Texas Court Holds First U.S. Jury Trial Via Videoconferencing

Statue of scales of justiceThis could eliminate some COVID-19 backlog.

By Rick Richardson

The potential jurors popped onto the screen one by one. They confirmed their names and told the judge how they were connecting to the court: on laptops, tablets and iPhones.

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There were some wireless issues and camera problems. Still, eventually, 26 Texans in separate boxes raised their hands for the judge and together swore the juror’s oath, beginning the experiment of conducting a civil jury trial entirely over Zoom.