WINSTON COUNTY - The sharp uptick in COVID-19 cases in the past several days has warranted the postponement of county district court as well as municipal courts in Haleyville and Double Springs, due to concerns over health and welfare.
The decision to cancel all August court dates of Haleyville Municipal Court was at the discretion of city judge Jonathan Lowe, but was made in response to other courts, such as county district, which have postponed their cases 14 days.
A sign posted at the entrance to the courthouse annex in Double Springs reads that, effective Aug. 13, all district and traffic court cases for Winston County have been postponed for two weeks.
“The reason that we canceled court was, due to the significant rise in COVID cases, we wanted to ensure the safety of the general public,” stressed District Judge Mike Newell.
“In addition, due to the number of people that attend district court on a daily basis, we did not want to do anything that would facilitate the spread of the virus throughout our community,” Newell added.
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A sign posted beside the front entrance to Haleyville City Hall reads that the court date originally scheduled for Aug. 26 has been postponed until Sept. 16.
On Sept. 16, the city will be hosting court for both court dates of Aug. 26 and Sept. 16, according to the notice.
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