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Juror COVID-19 Information

During the COVID-19 national emergency, many U.S. district courts across the country postponed or continued jury trials until aggressive policies to protect all participants could be implemented. After an in-depth investigation of protective measures and with the assistance of other government agencies, including health experts, the Northern District Court of Indiana has now resumed conducting jury trials. As the public’s health and safety are a priority to the District Court, the following precautionary measures have been put in place to keep jurors safe during their period of jury service:

  • A list of COVID-19 related screening questions have been added to eJuror, our on-line summonsing software.  Each prospective juror will be provided a list of questions regarding exposure to COVID-19, the experiencing of symptoms consistent with having COVID-19, and whether the juror or someone in their household is at high risk for complications from contracting COVID-19 due to a pre-existing condition, age, or other characteristic.  If the juror answers any of these questions affirmatively, the juror should contact the Clerk’s Office and seek an excused absence.
     
  • Masks will be offered to prospective jurors for their use during the courthouse entrance process. Masks are required to be worn in the public areas of the courthouse by all individuals.  Alternatively, prospective jurors can bring their own personal protection equipment to the courthouse.
  • Frequent cleanings using EPA-approved disinfectants will routinely take place of high-touch areas, such as tables, doorknobs, elevator buttons, faucets, and restroom facilities.

  • Hand sanitizer solutions are readily available throughout the building.

  • Where possible, excess furniture has been removed and seating has been further separated as an added safety measure, even though masks are required.

  • Only two people at a time will be allowed to share an elevator so social distancing can occur.

  • Procedures have been revised regarding the delivery method and type of food and drink provided to jurors.

  • Consultation with various individuals, including health officials, and much thought has been given regarding how to safely resume jury trials in the Northern District. We believe the measures outlined above provide a high degree of safety to all who enter the courthouse. The role jurors play in our justice system is a crucial one. Quite simply, jurors are sometimes necessary to ensure justice continues to move forward.  As we all adapt to the “new normal” resulting from COVID-19, the Northern District of Indiana will continue to make the necessary changes to ensure your health remains a priority.