All persons entering the Mobile County Government Center Annex undergo a temperature scan at the security station.

ALL persons who are not fully vaccinated are requested to wear a mask while physically inside the Mobile County Government Center Annex - ALL FLOORS  - AT ALL TIMES

ALL persons entering the third floor of the Annex will be screened by Court staff before the persons are permitted to enter a court room.

ALL persons will be asked if they are fully vaccinated.  If they are not fully vaccinated they will be reminded of our request that they wear a mask at all times.

ALL persons will be asked if they have had any symptoms of COVID within the past 5 days.

If the person responds affirmative, the person will be asked if they have tested for COVID since the onset of symptoms and what the test results were.

  • In such instance, if the test results were positive, the person will be asked to identify: (1) their name, (2) the case that they were interested in that was set for hearing, and (3) the case file number of the matter in which they have an interest.
  • In such instance, if the test results were positive, the person will be asked to leave the Annex immediately and the person will not be permitted to enter any courtroom.
  • In such instance, if the test results were negative, the person will be permitted to enter the courtroom at the appropriate time.
  • If the person responds affirmative, and the person responds negatively when asked if they have tested for COVID since the onset of symptoms,  the person will be asked to leave the Annex immediately and the person will not be permitted to enter any courtroom.

ALL persons (whether fully vaccinated or not) will be asked if they have had any close contact with a person who has had the symptoms of COVID within the past 5 days or who has tested positive for COVID within the past 5 days.

“Close contact” is defined as:

  • Living with or caring for a person with confirmed COVID-19, OR
  • Being within six feet of a person with confirmed COVID-19 for about 15 minutes (with or without a mask), OR
  • Someone with COVID-19 coughed on you, kissed you, shared utensils with you or if you had direct contact with their body secretions.

If the person responds affirmative, the person will permitted to enter the courtroom at the appropriate time, BUT will be required to wear a mask and to observe 3 feet social distancing from other persons.

If the person responds negatively, the person will be permitted to enter the courtroom at the appropriate time.

ALL respondents in mental health involuntary commitment cases are required to wear a mask when in a courtroom.
            
APPEARANCE in the courtrooms will be limited to lawyers, parties in interest, and witnesses to be called to present testimony before the Court.   For purposes of mental health involuntary commitment cases, non-petitioning family members of a respondent will be permitted entrance to the courtroom.  No other persons will be permitted in the courtrooms.  If members of the media desire to attend a hearing, they must: (1) present media credentials to confirm their employment status, and (2) abide by the guidelines stated herein.

Court staff will monitor and control the number of persons permitted in a courtroom at any given time.