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A selection of courts in the Dominican Republic has been fitted with plexiglass shields and other physical distancing materials to ensure judges, clerks, lawyers, and other visitors during court hearing hours.

Face mask requirements, the plexiglass dividers, virtual meetings and 2-meter floor markings are the “new normal” for courts as the phased reopening starts 29 July 2020 amid a spike in the coronavirus pandemic.

Courts have been closed since the middle of March 2020 to in-person hearings. Many virtual sessions have been held. Many lawyers in the Dominican Republic have protested this keeps justice away from many. They also protest they are hardpressed now to make a living.

The Judicial Branch says 116 courtrooms are being set up for in-person sessions in 42 administrative headquarters nationwide. Virtual meetings will continue to be the priority even for...

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