Florida’s Chief Justice Charles Canady on Monday extended an emergency order suspending jury trials until the end of May.

Florida’s Chief Justice Charles Canady issued a new emergency order Monday suspending jury trials and extending other legal deadlines through the end of May because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canady’s order extends a prior order that had set April 17 as the ending date for emergency pandemic court procedures.

The new directive includes guidelines to:

Suspends all jury selection proceedings and grand juries

Suspends speedy trial rules for criminal matters and noncriminal traffic infractions

Suspends a rule requiring clerks of court to immediately issue paperwork to sheriffs when a final judgment is made in eviction cases

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Extends health-related limits on court-ordered family visitation involving children in the custody of the Florida Department of Children & Families, including allowing visitation by remote electronic means in some instances.

Extends emergency changes to notarization and oath requirements

Canady is expected to review COVID-19 orders and will extend them for longer periods if needed, according to a Florida Supreme Court media release.

Melissa E. Holsman is the legal affairs reporter for TCpalm and Treasure Coast Newspapers, and is writer and co-host of Uncertain Terms, a true crime podcast.

This story originally published to tcpalm.com, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the USA TODAY Network - Florida.