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Order from Presiding Judge Cynthia Easterday takes precautions for the immediate future

Yamhill County Circuit Court is continuing this week under restricted hours of operations begun March 16 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The move is designed to "greatly reduce the number of people coming into court facilities," a release from Presiding Judge Cynthia Easterday's office said Friday. Easterday is following the lead of the chief justice of the 25th Judicial District in limiting the court to proceedings required under state statute. The order could be extended beyond its March 27 deadline by decree from the state.

For the time being, court office hours have been reduced to 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the court's McMinnville headquarters.

Most court hearings will be conducted by video or telephone conference calls and continued until May 1, with the exception of adult criminal cases, grand jury proceedings, arraignments, probable cause hearings, immediate danger hearings and a number of other proceedings deemed necessary by Easterday.

Those with hearings that were slated for the two-week period should contact their attorney or visit the court online at https://publicaccess.courts.oregon.gov/PublicAccess/default.aspx.

The court will continue to accept file pleadings and other documents via the court's e-filing system.


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