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    From Voir Dire to Verdict—Online Courtroom Project’s Demonstration Online Jury Trial Results are in!

    Posted by Jeffrey T. Frederick, Ph.D. on Thu, Jul 16, 2020 @ 16:07 PM

    July 16, 2020

    Jeffrey T. Frederick, Ph.D.

    From Voir Dire to Verdict—Online Courtroom Project’s Demonstration Online Jury Trial Results are in!

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    The Online Courtroom Project has just finished a comprehensive report on their two day online demonstration trial conducted on June 26th and 27th. With many courts struggling with significant case backlogs and balancing the health risks of holding in-person trials while continuing to provide access to our justice system, this report details how online jury trials can occur online. The report details the process of how we went about designing and testing an online trial, the obstacles we had to overcome, what happened over the two days, the observations of the judges and attorneys involved in the project, and recommendations for the courts and the legal profession on how to manage an online jury trial. Meant as preliminary user’s guide to help the justice system understand the nuts and bolts of this new arena, we hope to engage as many constituents of the courts to give them tools to deal with this new litigation world.   Some of the highlights of the report include findings that:

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    From Voir Dire to Verdict – View a Complete Free Live Demonstration Jury Trial, All Online!

    Posted by Jeffrey T. Frederick, Ph.D. on Wed, Jun 24, 2020 @ 13:06 PM

    June 24, 2020

    Jeffrey T. Frederick, Ph.D.

    From Voir Dire to Verdict – View a Complete Free Live Demonstration Jury Trial, All Online!

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        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.

    https://civi.adobeconnect.com/ocpday1/event/event_info.html

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    Jury Trials in the Age of Pandemics and Other Disasters/Disruptions

    Posted by Jeffrey T. Frederick, Ph.D. on Fri, Apr 17, 2020 @ 12:04 PM

    April 17, 2020

    Jeffrey T. Frederick, Ph.D.

    Jury Trials in the Age of Pandemics and Other Disasters/Disruptions

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    As of this writing, most jury trials have been halted.  All but a handful of states have ordered nonessential personnel to stay at home.  While many states and federal jurisdictions have set restart dates for the nonessential court functions (e.g., jury trials) in several weeks to several months, no one can confidently predict when and in what time sequence jury trials will resume across the nation.   Not only is there uncertainty in the restart date(s), but numerous reports have warned of another wave or waves of COVID-19 outbreaks coming this fall and/or winter.  All of these factors put jury trials in a fragile position in the near term and serve as a wake-up call highlighting the need for short-term solutions and for longer-term solutions (in response to potential illness outbreaks or local, regional, and national disasters/disruptions resulting from natural disasters and climate change).

    First: I hope everyone reading this is safe and practicing appropriate COVID-19 hygiene.

    Second: I hope we all do what we can to support those on the front lines of the epidemic; the medical workers, first responders, and grocery and pharmacy workers, among many others.

    Now, Back To Jury Trials . . .

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