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Jury trials pushed back

The resumption of jury trials in state courts has been delayed until Oct. 5, with Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald citing “a concerning spike in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations statewide.”

In an order issued Wednesday, Recktenwald said circuit courts may resume trials then “barring further public health or other extraordinary developments that would make doing so imprudent.”

The order said jury trials will comply with social distancing and ensure safety of Judiciary personnel, jurors and court users.

Trials and nonurgent court business were postponed because of the pandemic in a March 16 order by Recktenwald. He formed a subcommittee to consider how jury trials could be conducted in ways that were consistent with local public health recommendations and available resources.

Before the order Wednesday, jury trials had been set to resume Sept. 1.

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