Jury trials in Giles County and throughout Tennessee have been postponed through January 31st because of rising coronavirus cases.
The Tennessee Supreme Court issued the order suspending trials on Tuesday.
The suspension will begin November 23rd through January 31st unless an exemption is granted by the Chief Justice on a case-by-case basis.
The order also directs judicial districts to reexamine their reopening plans and coronavirus protocols, specifically mentioning the high court receiving complaints of judges, attorneys, and defendants failing to follow protocols and some even attending court while testing positive for the virus.
Face masks are required for everyone who enters courthouses.
The order urges court staff to use phone and video conference calls as a way to avoid in-person meetings when possible.
The earliest a jury trial may be held in Tennessee will be February of 2021.