A trial by jury has always been predicated on the availability of citizens to serve as jurors. And while most U.S. citizens over the age of 18 are technically eligible, a variety of other considerations limit the pool from which actual jurors are selected. Not least of which are individuals’ willingness and ability to serve.
As we look toward a future in which the pandemic begins to recede, the economy begins to recover, and our system of justice resumes its functions, it is necessary to ask: What will the impact of the coronavirus be on a trial by jury? How will it affect jurors’ attitudes and beliefs? And most importantly, who will show up to serve – and what does that mean for litigators and their clients?