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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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The District of Colorado Suspends Jury Trials

Last week, Chief Judge Philip Brimer of the US District Court for the District of Colorado continued all criminal and civil jury trials scheduled to commence before January 8, 2021. Judge Brimer also suspended all grand jury proceedings and canceled all public gatherings in the courthouse. The order reported that “key indicators from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, including positivity rates, the number of hospitalizations and cumulative incidences per 100,000 people, demonstrate a significant increase in the rate of COVID-19 infections in many parts of the District of Colorado.”

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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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