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COVID-19 Policies and Guidance

The Middle District's Plan for the Reinstitution of Jury Trials

The Court, in collaboration with the Office of the Federal Public Defender and the Office of the United States Attorney, presented the Middle District's plan for the reinstitution of jury trials on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The ZOOM presentation highlights the framework for the safe resumption of jury trials and addresses COVID-19 precautions and concerns. Chief Judge John E. Jones III, Federal Public Defender Heidi Freese, and United States Attorney David Freed present the district's comprehensive plan which addresses all aspects of trial, from the scheduling of trials through jury deliberations. The presentation is shown here in its entirety for those who were unable to attend the live stream. | Click here to view. | Click here to read the plan (Revised July 27, 2020)

Amended COVID-19 Recovery Guidelines

These Amended Guidelines [07/09/2020] incorporate our decision to move into Phase Two of our Recovery Plan; also the new Face Covering/Masking and Social Distancing Protocols, which are attached to the Amended Guidelines as Appendix 3.  These protocols have been updated to generally require that all court employees and personnel wear face coverings or masks in any indoor location and maintain six-foot social distancing. Masks may be removed temporarily during in-court proceedings, at the discretion of the judicial officer, when removal is necessary to effectively conduct the proceedings provided six-foot social distancing can be maintained. Read the full COVID-19 Guidelines 

Released Friday, July 10, 2020

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