Backlog of jury trial cases in Del. “could take months to resolve”

DOVER, Del. – Delaware’s Chief Public Defenders says the state’s current backlog of jury trial cases will take months or even more to resolve.

We’re told that trials are scheduled to resume this month in the first state, following a nearly seven-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief Public Defender Brendan O’Neill says the challenge will be how to balance the interests of justice for defendants and everyone’s safety in a courtroom.

The first trials are set to resume next week in Kent and New Castle Counties. Sussex County jury trials are scheduled to resume on November 9th.

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