Muskogee County Presiding District Judge Bret Smith issued an order today postponing most court dates except in the cases of incarcerated suspects or emergency civil hearings.
On Monday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court canceled all jury terms for the next 30 days, including the one set for April in Muskogee County. That same order suspended deadlines and procedures for most cases and extended statutes of limitations for 30 days.
Judges should also use remote participation, the ruling stated, including telephone and video conferencing.
In Smith’s order, he stated that defendants who are not in custody will have their matters continued for 30 days. Preliminary hearings for those in custody will continue as normal, sounding dockets for those in custody will be attended by attorneys only. Arraignments for those in custody will continue as normal, those out of custody will be continued for 30 days.
For more details, read the order here.
District Attorney Orvil Loge has declared that those on probation can report in writing until June.
“At a time when the public is encouraged to stay home and anxiety levels will increase, we will be keeping an eye on domestic violence cases,” he said. “Focus on helping your family and friends as opposed to letting frustration consume your actions.”