Compassionate Release Procedures
Posted on 04/21/2020
The Presiding Judge of the Superior Court, Harold W.L. Willocks, today signed 2 administrative orders governing procedures for the handling of Motions filed for Pre-trial Release and Pre-sentenced defendants in response to the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic. Superior Court Miscellaneous Order SX-2020-MC-0032 establishes minimum filing requirements for such “Compassionate Release Motions”, timeframes for response and protocols for emergency hearings. 

Superior Court Miscellaneous Order SX-2020-MC-00033 establishes that for the sole purpose of Compassionate Release Motions, the Office of the Territorial Public Defender will be appointed to represent defendants without counsel, including those whose counsel is unavailable or unable to be contacted. 

Both orders take effect on April 22, 2020