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...