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What will we write about when all the courts have closed? We are rapidly on the way to finding out, especially in the federal system. Here’s a summary of recent federal district court orders on jury trials: Eastern District of Arkansas: Civil and criminal jury trials scheduled before January 15, 2021 are continued to a later date. District of Colorado: Civil and criminal jury trials scheduled before January 8, 2021 are continued to a later date. Northern District of Illinois: Civil and criminal jury trials suspended indefinitely. Central District of Illinois: Civil and criminal jury trials suspended and shall be reset for a date after January 25, 2021. Southern District of Illinois: Civil and criminal jury trials set through January 24, 2021 are cancelled and will be reset. Northern District of Indiana: All jury trials scheduled to begin before January 29, 2021, are continued and will be rescheduled by the presiding judge “unless the presiding judge, in their...

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Reopening in Starts and Stops in Arkansas District Court

In the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, a civil jury trial was scheduled to start yesterday in an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) case. The defendant moved to continue the trial. Last week the judge denied that motion. But then, on Friday, the defendant informed the court that a defense attorney and paralegal may have been exposed to the coronavirus and must quarantine. The court took the trial off the calendar to be rescheduled at an unspecified time.

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 McDermott’s litigation team monitors US courts as they reopen amid the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis.

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