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Public defenders taking outdoor applications in New London on Friday

New London — A team of lawyers from the Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services will be outside the Judicial District Courthouse at 70 Huntington St. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday to take applications from people with pending court cases who need a lawyer.

The community outreach project is a statewide effort to help restart the cases of people who cannot afford a lawyer. Courts have been conducting limited business throughout the coronavirus pandemic but are gradually adding cases.

Attorney Douglas A. Ovian, supervisory assistant public defender, will be at the courthouse with a team of new public defenders and recent law school graduates. He said the team would be taking applications at the tables near the back entrance of the courthouse with masks and social distancing precautions in place.

"If they're eligible, they'll leave knowing they have a defender who can get their case going again," Ovian said by phone Thursday.

People don't need to have a court date on Friday, but if they do have one, a lawyer will be assigned to the cases of those who meet income guidelines.

Ovian said he has been traveling throughout the state with the team to try to take advantage of the good weather and the window of opportunity to get court cases moving again in case the state has to slow down business again due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.

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