Los Angeles County suspends criminal trials for two weeks following Delta, Omicron spikes

Presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor issued an emergency order temporarily delaying criminal jury trials from Wednesday through Jan. 19 in Los Angeles County, her emergency order issued on Tuesday said. 小时前, 美国. District Court for the Central District of California announced an immediate three-week suspension of all federal jury trials.

A view of the U.S. Courthouse building in Los Angeles, 九月. 13, 2021. Criminal trials will be paused for two weeks in Los Angeles County after a spike in the Delta and Omicron variants following a holiday weekend, 官员周二表示.

A view of the U.S. Courthouse building in Los Angeles, 九月. 13, 2021. Criminal trials will be paused for two weeks in Los Angeles County after a spike in the Delta and Omicron variants following a holiday weekend, 官员周二表示. (ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

Los Angeles County’s current COVID numbers warrant this relief, and I have elected to utilize this authority sparingly as we closely monitor the impact of the dual variants on our court users, judicial officers, staff and justice partners,” Taylor wrote in his order.

I will continue to consult closely with LA County Department of Public Health (LA DPH) officials on local conditions and any changes to public health orders and guidance during this winter surge. For the second consecutive winter, holiday gatherings have fueled widespread community transmission.

The order said the pause will alleviate foot traffic in courthouses and extends the time period to hold criminal trials by not more than 90 天.

For civil cases, judicial officials were urged to exercisesound discretionon whether to move forward with jury trials or continue the proceedings.

The Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Santa Ana, 加利福尼亚州.

The Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Santa Ana, 加利福尼亚州. (我们. District Court Central District of California)

The suspension of federal trials will impact Central District courthouses located in Los Angeles and the suburbs of Pasadena, Riverside and Santa Ana.

Given the increased rate of transmission of COVID-19 in the Central District of California due to the Omicron variant, conducting jury trials would place court personnel, attorneys, 派对, and prospective jurors at undue risk,” an announcement said.

Los Angeles cityscape at dusk (iStock)

Los Angeles cityscape at dusk (iStock)

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