In her recent update, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore announced that courts in New York City would resume criminal jury trials as part of a pilot program to re-start trials throughout New York State. Chief Judge DiFiore stated:
We have scheduled one trial in each of those counties, with several backups standing by in the event that a plea is taken on a particular case or some obstacle prevents a case from proceeding to trial. And on November 4th, Queens and Bronx Counties will come on board and begin conducting their first criminal jury trials since last March, almost 8 months ago.
This news comes on the heels of an earlier announcement that New York City would resume a limited number of civil jury trials. Chief Judge DiFiore noted that the civil trials which took place earlier in the week proceeded smoothly without complaints from jurors or lawyers about health or safety issues.
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