The 10th Judicial Circuit is pausing jury trials until January as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in central Illinois.
The order is in effect Monday, Nov. 30 through Jan. 8, 2021.
"This is a step taken out of caution," Chief Judge Gilfillan said. "While jury trials have been conducted safely to date from a juror perspective, the situation in our counties is changing. We must be mindful of the risk and reduce in-person attendance to the extent reasonable."
Gilfillan said the courts also will increase their reliance on remote virtual hearings.
The 10th Judicial Circuit covers Peoria, Tazewell, Marshall, Stark and Putnam counties.
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