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Tents, Smoke Machine: Judges Get Creative for Trials Amid Covid

Aug. 27, 2020, 11:28 AM

Federal courts are getting creative in seeking to restart jury trials, and for some, that means outdoor settings and virtual proceedings are on the table.

Minimizing Risk: Even courts able to move forward with in-person trials as conditions in their communities improve are doing so cautiously, adapting proceedings to minimize risk.

Frustration Builds: “It’s frustrating to see these cases building up,” Western District of Washington Chief Judge Ricardo Martinez says. “We have to do something.” Madison Alder and Holly Barker report.


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