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Eric "Rick" Ellsley of the Ellsley Law Firm in Plantation. Courtesy photo. Eric “Rick” Ellsley of the Ellsley Law Firm in Plantation. Courtesy photo.

As we all know, courts throughout Florida have halted in-person jury trials for almost all of 2020 due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, despite the prospect of a vaccine being widely distributed and available in the coming months, it remains unlikely that there will be in-person civil jury trials in 2021 and maybe through 2022. Even civil jury trials through Zoom may not occur for a very long time. Once the courthouses do reopen, the backlog of criminal trials will necessarily require many civil judges to preside over these criminals trials, leaving a huge number of civil cases awaiting jury trials.

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