Jury Trials To Resume This Week In Iowa

Mon 9-14-2020

(Undated) --  Jury trials resume this week in Iowa after a couple of pilot trials to try out social distancing and COVID-19 prevention measures. 

Supreme Court Justice Matthew McDermott co-chaired the committee which reviewed and made recommendations on the issue -- and says the survey of the judges in the pilot trials showed there were not as many issues as they thought there might be. 

There was a concern that more jurors would not show up because of the pandemic -- but McDermott says that was not the case.

McDermott says they will watch for outbreaks in particular counties as part of the monitoring as the jury trials resume. He says the judges in each trial will make the decisions on proceeding.

Dickinson county has been looking for a larger venue to hold jury selection and some larger trials to accommodate social distancing. The Board of Supervisors Tuesday are expected to approve an agreement to use some of the facilities at Arrowwood Resort and Convention Center in Okoboji for that. It was one of several large venues in the area the county had been looking at.