10th Judicial District Court issues order regarding Phase-1 reopening operations

The Governor’s Order to begin Phase One and re-open the state has everyone anxious and concerned that this could lead to a refreshed outbreak contagion. In order to achieve the goals of returning to normal operations, while maintaining safety in our facility for you as we as our staff, the Court began the implementation of Phase One on Monday, May 18, 2020 @ 8:30 a.m.

The courthouse/courtroom are open to the public; however, the following restrictions apply:

You will be required to wear a mask to enter our facility. A place for disposal of any PPE will be provided as you exit the building.
Your temperature will be taken. If it is over 99.5 you will not be allowed inside.

You will be asked the following questions:

Have you had any symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks, including coughing, sneezing, or fever?

Have you been in contact with anyone in the last 2 weeks who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus?

Have you tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in the last 2 weeks?
An affirmative answer to any of these questions will require that we restrict your access to our facility, and may require that we refix your court date.

The 10th Judicial District Court intends to limit the number of visitors and only those persons who are scheduled on the court docket will be allowed in the courtroom. Persons attending court are strongly discouraged from bringing friends, family members, particularly small children unless absolutely necessary. The only exception is if the individual is being accompanied by a caregiver or interpreter.

There will be no jury trials before June 30, 2020 as per order of the Supreme Court. It will be determined at a later date precisely when jury trials will resume.

Starting Monday, May 18, 2020, the civil matters to be heard will be available in person, by telephone or video conferencing. Matters that will be heard in the courtroom will be staggered so there will be no cross-contamination of individuals.

Strict adherence to the court’s social distancing guidelines will be required.