Trial lawyers and judges across the state of Georgia are wrestling with the reality of selecting a jury willing and able to serve during a pandemic that, for now, shows little sign of abating.

Since Chief Justice Harold Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia lifted a seven-month suspension of jury trials on Oct. 10, local planning committees set up at his direction and pandemic task forces put in place by independent legal associations are struggling with how to conduct in-person jury trials safely and whether they can be tried to a verdict without facilitating the spread of COVID-19.

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