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Bill Detail: HB21-1309

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Title Criminal Trial Continuances COVID-19 Pandemic
Status Governor Signed (06/21/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Courts & Judicial
House Sponsors T. Carver (R)
D. Roberts (D)
Senate Sponsors P. Lee (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 05/07/2021
Summary

Under existing law, a criminal defendant must be brought to trial
within 6 months after the date of the entry of a plea of not guilty.
However, there are circumstances that exclude a period of time when
computing the time within which a defendant must be brought to trial.
These exclusions extend the length of time within which the defendant
must be brought to trial.

The bill permits the court to exclude a period of delay caused by
the COVID-19 pandemic, not to exceed 6 months, if the case includes a
charge of a certain crime and other considerations are satisfied. The court
may grant not more than 2 continuances due to a period of delay caused
by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The bill requires the court that orders an exclusion of a period of
delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to conduct a hearing for
reconsideration of bond for an eligible defendant in custody awaiting
trial.
A court shall not grant a continuance based on a delay caused by
the COVID-19 pandemic on or after 5:01 p.m. on April 29, 2022.

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