Jury trials in New York state courts will come to a near-halt Monday due to concerns about COVID-19, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks announced in a memo to court employees Friday.

Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks. Photo: Hans Pennink Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks. Photo: Hans Pennink

Jury trials that are already ongoing—civil trials that have begun opening statements and criminal matters in which the jury has been sworn—will keep going, Marks said, but no new jury trials will start.

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