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Massachusetts courts to extend bar on jury trials for another two weeks

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered that a Covid-19-based ban on jury trials continue through Feb.14.

In a statement, Chief Justice Kimberly Budd said:

While we are encouraged by the trend in COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth, the additional two week pause on jury trials is necessary to protect the health and safety of all who enter and work in our courthouses. Assuming the number of COVID-19 cases continues to decline as expected, we do not anticipate any further pause beyond February 14. As throughout the pandemic, however, all plans and expectations regarding the resumption of jury trials may be adjusted at any time in the ongoing effort to balance the safety of court users and personnel with the fundamental constitutional right to a trial by jury.

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