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Press Release Supreme Judicial Court Issues New Order Pausing Jury Trials

For immediate release:
12/31/2021
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Appeals Court
  • Executive Office of the Trial Court
  • Superior Court
  • District Court
  • Boston Municipal Court
  • Juvenile Court
  • Probate and Family Court
  • Housing Court
  • Land Court
  • Massachusetts Court System

Media Contact for Supreme Judicial Court Issues New Order Pausing Jury Trials

Jennifer Donahue and Erika Gully-Santiago

BOSTON, MAIn response to the current situation in the Commonwealth with respect to COVID-19, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) today issued an order pausing all jury trials in Massachusetts state courthouses until January 31, 2022. All courts otherwise will remain open for in-person business, with a continued emphasis on conducting matters remotely whenever possible.

Today’s order partially amends the existing order regarding court operations during the pandemic, which was issued by the SJC on July 1, 2021 and became effective July 12, 2021.

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Media Contact for Supreme Judicial Court Issues New Order Pausing Jury Trials

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court 

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District Court 

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Boston Municipal Court 

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Housing Court 

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Land Court 

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Massachusetts Court System 

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