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Decoration

March 27, 2020

I am, and always have been, committed to protecting the health and welfare of my staff and community.  The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges, but we have been up to the task and are doing our part to flatten the curve while fulfilling our public safety responsibilities.  We have partnered with local stakeholders, including the Courts, Clerk’s Office, Corrections, and Public Defender’s Office to execute measures to protect everyone.

Drawing on our prior experience managing other major crises such as hurricanes, we transitioned to “mission-critical” status quickly and smoothly.  Currently, most of you are on Administrative Leave and working remotely.  The transition has not been easy.  Our Leadership Team and Information Systems (IS) staff have worked long hours creating new processes that allow us to serve the public with innovative resources like “virtual courtrooms” and other tools that help staff remain productive while working from home.

The Courts continue to conduct mission-critical hearings that address in-custody individuals, including bond hearings, domestic violence injunctions, juvenile detention hearings, Baker and Marchman Act hearings, and emergency motions.

We have accomplished so much, so quickly that we cannot provide a comprehensive list of everything.  However, I wanted to provide you with a brief synopsis of our achievements:

 

We have accomplished so much, so quickly that we cannot provide a comprehensive list of everything.  However, I wanted to provide you with a brief synopsis of our achievements:

  • We implemented various measures to sanitize our offices and ensure that they were as safe as possible.   We requested additional janitorial staff at various locations to wipe down work surfaces, ensured hand sanitizing stations were installed at all facility entrances and closed the office to the general public.
  • We directed employees who traveled and/or exhibited fever, cough, or shortness of breath to self-isolate for 14 days, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
  • We installed kiosks at the office and the Juvenile Assessment Center, allowing prosecutors to interview victims, witnesses, and police officers remotely.
  • We implemented a variety of new systems to facilitate virtual conferences, meetings, interviews, pre-files, and courtrooms. As part of this mammoth effort, Information Systems configured and distributed an additional 117 laptops and provided the Administrative Office of the Courts with 135 cameras.  An astounding 598 individuals took advantage of our new virtual systems during the week of March 16 alone.
  • We implemented new procedures that permit us to obtain defendants’ state and national priors, review and assign cases, and file no actions and informations quickly and efficiently.
  • We implemented our hotline for the public to report price-gouging and established a cooperative relationship with Amazon to facilitate investigations and prosecutions of sellers who abuse their platform.
  • We created a remote Child Support Call Center to help our most vulnerable children obtain the support they need, deserve, and are entitled to. On the first day of operation, center staff processed 563 calls.
  • We created internal and external webpages to keep everyone informed of what we’re doing and to provide everyone with resources about the virus. Members of the community can view our external page at http://www.miamisao.com/COVID19/, while employees can visit http://www.miamisao.com/saocares. You may obtain further information through our various social media accounts:
    1. facebook.com/OfficeOfTheStateAttorney
    2. twitter.com/KathyFndzRundle
    3. youtube.com/miamisao
    4. instagram.com/saomiami
    5. https://www.linkedin.com/company/miamisao/

 

 

 

Kathy


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