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Jury Trials in the Age of COVID. An Insider's View of What Courts Will Look Like.

February 28, 2021

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Subject to approval from the City of Philadelphia – the Court is a tenant of the City in <a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/city-hall/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Philadelphia City Ha</span>ll</a> -- civil jury trials are set to resume in Philadelphia this week.  On Friday, as a defense lawyer representative, I had the chance to attend a walkthrough hosted by <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.law.com/thelegalintelligencer/2020/11/02/anders-appointed-supervising-judge-of-fjd-civil-division/">Presiding</a> Civil Judge Anders</span> and get a sense of what the physical setup will be.  Here is a quick <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.wcmlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Philadelphia-CCP-Trials.pdf">overview</a> </span>and some notes I put together.  Don't take it as Gospel truth for Philadelphia as I'm sure things will evolve as theory is turned into practice (and I know the Court is holding information sessions this week to provide information).

I’m sure US courts everywhere will end up looking somewhat similar for the foreseeable future...assuming, of course, that trials actually proceed, and COVID doesn't get worse, and... One year into being stuck at home am I a realist or a cynic?  You decide.

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions at <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="mailto:rcosgrove@wcmlaw.com">rcosgrove@wcmlaw.com</a></span>

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