This Directive updates and replaces, where applicable, the March 19, 2020 Directive. Significant changes were introduced in response to the spread of COVID 19. Quick and decisive action was imperative.
The changes limited in-person hearings; postponed all jury trials scheduled in March, April and May; mandated strict public health protocols within court houses; and restricted chambers applications to those demonstrated to be urgent or an emergency. It is still not possible to proceed with jury trials in June 2020 due to the ongoing requirement to practice social distancing. Jury trials scheduled for June will be postponed to Fall 2020.
Although a return to “back to normal” is not yet a reality, following consultation with public health authorities and other stakeholders, it is apparent that the time has come to loosen some of the restrictions imposed in March. While social distancing and other health protocols remain in effect, many users of the legal system have been able to adapt and now have the capability to again engage in court proceedings. The Court is mindful of its obligation to hear and process as many matters as it can, while simultaneously respecting the need to adhere to recommendations and protocols designed to keep everyone safe.