CORUNNA — Thirty-fifth Circuit Court Judge Matthew Stewart is self-quarantining for several weeks after multiple family members tested positive for COVID-19.
Stewart said he will continue presiding over court proceedings via the Zoom streaming app, but with a mandatory quarantine period of several weeks, a jury trial set for Aug. 11 is expected to be postponed.
Stewart did not indicate Monday whether any of his family members were experiencing symptoms of the respiratory virus.
As part of a collaboration with 35th Circuit Court, Shiawassee County Coordinator Brian Boggs and Corunna Schools Superintendent John Fattal, a modified jury selection process was supposed to begin Aug. 11.
Jury selection for the felony trial was planned to take place in the Corunna High School cafeteria, in order to practice social distancing. The rest of the trial would be conducted normally, but with jurors seated in the gallery and not the jury box.
However, with Stewart’s quarantine, it’s unknown at this time when and how jury trials will resume in Shiawassee County.