After a three-month suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Mateo Superior Court will resume jury trials beginning on Monday, June 15, but with new policies and procedures to maintain social distancing.
Along with a face-covering requirement, jurors can expect a “simple on-site health screening” that consists of self-reporting their health status. Seating has been reduced and spaced out in waiting rooms, the courtroom and in jury deliberation. Elevators will be limited to two occupants at one time. Routine cleaning will be increased.
Due to social distancing protocols, the court will not be able to schedule as many jury trials as is normal, according to Presiding Judge Jonathan E. Karesh.
“Our judicial officers are cognizant that this unprecedented, worldwide, pandemic is causing unavoidable delays to justice in our courts. We ask for the public’s patience and cooperation. It is our intent to make the jury trial process as safe, efficient, and comfortable as possible for the public that serve as our jurors,” Karesh said.