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NYU Civil Jury Project Virtual Trial, Materials and Feeback

As the COVID 19 crisis swept over America's Court systems, ABOTA Fort Lauderdale members and local Circuit Judges played a key role in the development of virtual trial materials for the New York University Civil Jury Project.

On May 28, 2020, the Civil Jury Project—with the help of many contributors—conducted a mock jury trial over Zoom. The trial was conducted in collaboration with the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, in Cleveland, Ohio.

This endeavor had several goals:

(1) demonstrating to judges and attorneys across the country that jury trials can successfully be carried out over Zoom,

(2) showcasing how various specific features of jury trials can work on Zoom (e.g., side bars; in camera voir dire; jury questions during deliberation),

(3) learning by doing: observing what went well and what did not go well, and

(4) relatedly, learning by hearing from all participants involved (especially the jurors): hearing what, from their perspective, went well and what could be improved. Virtual Mock Trial Livestream Recording (Tile View): Virtual Mock Trial on Speaker View:

For additional NYU Civil Jury Project materials, analysis and feedback, including those authored by ABOTA Fort Lauderdale members, with contributions by Judges of Florida's 17th Judicial Circuit, click here.

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