Jury Trials Suspended Due to Pandemic

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The rising cases of COVID-19 in Iowa has caused the Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court to put a pause on jury trials.

After suspending jury trials in March due to the pandemic, trials resumed in mid-September with precautions in place. Chief Justice Susan Christensen says trials will be suspended until at least February. The only exceptions are trials that start before November 16th because a jury has already been sworn in.

Rescheduling trials will be based on priority. Emergency proceedings will have the highest priority followed by criminal cases and finally civil cases.

Christensen says the COVID-19 situation will be monitored and updates will be added as necessary.

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