Yolo Superior Court announced the signing of an emergency order allowing the court to postpone jury trials to later dates in 2022.
Citing the significant increase in COVID-19 cases, California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye signed the order on Friday, allowing the postponement of jury trials scheduled between January 10 and February 7.
“As we approach the third year of responding to COVID-19, we’ve learned that we need to be flexible and keep up with the data,” Judge Daniel Maguire said. “The court must balance the rights to a speedy trial and the need to move cases forward with the public health risks that arise when jurors are called to trial. Right now, the balance favors the temporary stay of jury trials, but we will resume trials when the risk decreases, still with all safety measures in place. “
Yolo Superior Court will remain open and staffed, but remote appearances are strongly encouraged where possible, and the public is encouraged to use the court’s online services, including online payments, court calendars. , file search and electronic filing of court documents. Links to remote appearances, services and other information are available on the court’s website at yolo.courts.ca.gov.
“Most court cases can be handled remotely, and many court users have come to appreciate the convenience of video appearance,” said Maguire.
The court will continue to assess the current COVID-19 case numbers to determine if further changes will be necessary. Ongoing security measures will remain in place, including the mandatory court order requiring face masks at the courthouse.