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.
- The Courthouse follows guidance from the CDC concerning the wearing of masks. Currently, visitors are not required to wear masks when entering the courthouse. The presiding judge, however, may require jurors to wear masks during the trial. Out of caution, prospective jurors should bring their own masks to the courthouse. If necessary, masks will be provided. Of course, you are welcome to wear a mask at any time you are in 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.
Thank you in advance for your time and service.