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Posted by: Kate Prince on Apr 6, 2021

Jury trials restarted this week in Nashville after more than one year of being shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tennessean reports. Davidson County shut down most in-person court proceedings in March 2020 after the Tennessee Supreme Court issued a precautionary COVID-19 order. Two cases were docketed for Monday morning, but one was again delayed after the defendant was quarantined over the weekend. Concerns were raised by some in the criminal justice community about whether restarting jury calls during the pandemic would create unbalanced juries, with potential jurors limited by health conditions, access to childcare or other factors enhanced by the pandemic. Trial Courts Administrator Tim Townsend said it was “too early to tell,” if that is the case. He added that Monday’s pool of potential jurors was “a very good looking crowd as far as some diversity.”