TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – Florida’s Supreme Court has issued a statement saying the coronavirus outbreak has made jury trials unsafe at the moment, so there will be no jury trials will be held until at least July 2.

“In-person jury trials pose a special hazard because they can expose jurors and other courtroom participants to a risk of infection. Future extensions will be considered if needed,” said Florida Chief Justice Charles Canady in a statement.

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Canady also said in an order Monday that more types of hearings and other court business would be conducted remotely. This includes non-jury trials if all parties agree, some arraignments, status and motion hearings, and pretrial conferences.

For first-degree murder cases, the new order suspends until July 2 some requirements for in-person preliminary hearings and a requirement that defendants be automatically released from custody if prosecutors are unable to file charges within 40 days.

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Canady said a working group formed to tackle these issues sill make suggestions for remote procedures that can continue even after the pandemic is over.

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