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Orange County Shuts Down Courts To Public Due To Coronavirus Concerns

Orange County Register-


A day after concerns about the coronavirus forced the unprecedented public closure of Orange County courthouses, local court and law enforcement officials were still at work Tuesday determining how key functions of the criminal justice system will go forward in the face of a pandemic.

An emergency order from the California Supreme Court late Monday allowed court officials to close all public Orange County Court facilities until at least March 30, halting any upcoming jury trials.

Active jury trials have been left to the individuals judge’s discretion, though coronavirus concerns have already led to pauses in some criminal proceedings, including a pair of ongoing murder trials.

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