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Citing COVID concerns, Minnesota courts suspend trials and in-person hearings for two months


November 20, 2020

Leila Navidi – Star Tribune file

A Hennepin County courtroom in Minneapolis.

Faced with a surge of COVID-19 infections across the state, the Minnesota Judicial Council voted unanimously Thursday to put a moratorium on criminal jury trials for two months and conduct all hearings remotely.

Chief judges in each judicial district can grant exceptions based on criteria to be mapped out in coming days.

The moratorium will begin Nov. 30. The state judicial council is composed of judges, including chief judges from across the state, and is chaired by Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, who cited the dramatic recent rise in positive COVID-19 test results.


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