Tuesday, March 24, 2020 7:17 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is suspending jury trials through the middle of next month in response to the new coronavirus. Florida Chief Justice Charles Canady issued an order Tuesday suspending jury trials statewide through April 17. The new order also extends an earlier suspension of speedy trial rules and related court procedures. It directs all state courts to cancel or postpone court proceedings other than essential and critical ones. It orders other measures designed to reduce the need for in-person contact in court proceedings as much as possible, including suspending some notarization requirements.