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Posted on: Aug 18, 2020

Marion Superior Court will commence major felony jury trials the week of August 24. Lower felony, misdemeanor and civil trials will begin the week of September 14.

In order to adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) social distancing guidelines as well as public health best practices, major felony jury trials that require a larger jury pool will be held at the Marion Superior Court Traffic Court (8115 E Washington Street).  All lower felony, misdemeanor and civil trials will continue to be held in the City-County Building (200 E. Washington Street).  Jurors are requested to pay close attention to their summonses to ensure they arrive at the correct location.

Jurors received additional information in their summons to notify them of additional processes that the Court is undertaking in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  These processes include:

  1. assigned seating to account for maximum social distancing;
  2. required face coverings (for those who do not have their own, one will be provided for them);
  3. individual hand sanitizers and hand sanitizer stations spread around the facilities; and
  4. deep cleaning of courtroom facilities.

Additionally, prospective jurors who have been diagnosed by a licensed physician as having Coronavirus in the last 30 days, are actively caring for a family member or loved one who has tested positive for Coronavirus or are in self-quarantine status for the date they’ve been summonsed are asked to notify the Jury Pool Coordinator regarding their service.

While the court recognizes that jury service may cause an additional burden for those called to serve during this time, the court asks all prospective jurors to understand that the right to trial by jury is one of the cornerstones of our democracy.  The participation of prospective jurors is one of the most important civic duties required of our citizens. 

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