Updates on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impacts On the Court


Allen Circuit and Superior Courts
have modified operations to protect staff, court users and the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upon the lifting of the Governor’s stay-at-home order, the Allen County Courts began their transition back to expanded operations. Those plans were submitted to the Indiana Supreme Court on May 28, 2020, and approved by the Supreme Court on June 8, 2020. The full transition plan, including the courts’ plan for conducting jury trials and protecting the health of prospective jurors, can be downloaded here.

The Allen County Courts’ current status in regard to COVID-19 is as follows:

• Jury trials resumed on July 6, 2020. In order to protect the health and safety of prospective jurors, face masks are being provided free of charge to all persons called for jury duty. Prospective jurors are required to wear masks while inside Court facilities.

• Jury assembly now occurs over a wider area of the Courthouse in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. Persons selected for jury duty are seated in the Courtroom over a wider area as well, in accordance with social distancing standards.

• Additionally, enhanced cleaning and disinfection of high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces throughout the day, every day of the week, in all Court facilities.

• All visitors to Court facilities over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask or facial covering. If you do not have a mask upon entry to a Court facility, one will be provided to you.

• Courtroom proceedings have reopened to all interested parties. Seating is limited, however, in order to maintain social distancing. Once socially distanced seating is no longer available, observers might not be permitted into the courtroom.

* Some hearings will continue to take place by telephone or by video for the foreseeable future. Contact the Court or your attorney to determine if this applies to a case in which you are a party.

RESOURCES:

INFORMATION REGARDING THE ALLEN SUPERIOR COURT CIVIL DIVISION RESUMING IN-PERSON TRIALS IN THE COVID ERA

A MESSAGE ABOUT JURY SERVICE DURING COVID-19 (YouTube)

FAMILY RELATIONS DIVISION PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES VIDEO (YouTube)

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