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Justice Council continues court closures

While Colusa County will begin a plan to slowly reopen after a painful six weeks of facility closures, the Superior Court of California is staying the course of the Justice Council’s orders to remain closed through June 1, with a few exceptions.

“Access to justice is an important right of each citizen,” according to Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye statement. “The decision to limit functions within the court was made based on information provided by federal and state health officials and in an attempt to protect the public and staff from exposure to COVID-19.”

Colusa County Superior Court, which continued only limited functions with its facilities closed to the public, has pushed back most court appearances, particularly civil and misdemeanors cases, since the COVID-19 crisis began in March.

Thompson said last week that the month of July would likely become prime “trial season” in Colusa.

Accused bank robber, Michael G. Jones, through Public Defender Albert Smith, said last week that he is aware of the court’s limitations under the state’s order, but that he was not prepared to waive his right to a speedy trial beyond that.

Jones will appear in court today for the setting of his trial. He has pleaded not guilty.

Last week, Thompson said while he would like to work around the long-established vacation schedules of witnesses in this case, he may not be able to accommodate everyone.

Those few allowed in the courtroom are now required to wear masks, the new orders state.

Updated information will be updated on the Court’s website at www.colusa.courts.ca.gov.

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