The Suffolk County District Attorney's office announced several steps this evening to try to curb the spread of Covid-19, including:
The Suffolk County House of Correction and the Massachusetts Department of Correction are suspending visitation. District Attorney Rollins will work with the defense bar to make sure they have appropriate and meaningful access to their clients. This Office will also work with the community to make sure that families are able to remain in contact with their loved ones who are in custody.
Also announced: Steps dealing with court procedures:
All Prosecutors will request a 60-day continuance in cases in which the individual charged with a crime is not in custody. This request will include the Boston Municipal Court, the Chelsea District Court, the Juvenile Courts in Suffolk County, and Suffolk Superior Court.
Prosecutors will request a delay in the empanelment of the next scheduled sitting of the Special Grand Jury for an additional 30 days. This in no way will compromise the presentation of our most serious and violent cases, as our Regular Grand Jury will remain sitting and intact.
In cases where a charged individual is in pre-trial custody, Prosecutors will work with defense counsel to determine if an appearance in court is necessary. We will do so without compromise to any and all due process rights.