Omicron and Delta Variants of Covid cited as reason for the Country's largest Court system to continue criminal and civil trials
Citing a "holiday surge due to Covid", the Los Angeles Superior Court has announced that it will delay all criminal trials 2 weeks. The Court also urged counsel to meet and confer on civil jury trials, and stipulate to continue them. This announced in a press release on the Superior Court website, https://www.lacourt.org/
In relevant part, the press release from the LA Superior Court reads as follows:
PRESIDING JUDGE ERIC C. TAYLOR ISSUES GENERAL ORDER TO DELAY CRIMINAL TRIALS FOR TWO WEEKS AS LOS ANGELES COUNTY EXPERIENCES HOLIDAY SURGE FROM DELTA AND OMICRON VARIANTS
Civil Judges Urged to Continue Jury Trials in Consultation with Counsel Presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor today utilized the authority granted by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye under Government Code section 68115 to extend statutory deadlines for Criminal jury trials in which the original or previously extended statutory deadline otherwise would expire from January 5 to January 19, 2022, inclusive.