Downtown Courtroom Expected To Reopen After Possible Staph Infection

Courtroom closed for several hours Tuesday morning

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    In Los Angeles County, more than 400 court employees were laid off, an alternative juvenile court system that allowed youngsters to settle infractions without criminal proceedings was slashed and civil courtrooms were left without most of their court reporters, forcing lawyers to hire their own stenographers.

    A downtown courtroom is expected to reopen Wednesday morning after being closed for several hours on Tuesday morning when it was learned that a sheriff’s deputy assigned to the courtroom contracted a staph infection on her foot, according to authorities.

    The bailiff has a small patch of MRSA on her foot, which is a serious strain of staph bacteria. This particular strain is highly resistant to antibiotics and is normally spread through skin-to-skin contact.

    Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said the closure of Department 3, which handles misdemeanors, was done as a precaution. The courtroom was closed for about five hours to be sanitized.

    All proceedings were moved to Department 16.

    The courtroom is expected to reopen Wednesday morning as usual.