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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Columbia County courtroom will look different to prospective jurors


August 6, 2020

Michele Smith

An X marks the spots where potential jurors are being seated in the Columbia County Courtroom. Jessica Atwood (pictured) is the Jury Coordinator for Superior Court.

DAYTON-Jurors are seeing some changes in the county courtroom layout, practices, and procedures, now that trials are resuming in Superior Court, and in Municipal Court, after a long recess due to the COVID-19 shut-down.

Jury Coordinator Jessica Atwood said Superior Court Judge Gary J. Libey has visited the courtroom and taken measurements to make certain social distancing requirements will be met. The state's Chief Justice Debra Stevens has appointed Libey to Presiding Judge for the Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin county Superior Court circuit. He will fill the remainder of Judge Scott Galli...

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