People on jury duty don’t have to report. Many jury trials in Snohomish County are suspended due to COVID-19. (The Daily Herald)

People on jury duty don’t have to report. Many jury trials in Snohomish County are suspended due to COVID-19. (The Daily Herald)

Many trials suspended in Snohomish County due to COVID-19

People don’t have to report to jury duty, and defendants will have a longer wait.

EVERETT — The coronavirus outbreak is delaying due process in the criminal justice system. Felony and misdemeanor criminal jury trials in Snohomish County are suspended until at least April 24, and civil jury trials in Superior Court are delayed until at least June 1, according to an emergency order filed Friday.

That means people don’t have to report to jury duty. Defendants and everybody involved in a given case will have a longer wait.

Snohomish County District Courts also issued emergency proclamations.

Many criminal hearings also are canceled for defendants who are not in jail. Many family and domestic motions will be handled by telephone.

Edmonds Municipal Court hearings will continue, but the front counter is closed. Passports will not be processed.

The state Supreme Court is also delaying oral arguments next week.

Many courts statewide also shut down trials and modified services.

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