Chief Justice issues emergency order extending suspension of jury trials through July 17 & amending other pandemic jury procedures
Florida’s Chief Justice Charles Canady on June 8, 2020, issued a memorandum providing new guidelines for the state courts on a resumption of in-person court proceedings during the pandemic. He also amended two earlier orders about jury proceedings.
The first new amended order extends the current suspension of the statewide grand jury investigating school violence through July 26, 2020. It extends the current suspension of other jury proceedings including other grand juries, jury selection, and criminal and civil jury trials through July 17, 2020.
The second new amended order governs an ongoing remote civil jury trial pilot program. It requires trial-court circuits participating in the pilot program to report findings and recommendations by October 2, 2020.
The Chief Justice will review these and other COVID-19 orders as the pandemic emergency develops and will modify or extend them as needed due to changing conditions in the pandemic. Statewide and local court emergency orders and advisories are available on the Florida Supreme Court’s website: https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/Emergency