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Closed shops in Center City Philadelphia A pedestrian wearing a protective mask walks by closed shops in Center City Philadelphia on April 15, 2020. Photo: Hannah Yoon/Bloomberg

If all goes to plan, jurors in Philadelphia are set to begin receiving summonses in less than a month, but some attorneys in the city are still unsettled by the idea of jury trials while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to roil the nation.

For more than five months, courts in Philadelphia have been closed to the public and the normal busy lists of motions, hearings and trials have been almost entirely suspended. In recent weeks, the courts have begun opening up somewhat and are now handling preliminary hearings through remote videoconferencing technology, and in-person bench trials have also gotten underway.

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Max Mitchell

Max Mitchell is ALM's Pennsylvania Bureau Chief overseeing The Legal Intelligencer, Delaware Law Weekly and Delaware Business Court Insider. Follow him on Twitter @MMitchellTLI. His email is [email protected]

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