Since more than 22 million U.S. residents have contracted influenza so far this flu season, and with the coronavirus permeating around the world, one thing is very clear – now is the time for courts to review their pandemic response and operations plans. If your court does not have a plan, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) highlights several resources (below) to help.
Preparing for a Pandemic. An Emergency Response Benchbook and Operational Guidebook for State Court Judges and Administrators, State Court Pandemic and Public Health Plans (2016). This is a blueprint for developing a pandemic benchbook and guides state and local court leaders without an existing pandemic benchbook to create one and prompts states with a benchbook to keep it updated (Appendix B provides templates and checklists).
National Pandemic Summit (May 2019). The National Center for State Courts supported Nebraska Chief Justice Michael Heavican in hosting the National Pandemic Summit at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, home to the country’s largest biocontainment unit which treated three Ebola patients in 2014. The summit was funded by the State Justice Institute and hosted in partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Nebraska Judiciary. The National Pandemic Summit provides numerous resources and we highlighted several that are most relevant.
If your court has questions regarding pandemic planning or has related resources to share please reach out to NCSC.