As the state judiciary resumes proceedings in jury trials interrupted by COVID-19, the startup of any new jury trials still appears a long way off.

June 22 marked the first day of phase 2 of the state judiciary’s post-pandemic plan. Phase 2, also known as the gradual and limited return phase, calls for 10% to 15% of judges and staff to begin working in their courthouses, and for on-site proceedings to resume for certain matters that cannot be conducted online. During phase 2, state courthouses are open only to attorneys, litigants and members of the public with scheduled proceedings or appointments.