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Fairbanks courts suspends misdemeanor trials, grand jury proceedings due to COVID-19 concerns

Trials continue to be suspended as the court attempts to deal with COVID-19 concerns.
Trials continue to be suspended as the court attempts to deal with COVID-19 concerns.(John Dougherty/KTVF)
Published: Nov. 4, 2020 at 4:59 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -The Fairbanks District Court has delayed restarting misdemeanor trials as COVID-19 cases rise in the Fairbanks Area. According to the order from Michael MacDonald, the Presiding Judge for the Fourth Judicial District, due to the high number of COVID-19 cases in the Fairbanks area, Misdemeanor trials are suspended until December 1, 2020.

Those trials have been suspended since late March as the Court System deals with the pandemic. Misdemeanor trials were set to resume on November 1st, with Felony trials beginning in January of 2021.

A second order from Judge MacDonald also suspended Grand Jury proceedings through November 13th. Those had resumed earlier this summer.

That order also suspends time limits for preliminary examination through December 31.

We will continue to follow changes at the court system as they occur.

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