Coronavirus: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick suspend jury trials

Jury trials in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have been suspended for 60 days amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

The Nova Scotia Supreme Court says the decision is effective immediately and applies to all jury trials that have not yet commenced in court.

“Earlier today, the province’s chief medical officer of health encouraged all individuals, employers and community organizations to limit gatherings to no more than 150 people to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Nova Scotia,” said Chief Justice Deborah K. Smith.

“The Supreme Court is following suit and out of an abundance of caution, is suspending jury trials, as the selection process often requires hundreds of potential jurors to attend court at the same time.”

The court says it will re-evaluate the decision in 60 days.

Members of the public who have received a jury summons requiring them to come to court for jury duty within the next 60 days, and who are not presently sitting on a case, are officially released from that summons.

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