Jury trials off until March 1 due to virus

District Attorney Scott Perrilloux

Two jury trials that were scheduled to start Tuesday in 21st Judicial District Court did not.

Louisiana Supreme Court has ordered no jury trials can be launched in the state until March 1 because of coronavirus concerns.

District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said Tuesday evening, "We were scheduled to start two today, but the order prevented us from starting. We have numerous that will have to be rescheduled between now and March 1."

In July, the 21st Judicial District Court installed dividers between jurors' seats for the first jury trial in the state since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down Louisiana in March.

However, with COVID-19 cases continuing to rise to record numbers, the state Supreme Court issued the order, dated Monday, prohibiting the start of any new jury trials until March 1. 

According to The Associated Press, the order says any criminal or civil jury trials can continue if they have already begun.

Other types of court proceedings can continue in person but should use no more than 50% of a courtroom's capacity, and social distancing must be practiced.

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