Out-of-Custody, In-Person Criminal Dispositions Begin May 5

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Effective May 5, 2021, Superior Court will begin having out-of-custody plea dockets at the Hall of Justice.

We will have out-of-custody plea dockets on each Wednesday, at 9:00 AM, and 1:30 PM. These dockets will alternate weekly between Judge Marilyn Haan and Judge Gary Bashor on the same schedule as currently set on our current Wednesday in-custody plea dockets.

We have instituted State Health Department protocols to assure the safest possible environment in order to facilitate the need for individuals to appear in person. you will find information about the COVID out-of-custody safety protocols below.

In-custody pleas will now be heard on Monday at 1:30 PM and Tuesday at 1:30 PM weekly, which will be held virtually via Zoom as they are currently set.

As we continue to evaluate caseload needs, we may be adding additional times for pleas to be scheduled.

If you have questions about the foregoing please contact Court Administration 


Courtroom Protocols for "in-person" hearings

  • 1 defendant, their attorney and states attorney are the only people that will be in the courtroom during a hearing, excluding clerk, bailiff, and judicial officer.
  • All participants will have temp check and symptom screening prior to entering courtroom
  • Anyone that has symptoms or a fever of 100.4 or higher will be excluded from the courtroom.
  • All court participants will wear a procedure mask. We will provide if you do not have one. At no time during court proceedings shall court participants remove their masks unless directed by the Court. The mask should be over the nose and mouth at all times.
  • Social distance must be maintained at all times (6 feet or more apart)
  • The Courtroom has about 19 seats in the gallery that will be used for victims and victim impact coordinator or any other persons the court approves. Cases will be staged in the lobby, socially distanced as indicated on the benches.
  • We will have staff to call the next case and clean in between each hearing. This will mean hearings will take longer.
  • All hearings will be streamed virtually for the general public.
Masks Still Required for Court Proceedings
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