Masks are now required for people using courtrooms in Autauga, Chilton and Elmore counties.
Autauga County Circuit Judge Ben Fuller, who is serving as presiding judge for the 19th Judicial Circuit, handed down the administrative order on Monday. Fuller had enacted a requirement to wear masks in his courtroom several weeks ago. The order now extends the stipulation to district and circuit courtrooms in the counties, along with municipal and probate courts.
The requirement is in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Fuller writes. Children 5 years old and younger are exempt from the order.
Courts across the state have enacted plans to abide by social distancing requirements. In the 19th Circuit, witnesses and supporters of defendants or plaintiffs are not allowed to enter courthouse until their cases are called. Usually people wait outside until they receive information to come into the courthouses.
There is a moratorium on jury trials in place until September.
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