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Resumption of Massachusetts jury trials delayed again, until January

The Massachusetts court system announced today it's postponing the resumption of jury trials until at least the week of Jan. 11 due to "the expectation of rising infections during the holiday period."

Limited jury trials, with six-person juries, had initially been scheduled to resume in September as a two-month pilot in a small number of courthouses across the state.

Court leaders continue to seek to balance the critical right to trial by jury with health and safety concerns of trial participants. The Office of Jury Commissioner will cancel jurors summoned for dates before the new resumption date and trials currently scheduled will be rescheduled. Courts will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation in the Commonwealth.

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