Mass. Supreme Judicial Court Pauses All Jury Trials Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Court will not be in session for jury trials in Massachusetts state courthouses until at least the end of January, officials said.

"In response to the current situation in the Commonwealth with respect to COVID-19, the SJC issued an order pausing all jury trials in Massachusetts state courthouses until January 31, 2022," a spokesperson for the SJC said. The order issued Thursday replaced paragraphs in the Seventh Updated Order, acknowledging that the order may cause further backlog.

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Officials said that all courts otherwise will remain open for in-person business, but with a continued emphasis on conducting matters remotely whenever possible.

The order will remain in effect until further order of the court, officials said.

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