Kalamazoo County resumes jury trials

Jury trials have been on hold since March due to concerns about spreading COVID-19.

Nearly six months after courts all over Michigan stopped in-person hearings, Kalamazoo County has restarted jury trials.

The court held its first jury trial since March last week, according to WWMT.

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The courts worked with officials from the county’s Health and Community Services Department to establish practices that will reduce the chance of coronavirus transmission.

They’re reducing the number of potential jurors who are called at one time and staggering when they arrive to limit the number of people who are in waiting rooms at one time.

They’re also enforcing the usual collection of rules regarding face masks and social distancing that most organizations are adhering to.

Courts in Michigan are experiencing a major backlog of cases due to the pandemic. Most courts have moved to online hearings to conduct business over the past few months. However, trials that require juries have had to wait to resume.

You can read more at WWMT.

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