FARGO — North Dakota federal courts are moving some trials back because of COVID-19 concerns.

Judge Peter Welte signed an order to suspend all federal jury trials scheduled to start between October 27 and November 30.

The order said all deadlines for criminal cases, but not for civil cases, will also be suspended.

While federal cases will be affected, cases at the county and state level won't be affected.

Welte said the federal court will either extend, change or remove the order no later than Christmas Day.