Jury trials in Tulsa County suspended until next year due to COVID-19

Jury trials in Tulsa County suspended until next year due to COVID-19
The Tulsa County Courthouse (Russell Mills)

TULSA, Okla. — Jury trials and some preliminary hearings have been postponed until next year due to coronavirus concerns, Tulsa County Court Administrator Vicki Cox said Thursday.

Presiding Judge William LaFortune issued a memo saying jury trials and preliminary issue hearings will be suspended from Nov. 25 until Jan. 11 of next year.

Preliminary hearing dockets may continue for the purpose of conducting waivers, dispositions, and other matters that can be accomplished without calling witnesses, Cox said in a press release.

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Cox said starting Nov. 25, the Family Division will eliminate in-person hearings and trials where practicable until January 4, 2021.

Out of custody misdemeanor cases that do not involve DUI, Domestic Assault, or violence or threats of violence, will be continued until April 1, 2021.

Misdemeanor matters involving DUI, Domestic Assault, or violence or threats of violence will continue to be set by assigned judges.

“Tulsa County District Court is striving to balance the needs of those in the court system with the safety of everyone involved,” Cox said. “Everyone is encouraged to take responsibility and practice safety and social distancing.”