Eight Vermont courthouses are now set to resume jury trials

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FILE – This Jan. 14, 2013, file photo shows a gavel sits on a desk inside the Court of Appeals at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center in Denver. The coronavirus pandemic has crippled the U.S. legal system, creating constitutional dilemmas as the accused miss their days in court. Judges from California to Maine have postponed trials and nearly all in-person hearings to keep crowds from packing courthouses. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Eight courthouses in Vermont can now resume holding jury trials after the pandemic placed them on pause for more than a year.

Courts now available for jury trials are the county courthouses in Woodstock, Hyde Park, Chelsea and Burlington and the state courthouses in St. Johnsbury, Rutland, Barre and Brattleboro. 

The openings follow work to construct appropriate barriers, test and improve air circulation and filtration, and develop process and facility enhancements to allow for social distancing.

The courts expect approval soon for jury trials at state court facilities in St. Albans, Bennington, Middlebury and Burlington. The county court building in Rutland is expected to be approved later this spring.

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