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David H. Fauss, left, Director of Consulting Services, and Melissa Pigott, right, Co-founder, both with Magnus Research Consultants & Graphics in Pompano Beach, FL. Courtesy photos David H. Fauss, left, Director of Consulting Services, and Melissa Pigott, right, Co-founder, both with Magnus Research Consultants & Graphics in Pompano Beach, FL. Courtesy photos

Recently, several adventurous lawyers became the first to participate in an online jury trial in Miami. Thanks to them for publicly conducting this trial! Judge Beatrice Butchko presided, doing a wonderful job managing this experiment. The trial included a voir dire component which was conducted using Zoom. Judge Butchko, the court clerk, the court reporter and other court personnel were present in the (virtual) courtroom. All of the prospective jurors had the technology to participate in this session, some via laptops or tablets and a few on cellphones. We watched the recording of the voir dire session held with the prospective jurors so that we may provide advice to our clients regarding online voir dire. Following are some observations, many of which apply to any online meeting, hearing, deposition, mediation or arbitration.

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