FEDERAL COURT UPDATE: WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON TO REINSTATE IN-PERSON TRIALS EFFECTIVE MARCH 12, 2022
As we are seeing with a number of other courts, given “… the reduction in the average daily number of individuals testing positive and COVID-19 related hospitalizations…”, the United States District Court, Western District of Washington, has ordered that, effective soon, it will likewise allow somewhat of a return to more “normal” court procedures. Per its recent order:
Effective after March 11, 2022, Order 04-22 reinstates in-person trials at the discretion of the judge, ends face mask requirements within the courthouse, and reopens the courthouse to the public for scheduled public events and tours. Most courtroom related procedures will remain at the discretion of the presiding judge. The general order has also been posted to the Western District of Washington’s public website.
By comparison, the status of the court COVID-19 special procedures yet applicable in the United States District Court, District of Oregon, appears to continue to be governed by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Marco Hernandez’s Standing Order 2021-17, which remains in effect for 90 days from December 14, 2021. For details, it can be referenced here: file://capp-219/stjsae$/Users/billt_washingtonore/Downloads/2021-17%20Court%20Operations%20in%20Response%20to%20COVID-19%20(1).pdf. Presumably a new order will be forthcoming soon from the District of Oregon, just as we have just seen from the Western District of Washington.
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