Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis on Jurors' Attitudes and Decisions

The COVID-19 crisis has significantly impacted all our lives, and there is no telling if we will ever fully return to “normal.” Though some individuals have been less affected than others, most Americans have experienced increased stress, with many others experiencing decreased well-being and other symptoms of psychological distress. Thus, it is critical for civil trial lawyers, in-house counsel and insurance claims specialists to understand the effects the COVID-19 crisis will likely have on civil jurors’ attitudes and decision-making in the following months, and perhaps years. This article covers the top four changes to expect in civil jurors’ attitudes and decision making as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.