ABOTA Fort Lauderdale

The American Board of Trial Advocates

"We are not standing in place."

A 7.5.20 report from the 17th Judicial Circuit.

ABOTA Clerk of Court Candidate Forum

July 30, 2020 @ 7 p.m.

What is the vision of each candidate for the Broward Clerk of Court position? In the COVID-19 era, the Clerk's office and operations are more important to you than ever before. Join Jeff Adelman and Mitch Chester on Thursday, July 30 @ 7 p.m. ET for a Candidate Zoom Webinar. 

Register here for the event

Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Virtual Jury Trial Initiative

On Monday morning, May 11, 2020, Chief Judge Jack Tuter, with other Judges from the 17th Judicial Circuit, with approximately 25 lawyers from the American Board of Trial Advocates, trial attorneys from Broward and Palm Beach Counties, in conjunction with the Judicial Information Systems Office, participated in what may be the first experimental virtual civil jury trial with lawyer participation in the United States. 

UPDATE: On Friday, June 5, the Initiative also performed a mock civil Voir Dire session with ABOTA Fort Lauderdale Lawyers. 

Both videos can be seen below. This initiative is providing valuable insights into how such a virtual remote-juror trial can be taken to the next level. Planning for stage three is already underway. 

As we move to the next step in our planning, COVID-19 will not stop jury trials. 

Please direct questions and comments to ABOTA Fort Lauderdale.

The Court's Website with the video can be seen here

Video above: Dual Monitor view of the June 5, 2020 Virtual Voir Dire.

ABOTA Fort Lauderdale teams up with the Pantry of Broward to help those who suddenly lost their paychecks due to COVID-19


ABOTA Fort Lauderdale thanks Upchurch Watson White & Max

for their annual sponsorship and generosity. 

Become a sponsor of ABOTA Fort Lauderdale. Please see our opportunities information page. 


© 2020 ABOTA Fort Lauderdale Chapter. No claim to third party works. Produced and designed by Mitchell A. Chester, Esq.

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