Massachusetts jury trials will not start until at least Nov. 9

BOSTON – The return date for jury trials in Massachusetts has been delayed another two weeks as courts try to adapt to Coronavirus guidelines.

Jury trials in Massachusetts courts will not start at least until November 9.

This is two weeks after the State Supreme Judicial Court had originally authorized the resumption of in-person trials.

Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey announced the two-week extension of the ban on jury trials Friday.

Any trial set to start before Nov. 9 will be rescheduled and summons for any jurors called for the weeks of Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 are canceled.

The courts have been looking at ways to resume jury trials during the pandemic.

One idea is to have six-person juries in selected courthouses.

 Carey said the court staff is reviewing building systems such as ventilation and heating to minimize risk to jurors, court staff, and users.

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