Florida Supreme Court to suspend jury trials statewide through April 17

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA) – Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady issued a new order on Tuesday suspending jury trials statewide through April 17, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are all facing an unprecedented challenge,” Canady said in a video address released to Florida’s legal community.


WHAT TO KNOW:

  • Florida reporting 11,111 cases and 191 deaths
  • Florida ‘safer-at-home’ order in effect as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 3
  • Travelers from NY tri-state area and New Orleans coming to Florida must quarantine for 14 days under new executive order
  • Florida schools closed through at least May 1

“The pandemic is now affecting everyone. We are living our lives in a way that none of us would have contemplated a few short weeks ago. And none of us can count on things getting easier any time soon. We face many tough choices on the path ahead of us.”

The order also extends an earlier suspension of speedy trial rules and court procedures. It directs all state courts to cancel or postpone court proceedings other than essential and critical ones.

The order issues other measures designed to reduce the need for in-person contact in court proceedings as much as possible.

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