US District Court suspends all trials until May due to COVID-19 concerns

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INDIANAPOLIS –The US District Court of Southern Indiana has suspended all jury trials until at least May 1 due to the “substantial health risks to the public” during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is not possible to summon a pool of potential jurors and conduct a jury trial in a manner that does not expose potential jurors, counsel, court staff and litigants to substantial and unacceptable health risks, specifically, the danger of becoming infected with COVID-19,” Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson wrote in a general order.

All naturalization ceremonies were also canceled by the order; however, all other civil court proceedings will move forward as scheduled.

Law enforcement will have the authority to deny building access to anyone who may be infected with COVID-19 or who “otherwise appear to pose a public health risk.”

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