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Order suspends jury trials and jury drawings until May 15

Apr 7 2020, 5:32 PM

The Vermont Supreme Court is limiting even more proceedings from taking place in courts around the state in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The high court, which oversees the state court system, issued last month declared a “judicial emergency, suspended all but emergency hearings in the court system. The declaration did allow for certain trials to move forward, particularly in cases when a person was being held in custody awaiting trial.

This week, the high court issued additional rules suspending allow jury drawings and jury trials through at least May 15.

“In light of the course of the public-health crisis,” the latest order from the high court stated, “the fact that jury draws and jury trials require that many people operate in close physical proximity, and the strains on the Judiciary arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is virtually impossible that jury draws or jury trials would be consistent with public health, as well as the health and safety of parties, their lawyers, and Judiciary staff, by May 15.”