Presiding Judge Scott Hayes has announced that he is further extending the continuance of all pending jury trials and some court cases and dockets in the 14th Circuit scheduled from April 15th though May 31st in an effort to comply with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the pandemic of the COVID-19. Judge Hayes states, “We have videoconferencing equipment and capabilities installed and in use in both courthouses. We are holding court, conducting hearings, and continuing to resolve cases via technology where we can, and by limited in person hearings when we must.” Eviction cases, money collection cases, and bulk dockets will be continued past May 31st.

Judge Hayes recommends that anyone with a pending case use this time to fully investigate their legal rights, the facts, and to maybe come to an amicable resolution without the need to be placed on an already crowded trial docket.