Bloomberg Law
Oct. 9, 2020, 9:16 AM

Zoom Trial Judge Recommends Jurors Get Time for Virtual Chitchat

Madison Alder
Madison Alder

The next time the federal district court in Seattle does a virtual jury trial, the court might give jurors more time to get to know each other, said Judge Thomas S. Zilly, who presided over the court’s first jury trial held by Zoom.

During a normal in-person trial, jurors restricted from talking about the case during recesses fill the time by talking to each other, discussing shared interests or even sharing cookies, Zilly said.

Jurors in the first virtual trial recently completed only had time to talk briefly in the breakout room and wound up slowing down deliberations since they ...

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