CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s court system can begin a gradual return to regular operations on May 18.
The state Supreme Court announced the guidance Wednesday.
hearings or proceedings can resume subject to safety and health
precautions. Employees can return to work May 18 and should wear masks
in common areas and when interacting with the public. They also must
disinfect common work areas, the court said.
Local courts can delay operations, impose additional restrictions or continue to hear matters through video or remote technology. Court officials should continue to enforce physical distancing in court facilities. Jury trials can be moved to alternate, larger locations with some stipulations.
Grand jury proceedings can begin June 15 and jury trials can start June 29, the Supreme Court said.
in-person hearings are allow in counties designated as coronavirus hot
spots. Judicial officers must still conduct hearings by video or
teleconference if appropriate.
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