Court Staff Demand Changes After Courthouse Outbreaks in Monterey

Superior Court staff in Monterey County are demanding additional safety measures following outbreaks of COVID-19.

The Monterey County Weekly reports that a jury trial at the Monterey County Superior Court was postponed on Feb. 1 because someone tested positive for the virus. The postponement occurred just before final arguments the case. Three days later, Judge Pamela L. Butler and her staff were forced to quarantine after a staff member tested positive. Outbreaks have also closed two courtrooms in Salinas.

A petition being circulated by court staff calls for additional security staff to enforce social distancing. The peittion also advocates for increased online options and a public education campaign.