Judiciary officials are telling federal courts to prepare for reopening after shuttering their doors during the COVID-19 pandemic, but to take their lead from local authorities as they gradually move to hold more in-person proceedings.

In guidelines provided to federal courts Monday, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts left it to each jurisdiction to determine how best to proceed in the reopening process, just as courts also made individual decisions to move to remote work as the pandemic spread across the country.

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