On May 13, the Alabama Supreme Court issued an administrative order to continue suspension of jury trials until Sept. 14 in the state.
The order also gives local district judges the ability to resume in-person court hearings as of May 15.
“Subject to the approval of the presiding circuit judge of each circuit and subject to the provisions of this order, in-person hearings in the circuit courts, district courts, juvenile courts, municipal courts and probate courts are authorized to recommence after May 15.”
Presiding circuit judges are also authorized to extend the restriction of in-person court proceedings beyond May 15 as long as a write order is entered and forward to Alabama’s Chief Justice and as long as it doesn’t extend beyond Aug. 15.
Most court proceedings were suspended back in March and this new administrative order comes after Gov. Kay Ivey amended the “Safer at Home” order to loosen more restrictions across the state on May 11.