Your Court Restarting Trials?  Here’s What Works

As courts are reopening, many have already held their first trials.  Others are planning to start trials in the next month or two.  Whether they are conducted in-courtroom, or via video conference-calls, trials are going to look different for some time into the future.  What will change for those coming to the courthouse? What will a trial on a video conference-call look like?  To help manage this process, The Federal Judiciary just released a report on June 4 titled, “Conducting Jury Trials and Convening Grand Juries During the Pandemic.”

The panel discusses the experience of courts that have already held some trials; other courts that are starting pilot programs in their states; the dramatic increase in the space needs for jury trials (it is currently taking three courtrooms to hold a single trial); supplemental jury questionnaires specifically addressing jurors and the Coronavirus; masks, goggles, and gloves; disinfection routines; videos describing what courts are doing to keep jurors safe, and even the possibility of video conferencing the voir dire.

This Week’s Panelists

  • Zenell Brown, Court Administrator for the 3rd Circuit Court (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Mark Weinberg, Court Administrator for the 7th Judicial Circuit (Daytona Beach, Florida).
  • Angie VanSchoick, Court Administrator for the Municipal Court in Breckenridge, Colorado.
  • Liz Rambo, Trial Court Administrator for the Lane County Circuit Court, (Eugene, Oregon).
  • Rick Pierce with the Pennsylvania Administrative Office of the Courts.

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