SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (AP) – The coronavirus pandemic has led to federal, civil and criminal trials in southern Illinois being canceled through Jan. 24.
U.S. District Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel issued an order Thursday canceling the trials due to a recent increase in COVID-19 infections in southern Illinois.
According to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the order also says clerks’ offices will be closed until local conditions improve. Drop boxes for filings will be available and the ability to electronically file documents is unchanged.
The order noted court officials will discourage in-person proceedings and encourage teleconferencing and videoconferencing. Additionally, employees will telework whenever possible.