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By Bill Stevenson
Gazette Editor 

Whitman County Superior Court resumes in-person trials

COVID precautions halted in-person trials for nine months


March 11, 2021

COLFAX — People return to Whitman County Superior Court for a criminal trial on March 15 after a nine-month hiatus.

Last July, members of the Whitman County Health District, prosecutor’s office, and defense attorneys, determined to stop in-person trials to prevent the spread of COVID. An order was given to suspend them until February 2021.

“I can’t think of another time we have put them on hold … and I have been here for 20 years,” said Whitman County Superior Court Administrator Lorena Lynch.

The court began holding hearings by Zoom online meeting software or by phone. The only...

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