W&M to Test New Trial Technologies Including the World's First Remote Juror

On Saturday, April 11, at at 1 p.m., William & Mary Law School's Center for Legal and Court Technology (CLCT) will try an experimental stock fraud case in order to test a number of cutting edge technologies. The jury trial will take place in the Law School's McGlothlin Courtroom, the world's most technologically advanced courtroom. Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C., the research and educational organization for the nation's federal courts, will preside.

The case will test presentation of evidence via smart phone and tablet to jurors who will view the evidence on individual tablets. Counsel will make objections via text-like technology.  Witnesses will testify remotely via video conferencing from Florida and the United Kingdom. The case will also test the use of remote jurors and is expected to be the world's first test of a remote juror.

The simulated case involves Matter Duplicators Unlimited (MDU), a high-technology start-up company that sells 3D printers to its sales agents ("MDU Partners"). Sea Thomason owns 200 shares of MDU. He is now suing MDU alleging fraud. He claims that he and others bought MDU stock relying on the false assertion that inexpensive 3D printers that could print metal would be made available soon. The trial will include a live demonstration of a 3D printer.

Media representatives are invited to attend the trial.  For further information, contact CLCT at (757) 221-2494 ([[w|clct]]) or the Law School's Office of Communications at (757)221-1840 ([[w|jpwelc]]).