Citing the rise in COVID cases in the county, the St. Clair County Court System has made some changes to try to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 amongst its staff and those who have business with the courts. As of Friday, October 30th, the court started implementing some restrictions on who may enter the courthouse.
72nd District Court Judge Mona Armstrong addressed the precautions, saying, “The staff here in the courthouse have been extremely diligent in making sure we keep the public safe while in this building. Unfortunately, the rising rate within the county has required us to take a step back, as mandated by the state. As we have since this all started in March, we will continue to do everything humanly possible to continue to keep court cases moving on behalf of the parties involved while maintaining required safety measures.”
Many court hearings are transitioning to video, but some will still require in-person attendance. The Court will make sure that the affected parties know whether they are on the docket for in-person or video appearances.
The County asks that paperwork be completed online as much as possible and that questions about restrictions are asked of the appropriate departments before court dates.
Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland