As courts around the country resume trial dockets and attempt to get back to "normal," a federal district court in Massachusetts has ordered all participants in an upcoming bench trial to disclose to the court whether they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The trial judge's experience overseeing an in-person criminal trial prompted the order. It is unclear what the judge intends to do with the information - which he has agreed not to disclose -- but might vaccination status affect the ability to participate in a trial, at least in the near or medium term?
"HIPAA regulations are fairly demanding, obviously, and while a court order trumps HIPAA, I don't want to do that lightly," Judge Woodlock said. "But I do think back to my responsibility of making sure everybody is safe." Read more at: https://www.law360.com/trials/articles/1382710/attys-must-share-vax-status-before-in-person-mass-auto-trial?nl_pk=5b54c7dd-5e77-4cbd-8c81-1611b8ab4b7e&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=trials?copied=1