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Boulder County has once again put a stop to all jury trials until at least January as coronavirus cases continue to surge across the state.

Boulder Chief District Judge Ingrid Bakke posted an online notice that, “In consideration of the current circumstances statewide, as well as specific to Boulder County, it has been determined that it is in the interest of public health to suspend all jury trials in the 20th Judicial District through Jan. 19.”

All civil jury trials except for dependency and neglect trials will be continued until at least July 19.

The court will continue holding remote hearings and streaming those on WebEx.

Boulder County also halted trials in March as a result of the coronavirus, and had only begun resuming six-person jury trials in August and felony 12-person jury trials in October with new COVID-19 precautions.

Attorneys have expressed concerns about the pandemic creating a backlog of cases, but Boulder District Attorney Michael Dougherty noted in that short amount of time his office was able to try a few cases, including a high profile murder trial and a sex assault.

“COVID-19 has had a significant impact in all areas, including the criminal justice system,” Dougherty said in a statement. “The dedicated staff of the DA’s Office had continued to take important cases to trial because of our commitment to victims, community safety, and the speedy trial rights of accused individuals.”

Dougherty said his office would continue to remain open.

“Our staff is honored to serve this community, especially as we move through this challenging time,” he said in a statement.

Boulder County saw its highest case and hospitalization totals of the entire pandemic Thursday, and Friday moved to Safer at Home Level Orange, the last phase before stay-at-home orders.