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AN UPDATE FROM THE STATE ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

First and foremost, we hope that each of you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.  Your safety and well-being remain one of our top priorities.  At this time, we have not been advised that any employee has tested positive for the virus.  If we receive information that any employee or their immediate family member has tested positive, we will immediately inform you.

As you may be seeing from the media, the situation with COVID-19 is changing from moment to moment.  In addition, agencies and other stakeholders in the system have been making changes to their procedures and policies.  Our Leadership Team has been trying to adapt our procedures as we evaluate the changes made by the other stakeholders, primarily the Courts.  The State Attorney spoke again with the Chief Judge on Sunday afternoon and confirmed the Courts will be open until further notice.  Therefore, the State Attorney and her Leadership Team met for several hours this afternoon to discuss how we may continue to serve the public with mission-critical functions and do so in a safe manner. Our concern is also focused on the well-being of all victims, witnesses, law enforcement, and our community who depend on our services.

Therefore, for the period beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27, the Office will be open for all mission-critical functions with a reduced staff.  The mission-critical functions and staff have been identified by the Leadership Team, and each of those individuals will be receiving a personal phone call.  If you are mission-critical and reporting to work, you will be receiving compensatory time for the time worked.  If you are not mission-critical, you should remain at home, and you will be on administrative leave.  During this period, employees who are at home should be available by phone for consultation during their regular work hours.  If you are not a mission-critical Assistant State Attorney and are at home on administrative leave, the expectation is that you will continue to prepare your pending cases.  Therefore, we are allowing ASAs to take files home, but they must be handled in a manner which recognizes our files contain confidential and sensitive information.

As the Courts are still having arraignments, conducting pre-file conferences remain mission-critical.  However, we have technological resources to conduct these interviews by video conference. You will be receiving additional detailed information on those resources in the very near future.

In closing, as things change within the various partnership organizations, we will continue to review our plans and communicate any changes.


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