Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Trial by Zoom: A Closer Look at the Retooled Civil Jury Trial in the Time of Pandemic

January 2021 Bar Bulletin

By Beth Bloom, Patricia Anderson and Becky Roe

Eight strangers debate the evidence. Sequestered in a Zoom conference room, they consider the damages suffered by a truck driver denied work because of his knee condition. From their living rooms, home offices and bedrooms, the jurors review the finer points of disability law using the screen share feature to review the jury instructions together. The defendant, an international company with a billion-
dollar revenue, is about to learn a painful truth — civil jury trials are back.

When U.S. District Court Judge Marsha J. Pechman announced the verdict later...

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