Door County is pushing ahead with hosting in-person jury trials beginning this month. The courts have been running through its reopening protocol over the last few months to slowly get back to normal. Courtrooms will look a little different once juries are seated for trials including social distancing, masking, and plexiglass in front of the witness stand. Door County District Attorney Colleen Nordin says as many as 80 people could be called to fill out a jury in the coming weeks just in case there are concerns about reporting for duty.
With a jury trial slated to start in about two weeks, Nordin expects the Door County Clerk of Courts office to send out the first summons letters in the coming days. She anticipates people calling in to explain their medical concerns, but it will be up to the Clerk of the Courts Connie DeFere and the judges to evaluate who still may have to report. Brown, Calumet, and Outagamie County courts have halted their in-person hearings due to the recent surge in coronavirus cases.