Courthouse reopens; some restrictions will still apply

Court system has never shut down but just trials are put on hold

Although the court systems in Escambia County or across the entire state of Alabama have never been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions have been put into place and according to a new order issued Thursday, April 30, by the Supreme Court of Alabama all jury trials have been suspended.

Thursday's supreme court ruling extends the previous state of emergency declaration for the judicial system until May 15. The order further states jury trials will remain suspended and no jury summons shall be issued until July 1, 2020.

"We cannot conduct in-person hearings in the state of Alabama,...

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