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Rise in COVID cases delays grand jury impaneling


The latest change forced by the COVID-19 surge has to do with grand juries.

There’s a statutory requirement for grand juries to be impaneled by Jan. 15.

But Gov. David Ige’s latest emergency proclamation temporarily suspends that requirement until March 4.

The emergency proclamation notes that “the impaneling of grand juries by state courts involves the congregation of large groups of potential jurors in indoor spaces.”

By lifting the requirement, state courts will have the flexibility to schedule and coordinate the impaneling of grand juries.

All other provisions for grand jury selection will remain unchanged.

The state currently has a seven-day daily average case count of 2,570 cases and an average test positivity rate of 17%.

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