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

Virtual Criminal Jury Trial Gets Texas Test—iPads Included

Jerome Ashton
Jerome Ashton
Deputy Team Leader

An Austin, Texas, court will begin what it says is the first U.S. virtual criminal jury trial today in a closely-watched experiment brought on by the coronavirus pandemic that’s requiring creative solutions.

Six Jurors, iPads: Potential jurors in the misdemeanor traffic case who lack their own hardware are being provided court-issued iPads. The six jurors selected to serve will hear evidence in one room on Zoom and the public can watch on YouTube. Jurors will deliberate in a separate virtual room.

Best Practices: Court administrators hope the experiment will help them “be able to release best practices and some standards ...

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