No state jury assembly through July 6 because of coronavirus concerns.
No state juries will be assembled prior to July 6 because of safety and health concerns connected to the coronavirus pandemic.
“No person shall be summoned by state courts to assemble for jury service to begin anytime prior to July 6,” according to a Colorado Supreme Court order.
Chief Justice Nathan B. Coats on Tuesday extended earlier orders prohibiting jury assembly because of COVID-19.
“Jury pools, at least according to current practices, still cannot be assembled consistent with existing public health guidelines…” the order states.
The Chief Justice has extended the order prohibiting jury assembly through July 6, 2020. No jurors will be called to duty through July 6 #CoLaw https://t.co/bOeZ5hwNhm
— Rob McCallum (@rwmccallum) May 5, 2020
“Until further directive by the Chief Justice, the state courts are to continue to operate on an emergency basis,” according to the updated order.
Various district courts are “expected to continue to make all reasonable efforts to facilitate work by department employees from remote locations and minimize personal contact,” the order states. “To that end, and with the understanding that some judicial proceedings may require personal appearance, wherever reasonably feasible, judicial proceedings, regardless of their nature, should continue to be conducted remotely.”
Certain judicial functions — those considered essential for the protection of the public health, safety and welfare — may not be altogether suspended. These functions include: petitions for temporary civil protection orders and permanent protection order hearings; shelter hearings in dependency and neglect cases or other juvenile proceedings; and emergency mental health proceedings.
The chief judge may, however, seek a waiver of the jury prohibition to be consistent with health guidelines and local executive orders.