The Indiana Supreme Court on Monday handed down an order suspending jury trials statewide until March 1, citing “the need for drastic measures as COVID-19 continues to surge.”
The court said “in-person jury trials pose an exceptional risk to everyone involved—even if every precaution is taken.”
The Supreme Court has been giving local courts authority to adjust operations, included holding remote proceedings and streaming public hearings online.
“We have hope that 2021 will bring improved conditions,” Chief Justice Loretta Rush said in written remarks. “But hoping is not enough. There is more we must do, and we must act now. Since March, we have been balancing the requirement to keep courts open with the need for public health. The worsening pandemic creates urgency for us to halt jury trials as we maintain all other court operations, including through remote proceedings.”