“As jury trials resume in several states and continue in others, finding jurors willing to show up is a problem.
Bloomberg Law reports on the issue, which could lead to increased backlogs in courts that shut down in-person appearances because of COVID-19.
Top state courts in Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina and Massachusetts have lifted suspension on jury trials, according to information from the National Center for State Courts cited by Bloomberg Law. Other states, including California and Florida, allow local courts to decide whether to have trials.
Finding jurors is a big problem in the San Diego superior court, according to Judge Lorna Alksne, the presiding judge. The court had just a 5% yield on jury summonses before its first trial this month.
“Nobody wants to serve,” she told Bloomberg Law.”