Chief Judge Debra Scudiere and Judge Susan Tucker will resume in-person hearings once their already set dockets are clear.
Scudiere said her docket is already set for the next few weeks with most being handled by telephone or video conference.
After that, there’s no set time or big opening planned, Scudiere said. She’ll play it by ear and handle each case in a way that suits it.
Tucker’s docket is filled with telephone and video hearings through the end of May, according to Law Clerk Esha Sharma. While the court could resume in-person hearings earlier, attorneys deserve as much notice as possible and there is enough confusion right now as it is, she said.
At the end of May, in-person hearings will resume though some people have already scheduled hearings later in the summer and requested they be held over the phone, Sharma said. Those requests have been granted.
Tucker also sent a memo to attorneys detailing extra precautions in her courtroom beyond what the rest of the Monongalia County Justice Center is doing to make the courtroom as safe as possible, Sharma said.
Some of those precautions include only allowing people in the courtroom during their hearing or the next hearing, only allowing seating in the last row of the galley and not allowing pens to be shared.
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