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

Mar 17, 2020

Credit 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.