Jury Trials on Pause Until September
Jury trials won't resume in Massachusetts until at least Sept. 8 and in-person criminal and civil bench trials are still on hold until July 1, at the earliest, under a new order released by the Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday outlining its latest reopening strategy.
Courthouses will remain closed to the public through June to July 1 under the newest order, which will replace the SJC's last guidance on May 4, but the courts will continue to conduct emergency and non-emergency business in civil and criminal cases virtually, as it has been doing for weeks.
Each department in the Trial Court system is also being asked to review and update its list of non-emergency matters that will be handled remotely.
The SJC also ordered that the statute of limitations on all civil and criminal matters be further extended.