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In Legal Terms: MS Legal System during COVID19

Guest, attorney Francis Springer,updates us on how Mississippi's Legal System is functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Discussion included:

  • meeting with clients
  • legal research
  • electronic (or not) court filings
  • emergency proceedings
  • jury duty
  • social distancing
  • courts that are open
  • courthouses that are open
  • rights of the accused
  • people in jail
  • access to hearings
  • confidentiality in communications
  • notary services
  • fraud
  • check websites for the legal service you need to see their availability


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Francis Springer has been a guest on In Legal Terms a few times: Holiday Help was broadcast on Dec. 17th 2019. May 21st 2019 we talked Police Stops with attorney Springer. Francis talked with us about Alcohol Laws in Mississippi on July 17th 2018.

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