Bloomberg Law
May 26, 2020, 10:01 AM

Judges Weigh Bigger Rooms, Cleaner Mics as Jury Trials Restart

Matthew Bultman
Matthew Bultman
Maeve Allsup
Maeve Allsup
Legal Reporter

Federal courts in some parts of the country have prepared for a cautious reboot of jury trials in civil lawsuits—equipped with disinfectant, measuring tapes, and extra jurors.

New courtroom dynamics could alter non-verbal cues, skew jury demographics, and limit communication between attorneys. Even so, some district court judges have signaled an openness to holding in-person civil jury trials in June or July, following an extended break because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Others are eyeing a return in late summer or early fall.

Judges face difficult decisions as they weigh how, and when, to reopen their courtrooms for jury trials—and try ...

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