Jury trials in Indiana suspended until next year due to COVID pandemic

Coronavirus Watch Indiana

INDIANA (WEHT) The Indiana Supreme Court is suspending all jury trials statewide until March 1, 2021, citing the need for drastic measures as COVID-19 continues to surge.

“We have hope that 2021 will bring improved conditions. But hoping is not enough. There is more we must do, and we must act now,” Chief Justice Loretta Rush said about the Court’s latest action to address the pandemic. “Since March, we have been balancing the requirement to keep courts open with the need for public health. The worsening pandemic creates urgency for us to halt jury trials as we maintain all other court operations, including through remote proceedings.”

The Supreme Court has given local courts authority to adjust operations since the beginning of the public health emergency, most recently in a November 10 order. This authority has included holding remote proceedings and streaming public hearings online. In addition, a Resuming Operations Task Force released guidance on managing court proceedings as conditions change, guidance on safely resuming court operations, and protocols for mitigating in-court exposures.

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(This story was originally published on December 14, 2020)

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