Southern Illinois federal trials canceled due to COVID-19

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has led to federal civil and criminal trials in southern Illinois being canceled through Jan. 24.

U.S. District Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel issued an order Thursday canceling the trials due to a recent increase in COVID-19 infections in southern Illinois.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the order also says clerks’ offices will be closed until local conditions improve. Drop boxes for filings will be available, and the ability to electronically file documents is unchanged.

The order says court officials will be discouraging in-person proceedings and encouraging teleconferencing and videoconferencing, and employees will telework whenever possible.