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Lee Clerk implements new safety measures to keep jurors safe

FORT MYERS, FLA (July 6, 2020) – New safety measures are now in effect for all visitors to the Lee County Justice Center, including citizens reporting to jury duty. The rules are designed to keep everyone safe while accessing courthouse services.

All guests must wear a face cover or mask, have their temperatures checked, maintain six feet distance from others, and complete a health questionnaire regarding COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone with a fever above 100.4 degrees will not be allowed to enter the courthouse.

“Jurors are the most frequent visitors to the courthouse, and their health and safety is my top priority,” said Linda Doggett, Lee County Clerk of Courts. “We’re working closely with the judges and court security to ensure they all stay safe while performing their civic duty.”

To ensure proper social distancing, a maximum of 125 potential jurors will be summonsed per day for criminal trials, which start July 21. Two criminal trials will be held daily, up to four days a week. While most civil trials have been suspended, jurors may be selected to participate in a virtual civil jury trial pilot program to evaluate how to conduct civil trials remotely.

Once checked in, jurors will be escorted to the courtroom in small groups by a bailiff. Elevators are restricted to two people at a time, and each courtroom has maximum capacity. Courtroom seating is also marked to assist with required distancing.

Hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout the courthouse and all court facilities are sanitized frequently and deep cleaned daily. Social distancing markers have also been installed inside and outside the courthouse.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, such as cough, fever or shortness of breath, are asked stay home. Jurors experiencing symptoms are asked to postpone their service by visiting https://jury.leeclerk.org, by emailing jury@leeclerk.org, or calling 239-533-5000. Potential jurors may be excused from jury duty if they are:

·        At higher risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 infection as identified by the CDC;

·        Caring for a child or relative whose regular care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19; or

·        Receiving leave pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h63jw9P58WU

For more information jury duty, please visit LeeClerk.org.

ABOUT THE CLERK’S OFFICE:

The Florida Constitution established the Clerk of the Circuit Court as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Linda Doggett is directly elected by and accountable to Lee County residents. In addition to the role of Clerk of the Circuit Court, the Clerk is the County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, and the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Lee County.