The 17th Circuit has conducted more than 10,300 Zoom hearings since the onset of the pandemic involving more than 233,000 participants, Chief Judge Jack Tuter told the some 200 Florida lawyers who logged in August 10 to a Florida Bar Virtual Town Hall forum.

“So that’s the hallmark of a program that’s been successful,” Chief Judge Tuter said. “Without Zoom or some other video platform, whatever it might be, we would be having a cataclysmic conversation right now.”

Tuter told those listening in to the second of 20 forums President Dori Foster-Morales is hosting across the state that every division in the 17th Circuit “is pretty much up to speed,” and the only thing they have not been able to do so far is conduct jury trials.