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Oklahoma Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals Issue COVID-19 Guidelines

Whitney Bryen-Oklahoma Watch

The Oklahoma Supreme Court and Court of Appeals issued a joint order to courts across the state on Wednesday about how to proceed under a state of emergency for COVID-19.

All district courts are to continue jury trials to the next available jury dockets and release all current jurors from service.

Court deadlines and procedures and all non-jury proceedings are being suspended 30 days. That essentially puts a moratorium on evictions in Oklahoma.

Emergency matters, arraignments, bond hearings, and required proceedings of any will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the assigned judge. Judges are encouraged to conduct any proceedings by phone or video conferencing.

People diagnosed with COVID-19 or with risk factors for the illness, such as contact with a diagnosed individual or recent travel outside the U.S., are prohibited from entering any district court facility.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.
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