Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our staff and of the communities and people we serve. How we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic will change—daily, and even hourly. But what won’t change is our commitment to continuing our work—however it can be safely accomplished—throughout the current emergency.
At the Center for Court Innovation, our more than 580 staff work each year with tens of thousands of people affected by the justice system. That work is continuing, even as we confront the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are some of the ways our agency is changing: we have moved rapidly to transition our community-based work to a remote model, minimizing person-to-person contact while experimenting with new ways to be available to those who need our help now more than ever; we have shut down our central Manhattan office as staff work from home, reducing unnecessary travel; we are providing practitioners around the country with advice and support as they adapt to the crisis; and we have established a committee that is monitoring health advisories daily and ensuring we follow best practices.
How we respond to this crisis will change—daily, and even hourly. But what won’t change is our commitment to continuing our work—including diverting people from the justice system, aiding victims, preventing gun violence, and making communities stronger—throughout, and beyond, the current emergency.
Updates and Resources
For current hours, program updates, and contact information for our operating sites, please see COVID-19: Program Updates and Contact Information.
In Practice: Drug Courts in the Time of COVID-19
To help courts react to coronavirus, our director of Treatment Court programs, Annie Schacher, discusses advice for drug treatment court practitioners to help them respond to the changing circumstances.
In Practice: COVID-19 and the Challenge for Court-Involved Families
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, New York City Family Court is currently limited to “essential” business. Kate Wurmfeld, our director of Family Court Operations, talks about the challenges and changing circumstances for courts and families dealing with remote hearings, coordinating visitation, and accessing services.