County courts adjusting to jury trail protocols

The Second Circuit Court District has been gradually letting jurors return to Harrison and Hancock County courtrooms for jury trials that had been postponed due to the pandemic.

Jurors returned to Harrison and Hancock County courtrooms for the first time since the COVID shutdown on July 7th.

Each juror’s temperature is checked upon entering the courthouse. Masks are required. Jury boxes have been extended as well in order to provide adequate space for social distancing of jurors.

Harrison County Circuit Clerk Connie Ladner talks about the importance of resuming jury trials. “You know, you have to do the business of the court. We don’t want to end up with a back log of cases, so trials that had been set– we just wanted to go ahead and get started, get the trials back going again when everything was safe enough to do so. It’s important for the court personnel as well as it is for the plaintiffs and defendants in trial. It’s important for them to get their day in court. And, so we’ve done everything we can to do that safely.”

The court excuses anyone from jury service who is ill, has had recent contact with someone with COVID-19, or has certain health conditions.

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