HALEYVILLE - Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri noted the city will have municipal court as scheduled on May 21, but the event will be under different guidelines.
This court date will actually encompass court dates that would have been March 19 and April 23, but city halls had been ordered closed during that time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Traffic court and non-traffic court will begin at 9 a.m. but the defendants attending court are being urged to arrive a few minutes early and report to the Community Safe Room, located under Haleyville City Hall in downtown.
Defendants attending court will be called in smaller groups to go upstairs to the City Hall courtroom, in order to keep the number of people there lower and to follow social distancing guidelines of keeping people six feet apart, city officials said.
Trial cases will begin at 12 p.m. in the courtroom.
NO ONE will be allowed inside the courtroom or safe room besides the defendant on the docket and the lawyers, Sunseri stressed.
“We strongly encourage that you wear a face covering while in the safe room and courtroom,” Sunseri urged. “We will be performing temperature checks at the door.”
Defendants arriving for court need to park in the area at the Community Safe Room as well as the parking lot of the former Fred’s store, city officials reminded.
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