Jury trials are set to resume in several Ontario cities

Jury box in a courtroom at the Edmonton Law Courts building, in Edmonton on Friday, June 28, 2019. The president of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers is worried the justice system will try to delay jury trials as it deals with COVID-19 at the expense of the rights of those accused of a crime. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Jury trials are set to resume in several Ontario cities.

The Superior Court of Justice says selection of jurors and jury hearings will start Nov. 9 in Ottawa.

The same will happen a week later in Toronto, Brampton and Newmarket.

The chief justice of the court cites Ontario's new COVID-19 rules in the affected areas.

Some capacity and social distancing limits will stay in effect.

However, the justice says court staff must be flexible in accommodating those who may not be comfortable attending in-person.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 5, 2020.