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Malheur County Circuit Court adjusts hours, postpones some hearings in response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

Malheur County Circuit Judge Hung Lung is rotating duty with his counterpart, Circuit Judge Erin Landis, as the local court adjusts to new directives from the chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court in response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. (The Enterprise/File).

VALE – Courts have become quieter in Malheur County, another sign of the impact of the spreading novel coronavirus.

Fewer people and businesses are deciding to sue each other.

Some defendants are agreeing to push off trials, perhaps worried that jurors would be upset with having to sit in a jury box and take it out on them.

And Malheur County’s two state judges, Circuit Judge Lung Hung and Circuit Judge Erin Landis, rotate duty so one is always on duty during the day at the Malheur County Courthouse.

Marilee Aldred, the trial . . .