Members of the ABOTA Fort Lauderdale Chapter and Judges of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit have been working with the New York University School of Law Civil Jury Project to explore the opportunities presented by a virtual jury trial.
Presented here is a mock Zoom trial conducted by the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Common Pleas Court, featuring ABOTA Members Eric Rosen and Anthony Quackenbush. The exercise was recorded on May 28, 2020.
To explore the exceptional work of the NYU Civil Jury Project, please click here.
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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.