FARGO — The Cass County Courthouse will remain closed, except by appointment, for the indefinite future.

The courthouse was scheduled to open on Monday, July 6, but County Administrator Robert Wilson told county commissioners reopening was delayed after discussions with employees.

Wilson said more specific procedures are needed for limiting the number of people who would gather in certain areas before the overall change is appropriate.

Already, the district court has reopened to in-person court hearings. The first trial is scheduled for next week.

To help with the court reopening, the county purchased audio equipment for $20,186 that allows potential jurors to interact and be heard without touching the same equipment. Previously, a microphone was passed around between potential jurors while answering questions from attorneys. The cost is expected to be reimbursed with CARES Act funding.