On Friday, September 4, 2020, the Delaware Supreme Court released a plan to restart jury trials in October, 2020, while extending the current judicial emergency an additional 30 days until October 5, 2020. The Chief Justice likewise issued Administrative Order No. 10 memorializing the same.
According to the notice, the resumption of jury trials will mark a move to a modified Phase 3 of the Delaware Judiciary’s four-phase reopening plan that was released in May by the Courts Reopening Committee. The move to a modified Phase 3 will also allow court facilities and staffing to increase up to 75 percent capacity and increase the number of people allowed in courtrooms to accommodate jury trials.
Similar to the prior order, per Administrative Order No. 10, all Delaware Courts are authorized to continue to utilize audiovisual devices at their facilities and remotely to conduct proceedings, with the exception of jury trials. Moreover, the suspension of requirements for sworn affidavits, verifications, oaths or affidavits filed in the Delaware Courts, as set forth under Administrative Order No. 3, remains in effect.