RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Starting today, arraignments for Riverside County criminal case defendants who remain behind bars will be held via video from county jail.
The Riverside County Superior Court plans to try the video in-custody arraignments in a test run at four courthouses -- the Riverside Hall of Justice, Indio's Larson Justice Center, the Blythe Courthouse and the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, according to court spokeswoman Marita Ford.
Video arraignments are the latest change to local court operations aimed at minimizing person-to-person contact in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
California's chief justice on Monday suspended all superior court jury trials for 60 days due to the coronavirus.
The courts are considered an essential service under Gov. Gavin