The coronavirus pandemic has forced the closure of many things that we miss badly, it also has meant that everyone has had a break from being called to jury duty – but, friend, those days are nearly over.
The Riverside Superior Court will return to summoning jurors for criminal trials starting in mid-June. And while there will be jury duty and trials once again, officials say only a limited number of trials will start in a couple of weeks, with cases with constitutional and statutory timeframes approaching having priority.
if you are called, here are the safety measures being taken at the courthouse:
• Requiring face coverings for all who enter into a court facility;
• Reconfiguring jury assembly rooms, courtrooms and lobbies to allow for social distancing;
• Calling in jurors only when a case is ready to proceed to trial and at staggered time intervals to reduce the number of jurors reporting at the same time;
• Having prospective jurors complete an online availability form prior to reporting for service in order to minimize the number of jurors reporting to the courtroom for jury selection; and
• Implementing heightened cleaning protocols that include daily sanitation of common and high-traffic areas.