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Genesee County Court to resume in person jury trails, giving accused and victims their long waited justice

Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 5:49 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - Court will soon be back in session in Genesee County. Jury trials will resume on June 8th, but they’ll have a lot to catch up on.

The pandemic has caused a massive backlog of cases, 1,300 cases have been put on hold because of COVID safety restrictions and hundreds of jury trails. Now, in-person jury trials will start back up next week.

“For some of them, this justice piece is the door that they need to close in order for them to move on,” said Claudnyse Holloman, president and C.E.O of Voices for Children, serving Genesee and Shiawassee counties

Holloman said the delay in court cases has been traumatic for victims and their families:

“For the kids that means this endless game of waiting, so not only are they going through the pandemic, not only are they going through their own trauma narrative, but they’re having to wait, not knowing if a plea is going to be taken or if this person is actually going all the way to trial.”

Now, the Genesee County Court announced that they will be resuming in-person jury trails starting Tuesday, June 8th.

Genesee County Prosecuting Attorney David Leyton said he hopes this will get the county back on track:

“We’re backed up 1,300 cases just in the district court for preliminary examinations, probably hundreds of jury trials behind.”

Leyton said they’re currently hiring more prosecutors to ease the backlog of court cases, so the accused and victims the justice they deserve.

“We’re ready to go. My people have got their sleeves rolled up and they’re ready to go,” said Leyton. “Win, lose or draw, we’re not looking for victories, we’re looking for justice for people; victims and the accused, that’s what the justice system is really all about.”

Holloman said although court can be traumatic for victims and their families, for some it’s a sigh of relief.

“Some parents are very excited that the process is moving because for them it’s been a stalemate, because we don’t know what’s happening. They keep saying the case has been adjourned, the case has been adjourned, the case has been adjured and now we’re thankfully able to say court is opening back up,” said Holloman.

Again, jury trails in Genesee County will resume Tuesday, June 8th.

To comply with social distancing, jury selection will take place in the Genesee County Administrations Building. In person public access to jury selection is available, but limited based on seating capacity.

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