FRANKLIN CO. – Court operations in the 12 counties of the Second Judicial Circuit were curtailed Tuesday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a release from Chief Justice Tom Tedeschi.
Tedeschi said the modification in court operations was necessary in order to protect the public, court staff and the judiciary.
The modification includes the rescheduling of many types of cases which will reduce the requirement for litigants, witnesses, jurors and others from having to appear at the courthouse in a large gathering. Many civil court cases, minor criminal and traffic cases will be rescheduled, while more serious criminal and emergency matters will remain as scheduled.
Because all cases will not be rescheduled and will require a court appearance, it will be necessary for litigants to check for information about their case for either the Circuit Clerk of the county in which the case is pending or websites such as judici.com, which displays case information.
The Second Judicial Circuit includes courts in Franklin and Jefferson counties.