A Nevada County Superior Court Judge says that defense attorneys have the right to more access to the clients who are in custody at the Nevada County Jail. On Thursday, August 1, Judge Tom Anderson ruled in favor of a motion filed by defense attorneys requesting full contact visits in order to best meet the needs of their clients.
Attorney Stephen Munkelt says that prior to February, it was relatively easy to arrange a contact visit with a client. In January, the sheriff changed the visitation policy stating realignment and decreased staffing as issues that made contact visitations more difficult.
Thursday, Judge Anderson made several statements in his ruling.
A second ruling deals with a clients right related to the fundamental right to counsel. Judge Anderson found that there was a right.
Sheriff Keith Royal says that he has met with County Counsel regarding the decision.
Both Royal and Munkelt say that even with the ruling, changes will not go into effect immediately as a twenty day stay is in place.