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Texas Holds First-Ever Video Jury Trial

In this unprecedented era of social distancing, Texas has held what is thought to be the first jury trial conducted by video conference. The Collin County case – a one-day summary jury trial – was an insurance property damage dispute involving State Farm. “More than two dozen potential jurors logged in by smartphone, laptop and tablet for jury selection, which was streamed live on YouTube with a judge occasionally providing tech advice on how to best use their devices,” according to Reuters. “Officials say the abbreviated format and non-binding verdict make it ideal to test the viability of holding jury trials remotely.” In-person jury trials began grinding to a halt

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Texas Holds First-Ever Video Jury Trial

In this unprecedented era of social distancing, Texas has held what is thought to be the first jury trial conducted by video conference. The Collin County case – a one-day summary jury trial – was an insurance property damage dispute involving State Farm. “More than two dozen potential jurors logged in by smartphone, laptop and tablet for jury selection, which was streamed live on YouTube with a judge occasionally providing tech advice on how to best use their devices,” according to Reuters. “Officials say the abbreviated format and non-binding verdict make it ideal to test the viability of holding jury trials remotely.” In-person jury trials began grinding to a halt