DETROIT (AP) – In-person matters at 36th District Court in Detroit have been suspended due to increasing cases of the COVID-19 virus in the area and around the state.

Chief Judge William McConico said the order will remain in place through the end of November, according to The Detroit News.

Some proceedings still will be held virtually.

McConico cited the health and safety of employees, judges and others who use the court as the reason for suspending matters in the building.

The building mostly has been closed since early in the coronavirus pandemic “except for very specific circumstances,” McConico said, adding that “we were always prepared to adjust our procedures should the positive case level rise.”

Wayne County Circuit Court officials said earlier this week that jury trials and other in-person proceedings were being postponed until January.

Trials had resumed in late September.

In the Grand Rapids area, Kent County also has halted jury trials until January.

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