Jury Trials Delayed Through May 15th
Video Transcribed: How will the Covid-19 pandemic impact your family law case in Oklahoma? I’m Grandparents rights attorney Justin Mosteller with grandparents.attorney And I’m excited to speak with you for a few minutes today about this issue.
Now the Supreme Court of Oklahoma has put out an order that is going to delay jury trials through to May 15th and different counties throughout the state have issued different orders for what their court systems are doing during this time of pandemic.
Generally speaking if you have a paternity or a divorce case, it is going to be delayed for a while likely through the middle of May and possibly even later. Details are coming out every single day and the situation is changing rapidly.
But generally speaking you can expect some delays. The only family matters that are being considered by the court right now are emergencies.
So if you have a situation where a child is being exposed to an imminent threat of physical harm or neglect, then you should absolutely reach out to your attorney and see about filing an emergency, even in the midst of the shutdown and the crisis.
Other than those emergency cases, all matters are being continued out and it is likely that you won’t be getting in front of a judge anytime soon.
The only other exception to that in the family law area is for civil protective orders. If you are a victim of abuse or have been harassed or stalked, then you can also avail yourself of a protective order during this time.
The procedures that are being used right now to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic mean that we’re limited to telephone hearings and filing pleadings by mail, but there are things that we can do during this time specifically for emergency situations.
If you need a family law attorney during this crisis, feel free to reach out to our office. We can be reached at (918) 932-2800. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.