Circuit court

Circuit Clerk Crystal Starling gets things situated on the floor of Crossroads Arena in preparation for court to be held at the arena for the next couple of weeks.

Alcorn County Circuit Court is making another move to keep things going with safety precautions during the pandemic.

The two upcoming weeks of court beginning on Monday will be held at Crossroads Arena. The court used the auditorium of Corinth High School for a couple of weeks and had a break this past week before resuming on Monday. Court moved from the courthouse because more space is needed for social distancing.

A trial is expected next week, and summonses have been mailed to residents for a jury pool. If a trial goes forward, it will be with social distancing and other precautions. A jury trial is also possible the week of July 27.

“Masks will be required and provided if you do not have your own,” said Circuit Clerk Crystal Starling. “Temperature will be taken at the door.”

Court will take place on the arena floor. To avoid the stairs, jurors will be asked to enter through the west bay door on the side of the building.

Thus far in the current term, the items before the court have been pleas and bond revocations. The court is trying to get back to having trials to help clear the docket. The previous term took place when COVID-19 was emerging as a major public health threat, and no trials were held.

The current term was scheduled to run through the week of July 27, but it is possible another week will be added.

With Corinth students heading back to school on July 27, Starling said it seemed best to go ahead and move the week before so the school can make its preparations. She said the auditorium worked well for court, and the court appreciates the school district allowing its use.

After getting through this term, Starling will have more logistical planning to do for a grand jury session scheduled for August. The next term of circuit court will be in October and November.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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