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Federal courts in Minnesota limit trials, new cases

| Mar 16, 2020 | Criminal Defense

Here’s an interesting piece of news in light of changes with coronavirus. Did you know that the federal courts in Minnesota have started limiting trials? The federal court system has currently suspended all jury trials for both criminal and civil cases through late April.

The court system temporarily suspended all civil and criminal trials, but the state system will continue to see high-priority cases. This is an unprecedented event, but it is something that could be beneficial to those who are still working on their defenses for trial.

In the midst of coronavirus, courts are challenged by the fact that carrying out trials could expose people to the virus. At the same time, there is a potential for cases to be delayed as the system becomes backlogged.

The report states that jury trials, both civil and criminal, that are currently taking place will continue. Cases of high and super-high priority will also continue, though the hearings may be performed remotely to limit interaction with others. Low-priority and medium-priority cases are to be postponed for at least two weeks, and jury trials won’t be occurring for at least the next 30 days.

Cases that have defendants in custody should, according to a news conference, be heard before those that have defendants who are not in custody. If that could affect you, or if you are in a position where this shutdown could impact your case, you may want to speak with your attorney about what you need to do next. This is an unusual situation, but good legal support can help you understand what’s going to happen.