Seminole County holds few trials after 6-month hiatus, summons more jurors

In-person trials have been paused since mid-March, yet, only a handful of cases were presided by a judge in the Sanford courthouse in the past seven days.

Orlando, Fla. — It’s been one full week since criminal trials resumed in Seminole County and, so far, 2,600 residents have been summoned for jury duty.

According to the Seminole County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller Grant Maloy, more people than usual have been summoned for duty, however, fewer prospective jurors are being called in.

Instead of a one-week service, jurors are being called in on a “day-by-day basis".

“The judges tell us every day how many trials will be on the next day,” says Maloy. “In Seminole County, we’re only going to call you in if we actually need you.”

If you receive a summons in the mail, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be called in to serve.

Listen to Katrina’s report here:

In-person trials have been paused since mid-March, yet, only a handful of cases were presided by a judge in the Sanford courthouse in the past week.

Several changes have been made to protect people inside the courthouse from COVID-19, including the addition of health screenings, clear plastic partitions and extra hand sanitizer.

Listen to Katrina’s full conversation with Seminole County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller Grant Maloy here:

Any additional information about jury duty in Seminole County can be found on seminoleclerk.org.


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