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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Jurors

Updated May 28, 2020

Our court continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic closely and takes the health and safety of all persons seriously. We will update this page if developments occur that impact our jurors. 

  1. As outlined in Administrative Order 20-MS-037, the Court has returned all of its facilities in this District to normal public access effective May 18, 2020.
  2. As posted at the entrance to each court facility, persons who are sick; who are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath; or who have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive person within the past 14 days should not enter the building. 
  3. Potential jurors who have been summoned for an upcoming term of service should:
    1. Complete the eJuror process (or submit a paper questionnaire)
    2. If you fall within one or more of the below categories (identified by the CDC as being at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19), you are urged to email the court at jury@miwd.uscourts.gov.  If applicable, your jury service will be deferred to a later date.
    3. In your email, please state that you want to postpone your service and specify which higher risk category applies to you:
        1. 65 years or older
        2. Any age with an underlying medical condition, including:
          1. Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
          2. Serious heart condition
          3. Immunocompromised
          4. Severely obese (BMI of 40 or higher)
          5. Diabetes
          6. Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
          7. Liver disease
    4. For those not within one of the above categories, the normal excuse process will apply.
  4. Please follow the instructions on your summons for reporting information until you are either notified to appear for a jury selection or are excused from service.
  5. All jurors should know the court takes their health very seriously.  To that end we:
    1. Encourage masks.  While masks are optional, we suggest bringing a mask for wear during jury service.  The court has a supply of disposable masks for use by jurors as well.
    2. Employ social distancing which has been worked into the court’s practice – to include staggered arrival times and expanded seating arrangements.
    3. Ensure adequate bathrooms are readily available for hand washing.  Hand sanitizer is also available.
    4. Encourage jurors to bring their own bag lunch (ideally meals not requiring microwave use)
    5. Will consider and engage other measures as further or changed guidance is received from the CDC and local health officials.

Additional COVID-19 information as it pertains to the Court is available here.