Almost five months to the day after COVID-19 forced the suspension of jury trials, Chief Justice Charles Canady urged Florida’s criminal trial bar to remain patient.

Appearing via Zoom on the Criminal Law Section’s August 14 edition of “Connect: A Criminal Law Conversation Series,” Justice Canady said jury trials are unlikely to resume in the foreseeable future.

“I wish I could tell you that this is going to be over by the end of the year, but we don’t know, and anybody that tells you they know is kidding about that,” he said.

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