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Coronavirus Update: RI Supreme Court Oral Arguments Using Remote Technology; Annual Meeting Virtual Series Brochure Available Later This Week


We will continue to pass along pertinent information related to the coronavirus crisis as we receive it.

According to a news release from the RI Judiciary this afternoon, for the first time in its history, on Wednesday, May 13th, the Rhode Island Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in three cases using remote technology. The five justices and the attorneys who will argue will all be at separate locations.

The onset of the COVID-19 public health crisis prompted the Court to cancel hearings in March and April but prompted Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell to direct the Judicial Technology Center to assist the justices in hearing case arguments with video-conferencing technology. The Judicial Technology Center has assisted the other five courts in the unified judicial system with remote hearing technology in recent weeks as well.

The Supreme Court will hear three cases on Wednesday, May 13, starting at 9:30 a.m. and four cases on Thursday, May 14, also at 9:30 a.m. The public may listen to live audio of the proceedings on the Supreme Court’s channel on YouTube, here. The Court’s calendar for the two days of hearings may be found here.

In other news, the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting Series brochure will be sent to members this week! I know this is not the traditional format for our Meeting, but I am confident that you will be impressed with our excellent program lineup as well as our bargain pricing. And don't forget, CLE credits can be carried over to the next reporting year, so we hope you will stay connected with your Bar Association and attend many of these webinars. We appreciate your support!