Jury trials to resume in Houston County

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Jury trials will soon resume in Houston County on Oct. 5, but there will be many changes in order to follow COVID-19 precautions.

Changes include a new jury summoning process where jurors will complete an online questionnaire instead of meeting in-person to see if they are qualified.

In addition, temperature checks will be taken when people arrive, and jurors must sit six feet apart.

All surfaces will also be sanitized.

“The biggest thing that’s gonna be different is that instead of summoning enough jurors for all of the judges to hear cases simultaneously, we will only have one judge per week,” Judge Todd Derrick said.

Derrick said this will reduce the number of people that will be responding to the summons.

Circuit Clerk Carla Woodall says normally they call 550 jurors each week, but they’re now reducing it to around 100 to 175 people.

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