Are Zoom Trials Fair & Effective?

For proponents of Zoom hearings the answer is Zoom hearings….indeed virtual jury trials…..are a magnificent by product of courts trying to respond to the pandemic. But are they really fair and effective. The Atlantic magazine explores the issue:

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SOMNATH BHATTThis article was published online on April 13, 2021.In july, Michelle Rick, then a circuit-court judge in two Michigan counties, tweeted cheerily about a divorce she’d recently finalized. The participants had appeared in court via their smartphones. “He was on the road & parked his car to attend; she video-tx’d from her work breakroom,” the judge wrote. They were done in 15 minutes—faster than the proverbial Reno divorce.  For the full story in the Atlantic see: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/05/can-justice-be-served-on-zoom/618392/

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