When the pandemic hit Central Florida back in March, no one expected the suspension of jury trials to last longer than a couple of months. As COVID-19 continued to spread, two months turned into six, and jury trials remained on hold. However, it looks like six months won’t turn into seven!
With the improving health conditions in our Circuit, the courts meet the strict criteria for transitioning into Phase 2 and we are thrilled to announce jury trials are set to resume in October. Rest assured that the Circuit, along with Orange and Osceola County governments, are taking every precaution necessary to safeguard the health and wellbeing of everyone entering the courts – from jurors to court users to staff.
Everyone entering the courthouse must go through a health screening that includes a temperature check. And, everyone must wear a mask and practice social distancing inside the courthouse. We know social distancing is hard when there are large numbers of people congregating in a space – like is so often the case when we summons jurors. To avoid that situation and keep jurors safe, we will be summonsing smaller groups to ensure easy social distancing.
We have also increased sanitation measures and placed numerous hand sanitizing stations throughout the courthouses and in the jury rooms. We are working hard to restore access to the courts while ensuring your health and safety.
Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and support as we work to transition back to full, in-person operations at the courts.