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Resumption of criminal jury trials

The Supreme Court and County Court have announced that a limited number of Melbourne-based criminal jury trials are planned to resume in a measured way from 16 November 2020.

The Courts will continue to monitor developments between now and 16 November and adjust the timeframe if that becomes necessary.

The Courts have consulted with health professionals, the legal profession and others involved with criminal trials. Jury trials will resume with a range of health and safety measures in place.

Jury summonses will start to be sent to potential jurors in coming days and work is also progressing for the resumption of civil jury trials, and criminal and civil trials in regional areas.

Chief Judge Kidd appeared radio on 3AW this morning to discuss the resumption of jury trials, the backlog of trials and courts in the post-COVID world. To listen to this segment, click here

Read the full statement from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Chief Judge of the County Court here

For further information on the resumption of jury trials, see the County Court's FAQs.