Williamson County district courts and county courts at law reach milestone jury selection

Williamson County district courts and county courts at law resumed in-person jury trials March 2021 after a period of virtual proceedings due to the pandemic. (Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County district courts and county courts at law resumed in-person jury trials March 2021 after a period of virtual proceedings due to the pandemic. (Community Impact Newspaper)

Williamson County district courts and county courts at law resumed in-person jury trials March 2021 after a period of virtual proceedings due to the pandemic. (Community Impact Newspaper)

On Nov. 15, the Williamson County district courts and county courts at law selected the 30th in-person jury since in-person jury trials resumed in March.

The courts shifted to virtual proceedings to stay open during the pandemic, and county officials began working on a plan with multiple county health and legal officials in the fall of 2020 to resume in-person jury trials when conditions allowed, according to a press release. When in-person jury trials resumed in March of this year, COVID-19 safety precautions, such as access to COVID-19 rapid testing, social distancing during trials, digital evidence and a COVID-19 questionnaire were implemented, according to the release.



“People have a right to have certain cases decided by a jury of their peers,” Judge Betsy Lambeth of the 425th District Court said. “After nearly a year of being unable to safely conduct in-person jury trials, these 30 trials represent a step toward normalcy in the justice system in WilCo.”

By Trent Thompson

Reporter, Austin Metro

Trent joined Community Impact Newspaper as an intern in May 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Texas, Austin in December 2020. In July 2021, he was promoted to Austin Metro reporter. He covers several news beats from education and government to dining, transportation, nonprofits, and healthcare. However, his primary beat is business and development. Before working at CI, Trent wrote for The Daily Texan, UT's daily student newspaper, and worked on many projects of his own for his undergraduate program. In his free time Trent writes poetry, spends time with loved ones, and watches Star Wars for the hundredth time, including other new movies.