Justices allow lower courts to resume with virus controls

Posted at 10:26 AM, May 26, 2020

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court is allowing circuit courts to resume in-person hearings and jury trials if they can come up with plans to protect participants and observers from the coronavirus.

The high court suspended in-person hearings and jury trials in March, ordering judges to move trials to a date after May 22.

The justices issued an order Friday evening allow individual circuit courts to resume in-person proceedings on a county-by-county basis if each court prepares a plan that requires everyone in the courtroom to wear masks and clean frequently touched surfaces.

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