Fourth Judicial Circuit officials say Florida’s first fully remote, binding civil jury trial was a milestone in moving the courts forward in the age of COVID-19.

A day after the August 10 verdict in Griffin v. Albanese Enterprise, Inc. D/B/A Paradise, Circuit Judge Bruce Anderson said the trial achieved what he had hoped — a remote trial that, as much as possible, resembled the “real thing.”

“To me, it felt like a real trial and it looked like a real trial,” he said. “I felt that adrenaline rush that I normally feel before a trial.”