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Marathon County Courthouse reopens since start of pandemic

Marathon County court rooms will no longer be empty after reopening.
Marathon County court rooms will no longer be empty after reopening.(WSAW)
Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 6:57 PM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - During the pandemic, the Marathon County Courthouse did not hold motion hearings and jury trials, forcing some of the defendants to wait at the Marathon County jail. Now the courts are fully open once again.

“The courthouse is fully back open, everything is in person. The defendants are in person whether they’re coming from the jail or out in the community. Defense attorneys are coming in person, the judges are here. So everything is back to the way they were pre COVID-19,” Marathon County Assistant District Attorney Kyle Mayo said.

The courthouse will be using the opportunity to make up for lost time. Mayo says depending on his schedule, he could see five to ten trials a day.

“It’s going to be a busy summer. There have been a lot of trials that have been put on hold because of COVID. So we have to schedule all of those trails and we also have new trials coming in,” said Mayo.

Some trials have been on hold for almost a year. The reopening gives Marathon County Courthouse full access to serving the community once again.

“The defendants, the victims can have those trials again. The victims can seek justice, the defendants can put the state to its burden, so we’ll be able to close those cases and move those trails again,” Mayo said.

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