The rule would allow such trials only in cases where the constitutional right to trial by jury does not apply, or in which the parties have waived their right to a jury trial.
The rule also gives the public the right to watch the trials through a video conference or live stream, and it requires public notice for when the trial is to occur.
The court is asking for public comments to be sent to email@example.com no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The draft video trial rule can be found here.
Also, the state high court said, courts will now be asked to develop plans to be able to conduct non-critical business through videoconferencing or by adhering to public health guidelines. Courts will also be urged to conduct remote judicial hearings where legally permitted as a preferred alternative to in-person proceedings.
The chief justice said he will create a special task that will develop plans for the safety of those asked to participate in jury trials and grand jury proceedings when the emergency ends. The group will include judges from every class of court and will receive input from prosecutors, public defenders, private attorney, court clerks and sheriffs.