Louisiana Supreme Court Suspends Trial By Jury Due to COVID
I truly thought that we would've turned the corner on the COVID-19 crisis before now. I never thought that after nearly a year of lockdowns, economic quagmire, and not one but two vaccines with in an incredibly high effectiveness developed and manufactured at break-neck speeds things would be taking a turn for the worse. Boy was I wrong.
With John Bel Edwards announcement earlier today that the state of Louisiana would remain under phase 2 restrictions for at least the next 28 days, it's no wonder that more and more government agencies are taking extreme steps to limit the spread of this vicious virus. More and more government offices are shutting down now essential operations and employing "work from home" measures in order to slow the spread of the virus.
Now, the Louisiana Supreme Court has weighed in on how due process should continue in the Sportsman's Paradise. It seems, at least in the case of trials by jury in our state, it won't. The latest emergency ruling by the state's highest court has suspended all jury trials until at least March 1, 2021. That order goes for civil and criminal cases - and is effective immediately.
According to KNOE, all trials currently underway have the state's blessing to continue if those presiding over the case feel it is safe to do so. It's also worth pointing out that the order doesn't effect grand jury cases or in-person proceedings so you still need to pay your speeding tickets.