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Delaware courts make additional changes in response to COVID-19 outbreak

Delaware Public Media

Delaware’s courts are taking further action to also to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Superior Court is suspending all civil and criminal jury trials through April 15th.

Those who have been summoned for jury duty are excused and do not need to report.

Grand Jury and other proceedings involving smaller groups will continue.

The move comes after the state’s Chief Justice, Collins Seitz, declared a judicial emergency Friday – offering all trial courts in the state flexibility to issue 30-day continuances for trials and hearings in civil and criminal cases to help limit the number of people gathering in public court buildings.

The judicial emergency order also pauses time requirements under the Speedy Trial Guidelines and urges all courts to use of audiovisual devices to conduct proceedings, except for jury trials.



Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for nearly three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.
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