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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Aug. 4, 202012:10 PM EST

Duval County to conduct first remote jury trial in Florida

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The 4th Judicial Circuit proceeding also could be the first in the U.S. 
by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

Duval County will conduct the first fully remote civil jury trial in the state, according to a news release from the 4th Judicial Circuit and the Duval County Clerk of Courts.

The historic remote trial will begin with jury selection at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 6, with the trial scheduled at 9 a.m. Aug. 10.

The clerk’s office says the trial is believed to be the first fully remote trial in the U.S. with a binding verdict. 

Circuit Judge Bruce Anderson will conduct the proceedings.

“Everyone involved has been working hard to develop the processes and procedures that will allow us to conduct a smooth and efficient remote jury trial,” Anderson said in the release.

“With so many moving parts, collaboration between everyone involved is key and I am happy with the results of their efforts. I look forward to a successful remote jury trial,” said Duval Clerk of Courts Ronnie Fussell.

The trial, from jury selection through final verdict, will be conducted remotely using the Zoom application.

The public can watch the proceedings when they begin at https://blog.cvn.com/how-to-watch-first-in-nation-remote-jury-trial-free-on-cvn

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