Jury trials resume in Elkhart County Court

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Jury trials have resumed in Elkhart County Court.

Trials and in-person hearings were suspended in mid-March in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19, but Elkhart County judges believe it’s important to resume regular court proceedings.

Several measures have been put in place to keep members of the public safe when they are summoned for jury duty, including:

• All visitors will have their temperature checked at the door and be asked screening questions about COVID-19 exposure and travel.
• Hand sanitizer is available throughout the courthouse.
• Decals have been placed on the ground as a visual guide for social distancing.
• Seating in courtrooms and jury rooms has been spaced out to allow at least six feet of
distance between visitors.
• Defendants will continue to appear via videostream from the jail for criminal trials.
• A secure filing box is available at the entrance so visitors no longer need to visit the Clerk’s Office to file legal documents.

The public is still not permitted into the gallery for trials, but can view a livestream of all court proceedings at public.courts.in.gov.

For more information, visit elkhartcountycourts.com.

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