Criminal jury trials will resume in person starting June 15, according to the Supreme Court late Tuesday, with cases involving detained defendants getting priority. The court has largely operated remotely for the last year. Most civil jury trials will continue in a virtual format, but certain urgent cases will be given permission to hold in-person trials.
The court also ordered grand juries to return in person on or after that same date. Judicial experts are anticipating backlogs and delays caused by historic high vacancies on the bench.