UPDATE: As of noon July 31, Boone County Magistrate Court and Circuit Court will be closed through the end of the day August 7. Magistrate Courts will be open for emergencies only. Circuit Court will operate with a limited staff and hold all hearings virtually. Family Court will remain open and operating on a regular schedule.
MADISON – The Boone County Prosecutor’s Office will be closed on July 31 amid COVID-19-related concerns by county officials.
Prosecutor Keith Randolph said that the closure could extend through Monday.
“We’re obviously overly cautious and we began screening this week at the courthouse and masks have been an essential part of that in wearing them around the courthouse,” Randolph said via phone on Thursday night. “Once we had an inclination of a possibility we reached out to county leaders and the health department to make sure we were following proper protocol.”
Randolph added, “This is the first issue we’ve had in the courthouse so we’ll be the test subjects for this and I don’t know what the commission will ultimately decide to do but the administrator asked us to close our office temporarily until tests come back (negative) and we don’t want to affect any other office through contact on a regular basis.”
The Prosecutor added that judges and magistrates have been contacted and that some cases can be handled via phone or through video conferencing.
Randolph cited an observance of privacy for county employees at this time but added that he would update the CVN regarding the situation as more information becomes available.
Inquiries regarding court-related matters on Friday can be directed to the Boone County Magistrate’s Office at 304-369-7364 or the Boone County Circuit Clerk’s Office at 304-369-7321.
Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at email@example.com or at 304-307-2401.