Chief Judge Janet DiFiore on Monday pointed to New York’s worsening coronavirus figures as she discussed the court system’s decision to halt new jury trials and new grand juries.

“With Thanksgiving and the year-end holidays fast approaching, it would not be wise or prudent for us to continue scheduling jury trials and summoning large numbers of jurors, lawyers, litigants and witnesses into our courthouses at this time,” DiFiore said in a video statement Monday.

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