The U.S. district chief judge for the District of Columbia on Monday issued an order postponing all civil and criminal trials until May 11, and other proceedings until April 17 over concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl Howell wrote that the court “finds that the ends of justice served by these continuances to protect public health and safety and the fair trial rights of the defendant outweigh the best interests of the public and any defendant’s right to a speedy trial.”

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