COVID‐19 and Court Procedures

ILR Briefly | April.19.2021

In this edition of the ILR Briefly, partner Anne Malik explores how consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have created unprecedented challenges for state court systems as they prepare to reopen.

Anne considers how the massive backlog of state court cases impacts litigation – and the fundamental rights of litigants – at all stages. This article offers considerations and solutions for state legislatures, judiciary committees, and courts to ensure the fair and efficient administration of justice as proceedings recommence.

“State courts are beginning to look ahead towards an eventual full reopening. As they do so, they must be aware of the potential consequences of the pandemic and be prepared to address them at each stage of litigation.”