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Super Bowl Has Tarrant County Rescheduling Jury Trials

By Grant Stinchfield
|  Friday, Jan 14, 2011  |  Updated 11:33 PM CDT
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Court administrators are rescheduling many trials during the week before the game because of potential traffic headaches.

Grant Stinchfield, NBCDFW.com

Court administrators are rescheduling many trials during the week before the game because of potential traffic headaches.

Tarrant County court administrators are rescheduling many trials during the week before the Super Bowl because of potential traffic headaches.

ESPN is setting up shop in the middle of Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth, just a few blocks away from the Tarrant County Courthouse.

"We know it's going to be crazy," jury bailiff Paula Morales said. "About half our courts will not have jury trials."

Only two of the 10 felony courts will hold jury trials during the week before the Super Bowl, Morales said.

"It's hard enough for jurors to come down to serve, but with the parking issues we expect to see that week, we want the least amount of jurors down here as possible," she said.

Super Bowl planners may take over the juror parking lot at La Grey Field and turn it into a parking lot for fans headed down town.

But people who have received a jury summons to serve during that week still need to show up for court.

"We have been planning months for this, so we only sent out summonses for the jurors we think we will need that week," Morales said.

People can check their juror status online using the county's EJury website.

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