June 24, 2020
From Voir Dire to Verdict – View a Complete Free Live Demonstration Jury Trial, All Online!
On June 26th and 27th, the Online Courtroom Project will conduct a two-day demonstration trial entirely online to study the challenges and opportunities of applying technology solutions to today’s justice and court system.
With some courts reopening, an increase in new coronavirus cases, and public reluctance to show up for jury service, come join us as we tackle how the courts would handle an entire jury trial online complete with jury selection, witness testimony, evidence, opening statements and closing arguments, jury instructions and deliberations.
When: Friday June 26th, 2020 from 1pm – 5pm Eastern – Jury Selection and Opening Statements
Saturday June 27th, 2020 from 1pm – 5pm Eastern – Plaintiff and Defense Cases, Closing Arguments, and Deliberations
There are limited registration spots open, so register early! It will be recorded for later viewing.
This demonstration trial is sponsored by The Online Courtroom Project (“OCP”), an advisory group of judges, attorneys, researchers, consultants, and technology specialists with experience in thousands of jury trials. The OCP is currently studying the legal, psychological, behavioral, communication, administrative, and technical elements of online courtroom operations for civil and criminal matters. The OCP provides research and recommendations to the courts and the legal profession to improve the efficacy of online operations in all aspects of the civil and criminal litigation process, including pre-trial matters, alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”), and bench and jury trials.
Visit www.onlinecourtroom.org to track this group’s progress.
Mastering Group Voir Dire Tip Series:
Explore tips for conducting effective group voir dire from our Master Group Voir Dire Tips Series. Check out our introductory two-minute video, Tip 1, Tip 2, Tip 3, Tip 4, Tip 5, Tip 6, Tip 7, Tip 8, Tip 9, and Tip 10.
For more information on voir dire and jury selection, see Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury, Fourth Edition (2018). Also, check out my companion book on supplemental juror questionnaires, Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Supplemental Juror Questionnaires (2018).
The November 6, 2019 podcast from the ABA Journal’s Modern Law Library series features a discussion of voir dire and jury selection with Dr. Frederick in which he addresses tips for group voir dire, nonverbal communication in jury selection, and jurors and the internet, among other topics. Check out this 40-minute podcast on the ABA Journal’s website: http://www.abajournal.com/books/article/MLL-podcast-episode-110.
On January 25, 2019, Dr. Frederick presented a CLE program entitled “Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection” at the ABA Midyear Meeting at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Legal Talk Network conducted a short, 10-minute interview in conjunction with this program. You can listen to this podcast at: https://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2019/01/aba-midyear-meeting-2019-mastering-voir-dire-and-jury-selection/.
Dr. Frederick presented a 60-minute program based on his book, Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury, for the ABA Solo Small Firm and General Practice Division’s November 21, 2018 session of Hot Off the Press telephone conference/podcast. Check it out at the Hot Off the Press podcast library at: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/gpsolo/podcasts/2018-podcast-library/