Bloomberg Law
Aug. 27, 2020, 11:28 AM

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

Jerome Ashton
Jerome Ashton
Deputy Team Leader

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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