Federal Courts in Illinois and North Dakota Move in Wrong Direction

By on November 2, 2020

On Friday, the US District Court for the Central District of Illinois (which includes Peoria, Springfield and Urbana) suspended all civil and criminal jury trials, with trials to be rescheduled by the trial judge to a date after January 25, 2021. The US District Court for the District of North Dakota, meanwhile, rescheduled all the duty trials set for last week to November 30, but it seems doubtful that date will stick. And in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago), criminal trials were suspended immediately, with civil trials suspended as of next Monday. All public gatherings at the Chicago courthouse will be suspended as well.

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