we cannot truly know whether the spirit of holiday generosity resounded in the minds of jurors, whether consciously or not. Nevertheless even without the backing of hard science, there is the strong perception of a “holiday effect” upon jurors, and attorneys would be wise to contemplate it during this time of the year, lest they be left with a “Bah humbug!” of a verdict.
COVID-19 has dominated all facets of life in the last four months. How courts will handle jury trials in the coming months has been a topic of particular interest to the legal community.
Dennis P. Stolle and Dennis Devine authored the Law360 article, “6 Ways to Keep Jurors from Zoning Out.” The article explores what a potential 50% inattention rate means for jury trials.