September 15, 2020
Spokane Tribe of Indians
Wellpinit, WA 99040
RE: Jury Participation in Current Circumstances
Dear Prospective Juror:
I hope this letter finds you and your family safe and happy. I am writing this letter to notify you that the criminal trial set for September 16th and 17th, 2020 is proceeding as scheduled. The Court has tested the ambient indoor air quality inside the Courtroom and it is safe to proceed with the trial. As a matter of fact, the Court has the best air quality out of all tribal buildings and this is without the Court’s new air filtration system running. With the trial proceeding as planned I want to outline the steps the Court has taken to protect the health and safety of you, as jurors, court staff and parties.
1. Jury selection will occur in groups of no more than seven (7) people at a time to reduce the crowding at the Court and allow for social distancing.
2. All potential jurors will be screened for the symptoms of Co-Vid19. Any person answering yes to the questions or exhibiting a fever of 99.9 or above, will be excused from juror service.
3. All parties, court staff and jurors will be required to wear masks throughout proceedings.
4. Jurors and parties will be seated throughout the Courtroom in such a way as to maintain social distancing as much as possible.
5. The Court will be closed to the public but the trial itself will be streamed via CISCO WEBEX to protect the defendant’s right to a public trial while reducing the amount of people in the courtroom at one time.
6. Hand sanitizer is available to all people in the court building so that everyone can sanitize their hands throughout the day.
7. A portable air filtration system was purchased and will be running in the Courtroom to filter the air for any contaminants and thus provide another level of protection to all people present.
8. Please report to the Spokane Tribal Court House, instead of the Admin building as previously stated.
The Spokane Tribal community’s health and safety is our paramount concern. We have taken all the steps we can to protect everyone involved while maintaining the justice system. If you have any questions feel free to contact Court staff at 509-258-7717.
Theresa Thin Elk, Esq.
Chief Judge of the Spokane Tribal Court