District Court decision allows delay of some jury trials as omicron spreads

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A District Court decision to postpone giant jury trials for the next 30 days was launched Wednesday, stacking additional delays on court docket docket calendars which were already making an attempt to dig out of a backlog that has constructed up all through the pandemic.

The order issued by Eighth District Court Choose Linda Marie Bell and permitted by Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Parraguire allows the delay.

The delay takes impression Jan. 12 and may proceed for 30 days, and perhaps longer if the court docket docket decides to extend it.

The order says:

“With the current surge in COVID-19 circumstances in Clark County, it has grow to be difficult for the court docket to finish prolonged jury trials. The disruption of trials raises considerations about potential mistrials, elevated price to litigants, and pointless inconvenience to jurors. On the identical time, the Court is conscious of the significance of persevering with to conduct trials when potential. Subsequently, jury trials which might be anticipated to take longer than a calendar week are paused for 30 days from the date this order is filed. Jury trials that may be accomplished inside a calendar week ought to transfer ahead below the COVID-19 Jury Trial Plan and AO 21-09.”

The delay applies solely to Clark County District Court. The court docket docket continues to manage operations as the omicron variant sends case numbers better. Many hearings all through the pandemic have proceeded remotely over videoconference.

“Moreover, as a consequence of staffing shortages and to cut back the potential unfold of an infection, appearances by different means are required of all attorneys and litigants, in all case varieties with the exception of bench and jury trials, in-custody defendants showing in Decrease Degree Arraignment Courts. For trials, District Court Judges ought to, to the extent potential, accommodate requests to look by different means. For proceedings different thatn trials, no in-person look shall be made until the assigned District Court Choose or Listening to Grasp determines that there’s a rare circumstance requiring a private look.”

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