Bexar County judge conducts first-ever virtual trial
SAN ANTONIO – The first-ever virtual civil jury trial wrapped up on Thursday in Judge Angelica Jimenez’s 408th District Court in Bexar County. Judges divided on extension of jury trial moratorium in Bexar CountyJimenez said the trial, which she called a success, was also a challenge for the 12 jurors. Although, I will tell you that it took them all of half a day to get the technology down,” Jimenez said. Given the rising number of COVID-19 cases locally, this likely will not be the last virtual trial held in civil courts in Bexar County. Both civil and criminal courts have been conducting non-jury proceedings remotely since the beginning of the pandemic and subsequent moratorium.
Plans for virtual trial in Bexar County hit temporary snag
SAN ANTONIO Plans to conduct a virtual civil court trial hit a temporary snag while the judge waits for consent from lawyers on both sides. The deadline for jurors in the case to respond to the summons was sent last month. Texas court holds jury trial in traffic crime case over ZoomThe trial, set to begin next Wednesday, would be conducted totally remotely, from jury selection to testimony to verdict. Our jurors are ready.Arteaga, who will preside over the trial, said its now a matter of waiting for consent from lawyers on both sides. Our trial date is scheduled for the 19th, and were still looking to see if there are any others because, currently, we need to have both sides consent, Arteaga said.