Del. Courts Ready To Restart Jury Trials Tuesday

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Delaware Courts are taking steps toward reopening more proceedings and services.

Phase Three of Courts Reopening is scheduled to take effect next Tuesday, June 1st. This will allow many in-person proceedings, including jury trials, to resume. More visitors and staff will also be allowed into courthouses.

Face masks will still be required in accordance with the most recent modification of Governor John Carney’s State of Emergency Order that keeps the face covering mandate in place for public buildings.

“Thanks to Delawareans pulling together and getting vaccinated, we have seen a dramatic decline in COVID-19 infections. The Delaware courts will now resume in-person hearings and jury trials. While the use of video technology allowed the courts to keep on top of their dockets during the pandemic, we still have a significant backlog of cases in some of our courts. We will prioritize criminal matters as we work hard to return the courts to their pre-pandemic operations,” Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Seitz Junior said. “As of July 6, we will authorize the courts to return to full staffing in our judicial facilities. We will continue to ease restrictions as conditions permit but the health and safety of all those who work in or visit Delaware court facilities remain our first priority.”

Chief Justice Seitz Junior also extended the judicial emergency until July 2nd.

For more about Delaware’s court reopening program, please CLICK HERE