Jury selection to remain at Long Center when trials allowed to resume

The Long Center for the Performing Arts will continue to act as a makeshift jury selection location.

Posted: Feb 1, 2021 3:12 PM
Updated: Feb 1, 2021 3:52 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Long Center for the Performing Arts will continue to act as a makeshift jury selection location.

As News 18 previously reported, the Long Center has been used for jury selection since June.

The building provides more space to allow for social distancing among members of the jury pool.

Tippecanoe County Commissioners President Tom Murtaugh says the agreement has worked well so far.

"Obviously, our jury rooms are very tight and so there wasn't enough space to actually bring enough people in to do jury selection," he says. 

Jury trials statewide are on hold until March due to the pandemic. As News 18 previously reported, court officials are bracing for a backlog of jury trials when the order is lifted.

Murtaugh says the Long Center will be the ideal location to handle the large number of jury pools when trials are allowed to resume.

"The courts will be busy," he says, "but the courts have done a remarkable job about court-dating those larger jury pools so they're not overlapping."

Tippecanoe County Commissioners voted on Monday to extend their agreement with the Long Center until July 31. The previous memorandum of understanding expired Dec. 31.

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