With the Coronavirus putting dents in due process nationwide, Illinois courts have become adept at using telecommunications technology to process the backload of cases that have built up during the pandemic. However, a jury in Lake County is expected to make history when it renders a verdict in a civil case over the Zoom platform. The proceedings in Waukeegan are expected to conclude before juries resume being seated in courts around the state from March 1.
An associate justice and a court reporter will be present in the courtroom, which stems from a 2019 traffic accident in the village of Mundelein. Other participants, including a six-member jury empanelled to hear the case, will attend remotely. While the state Supreme Court empowered courts to empanel juries remotely in October, the trial is reported to be the first-ever conducted over an electronic platform.
Juries will again hear cases in person beginning at the turn of the month, according to the county’s chief judge, whose office will work with health officials in creating calendars. A Jury Trial Task Force will take into account both severity of the charges and duration of the pending charges in setting the Lake County schedule. An administrative order issued in September limits the numbers both of trails and jurors that are called to serve.
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