Online program on remote jury trials offered by ABA

The American Bar Association will present the online program "Remote Jury Trials During and After (?) the Pandemic: Constitutional and Practical Concerns (Part Two)" on Thursday, June 3, beginning at 1 p.m.

Part One of this program looked at constitutional concerns arising out of remote jury trials. Part Two of this program will consider practical ones involving the participants in remote jury trials, how to secure community participation, and what the post-pandemic jury system might be. 

Among the speakers will be Oakland County 46th District Court Judge Debra Nance.

The faculty of this program will:

• Examine the roles and concerns of "participants" in remote trials - prosecution and defense, plaintiffs and defendants, and judge

• Describe how disadvantaged populations might participate in remote trials as jurors, witnesses, or observers and how the public right of access might be accommodated

• Discuss how to deal with recalcitrant in-person jurors or witnesses and reach out to communities that might have limited or no access to necessary technology

• Consider what might be the "new normal" after the pandemic for criminal and civil trials

Cost for the online program is $40 for ABA members and $75 for non-members. To register, visit www.americanbar.org and click on "events."

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