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New York in-person jury trials Social distancing and other COVID-19 safety protocols are enforced as in-person civil and criminal jury trials begin March 22 in New York City. Photo courtesy of David Handschuh

As in-person jury trials relaunch this week in New York, lawyers face a balancing act few could have imagined before the pandemic struck.

Along with attempting to stay safe and ensure their clients’ rights and health are protected, attorneys say they’re learning how to practice in oddly arranged courtrooms and hoping jurors are able to set aside their worries about COVID-19 to focus on the evidence.

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Jane Wester

Jane Wester is a litigation reporter for the New York Law Journal. Email her at [email protected] or find her on Twitter @janewester.

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