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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Jury trials statewide called off for 30 days

The chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court and the presiding judge of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Monday called off all jury trials for 30 days and restricted access to courthouses across the state to "encourage social distancing and avoid risks to judges, court clerks, court employees and the public."

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Sunday declared a state of emergency across the state in response to the coronavirus.

The joint order signed by Chief Justice Noma D. Gurich and Presiding Judge David B. Lewis, continues all criminal, civil and juvenile jury trials until the next available jury dockets. Additionally, judges are being encouraged to reschedule all non-jury settings, hearings and pretrial settings.

"Emergency matters, arraignments, bond hearings, and required proceedings of any kind shall be handled on a case by case basis by the assigned judge," the order states.

The order prohibits certain persons, including those who have been diagnosed with or have direct contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 from entering any courtroom or court clerk's offices or other facility used by the district courts.

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Exterior of the Oklahoma County Courthouse, Monday, March 16, 2020.  [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

Exterior of the Oklahoma County Courthouse, Monday, March 16, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

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Tim Willert

Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers K-12 education, including Oklahoma City Public Schools and the state Education Department. Before that he covered district, federal and appellate courts in Oklahoma County. Prior... Read more ›

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