Among other things, Administrative Order 2021-16 allows in-person access to judicial facilities for anyone with business before the courts (except individuals who have symptoms of, have tested positive for, or been exposed to COVID-19) and eliminates the mask requirement for fully-vaccinated individuals entering court facilities. While encouraging the continued use of remote technology, it allows judges to conduct in-person proceedings but also permits them to require individuals to wear masks in their courtrooms.

Similarly, Administrative Order 2021-17 lifts most restrictions on jury trials but requires continuances, postponements and recusals for attorneys, parties and jurors who are ill or at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Notably, it continues the suspension of night traffic courts in Jefferson County until further notice.