Georgia court suspends jury trials due to COVID surge

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MACON, Ga. (AP) — The top judge in Georgia’s Macon Judicial Circuit is suspending some jury trials due to a spike in COVID cases.

Local prosecutors said Tuesday Chief Judge Howard Simms has put trials in Bibb County on hold through August and will reevaluate the suspension in September.

The judicial circuit also includes Peach County, and jury trials will continue there.

The district attorney’s office for the Macon circuit said it will be prepared to move forward with trials once they are deemed safe.

In the meantime, it will work with defense attorneys to resolve cases involving nonviolent offenders to present them to judges for approval.

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