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“What You Should Know About Courtroom Closures”

Law360 Luke Cass

Below is an excerpt:

This week, jury selection in Greg Craig’s trial was restarted after the D.C. federal court’s decision to clear the courtroom so prospective jurors could answer sensitive questions in privacy and speed the voir dire process.[1] Even seasoned litigators were left wondering about the nature of the issue, which involved the Sixth Amendment public trial rights of both the defendant and the public.

This article will examine the right to a public trial, discuss types of closures, and provide best practices for dealing with this subtle, yet significant, issue.