An attorney’s briefly sputtering audio and a fierce summer thunderstorm forced brief delays. Two no-show jurors failed to log in.

Despite minor glitches, the first day of Zoom jury selection went smoothly August 6 in what Fourth Judicial Circuit officials and Duval Court Clerk Ronnie Fussell say is the first binding, fully remote civil jury trial in Florida, possibly the nation.

Circuit Judge Bruce Anderson, appearing via Zoom on the bench from the Duval County Courthouse, warned prospective jurors to turn off TVs, or other potential distractions at their homes and offices.