Part of the issue they faced was during jury selection, they couldn’t physically put potential jurors inside. So they turned to the radio for a solution.
“Everybody has been on hold for over a year now,” Fratarcangeli said. “All the judges in the county are trying to catch up.”
During jury selection, normally 40 to 60 jurors would be packed into a courtroom. Current capacity rules in Michigan are much smaller than that. So the court has the potential jurors wait in their vehicles.
They installed an FM transmitter, with a microphone, right in front of the judge. That means the 40-60 jurors can sit in their cars and listen.
The judge said their first jury trial began last week and everything went well.