The statistics are pretty stark.

Over the last six decades, there’s been a consistent decline in the percentage of civil cases resolved by jury trial in federal court in the U.S. The rate was 5.5% in 1962; 3.7% in 1972; 2.6% in 1982; 1.9% in 1992; 1.2% in 2002; 0.81% in 2012; and finally just 0.48% in 2020 when the pandemic took hold, according to statistics from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.