NJ Supreme Court suspends jury trials following surge in COVID-19 cases

Chelsia Rose Marcius, New York Daily News
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New Jersey’s supreme court suspended jury trials Monday, citing an uptick in coronavirus cases.

The state supreme court issued an order to suspend criminal and civil trials along with in-person grand jury sessions.

“The increasing rates of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths make it impracticable and unsafe for certain in-person court events to continue at the level reached during the past few months,” the court wrote in an order signed by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.

The Garden State saw a record single-day total of 4,395 new positive cases on Saturday — the highest number of one-day new cases since mid-April.

The number of cumulative positive tests has also gone up by 6,757 since Saturday, from 274,736 to 281,493 by Monday evening.

“These numbers are alarming and concerning, to say the least,” Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted on Saturday. “Wear a mask. Social distance. Stay safe.”

Most court hearings have been remote since mid-March, officials said in a press release announcing the order. But some limited in-person proceedings — including socially distanced jury trials and in-person grand jury sessions — resumed in September.

About a dozen jury trials have been held in the last two months.

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