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INDIANAPOLIS — All jury trials in Marion County are being temporarily suspended due to the ongoing surge in coronavirus cases.

The trials will be continued and reset after Jan. 21, 2022. At that point, the Court will re-evaluate the situation and determine if jury trials can resume.

Capacity in all areas of the courthouse is limited to 50% and face coverings are required for everyone age two and older.

Nearly 40 vaccinated and unvaccinated court staff members have tested positive for the virus in the last few days, the Marion Circuit and Superior Court said Thursday.

In November, the Indiana Supreme Court issued guidance reiterating that the courts have “inherent authority” to suspend and/or reschedule criminal or civil jury trials for a limited time. The Court is allowed to continue a criminal trial upon finding of a public emergency, and the coronavirus pandemic was found to be an emergency.