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Posted on: December 10, 2020


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Updated March 15, 2021
Jury trials in Pasco County have resumed, by order of Sixth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Anthony Rondolino.

Jurors for trials scheduled this week (March 15-17) for the West Pasco Judicial Center have been waived. A modest slate of trials is set for the Robert Sumner Judicial Center. Jurors without approved excusals should report as directed on their summons.

Updated Feb. 9, 2021

Jury trials in Pasco County are scheduled to resume March 15, by order of Sixth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Anthony Rondolino.

Jury summons will begin being mailed Feb. 19 for jury trials resuming March 15.

Supreme Court Administrative Order AOSC20-23, Amendment 6, creates excusal and postponement options to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. To review excusal and postponement options, visit Jury Services.

To ensure the well-being of all jurors reporting for jury service:

  • Each person entering the courthouse will undergo a health screening.
  • Face masks covering the nose and mouth shall be worn inside the courthouse. (Clear face shields are not a substitute for masks.)
  • The Jury Assembly Room and courtrooms are configured to maintain social distancing.
  • Hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout the building; frequently touched surfaces are sanitized regularly.

Updated Jan. 7, 2021
Jury trials in Pasco County are suspended until pandemic conditions improve, the result of a recent surge in positive #COVID19 tests locally.

However, because the lead time between summoning and reporting is three weeks, our Office will continue to send out juror summonses and issue waivers as the situation dictates. Citizens summoned for jury service are encouraged to follow the registration directions on their notice, all the while staying alert for developments at the Pasco courthouses by checking in here, or our social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter.
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Chief Judge Anthony Rondolino, extends his original announcement Dec. 9 that suspended jury trials through the end of 2020. No juries will be impaneled in either of the two courthouses in Pasco; no witnesses expected to testify will be required to go to those facilities.
The original declaration came after a Dec. 8 review of recent COVID-19 data in Pasco by the judge, Trial Court Administrator Gay Inskeep, and Court Counsel Jennifer Parker. Citing updated data from the Office of State Court Administration and the Florida Department of Health, Chief Judge Rondolino concluded conditions do not support a return to jury trials in Pasco. 
In early December, Pasco’s positivity rate of those tested topped 10 percent, a threshold that requires any chief judge in the state to consider changing his or her court operational plan, which the judge did.

Judge Rondolino notes Pasco has not had two weeks of declining positive test results since before Thanksgiving -- the positivity rate remains close to 10% -- and adds that health authorities have forecast an additional bump in coronavirus cases following travel and gatherings associated with the the December holidays.

Additionally, hospitalizations and emergency department visits also have increased.

All jury trials had been put on hold across the state by the Florida Supreme Court in March. The Sixth Judicial Circuit transitioned to Phase 2 in September and started jury trials in October.

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