Mobile County residents urged to respond to jury service – FOX10 News

4September 2020

Jury summons are going out … Did you get yours? The Mobile County District Court house started sending notices August 1st.

While courts are allowing people to postpone their service dates, due to coronavirus concerns, the district attorney’s office is concerned that could make an already backlog of cases worse.

FOX10 News Anchor Lenise Ligon talked to D.A. Ashley Rich, about jurors’ willingness to serve during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Rich every preventative measure is being taken to make certain jurors are safe.

“Jury service is going to be completely various now … individuals think of jury service and they think of seeing a case or a trial on TV where 12 individuals are arm-and-arm beside each other in what’s called a jury box … that’s a distant memory.”

Jurors will not be seated next to each other in the jury box, as was done before the pandemic, Rich stated.

There will be face masks requirements and social distancing. Jury trials in Mobile County are arranged to resume on September 14.

Prior to the pandemic getting a case to track took anywhere from 12 to 18 months. Now with COVID-19 it might take between 2 to 3 years, Rich stated.

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