Lyon County: Third Judicial District Court Suspends Jury Trials, Alters Procedures Due to COVID-19

On Tuesday, March 17, the Third Judicial District Court, in Lyon County, issued Administrative Order 20-01, altering court procedures in response to the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus.

According to the order, the court will hold business as usual with some exceptions. The preferred method of filing in the court is by mail; access to the county’s courthouses is currently limited.

Jury trials, both civil and criminal, will be suspended/stayed for 45 days and will be rescheduled as the court calendar allows.

All currently scheduled non-essential court matters will be conducted by video or telephone, decided on the papers or rescheduled. The court clerk and judicial assistants are authorized to grant telephone appearance upon any written request of any party or counsel.

Upon written request and at the discretion of the presiding judge, contested non-essential matters may be conducted by video or phone conference. Settlement conferences in family law matters are considered to be contested non-essential matters.

Unless requested, in-person appearances are still permitted for non-essential cases.

Essential cases and hearings will continue to be heard in person, although appearances by alternative means are encouraged when possible. For a list of types of cases considered essential, see the administrative order.