SAN ANTONIO – In an effort to initiate legal proceedings when the moratorium on jury service ends in June, District Judge Velia Meza met on Tuesday with lawyers whose cases were assigned to her court.
Meza remotely met with lawyers and their clients on the list of the first 10 cases she wanted to try.
Meza said her case selection criteria included two main considerations.
“It is definitely the cases that insisted on legal proceedings from the start,” said Meza. “We also have to look at the age of the case.”
Launch plans have been developed, refined and ultimately delayed several times in the past few months. Meza said this created skepticism from many jurors at Tuesday’s session.
“I think lawyers they’ll believe it when they see it,” she said.
As part of the reopening warrants issued last week by local administrative judge Ron Rangel, the selection of the jury will be conducted in the huge central jury room.
The trial itself will be conducted in Meza’s courtroom.
Masks and social distancing will be included in both courtrooms.
“I’m happy to have jurors again,” said Meza. “It was long ago.”
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