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Virtual Civil Jury Trial Preparation

Virtual Civil Jury Trial Preparation

In responding to this pandemic, a King County Superior Court Judge may order a virtual jury trial in your case. The following training is provided to assist you in being prepared for your first all-remote civil jury trial. Practice Tip: After reviewing these videos, practice with your witnesses and colleagues!

Superior Court Chief Civil Judge Regina S. Cahan

All-Zoom Civil Jury Trials: From Pretrial to Verdict

Section 1 - Pretrial

  • General purpose of the pre-trial conference
  • What topics are generally covered during a pre-trial conference
  • Pre-Trial conference topics in preparation for virtual jury trial
  • How to upload exhibits into Clerk's ShareFile system
  • Other Pre-Trial considerations for trial courts and counsel

Section 2 - Jury Selection

  • General sequence and timing
  • Help preparing the prospective jurors electronic questionnaire
  • How the court will screen prospective jurors for health concerns
  • How the court will provide parties questionnaire responses
  • How the court will handle live questioning
  • How the court will handle challenges and other matters outside the presence of other jurors

Section 3 - Juror Management

  • Swearing in the Jurors - Opening Instructions
  • The Virtual Jury Room
  • Juror Monitoring & Juror Notes
  • Juror Questions - CR 43(k)
  • Final Instructions
  • Jury Deliberations - CR 47(i)
  • Taking the Verdict

Section 4 - Lawyer Considerations

  • Patience & Preparation
  • Witness Issues
  • Audio Issues
  • Proxemics, Focus, & Tone
  • Exhibit Handling
  • Impeachment / Refreshment


More Virtual Hearing Resources

SC Clerk's Office: Uploading Electronic Exhibits Using ShareFile (website)

Remote Jury Selection in King County Superior Court (07/30/2020)

Civil Bar Remote Bench Trial Training (06/22/2020)