When preparing for a civil trial in July, Marion County Superior Court Judge Heather Welch wasn’t required to mandate masks in her courtroom given that COVID-19 numbers were declining. But she still chose to seat prospective jurors in the gallery, where they could be farther apart from one another.

Marion County Superior Court Judge Heather Welch. Courtesy photo.

Once jurors were picked, however, she had a question for them: Did they want to move to the jury box?

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