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Inside a Bay Area Courtroom During Shelter in Place

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The chief justice of the California Supreme Court issued an order on March 23, 2020, ending all jury trials in the state to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. (Joe Gratz/Flickr)

Courts are considered “essential” businesses, but some counties have cut back on services to the public. And jury trials have now been put on hold to stop the spread of COVID-19, thanks to an order by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.

Reporter Brian Krans was inside a Vallejo courtroom during a jury trial on Friday, March 20, two days after Solano County became the last Bay Area county to issue a shelter-in-place order.

For more information about what functions are still available in California Superior Courts during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

Guest: Brian Krans, independent reporter


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