Iowa Supreme Court Suspends All Jury Trials Until Feb. 1st Due To Surging COVID Cases
(Des Moines, IA) -- The Iowa Supreme Court is suspending all jury trials until February 1st due to the rise in COVID-19 cases across the state.
The high court is also postponing grand jury proceedings until February. Non-jury trials and other face-to-face proceedings will continue as previously scheduled.
Jury trials resumed in mid-September after being on hold since March.
Chief Justice Susan Christensen said all trials will be postponed unless they start before November 16th, meaning a jury has already been sworn in. The court will use case priorities from a previous emergency order to reschedule trials.
Christensen said the court will continue monitoring the situation surrounding COVID-19 and update the latest order if necessary.