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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Potential jurors who have been summoned for an upcoming term of service should:
- Complete the eJuror process (or submit a paper questionnaire)
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If applicable, your jury service will be deferred to a later date.
- In your email, please state that you want to postpone your service and specify which higher risk category applies to you:
- 65 years or older
- Any age with an underlying medical condition, including:
- Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- Serious heart condition
- Severely obese (BMI of 40 or higher)
- Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- Liver disease
- For those not within one of the above categories, the normal excuse process will apply.
- 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.
- All jurors should know the court takes their health very seriously. To that end we:
- 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.
- Employ social distancing which has been worked into the court’s practice – to include staggered arrival times and expanded seating arrangements.
- Ensure adequate bathrooms are readily available for hand washing. Hand sanitizer is also available.
- Encourage jurors to bring their own bag lunch (ideally meals not requiring microwave use)
- 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.