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All Jury Trials in CO Suspended Until June 1

The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted every aspect of life in Colorado, including the state’s criminal justice system. 

On April 16, 2020, the Colorado Supreme Court suspended all jury trials throughout the state until at least June 1 due to the pandemic. Chief Justice Nathan Coats cited limited ability to assemble juries and ordered that no one is required to report for jury service prior to the June deadline. 

There was already a suspension of jury service until May 15, except for criminal trials related to speedy trial deadlines. Not only did Chief Justice Coats extend the suspension, but he also removed the speedy trial exception. 

The statewide stay-at-home order ends and the safer-at-home order begins on April 27. While residents are not required to stay at home but are strongly advised to do so. Throughout May, many businesses, offices, and other workplaces will slowly open back up with limited capacity. 

However, gatherings of more than 10 people are still prohibited. Restaurants and bars will remain closed for delivery/takeout until further notice. 

If you have been arrested or dealing with criminal proceedings that have been temporarily halted by the COVID-19 outbreak, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can take advantage of this time to develop an effective and personalized defense strategy to obtain the most favorable result in your case. Attorney David L. Owen, Jr. has 33 years of legal experience handling cases in state court and federal court in Colorado. 

Contact the Law Office of David L. Owen, Jr. at (303) 622-3281 and request a free consultation today. We are available to protect your rights and freedom.